For me the balance of work, play, relationships, basic needs, frivolous endeavors, and a multitude of various facets that coalesce into the consolidated pool we shall call “utilizable time” don’t actually allow me to do more in any given day than what I anecdotally tally in my short and rather unscientific review of the past.
Perhaps I’m wrong here, but when I watch the History Channel or listen to really old people talking about the way it used to be I’m always struck by how much more time they had. I mean when you think about walking to school, driving untold miles to the post office, washing your laundry in the river, catching your dinner, and so forth, it would seem to reason that free time for them should have been at a veritable minimum (if not wholly non-existent). Yet these people had time for courting, barn raisings, ho-downs, drive-ins, phone booth stuffings, and other activities — regardless of how absurd and useless we would label them today — that reflect a rather sizeable block of leisure time. They had time. They did what we do but they did it without technology, infrastructure, and other modern conveniences that we take for granted.
Today, I believe I have less time to accomplish social and personal goals due to the fact that I have become a slave to the items that, ironically, I procured to optimize and ultimately gain time. Not so in the alternate world I bought my way into. I spend more time servicing the electronics, troubleshooting software glitches, restarting modems, updating this or that, avoiding identity theft, fixing paper jams, diagnosing “service engine” lights, replacing batteries, and the list goes on. Take a look around you. Take a good hard look at the items you use all day long to make you more efficient.
Of course, we continue to trend toward the disposable society where it’s just cheaper to replace than fix, but, a collision looms as the recent surge in eco-awareness gains momentum in a $4.00/gallon world.
I posit that we should be acutely cognizant of these facts as we may soon be caught in the crossfire. Lifestyle habits developed throughout the slow march to the present most certainly have contributed to my difficulties but as I survey all that I own I’m coming to the conclusion that more needs to go and a more feng shui zeitgeist embraced.
The tips I will provide over the next series of articles will serve to enlighten you about ways of accomplishing more with less. You need some technology, some lifestyle guidance, and openness to leveraging the hard earned lessons of those of us who have fought the good fight and obtained some hard earned wisdom.
For example, outsourcing your life can be a humbling yet empowering step in this rather arduous path to freeing yourself from the oppressiveness of multi-tasking yourself into oblivion. A person must know his limitations and you must learn to accept the simple fact that there are some people that are better at things than you and, even more remarkable, these people actually enjoy doing the things you despise.
So strap yourself in and read along as we explore ways to maximize your time and other facets of your life through outsourcing techniques and other life automation tools. All areas are open for review and you will learn to trust (and we will earn that trust) us by recognizing that we live these solutions and only endorse that which we know to be truly beneficial to you future. So let’s go save some time…
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