The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2011: The Year in Review


Another year is coming to a close this weekend, and it’s been a banner one here at Lifehack.

As you’ll see below, one of our most popular posts of 2011 was our 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010 article, which flows nicely into this post which will outline the 100 Best Lifehack of 2011. Unlike last year’s list, there’s a few changes we put into place before delivering this list to our readers.

First off, the overall top 10 posts are determined by overall traffic during the past year, as well as engagement on social networks. The articles come from a wide variety of our website’s categories, whereas the remaining 90 articles are divided up into the primary categories that we write about at Lifehack: Communication, Lifestyle, Management, Money, Productivity and Technology.

Those 90 posts were decided on based on visits to each article, social media interaction, comments and then were finally curated by the Lifehack editorial team. Each category has 15 articles that made the cut for this year’s list as well.

You’ve got a lot of reading to do here, os let’s get started…

Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 2011


  1. Why You & Your Business Need to be Involved in Social Media
  2. How to Work Through Blog Burn Out
  3. How to Deal with Criticism in One Single Step
  4. 7 Ways to Build Your Network Without Using People
  5. 5 Simple And Obvious Tips For Better Communication
  6. Simplify Family Life With A Communication Station
  7. How to Write Better and Faster
  8. Start a Conversation with a Stranger without Sounding Desperate
  9. Do You Unnecessarily Point Out Flaws?
  10. Getting NaNoWriMo Done: How to Write a Novel in 30 Days
  11. How to Hack Language Learning
  12. How to Get a Book Contract in 6 Months (with a Blog)
  13. Mind Hack: The Philosophy of One
  14. 3 Ruthless Email Responses to Achieve Inbox Zero
  15. Starting A Blog in 2012? Avoid These 7 New Blogger Blunders


  1. What a Karate Weapon Taught Me About Achieving Big Goals
  2. 6 Easy Tips for Living with 100 Items or Less
  3. 10 Ways Improve Your Memory & Boost Brainpower
  4. Instant De-stress Tips: 7 Foods You Should be Eating Right Now
  5. Why Fear is Your Friend
  6. 10 Insanely Awesome Inspirational Manifestos
  7. 7 Benefits of Exercise (and Why Weight Loss Isn’t One of Them)
  8. Breaking Bad Habits in 28 Days
  9. Eating Ancestrally: How To Start Eating and Living Like A Human
  10. From Nag To Shag – The Ultimate Marriage Hack For Men
  11. The Best Decision You Can Make for Your Business — That Has Nothing to do With Money
  12. Enrich Your Life By Making it a Story to Tell
  13. How to Get Your Husband (or Wife) to Help Out More
  14. Advertising
  15. 7 Morning Hacks to Jumpstart Your Day
  16. 10 Wise Lessons: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger


  1. Virtual Assistants: Worth It?
  2. Today’s Career Challenge: Start Networking Like a Pro
  3. 4 Famous Workaholics (And The Secrets of Their Success)
  4. Improve Your Professional Credibility – Write a Book
  5. How to Make a Plan That Will Help Your Business Thrive
  6. How Logging Your Day Can Lead To Higher Effectiveness
  7. 7 Simple Steps to Resolve Any Problem
  8. The Art of Stress-Free Work
  9. How to Get a Do-It-Yourself MBA
  10. Beating the Meeting Monster
  11. Sensors and Intuitives: How to Bridge the Communication Gap
  12. 35 Reasons You Should Work With a Coach
  13. Living With Your Deadlines
  14. Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start Your Own Business
  15. The Absolute WORST Day to Take a Vacation (It’s Not When You Think!)


  1. 7 Tips for Reducing Your Overhead Costs
  2. Real Ways to Make Money Working from Home
  3. 26 Personal Finance Tips from Famous People
  4. Why I’ll NEVER Cut Up My Credit Cards
  5. Take Control of Meal Times With A Meal Planner
  6. 6 Luxurious Timesaving Services That Are Cheaper Than You Think
  7. Unexpected Ways The Library Can Save You Money
  8. Five Cost-Cutting Features of the Future Small Business You Can Embrace Today
  9. How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt
  10. 8 Tips for Raising Moneysmart Kids
  11. 100 Questions to Help You Write, Publish, and Sell Your Ebook
  12. The Black Friday Bucket List: 25 Things to Do on Black Friday (Shopping Not Included)
  13. Helping Japan: How to Make Sure Your Money Goes to the Right Place
  14. Advertising
  15. How to Negotiate with Car Salesmen and Get the Best Deal
  16. 3 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Finances in the New Year


  1. The Pomodoro Technique: Is It Right For You?
  2. Productivity with Tablets: Paradox or Reality?
  3. How to Stay Productive When You’re Sick
  4. 7 Ways You Shouldn’t Be Using Your Calendar
  5. The 5 Fundamental Rules Of Working From Home
  6. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gen Y
  7. How Steve Jobs Changed My Productivity
  8. Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time
  9. Get the Most Out of Your Week by Starting it on Sunday
  10. How I Learned 5 Habits in 30 Days
  11. How to Slow Down
  12. How to Practice the Art of Detached Focus to Achieve Your Goals
  13. 6 Effective Ways to Become Persistent
  14. Simplify Your Productivity Tools To Get More Done
  15. What Yoga Can Teach Us About Productivity


  1. 5 Tips for Effective Digital Note Taking
  2. 10 Android Apps to Help Save You Time & Money
  3. 7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Habits and Goals
  4. Kindle, Nook or iPad? How to Choose the Right eBook Reader for You
  5. Stop Wasting Time – How to Search Like a Pro
  6. Protecting Your Online Life With Secure Passwords
  7. 5 Things You May Learn From Google+ Launch
  8. 7 Tools For Writing On Your iPhone
  9. Focus on Art, Not on Features: Simple Online Tools for Writers
  10. To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System
  11. How to Stop Fiddling With Productivity Tools To Get More Done
  12. Goodbye Google Reader! (Or the Best RSS Reader Alternatives)
  13. Get Over Your Smartphone Addiction
  14. Advertising
  15. Lifehack’s iOS 5 Tips and Tricks Guide
  16. The Perfect Productivity Tool

Thanks to all of the Lifehack contributors, without whom this list would not have been possible. And thanks to you, our Lifehack readers. We hope that the articles that we offered up in 2011 — both those that made this list and those that did not — have helped you make waves in 2011. We’ve got more in store for you in the coming year, and we hope you’ll stick with us for the ride.

(Photo credit: 2011 on the beach of sunrise via Shutterstock)

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