Because “life hacks” and “productivity tips” are next to “viagra” and listicles when it comes to “stuff I reflexively avoid clicking on in my inbox”. Anyway, “schemes” evokes the snake-oil sheen that productivity tricks have, whether you are selling them to others or to yourself. This is the correct attitude.
The need for slack time in your life.
[…]Doctorow reports that there’s a conflict between the optimization of your time via getting things done and the sort of experimental playtime you often need to do creative work.
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.
However, still avoid clickbait.
See also privacy.
- avoid email and other such social time-suck
- corollary: avoid social networks EVEN MORE, since they are designed to leverage your psychology to waste your time
- Slack (no relation to the concept of “slack time”, above) is a communication platform somewhat more compatible with workplace organising than other chat programs. Does what the short-lived Google Wave was supposed to do, I suppose. Can be forced to support mathematics.
Time management tools
See time management.