Hey guys, this post is going to be on the efficiency lifestyle.
Now, what is the efficiency lifestyle, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you!
The efficiency lifestyle is simply where one is doing the bare minimum to survive, and I mean survive. The efficiency lifestyle is not minimalism as the two are distinctly different. Minimalism is a choice, the efficiency lifestyle isn’t. Minimalism means all your physical and psychological needs are being met, and yet you choose to minimize certain things that don’t matter or, at least, don’t matter as much as others. Minimalism is about selectivity, choosing the few things you want to be either extraordinary in (or simply prioritize) and, due to satisfaction and contentment being in your nature, fulfilling the base or sufficient level required for everything else.
Translation: focus on what matters and do the bare minimum for the rest.
The efficiency lifestyle, on the other hand, is the opposite of this. Now, this lifestyle occurs when you’re first starting out and trying to get your bearings in this cold and often unforgiving world. This lifestyle is fine for a time; in fact, one to three years is the average time a person lives this lifestyle. However, around the three year mark you should develop the urge, the desire to step things up and transition to a lifestyle of comfort. The problem is is that people often get stuck in this efficiency lifestyle (particularly men) and decide to stay there for eternity.
Now, how does living the efficiency lifestyle not bode well for anyone in the long run. Simple, if you want a relationship, if you want a family, if you want long lasting and genuine connections, the efficiency lifestyle is the last thing that will get you to that. Understand that a relationship, especially a committed one, is a shit ton of work and requires that both people have their physical and psychological needs met in spite of their different backgrounds and upbringings.
I had to learn this one through introspection and watching how others lived day to day.
See, most men (and women, if there are any reading this) want to have a a social life of abundance with people they care about. They also want the financial freedom to do as they please and spend the majority of time with people they care about rather than slaving away at a job just to keep themselves afloat.
Living the efficiency lifestyle makes you less than human.
What do I mean by this?
I mean that the efficiency lifestyle is something relegated to when an apocalypse happens and every resource becomes scarce and you have to get it how you live. The efficiency lifestyle is perfect then. However, with so much technological advances making our lives easier, especially automation and delivery systems that make acquiring anything as easy as pushing keys on a keyboard (and having the money to afford it), this lifestyle is not only unnecessary, but damaging to one’s physical (unless well trained) and psychological health.
Now, I know I’m not talking about navy seals or war vets or hardened soldiers. I’m talking about the average person that simply wants to connect with the world and be assured they exist. The efficiency lifestyle puts you in a state of nonexistence. If this is what you want, more power to you. If not, read on. . .
The efficiency lifestyle puts you in a state of unreality, a state of nonexistence, a state of colorlessness, a state of being invisible to the world. Sure, you may be a funny person, you may have charisma, you may have a personality. But, if that personality isn’t manifested in the physical world in some way, shape, or form. . .you are simply a blob that can be molded into anything.
Including an abusive person’s puppet.
The efficiency lifestyle is fine. There’s nothing wrong with it. If you want to be invisible, if you want to be a gray man, if you want to be a social pariah then more power to you.
However, if you want a social life of abundance, genuine connections with the people around you, a life of color, a life immersed in reality, a life that validates your existence and gives you what you truly want then, at some point you have to abandon the efficiency lifestyle and transition into a life of comfort.
Hope this helps,