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Slacker Reform Reborn

Posted on 24 February 2009 by Carl

Slacker Reform was initially an outlet for my personal venture into reform.

It is now my story and advice in a form that I hope will help people create the life they want to live.

It focuses on the idea of Lifestyle Design.

How we consciously choose to travel through the world in a meaningful and self-reflective mode.  By leaving behind our 9 to 5 jobs, vagabonding across the U.S. or just taking a more direct and involved approach to living life our way.

Inspired by work from Chris Guillebeau, Timothy Ferriss, Clay Collins, Leo Babauta, and writers from sites like Lifehack and LiveDev – this is my contribution to the movement of people who aren’t willing to stand idly by and let the world live their life for them.

The motto: Live, Learn, Succeed.

Spread the word, spread the movement.  Live outside the box.

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Transformation vs. Productivity

Posted on 25 December 2008 by Carl

Stepcase LifeHack is featuring a 12 part series entitled “Towards a New Vision of Productivity”.  It hits out at the reshaping of the productivity blogosphere from a lifehacking pseudo-religious organizational madness filled with folders, post-it notes, beeping reminders, etc. into simplified mindful living.

Before embarking upon my own quest of restructuring and a new life of simple pleasures I dragged through a bunch of lifehack posts set up on rss feeds, sat at a desk with multiple moniters and multiple machines whirring underneath it for eight to twelve hours a day and yet ran myself dry mentally, emotionally, and physically almost every week.

Where the difference comes in is in transformation over productivity.

Productivity, as has been echoed over and over, is dead.  Long live productivity.  Productivity as a set of systems to create efficiency in our lives isn’t efficient unless we are effective in choosing the goals which produces the results we want in our lives.

No productivity system can put you in a zen like, meditative, or mind like water state. A calm, focused, and meditative mind leads to greater productivity, but productivity systems cannot create a mind like water. – Clay Collins.

Transformation is about reshaping our lives.

When we reevaluate the goals and purpose of our life, cut out the extraneous portions that are holding us back, and replace them with a simple mindful attentive life we can live in a much more meaningful manner.  When we have a mindful way of living we are far more productive than when our life is bloated with hours at a desk, associations that drag us down, tools that take more time than they are worth, and so on.

Transformation is what this blog is about.

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