Every once in a while, you come across a new word or phrase that encapsulates a meaning you can immediately apply to yourself. That happened to me a couple years ago when I stumbled on a “life hack” at the eponymous website.
It might be the geek in me, but I love that phrase. It’s not as dignified as “self improvement” nor as laden with connotation as “self help.” It does not rise to the level of eliminating smallpox or inventing air conditioning. It’s smaller in scope, practical even.
A life hack makes your work or play in some way easier, more productive, or more efficient. It simplifies. It frees up time or lets you add a project with less effort. It may help you on your road to self improvement, or it may make a task less annoying.
Consider this one of the blessings of living in the modern age. Science, the industrial revolution, and the free market are the foundation while life hacks are the blackout drapes and comfy cushions.