Why you shouldn’t Life-Hack your life

There’s a lot of talk these days, about the truly amazing, incredible, wonderful, life transforming benefits to hacking your life (even the sound of that term conjures up a visual for me of some knife wielding maniac).



A term that originated from computer programmers who were under immense information overload and wanted to accelerate their work-flow. Wiki says that Life-Hacking is “any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency”. The internet is all over it with questions like “Are you struggling to meet expectations and carry the weight of responsibilities?” and statements like “100 ways to tweak your life so that it’s easier”. One site has even called their life hacking site The University of Life (I mean, really?). The bottom line is that life hacking will apparently ENHANCE your life (no fillers, filters or Filipino pool guys necessary.)


On the face of it, this all sounds like good shit right? Who doesn’t want things to be easier?


Well, I’d just like to inform you that I’ve been there, got the T-shirt and accelerating your workflow is not all it’s cracked up to be.


I spent a good deal of my 30’s being in this kind of rushed, pushed, heavy workload, in my career, in my Master’s degree at university and as a mother. There was so much to DO in my day that I was hungry (okay I was desperate) for ways to make what I had to do easier. No actually, I wanted it to be shorter, so I could have more time. More. Time. Just the sound of that elicited hefty fantasies of “relaxing” and “slowing down”


The reality was in a galaxy far far away…