I haven’t gone into this much,and maybe because I’m lazy, but I’ve always sought the most effective way to get from point A to B, without wasting a lot of time.
Long ago I read, from where I don’t remember, but the guy said, if he had a hard problem to solve, he asked the laziest employee for an idea because they will find the easiest way to solve the issue. I thought that was brilliant, and possibly an endorsement for laziness!
In my quest for solving problems the easy way, or “hacking” a solution, I’ve come across a few effective methods. I could make a case for going Primal/Paleo as a lifehack to address widespread modern health and fitness issues. In a sea of sophisticated techniques, solutions, and regimented programs, going Primal or Paleo is such a simple approach to improving your health, losing unnecessary body fat, and feeling better.
Here’s some hacks I’ve done over the years:
1) cutting body fat by sprinting once or twice a week, or by 20 minute ice water baths twice a week.
2) HIIT training to improve fitness/endurance levels without causing inflammation
3) Ice baths for improving sleep (4 Hour Body)
4) Nutritional supplementation (Magnesium, Zinc) for ADD symptoms.
5) Hawthorn (another supplement) and celery for elevated Blood Pressure.
6) Quick-thaw frozen meats overnight. What? Yes, frozen meat rarely thaws completely overnight in the refrigerator. Especially if it’s a big piece.
Here’s how you do it. Take your meat out of the freezer. Assuming it’s vacuum sealed in plastic, put it in a stockpot and fill with cold water, letting it run slowly for 10-15 minutes. Then take it out, and put in the fridge overnight. That will jumpstart the overnight thawing process. Otherwise you’ll still have a frozen center when trying to cook it the next day .
7) IKEA Hacker – Modifying IKEA furniture to suit a non-intended purpose, or improving it.
and it goes on and on. Most hacks do work, assuming they’re not detrimental to your long term health. However, there comes a point where trying to hack everything gets to be too much.
At one point I was obsessed with reading Lifehacker and seeking every possible way to make my life efficient, and remove any obstacles in my way. The thought of doing one more step, or taking any more time than necessary for any endeavor stressed me out.
Eventually, the need to optimize everything became too much. I didn’t want to pursue anything without finding the perfect hack. I mean, I wouldn’t finish setting up a home work station because I wanted to modify some furniture to serve as a cord organizer, and IKEA was sold out of the piece I needed! I couldn’t go to the gym and workout, without reading up on the most effective 20 minute workout that left me “Jacked and Cut” (as promised on the magazine cover!) .
After a while it became a bit old. I might have known a million little hacks or tips, but where was it taking me? There was no overall strategy of what I was trying to accomplish in life, or aligned with any of my goals. It was time to stop with the million hacks, and focus on a fundamental approach towards my life.
Why did I want to organize my power cords in the home office? Why was it so important I figured out it was because the whole room was cluttered with too much stuff, and organizing the power cords was a way to tackle the clutter. At least in my head. It didn’t really address the problem!
I stopped reading lifehacker and Ikeahacker, and only looked into modifying my approach towards something if it was acting as a constraint. Turns out a million little life hacks didn’t add up to much.
Have you stopped tweaking the little things, and moved on to big picture stuff? Are you aligning a few actions to have a big impact on your goals, or are you hacking away with a million machete swings and not getting anywhere? I’ve been there! Please do share.