Life Hacks for Minimalists
I only check email once per week.
I move in straight lines on all occasions.
I avoid entangling alliances.
I let criticism pass through me like a rock through a ghost.
I say No to meetings and Yes to hack-a-thons.
I get into bed really fast.
When I encounter an ellipsis, I stop reading after the second period.
I only check email once per month.
I avoid unnecessary tasks, such as things that are pointless, counterproductive, or harmful.
I live on the equator so that I move farther in less time.
I turn off my phone 14 hours before I go to bed.
To avoid remembering names, I call everyone “Laura Davis”.
I close my zipper only 80% – saves 30 seconds per month.
“Fuel the beast”: I provide healthy snacks for the caged beast in my office.
I only check email once.
I use the Benjamin Franklin technique—if too many tasks pile up, I move to France.
I make one day per week my absence day: I fill it with absences.
I work at a bread mill desk—it’s a desk where you mill bread while you work.
I don’t sweat the small stuff, the big stuff, or the medium stuff.
Once every 40 minutes, I press the nearest off button no matter what.
I never neglect the fundamental theorem of calculus.
I make sure to save a little time each day for a “Dali Lama moment”.
I don’t speak what I can smile. I don’t smile what I can nod. I don’t nod what I can just mentally incinerate.
I turn near death experiences into ebook opportunities.
Each day, Instead of 3 30 min meals, I eat 40 1 min meals – a 50 min savings.
I don’t go to the cup, I bring the cup to me.
I never check email. I open an email account, then close it without checking it.
Instead of reading a book filled with different words, I re-read the same word as many times as possible.
Instead of complaining, I look at a picture of a dead guy for 90 seconds.
I work in a distraction-proof hyperbaric ward.