Notes from a Floating Life Thoughts about productivity, digital living, and leading a simpler life

My Litmus Test

For whatever reason, I’ve garnered a reputation over the years as someone who’s … well, I like to say unenthusiastic about a variety of things. Other people call me a hater. Both assumptions are, at best, a knee-jerk reaction.

Why have I gained that reputation? Mainly because I don’t jump on the latest bandwagons —whether culturally or technologically. I’ve never been one to follow the crowd and, in a number of cases, don’t think that the majority is right.

Instead of blindly following the crowd, I apply a litmus test to most things I encounter.

That test is very simple. I ask the following question: Will this make my any of the following: more interesting, more productive, more intelligent, better informed, better prepared, or even just kinkier?

Usually, the answer is a resounding no. If the answer is yes or maybe, then I investigate a little further. Doing that culls a few more things from the list. From there, I watch how the items on my list develop. Finally, I either dump or adopt. More often than not, it’s dump.

Using that litmus test has saved me a lot of time, money, and energy. I spend less of all three chasing something that doesn’t have much appeal or benefit in both the shorter and longer runs.

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