It's that pre New Year time when people talk online about their resolutions. Editor of TechCrunch UK Mike Butcher has asked: What would be your top life hacks for 2009?
Initial suggestions from his subscribers on Twitter include:
- Get an iPhone
- Get fit with Wii Fit
- Listen more and assume less
- Stop smoking
- Plan and organise
- Stop reading the news
- Work less and play more
- More rugby?!
- Launch new web apps
Some good stuff, but a lot of these aren't really lifehacks. Some are more resolutions.
My three lifehacks which I've started making headway on already, are:
- Kill email as much as possible. I've been working hard on getting my email traffic down in volume through a mixture of rules, unsubscribing to email feeds for information, and encouraging peers and colleagues to ise other ways of contacting me. I still stand by my Email Efail contention from earlier in the month. Doing this means the important emails get dealt with quickly and not lost in a sea of alerts and cc'd 'yes thanks' etc spam.
- Use paper for GTD. I have an almost paper-free desk and am going to get rid of what's left - except from my three Moleskines. One for actions in meetings, one small one for personal stuff (it fits in my jeans pocket) and one is my diary (my electronic diary is noisy from shared access and so not as useful as I'd like). For ideas (and geekery) on GTD with Moleskines and other paper and some electronic hacks, check out this Flickr pool.
- Small bits of exercise every day. I don't get to do much exercise down to a mixture of family and commute, so my hack is to do as many small bits as possible. We'll see where that gets me - even if my 20min morning walk to my station chips away at the Xmas belly I'll be happy :)