A combination of old and new, each of these quick fixes have one thing in common: They will increase your computing productivity. I personally use all of them on a regular basis. There is nothing groundbreaking about this list, it’s just a short reminder of how simple it is to increase your productivity by enhancing the tools you already use.
Too many people try to numerically measure success. Most of these numbers relate to wealth, age, intelligence, and seniority. The problem with trying to numerically calculate success is that it doesn’t account for personal feelings, thoughts, and general happiness. That which makes one person happy does not necessarily make everyone happy. Thus, the qualities that make one person successful do not automatically represent a universal measure for success.
As tragic as it is, you must keep in mind that some of the most famous, wealthy intellects fall victim to addictions and suicide. Why? Because even though these folks possess numerous quantifiable elements that society typically uses to measure success, nobody can accurately estimate how they truly feel about their personal lives.
Take away all the excess minutiae. You cannot be successful if you are unhappy, and happiness cannot be measured in numbers. It is impossible keep an accurate score of success when the game is based on personal feelings and beliefs. The key is to realize that success is multidimensional. Just because someone is visibly successful at something they do, does not always mean that they are successful in life as a whole.
To be truly successful you must never suck it up to being unhappy for extensive periods of time. Life is just too short for that kind of sacrifice.
There is an endless pool of life hacks out there discussing methods for improving your productivity, happiness, and general quality of life. However, there is only one life hack that forms the foundation for which all others are built upon. If you ignore it, you will fail. That’s the bottom line.
“Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
– Lyn Yutang
This life hack consists of 3 easy steps:
- Figure out what is important to you. – The 80/20 rule suggests that only 20% of your daily activities are actually important. The other 80% are mostly excess time wasters of far less importance. The key to success rests in being able to distinguish between the two.
- Eliminate the excess. – What is cluttering your life? What don’t you use on a regular basis? Throw it all away. What extra steps are you taking that don’t directly support your goals? Remove them from your routine. If it does not help you move forward, it isn’t worth doing.
- Focus all your energy on the outcome of step #1. – After completing steps 1 and 2 you will be equipped with a clear vision of what is truly important. All you have to do now is focus your efforts accordingly. If done right, you will actually notice yourself doing less and accomplishing more.
This life hack is really quite easy to execute once you get past the first step.
My last post discussed the critical relationship between knowledge and confidence. One point I failed to mention is that at regular intervals in the learning process confidence should actually decrease as knowledge increases. At first it might seem logical that an increase in knowledge consistently leads to an increase in confidence, but this is not always the case.
The more a person learns, the more they discover holes in their own personal knowledgebase. A steady increase in knowledge on a particular subject will actually create fluctuations in a person’s level of confidence pertaining to the same subject matter. As a person increases their knowledge they open new doors leading to information that was formerly unknown. When a new door is first open a person’s confidence actually decreases slightly due to the sudden realization of what they don’t know. Their confidence will then slowly increase as all the new information is addressed and accounted for. Eventually another new door will open and the cycle will carry on.
If your level of confidence in what you know never ever decreases, you may not be learning enough.
Knowledge and confidence are undoubtedly the two most important qualities one can possess. Together they create a universal groundwork for success regardless of the mission at hand. When combined, both knowledge and confidence directly fuel the promise of their counterpart, creating an unstoppable force of human potential. But if one loses track of the other, chaos takes the driver’s seat. The truth is that knowledge is almost completely useless without confidence, just as confidence is useless without knowledge.
Why do they rely so heavily on one another? In simple terms, knowledge is the product and confidence is the method of delivery. Consider the following:
- Knowledge without Confidence – Confidence is the vehicle for practical application. Without it most knowledge will remain at rest, never seeing the full potential of real world value. Knowledge without confidence is like a healthy set of lungs without air.
- Confidence without Knowledge – Knowledge is the product of reason. How can someone possibly be confident in something they don’t understand? The answer is that confidence can also be driven by ignorance, although in this form it will eventually lead to failure. Without the backend support of knowledge, confidence is nothing more than misguided verve. Confidence without knowledge is like a sports car with a lawnmower engine.
In its purest form, success is simply the byproduct of knowledge and confidence.