Buzzwords that emerge from Silicon Valley are usually vapid and imprecise. But in 2011 life hack—defined as “a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way”—was even added to Oxford Dictionaries Online.

Life hack (or life hacking) refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. The term was primarily used by computer experts who suffer from information overload or those with a playful curiosity in the ways they can accelerate their workflow in ways other than programming. – from wikipedia

The concept denotes a kind of upbeat, engineer-like approach to maximizing one’s personal productivity. Facebook feeds, dedicated websites, blogs and other media are furnishing office workers with an endless array of ideas on how to live fitter, happier, and more productively: track your sleep habits with motion-sensing apps and calculate your perfect personal bed-time; learn how to “supercharge your Gmail filters”; oh, and read novels, because it turns out that “reduces anxiety.”

The tribune of life hackers, the author and sometime tech investor Timothy Ferriss, drums up recipes for a life of ease with an indefatigable frenzy, and enumerates the advantages in bestselling books and a reality TV show; outsource your bill payments to a man in India, he advises, and you can enjoy 15 more minutes of “orgasmic meditation.” – from Nikil Saval in the Pacific Standard economics magazine

The question is though why do we need to get so busy? Why do we need all these apps to “hack” our life? We are now wired 24×7, and we might be doing more but are we happy? Do we enjoy our life more? Recent research in neuroscience argue that dedicating time to do nothing—literally sitting still and daydreaming—is absolutely necessary if we are to use our mental faculties and stumble upon new and original insights.

As you enter in the club coming to your Pilates session there is the Holstee Manifesto. This resonates with the club’s philosophy: slow down, look after your body, relax your mind and keep life simple so you can enjoy it more.

Life seems complicated these days. Success, money, and busyness are top of our priority list, yet deep in our hearts we’d prefer time, love, and security. Contemplation, “doing nothing”, mindfulness and meditation might seem confronting for most of us but as Thich Nhat Hanh is encouraging us: Looking deeply into the wrong perceptions, ideas, and notions that are at the base of our suffering is the most important practice in Buddhist meditation might be the answer to a better and happier life.

Think Well – with love from all of us at Cub Rhythm