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The Cult of Life Hacking and the End of the Dream of Ultimate Productivity

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Life hacking

Life hacking is defined as an approach to getting things done arising from “a systematizing mindset, willingness to experiment, and fondness for tech."

The idea of hacking life arose during a period when technology was achieving one small marvel after another. Smartphones seemed alm...

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A series of trends are grouped under the rubric of life hacking, labeled "the Californian Ideology." It is a mix of cybernetics, free-market economics, and counter-culture libertarianism. It is very individualistic and distrustful of institutions.

Later on, the life hacking mentality showe...

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Life hacking is a kind of American self-help. It was practical and evidence-based.

Getting Things Done or GTD, promoted the idea of breaking tasks down into pieces and sorting them by how much time they'll take to accomplish, then allocating reminders. The goal is to free you from ...

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It is possible to spend so much time organizing your work that you never actually do any of it.

  • Many of the early champions of life hacking never got to actually do the work and finally abandoned the tech world's preoccupation with productivity.
  • Others became propon...

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Life hacking is a pursuit of the “creative class,” an exercise in box-ticking.

The ingenuity behind so many life hacking schemes could make one a more effective promoter for social improvement. The focus of hacking life is on hacking the self, but the focus is on a rather bland and limite...

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