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WE SAN FRANCISCO | #LIFEHACKS: SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE AND UNLEASH YOUR BEST SELF
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FEBRUARY 10, 2016
WE SAN FRANCISCO | #LIFEHACKS
SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE AND UNLEASH YOUR BEST SELF
 
 
 

On February 10, WE San Francisco welcomed Jamie Gardner, Managing Partner at Gardner Consulting and FUSE Corps President, to teach us how to “hack our lives”—to use tricks or shortcuts to increase productivity and efficiency. Find her presentation here!

 
This engaging discussion began with Jamie live-polling the audience, where we found that we all have obligations outside of work that vie for our time and attention. Jamie asserted that it can be easy to focus on one area and miss the bigger picture—for instance, looking for that parking garage while completely missing the available spot on the street.
 
Combatting Stress with External Lifehacks
As technology continues to improve at light-breaking speed, why do we still find ourselves overworked and overburdened? Jamie asserted that we have gone from dealing with uncertainty to having to learn how to function within uncertain circumstances. Taking a physiological approach, she explained the “amygdala hijack”—in short, as stress bubbles up, your emotional center (the amygdala) can respond more quickly than the rational brain, leading to irrational and sometimes destructive reactions.
 

So what can we do instead to lessen the stress on our lives? Nowadays, you can buy time! In a highly interactive session, the audience enthusiastically shared their favorite lifehacks--from apps to fitness regimes and ways to avoid doing those pesky dishes. These external lifehacks mostly revolved around outsourcing in order to save time. See the post-its below for the suggestions we collectively came up with.

 
 
 
Looking Inwards with Internal Lifehacks

In addition to these external tricks, Jamie emphasized that we can make internal lifehacks as well. She urged us to be mindful as we go through our lives, to take a deep breath not only to give us time to react rationally, but also to breathe in the joy of a hot shower, a walk home, or reading your favorite book on your commute. She suggested meditation as just one way to connect the head, heart and the belly, focusing on the physical so we can quiet our minds.

 

In addition, Jamie suggested internal direction can come from defining who we want to be and where we want to go—our “North Star”—and paying attention, checking in often to ensure we’re on the right track. She reminded us of the power of a strong network, like WE, that we can rely on as we seek the time and presence of mind to be our best selves.

 
This extremely interactive session was followed by networking over drinks and appetizers, as we continued to share our ideas for #lifehacks.
 
 
 

               Hacking Your To-Do List

  - Shyp – picks up, packages and sends your items

  - Getaround – peer-to-peer car sharing

  - Zipcar

  - Uber

  - Uber can also pick up/deliver something—you

    don’t even have to ride along!

  - Rinse - laundry delivery service

  - Economist Espresso – news digest

  - Global Entry/TSA Precheck – speed through

    security at the airport

  - Small apartment, no dishwasher? They make small
    versions for your countertop!
  - Doodle - schedule events with participants in
    multiple organizations

               Hacking Home Life

 

  - Teach kids how to use public transit

  - Require kids to do chores

  - Plan the week’s meals in advance

  - Grocery delivery – Instacart

  - Meal delivery – Blue Apron, takes the guess work

    out of meal planning and you still prepare the food

  - Prepared food delivery–no dishes! Munchery;

    Sprig; Caviar – local restaurants

  - Use dry shampoo—save time doing your hair!

  - Nextdoor - know what’s going on in your   

    neighborhood—find a babysitter, learn about a

    party or security issues

  - Handy – find home cleaners and handypeople

                 Hacking Yourself

  - Rethinking time—designing for happiness

  - Let go

  - Yoga—bring your attention to your body instead of

  your mind

  - Don’t overanalyze

  - Meditate

  - Delete social media from your phone

  - Be mindful

  - Be present

  - Stop to feel the joy, e.g., of a hot shower

                   Hacking Shopping

  - Instacart – delivers groceries within an hour

  - Amazon Prime – free, fast shipping

  - Rent the Runway – designer dress and accessory

    rentals

  - Google Express – same-day/overnight shipping

  - Thredup – makes it easy to buy and sell

    pre-owned, like-new clothes online

  - MM.Lafleur – sends a “Bento Box” of work clothes

    based on your style


                   Hacking Organization

  - Write notes/reminders/lists

  - Use notes on phone for reminders, lists

  - Take pictures of things you need to remember

  - Set iPhone reminders

  - Google Docs

  - Delectable – Wine app allows you to save

   information and ratings

  - Wunderlist – organize and share your to-dos

                      Hacking Fitness

  - 7 Minute Workout

  - Interval workouts cut gym time in half

  - Map My Run finds suggested routes, great for new

    places

  - Fitbit to track daily activity
           

 
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