Category Archives: Slackerology

How I live on $25,000 a year

Remember Slackerology? My probably best-selling, award-winning, religion-changing, planet-saving book proposal may have fizzled out on the desks of 26 editors, to the detriment of all society (history will vindicate me), but I’m still living and honing the theory every day. [If you need to get up to speed on the…

Dump your car and get a whole month of your life back every year

It’s been a while since I went on a Slackerology rant, but car-free living has been on my mind again recently and instead of just speaking in confident, but speculative terms, I decided to crunch a bunch of numbers to support my argument. When you ask someone why they don’t…

Slackerology: 5 Steps to Living Like a European in the US

Slackerology Theory: bringing home less disposable income and owning less crap can raise happiness and reduce stress. By this stage, I think my bias toward calculated Slackerology is pretty clear – as is my devout Atheism and loathing of the suburbs. While I was vagabonding around the planet from 2003…

Slackerology: The fallacies that keep us working like rented mules

Slackerology Theory: bringing home less disposable income and owning less crap can raise happiness and reduce stress. [I apologize. I know that last week I promised that this post would be about how to live like a European in the US, but as always, once I started writing, the post…

The Thankless Work of a Pioneering Slacker – the Leif Pettersen Story

As promised last week, I’m following up my post on the destructive culture of over-work here in the US with a little background on my personal research in the field of Slackerology. And when I say ‘field’, I’m largely referring to a desk, in a cubical, in a secured, windowless…

Why are Americans working so hard?

The latest Expedia numbers about how few vacations days Americans receive (and subsequently use) have come out. While this annual survey is a fairly blatant tactic to encourage/enrage people into booking trips to Orlando and Hawaii, I always linger over the findings, as they are a key part of a…