Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2006-11-17

Life Hacks: My Enduring Obsession

So, as many of you alert readers already know, I am the kind of person who often has, shall we say, quite a few irons in the fire. As of my most recent count, I am involved in three blogs, one YALSA committee, two NJLA sections, will be presenting at a handful of conferences in 2007, and am co-writing a book with Liz B. And oh yes, I'm a parent to the most charming child who ever lived. I love my work, I love my family, and I want my family to keep on loving me, which means I need to watch how demonstrative I am with my work love.

Enter life hacks. Life hacks, as blogged about at Lifehacker.com, Lifeclever.com, Lifehack.org, and DavidSeah.com (among others -- these are just my favorites), are about cutting through the mental, physical, and emotional garbage (for lack of a better word) that holds us back from Getting Things Done (lots of people are fans of GTD, so I'm linking to it here, but it's not really for me) in our work and personal lives. Got an inkstain you're terrified to tackle? Lifehacker can help. Need to revamp your resume but don't know where to begin? Lifeclever to the rescue. Recently appointed to a management position? Lifehack.org has your back.

Herewith, a round-up of some truly wonderful sites and tools I use daily to keep my life on the path towards sanity:

  • Lifehacker.com -- the Grandaddy of them all, Lifehacker's cadre of editors trawl the web for the best in tech, diy, career, food, and more. Updated seemingly a billion times daily, this is the desert island life hacking blog. If you had internet access on a desert island, I mean.
  • Lifeclever.com -- This one is new to me. I discovered it when Lifehacker blogged their excellent piece on resume refining.
  • Lifehack.org -- This is a whole community, with articles, discussion forums, and a blog. Their focus is as much on emotional well-being as on straight productivity, which is smart. After all, emotional well-being is both an end-product and goal of true productivity (or, at least, it should be). I found one of my favorite tools, the Task Flow Worksheet, here.
  • David Seah -- especially his Printable CEO (TM) Series and his Productivity feed
  • 43 Folders -- like I said, I'm not so into Getting Things Done: The Branded Philosophy, but I do like this blog, and when I remember to read it, I'm always glad I did. Tips galore, and there's always food for thought.

Is anyone out there offering time management/lifehacking programs to patrons at their libraries? This might be a real draw, especially if you marketed it as a skillshare. There might even be enough material for a 2- or 3-event series here: a skillshare one week, a presentation by lifehacking library staff the next, and maybe a nascent support group for your new hackers.

Please share program ideas & favorite lifehacky links in the comments, and have a wonderful weekend, all!

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