Harder Ways: Introduction

The 21st century is a world built on convenience. The simpler and easier something is to do, the more we’re sold on it.

Take the newest technology revolution: smart homes. With just a spoken phrase or press of a button, your entire house can cater to your every need: changing your house’s temperature, dimming your lights, or even playing your favorite music. Cars are even getting to the point where they can start using your house’s WiFi network.

Outside of a technological standpoint, as its sole purpose is to make our lives more efficient, company services like Amazon Prime Now and Google Express don’t even require us to shop inside a physical store anymore. Walmart is chasing the competition closely as they roll out their grocery pickup and delivery services.

So, what does this mean?

We can do almost everything from our couch. Groceries can be ordered off of a laptop, lights or temperature controlled by our voice, and even human interaction can be replaced with video-calling solutions like Skype or FaceTime. Our holiday presents come prewrapped for a couple of dollars and can be delivered straight to the recipient’s door.

Yet while it’s getting easier and easier to do everything, it’s also getting harder and harder to get more out of life. With all of this time on our hands, we’re left with empty chunks of our day. Instead of taking an hour to run to our nearest grocery store, we’re literally taking a couple of minutes to reorder our last pantry. Menial tasks can be replaced with automated machines like smart litter boxes and robot vacuums.

But what are we doing with all of our time?

In this idle state, I’ve witnessed even myself begin to idle, resorting to checking social media on my phone, sitting around listening to music, or even buying things in an attempt to restore some excitement to my life.

These things that are intended to save us time and make our lives more efficient are there because they allow us to spend our time more wisely in other aspects of our lives, not just have more of it.

And there are a wide variety of solutions for this boredom, the feeling of “ugh, I have nothing to do” we feel increasingly often. In this next few blog posts, I’m going to be outlining the ways to go about finding things to do, whether it be conducive to a more fulfilled future or just a quick fix.

Thanks for reading,