You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
As a transitive verb:
- To cut or chop with repeated and irregular blows.
- To cut or mutilate as if by hacking.
- To cope with successfully; manage.
As an intransitive verb:
- To write or refine computer programs skillfully.
- To use one’s skill in computer programming to gain illegal or unauthorized access to a file or network.
As a noun:
- A person who is a professional at doing some sort of service, but does crappy work.
- A really bad cough.
At some point, people started using it to mean a very clever solution to a problem.
When you say you “hacked your life,” what do you mean? You probably didn’t mutilate it. You didn’t computer program it.
I recently saw an ad offering a “dinner hack.” What was it? It was a paid service that brings you ingredients and recipes in a box; you then do the cooking of said recipe with said ingredients.
Is that even a very clever solution to a problem? By that logic, is a TV Dinner a life hack?
How about these?
Does that mean any helpful tip someone has is now a hack or life hack?
You keep using that word. Stop using that word.