We waste a lot of time. Life is like a messy jigsaw puzzle with too much room between the cracks. These are the moments you’re actually getting thin

Don’t Just Live Your Life, Optimize It

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2021-09-27 04:30:05

We waste a lot of time. Life is like a messy jigsaw puzzle with too much room between the cracks. These are the moments you’re actually getting things done. And this? This is wasted time. Which, for the average person, amounts to 21.8 hours every week. That’s equal to a part time job or running five whole marathons. The good news is, we now have an array of goods and services designed to optimize our lives and squeeze that puzzle into an impermeable, airtight hunk of productivity. And all it takes is five pretty simple steps. Step one, minimize friction, maximize hustle. Imagine you wake up in the morning. Maybe in real life, you look like this, or this, or this. But right now, you’re just going to look like this guy. You’re 5’ 10“, average build, with a strong preference for citrus, and an estimated lifespan of 82. Optimizing is going to allow you to milk as much time out of those 82 years as humanly possible. So pack your gym bag the night before. That way, you can grab it on your way out the door without having to think twice or second guess your athletic goals. Read your daily news briefing on the way to the gym, and try to complete a seven minute high intensity workout session, which can improve your oxygen consumption by up to 9%, allowing you to be more productive the rest of the day. Optimization is about thinking one step ahead. If you order your coffee while you’re still at the gym, you can pick it up on your way to work practically without having to stop. Seamless. Now you work for a while. In 1930, John Maynard Keynes famously predicted that, with the advance of technology, we would only have to work 15 hours a week to get by. Well, Keynes’ prediction was completely backward. Rather than reducing the hours we work, we’ve found a way to increase the work we do every hour. Eventually, you leave work and walk for a bit to offset the sitting. But then you need to eat off at the walking. Meal subscription services are awesome for this. So you can have everything you need for dinner chopped and waiting for you by the time you’ve unpacked and repacked your gym bag. Read a book while you cook, but not the whole book. There are services now that actually just give you the short version of the book. Same info, way less time. With all these time saving devices, you’re now able to go to bed way ahead of schedule. And with polyphasic sleeping, you can stop spending so much damn time unconscious, and therefore unproductive. Step two, iterate. The next morning, you’re up five hours ahead of time and feeling great. But you know you could be feeling better. At the gym, check your emails on the bike while drinking a meal replacement shake with an added shot of MCT oil to stabilize the glucose in your bloodstream and prevent you from getting hungry until dinner or maybe ever again. You’re saving time and feeling great. And when you save time and feel great, you’re going to have more time and energy to plan out how to save more time and feel even better. You leave work perfectly timed with the ride share you’ve prearranged, allowing you to complete a Duolingo Mandarin course. [SPEAKING MANDARIN] You’re home wildly ahead of schedule and meal prepping next week’s morning shakes while Alexa reads off your 23andMe results. You’re hoping to reveal your suspected Viking chieftain routes, but instead discover your relation to a lineage of Irish mill workers, so should therefore be adding flaxseed instead of coconut oil, which you never would have known about if you hadn’t listened to that bio hacking podcast last night. In your dreams, you descend into a deep, fiery cave that looks kind of like your gym, except inside a volcano, visited by conjurings of all the people doing more than you. Oh, look. It’s Elon Musk and Kathy from work, who’s already finished Obama’s 2020 reading list. And Victor something, who you haven’t talked to since high school, but apparently has a tech startup and a six pack. Wake up in a cold sweat ready to take your day to the next level with step three, which is to skip step three. Step four, accelerate. Fast forward a month. You have optimized your life so efficiently that you’re now able to live five whole days in the time it takes most people to live just one. With a quick calculation, you realize that your previously predicted 82 year lifespan, combined with your current rate of productivity, minus the 34 years you lived before you learned how to optimize actually comes out to a whopping 240 productive years of life for you. And the new pressure cooker you just got that’s programmable from your phone will push that to 265. Hashtag worth it. Step five, eventually, you die. You win the international award for most lives lived in one life. No one knows quite what it was you did with all that time. All they know is you sure didn’t waste it, right? [MUSIC PLAYING]

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