Hey Readers, I’ve been obsessed with optimizing my life lately. Truth be told, I’ve always been obsessed with it. This list could be 1,001 items long:
- I hate wasting energy at home: This leads to never ending spousal battles over thermostat settings and light switches.
- I hate wasting fuel: I plan car trips for maximum efficiency. I minimize my miles and left turns. If I know a light is going to turn red, I gently coast to it. This usually pisses off people behind me who step on the gas to get around me. I then get nasty glares from them when I catch up 10 seconds later at the light.
- I hate wasting water: If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.
OK, TMI on that last one. Sorry.
And now, this book has made me even crazier than I already am:
I liked the book so much, I bought it. Of course, owning the book flies in the face of optimization. I need less stuff in my life, not more. However, it is perpetually checked out from the library and this is one I want to read repeatedly.
More on life hacks in a moment. First, we have to get to last week’s question: Is fear keeping you from your best life? Here is what you had to say:
Reader Jeff from Jersey:
Not sure if my biggest hold back is fear/anxiety or laziness, but often refer to it as “Syllabus Shock.” Happened all the time in college on the first day of class, and even in my career – get overwhelmed/nervous about the amount of work that has to get done to be successful with the task or project, and forget that I have the entire semester to get it done. Probably have passed up a significant number of opportunities, because I get blinded by the massive amount of tasks and not able to effectively compartmentalize the individual steps quickly to settle my initial fear.
Tonya from Budget and the Beach:
I think one fear I’ve been avoiding is packing up and just moving somewhere random without a job or knowing anyone. Or even knowing if I’ll like the place. I spend a lot of time thinking of the future place I want to live and going into analysis paralysis. The funny thing is when I was a lot younger I did the very thing I’m afraid of now, and it worked out great. I think as I get older, it’s like I’m hanging on for dear life for what I already have. Funny how that happens.
Tonya’s point about becoming more fearful as she gets older is interesting. I think it’s something we all have to be mindful of. ***Looking at you crazy old relatives who insist on arming yourselves to the teeth.***
Kyle from Kythesis:
My friend and I are in serious talks about starting a local brewery, business plans are being drawn up. He’s owned a small business and is a good salesman. There will be a couple test phases for a while to nail down a couple recipes and see how the local market reacts.
Kyle, I’ve had your beer and I know you can brew. Go for it! Your town square could totally use a good microbrewery. I’d love to support you whenever I’m in town.
Duncan from Duncan’s Dividends:
I think the thing I’m most afraid of is being in your position at the end of the journey. I’m just starting out and just started recording it online myself, but I think fear of jumping off and letting go of conventional work mentalities is the most challenging thing for me.
That one hits home, but maybe not for the same reason as you Duncan. More soon…
What is your best life hack?
I love life hacks. Anything that allows me to squeeze more time, money and happiness into my daily routine is a win. Here are a couple of my own:
Gamifying your Life
I like to give myself little challenges that encourage me to live right and improve. Here are two of them:
- Cell phones: I’m on a cell phone plan where the less you use, the less you pay. This accomplishes two things
- I pay less than $20/month for phone service (I’ll write about this soon).
- My nose isn’t buried in the phone constantly.
- Track it: Forcing myself to keep track of beer consumption and spending through online logs makes me drink and spend less respectively. Having to answer to the spreadsheet is a powerful behavioral changer.
I write everything down as soon as I think about it. Google Keep is an awesome tool for keeping track of stuff, especially since it syncs to all of your screens; if I take a note on my laptop, it instantly appears on my phone. Here are some ways I use it:
- Lists: I always know what I need from the grocery store until I get there. Then I forget it all. To prevent this, I keep a list in Google Keep. Pro-tip: I share my list with Mrs. 1500 so it automatically syncs on her phone.
- Ideas: If I don’t write down blog ideas when they pop into my head, I’ll forget them. This annoys this me immensely because I always remember that I had an idea; I just don’t remember what it is.
How about you? Share your best life hacks?
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