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


46 bookmarks. First posted by tjwds november 2017.


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. via Pocket
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12 weeks ago by jburkunk
Danny described a research project in which he interviewed “overprolific” tech workers who had a reputation for doing a lot of things at once, and reported on their commonalities. After all, I was one of those really techie people who did a lot of different things at the same time: writing novels, working for an activist group, editing a blog, sometimes even having a life. Some of that was low-hanging fruit (I haven’t watched TV regularly in more than a decade), but after getting rid of the empty calories in my activity diet, I had to start making hard choices. 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. 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.
december 2017 by sechilds
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?

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.
november 2017 by nfultz
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.
LifeHacking  Choice  Twitter  Facebook 
november 2017 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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november 2017 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.
november 2017 by andym
Photo by Paula Mariel Salischiker I was there when “lifehacking” was born. It was the 11th of February, 2004, at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference,…
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november 2017 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.
productivity 
november 2017 by craniac
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november 2017 by flobosg
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november 2017 by mauty
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november 2017 by wtd
RT : Fascinating and thoughtful piece on the problem with being really really productive. By Cory , who is.
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november 2017 by archangel
RT : “Optimization is a form of calcification.” – Cory Doctorow on a decade of getting things done.
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november 2017 by awolber
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…
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november 2017 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 
november 2017 by jefframnani
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…
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november 2017 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.
time-management  advice 
november 2017 by oscarthebrody
Optimization is a form of calcification
lifehacking  efficiency  productivity  work  stagnation 
november 2017 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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november 2017 by mud
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november 2017 by mattl
“Optimization is a form of calcification,” warns:
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november 2017 by normd
A warning to those who are too good at lifehacking
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november 2017 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 
november 2017 by tjwds