Daily Productive Sharing 220 - How Short Is Our Life?

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生命有多短暂?恐怕是个难以回答的问题,Paul Graham 有了孩子之后对此有了更清晰的认识:

  1. 生命中有两类浪费时间的事,一种是被迫浪费时间,比如交通堵塞,比如冗余的手续;另一种是诱使我们浪费时间,比如无穷无尽的短视频推荐,比如各种赌博游戏;
  2. 我们可能无法规避被迫的时间浪费,但是我们可以规避诱使的时间浪费;
  3. 判断是否浪费时间的一个诀窍就是问我们自己,未来要什么,要自由,还是要其他?
  4. 我们不必提醒自己不要等待,想到就做才好。



Life is Short

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How short is life? I'm afraid that's a difficult question to answer, and Paul Graham has a clearer understanding of it since having children:

  1. there are two types of time wasters in life, those that are forced upon us, such as traffic jams and redundant procedures, and those that induce us to waste time, such as endless short video recommendations and various gambling games.
  2. we may not be able to circumvent the forced time wasters, but we can circumvent the induced time wasters.
  3. one trick to determine whether time is wasted is to ask ourselves what we want in the future, freedom, or something else?
  4. we don't have to remind ourselves not to wait, it's better to start right now.

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Life is Short

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If you find yourself thinking that life is too short for something, you should try to eliminate it if you can.
There are two ways this kind of thing gets into your life: it's either forced on you, or it tricks you.
Indeed, the law of supply and demand insures that: the more rewarding some kind of work is, the cheaper people will do it.
There has always been a stream of people who opt out of the default grind and go live somewhere where opportunities are fewer in the conventional sense, but life feels more authentic.
But while some amount of bullshit is inevitably forced on you, the bullshit that sneaks into your life by tricking you is no one's fault but your own.
Counterintuitive as it feels, it's better most of the time not to defend yourself. Otherwise these people are literally taking your life.
But when you ask adults what they got wrong at that age, nearly all say they cared too much what other kids thought of them.
One heuristic for distinguishing stuff that matters is to ask yourself whether you'll care about it in the future.
One great thing about having small children is that they make you spend time on things that matter: them. They grab your sleeve as you're staring at your phone and say "will you play with me?" And odds are that is in fact the bullshit-minimizing option.
The saddest windows close when other people die. Their lives are short too.
You don't need to be constantly reminding yourself why you shouldn't wait. Just don't wait.
Relentlessly prune bullshit, don't wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That's what you do when life is short.