Cory Doctorow: How to Do Everything (Lifehacking Considered Harmful) – Locus Online


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Some social media tools – like Facebook – make for fun (if problematic) socializing, and all social media pays some dividend to authors who are hoping to sell books and activists who are hoping to win support, but Twitter also teaches me to be a better writer by making me think about brevity and sentence structure in very rigorous ways (and from an activist perspective, Twitter is a better choice because it, unlike Facebook, doesn’t want the web to die and be replaced by its walled garden) – so Twitter is in, and Facebook is out.
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5 days ago by charlesgres
But today ... the only activities left in my day serve double- and triple-duty. There is virtually no moment in my working day that can cleanly be billed to only one ledger. The corollary of this is that it gets much, much harder to winnow out activities over time.
And that means that undertaking new things, speculative things that have no proven value to any of the domains where I work (let alone all of them) has gotten progressively harder, even as I’ve grown more productive. Optimization is a form of calcification.

That presents a paradox: if the purpose of lifehacking is to mindfully choose your priorities, what can you do when that process leads you to a position where no more choices are possible?
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10 days ago by zephyr777
The core of his philosophy is to recognize that there are more things in the world that you want to do than you could do, and that, in the absence of a deliberate approach to this conundrum, you are likely to default to doing things that are easy to scratch off your to-do list, which are also the most trivial. After a lifetime of this, you’ll have accomplished a lot of very little.
10 days ago by andym
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10 days ago by zsoltika
Allen’s book is a fantastic and inspiring read. The core of his philosophy is to recognize that there are more things in the world that you want to do than you could do, and that, in the absence of a deliberate approach to this conundrum, you are likely to default to doing things that are easy to scratch off your to-do list, which are also the most trivial. After a lifetime of this, you’ll have accomplished a lot of very little.
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10 days ago by craniac
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11 days ago by mauty
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11 days ago by wtd
RT : “Optimization is a form of calcification.” – Cory Doctorow on a decade of getting things done.
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11 days ago by awolber
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11 days ago by jolilius
File under Innovation Requires Waste.

Cory is finding that optimizing his tasks with GTD is leaving little room to do anything other than what he’s prioritized. “Optimization is calcification.”

But today, thanks to a vicious Darwinian winnowing process, the only activities left in my day serve double- and triple-duty. There is virtually no moment in my working day that can cleanly be billed to only one ledger.

The corollary of this is that it gets much, much harder to winnow out activities over time. Anything I remove from the Jenga stack of my day disturbs the whole tower.

And that means that undertaking new things, speculative things that have no proven value to any of the domains where I work (let alone all of them) has gotten progressively harder, even as I’ve grown more productive. Optimization is a form of calcification.
productivity  efficiency  innovation  technology  culture  gtd 
12 days ago by jefframnani
Cory Doctorow: How to Do Everything (Lifehacking Considered Harmful) via Instapaper http://bit.ly/2yOQGcA
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13 days ago by patrick
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13 days ago by nimprojects
In retrospect, I observe that the biggest predictor of whether an activity surviving winnowing is whether it paid off in two or more of the aspects of my life and career.
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13 days ago by oscarthebrody
Optimization is a form of calcification
lifehacking  efficiency  productivity  work  stagnation 
13 days ago by markgould13
I was there when “lifehacking” was born. It was the 11th of February, 2004, at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, held in a giant conference hotel in San Diego.
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13 days ago by mud
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13 days ago by mattl
“Optimization is a form of calcification,” warns:
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14 days ago by normd
A warning to those who are too good at lifehacking
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15 days ago by ToasterFaerie
"Optimization is a form of calcification.

That presents a paradox: if the purpose of lifehacking is to mindfully choose your priorities, what can you do when that process leads you to a position where no more choices are possible?

I’ll let you know if I figure it out. In the meantime, let this be a warning to anyone who wants to do it all."
Productivity  self-care  best-of  interesting  doctorow 
16 days ago by tjwds