The Twentysomething Lifehacker

My friend Cal Newport has a good essay in Flak Magazine on the paradox of young lifehackers. Money quote:

Since when did twentysomethings, the demographic that previously gave rise to the beatniks, hippies, punks, and slackers, care about something so prosaic, so establishment, as to-do lists and reclaiming wasted time?

Cal offers some insight into the burgeoning category of young people who undergo extensive goal setting exercises and inbox-efficiency tests.

I still think the period of emerging adulthood is marked more by slouching around than hyper-organizing; more wandering than end-in-mind focus. But there is indeed a minority of folks like my blog friend Scott Young who represent this breed of focused, young lifehackers. With the web they can connect, form a community, share tips, and most important, feel less strange that they care deeply about getting the most out of every minute of every day.

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