Ask The Readers: Productivity, Personal Development, Lifestyle Design… What Best Sums It All Up For You?
One of the problems I have with this blog is trying to categorize it, and sum it all up. When somebody asks me what I write about here, it’s difficult to explain. There are quite a few words that get used a lot, but it all seems very subjective and none of them ever seem to quite fit 100%. Productivity, personal development, lifestyle design, or other? What’s the name for all of this? What are all us bloggers actually writing about? And does it really matter what it gets called? Of course not, but it would be interesting to see what the general consensus is…
When I started the blog in 2006, productivity was the buzzword, fueled by the discovery of a little known book called Getting Things Done. But over time, I stopped writing about lists and getting things done, and started applying that “productive” mindset to finances, health, decluttering one’s home, etc. Was I still writing about productivity or was this lifehacking?
Lifestyle design seems to be a popular term nowadays too, after it got popularized by Tim Ferriss and his 4-Hour Work Week. However, judging by the replies I got to this question on Twitter, the old school term of personal development still seems pretty popular as a catch-all term. While that makes sense I think it has too much baggage. It reminds me too much of affirmations, positive thinking and the whole self-help stereotype, but that’s just me (or course, lifestyle design has it’s own baggage – “epic shit”, ebooks, constant traveling…).
What term do you prefer, and why? Maybe it’s one I’ve not already mentioned. Share your thoughts in the comments below. As ever I look forward to all of your opinions!