Don’t “Optimize” Your Life

Michael Garfield
6 min readSep 26, 2019
The shortest line between two points is getting assimilated. (Source: Macrovector.)

You cannot optimize your life. Not really. Stop before you hurt yourself.

Sure, you can discipline yourself and wrangle social media distraction to a minimum. In fact, that’s smart. You can, of course, make sure that you’re not eating “empty calories” or bingeing on bad television. Do that. You can tweak your exercise routines to make the most of what few minutes you have free between two other tasks, and seem to…

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Michael Garfield

Here to help you navigate the accelerating weirdness! Biologist turned philosopher, host of #FutureFossils & #ComplexityPodcast, ex @sfiscience ex @longnow.