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Review on The Best Life Hacks of 2005

Review on The Best Life Hacks of 2005

The phrase Life Hacks has been used for nearly two years now, but 2005 is the year that everyone seeks to learn more hacks to increase their productivity in life. Time is just not enough and everyone wants to best use of their time. Getting Things Done was the hottest topic in 2005. During June-July 2005, Techorati reported that David Allen’s Getting Things Done book was the most talked book on the Net. Then there were introduction of new ways of managing tasks and PIM, including new online planning application. People were trying to figure out different ways of using paper organizers – even making their own paper templates and print them out whenever they run out of pages.


Paper based organizer won the popularity battle in 2005. Online organizer is still waiting for its moment when everyone has Internet access on the run. Electronic based organizer has its own place – the release of GTDTiddlyWiki created a hit around the Internet. People were amazed on how portable it is and how easy to update data because it is Wiki based.

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Then, we created some trends on the sleeping cycle. Bloggers have started to look into it, including our friend Steve Pavlina has tried and it works for him.

How to manage yourself and work with others? Management was a big topic in 2005 and it will continue its place among Life Hacks topics. No matter if you are working for others or a manager – You will be effective when you know how to communicate, motivate yourself and others, handle tasks and self-manage yourself.

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We also covered different topics that were trends around the Net – introducing some quick hacks and tips on audio book, cooking, writing, and software.

When I was compiling the best posts of 2005 in Lifehack.org, I was amazed we have already passed 700 posts mark. I am thrilled to see how far lifehack.org has gone so far. During 2005, my priority has been changed personally and profressionally and I am so happy lifehack.org is still running and supported by many people everyday.

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To select the best posts, It would be a difficult task if you ask me to select the best among those posts by hand. For now, I have selected the top 23 of the most popular posts, based on visits, trackback and comments. Here you go, the most popular lifehack.org posts of 2005:

  1. Fifty (50!) Tools which can help you in Writing
  2. Essential List and Resources on Firefox Extensions
  3. 150 Tips and Tricks on Cleaning
  4. Over 100 Quick and Easy Healthy Foods
  5. 9 Tips in Life that Lead to Happiness
  6. Essential Resources for Google Maps
  7. Fifty Essential Topics on Economics
  8. How to Download Google Video
  9. 20 Things They don’t want you to know
  10. Cooking 101: 20 Lessons to kick start your cooking skill
  11. Permission to Suck
  12. 6 Reasons on Why are You Procrastinating
  13. Getting Things Done (GTD) with Mac and Palm
  14. PocketMod: Flash Generating Paper Organizer
  15. “But I Can’t…”
  16. How to Stop Worrying
  17. GTD on Yahoo! Calendar
  18. Who needs a PDA when I’ve got paper?
  19. The Importance of Daily and Weekly Planning
  20. The Forgotten Power of Conversation
  21. Information List of Polyphasic Sleep
  22. 7 Steps to Help you Better in Writing
  23. The Passion of the Craft

This is probably the last post of the year if there aren’t any breaking news. Thank you everyone for their support in 2005! I wish all readers 2006 will be the best and most productive year. My new year resolution is to continue my journey of improving myself, and keep Lifehack.org running as long as I can. Remember the 12 self-management checklist we have introduced this week? To help you achieving your new year resolution, I encourage you to make a public commitment here by dropping down into the comment below, if you feel comfortable on doing so.

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Lifehack.org will see you next year!

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How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic Throughout the Day

How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic Throughout the Day

This article is the 2nd in the 6-part series, Lifehack Challenge: Become An Early Riser In 5 Days.

If you’d like to become an early riser, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your oft-ignored alarm clock.

So how to become an early riser?

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Here are five tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper to early morning wizard:

1. Choose to get up before you go to sleep

You’re not very good at making decisions when you’ve just woken up. You were in the middle of a dream in which [insert celebrity crush of choice here] is serving you breakfast in bed only to be rudely awakened by the harsh tones of your alarm clock. You’re frustrated, angry, confused, and surprised. This is not the time to be making decisions about whether or not you should stay in bed! And yet, most of us leave the first decision of our day to be made in a blur of partial wakefulness.

No more! If you want to be a consistently early riser, try making your decision to rise at a specific time before you go to sleep the night before. This frees you from making the decision in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Instead of making a decision, you have only to follow through on your decision from the night before. Easier said than done? Of course. But only for the first few times. Eventually your need for raw willpower to get out of bed will diminish and you’ll be the proud parent of a new habit!

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Steve Pavlina suggests you practice getting out of bed during the day[1] to get a few of the “practice sessions” out of the way without the early morning fog in your head.

2. Have a plan for your extra time

Let’s say you’ve actually made it out of bed 2 hours before you normally would. Now what? What are you going to do with all this time you’ve discovered in your day? If you don’t have something planned to do with your extra time, you risk falling for the temptation of a “morning nap” that wipes out all the work you put into getting up.

What to do? Before you go to bed, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. Do you have a book to write, paper to read, or garage to clean? Make a plan for your early hours and you’ll do more than protect yourself from backsliding into bed. You’ll get things done and those results will fuel your desire to build rising early into a habit!

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3. Make rising early a social activity

While there’s obvious value in joining a Lifehack Challenge in order to get you started as an early riser, your internet buddies just don’t have enough pull to make your new habit stick in the long term. The same cannot be said for the people you spend time with as part of your early morning routine.

Sure, you could choose to read blogs for two hours every morning. But wouldn’t it be great to join an early breakfast club, running group, or play chess in the park at 5am? The more people you get involved in making your new habit a daily part of your life, the easier it’ll be to succeed.

4. Don’t use an alarm that makes you angry

If we’re all wired differently, why do we all insist on torturing ourselves with the same sort of alarm each morning? I spent years trying to wake up before my alarm went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. I got pretty good, too. Then I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized that different ring tones irritated me less but worked just as well to wake me up. I now use the ring tone alarm as a back up for my bedside lamp plugged in to a timer.

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When the bright light doesn’t work, the cellphone picks up the slack and I wake up on time. The lesson learned? Experiment a bit and see what works best for you. Light, sound, smells, temperature, or even some contraption that dumps water on you might be more pleasant than your old alarm clock. Give something new a try!

5. Get your blood flowing right after waking

If you don’t have a neighbor you can pick fights with at 5am you’ll have to settle with a more mundane exercise. It doesn’t take much to get your blood flowing and chase the sleep from your head. Just pick something you don’t mind doing and go through the motions until your heart rate is up. Jumping rope, push-ups, crunches, or a few minutes of yoga are typically enough to do the trick. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

If you live in a beautiful part of the world like me, you might want to use a bit of your early morning to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the world around you. If you have a coffee shop open within walking distance, dragging yourself out of bed for a cup of coffee to savor on your walk home as the world wakes around you is a wonderful experience. Try it!

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