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The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review

The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review

Life Hack: Year in Review for 2010

    Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first week of 2011 and many of us are getting ready to kick off the brand new year with a big bang. As we start off 2011 with our new resolutions and goals, let us now look back at the best posts at Lifehack in the past year.

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    In this review post, I have gathered 100 of the best LifeHack articles in 2010. These articles have been selected based on your votes and how much YOU have talked about them in social media (Facebook and Twitter). I have categorized these 100 articles into 11 main categories of Overall Personal Growth, Maximizing Productivity & GTD, Lifestyle & Habits, Inspiration & Motivation, Goal Achievement & Success, Emotional Mastery, People Skills & Relationships, Communications & Writing, Business & Career, Creativity & Inspiration, Family and Miscellaneous.

    Do not attempt to read this whole post at once! Instead, bookmark this mega list post and come back time and again to read the articles relevant to you at that point in time. I’ve ranked the posts within each category in order of popularity, with the most popular post being #1. I’ve also included the (1) author name and (2) total number of retweets and Facebook likes/shares beside the article, so you can gauge how well-received the article was among the LifeHack readers.

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    Let me start off with the top 10 most popular life hack posts out of the 100s of posts published in 2010. Each of them is a gem in itself. Be sure to check each of them out!

    Following which, I’ll present the 100 top articles presented in the 11 catetgories. Enjoy! And remember to share this to others via the retweet and Facebook buttons above! :)

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    Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 2010:

    Overall Personal Growth

    1. 42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself (by Celestine Chua, 2176)
    2. Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect (by Celestine Chua, 367)
    3. The Quickest Way to Create a New Mindset (by Craig Harper, 263)
    4. The Law of Attraction is a Dangerous Delusion (by Paul Sloane, 249)
    5. 7 Ways to Make Life Changing Decisions (by Hulbert Lee, 236)
    6. 5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life (by Celestine Chua, 150)
    7. What Do You Need To Let Go Of? (by Craig Harper, 132)
    8. How To Save Thousands on Personal Development (by Craig Harper, 114)
    9. Can You Transform Without Getting Uncomfortable? (by Craig Harper, 99)
    10. Do Your Beliefs Empower You or Limit You? (by Craig Harper, 97)
    11. 9 Ways To Tell If You Are A Self-Help Junkie (And What To Do About It) (by Celestine Chua, 90)

    Maximizing Productivity and GTD

    1. The Not-Do List: 9 Things You Need To Stop Doing (by Celestine Chua, 940)
    2. 11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination (by Celestine Chua, 823)
    3. 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity (by Celestine Chua, 700)
    4. Twitter Hack: 5 Ways To Up Your Visible IQ (by Seth Simonds, 505)
    5. 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management (by Celestine Chua, 497)
    6. How To Tweet in Just 5 Minutes a Week (by Seth Simonds, 229)
    7. A New Productivity for the Smartphone Era (by Francis Wade, 222)
    8. 5 Types of Emails You Should be Automatically Filtering (by Sid Sivara, 170)
    9. 12 Useful Ways To Get Out Of Ruts (by Celestine Chua, 164)
    10. Are You Becoming a “Productive” Moron? (by Francis Wade, 163)
    11. Staying Organized: 8 Tips for Daily Sanity (by Debbie Bowie, 160)
    12. Productivity Pr0n: 5 Unusually Useful Notepads (by Dustin Wax, 151)
    13. How I’m Getting a Smartphone, While Avoiding Crazy Habits (by Francis Wade, 144)
    14. 7 Ways To Stay Grounded by Staying Organized (by Debbie Bowie, 127)
    15. Fight Bad Cellphone Habits For Better Time Management (by Francis Wade, 124)
    16. Are You a Productive Person? Look at the Number of People Waiting (by Francis Wade, 121)

    Lifestyle and Habits

    1. 7 Caffeine-Free Ways to Increase Alertness (by Seth Simonds, 369)
    2. 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life (by Celestine Chua, 357)
    3. 5 Tips For Becoming An Early Riser (by Seth Simonds, 290)
    4. Do You Have A Morning Ritual? (by Seth Simonds, 279)
    5. 7 Effective Ways To De-Junk Your Life (by Seth Simonds, 254)
    6. 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick(by Celestine Chua, 242)
    7. 9 Tips For Better Sleep (by Seth Simonds, 213)
    8. Sleep Hack: A Simple Strategy For Better Rest In Less Time (by Seth Simonds, 187)

    Inspiration & Motivation

    1. 5 Simple ways to live a life you love (by Seth Simonds, 692)
    2. 20 Inspirational Quotes To Brighten Your Day (by Celestine Chua, 573)
    3. 7 Ways To Demonstrate True Strength (by Seth Simonds, 407)
    4. 8 Life Lessons You Should Learn Today (by Mike Brown, 275)
    5. What Advice Would You Give To Your 18 Year Old Self? (by Seth Simonds, 157)

    Goal Achievement & Success

    1. 11 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Results (by Celestine Chua, 368)
    2. 11 Simple Ways To Avoid Burnout (by Seth Simonds, 348)
    3. Brilliant Thinkers Relish Ambiguity (by Paul Sloane, 340)
    4. Top 10 Resolutions To Set For The New Year (by Celestine Chua, 304)
    5. How To Be In The Right Place At The Right Time More Often (by Seth Simonds, 239)
    6. How To Start and Run a Mastermind Group (by Sid Sivara, 208)
    7. 10 Tips to Create a High Performance Environment (by Debbie Bowie, 161)
    8. Change Your Focus For Better Results (by Craig Harper, 155)
    9. How To Walk On Water (by Seth Simonds, 130)
    10. How to Do What You’ve Always Wanted (by Steve Errey, 130)
    11. Education Should be More than Academic Basics (by Craig Harper, 115)

    Emotional Mastery

    1. 63 Ways to Build Self-Confidence (by Steve Errey, 754)
    2. 7 Simple Ways To Be Happier (by Seth Simonds, 509)
    3. 7 Quick ways to turn a bad day around (by Seth Simonds, 449)
    4. 11 Reasons to be Cheerful (by Paul Sloane, 430)
    5. 5 Simple Ways To Spread Positivity (by Seth Simonds, 272)
    6. How Much Stuff Do You Need To Feel Happy? (by Seth Simonds, 254)
    7. 5 Ways to Stop Second Guessing Yourself (by Steve Errey, 169)
    8. 5 Ways to Brighten A Cloudy Day (by Seth Simonds, 110)

    People Skills & Relationships

    1. 9 Helpful Tips To Deal With Negative People (by Celestine, 760)
    2. 9 Ways To Manage People Who Bother You (by Celestine Chua, 554)
    3. 5 Simple Ways To Be A Better Listener (by Seth Simonds, 357)
    4. Top 10 Ways to Lead More Effectively with Humor (by Mike Brown, 236)
    5. 5 Steps To Conquer Any Networking Event (by Seth Simonds, 183)
    6. 5 Keys To A Better Love Life (by Seth Simonds, 178)
    7. 5 Keys to Building Networks Over Time (by Alexandra Levit, 122)

    Communications & Writing

    1. 11 Paradoxes of Being a Better Public Speaker (by Mike Brown, 326)
    2. 9 Expert Tips For Better Writing (by Seth Simonds, 240)
    3. 10 Ways Blogging Can Improve Your Life (by Annabel Candy, 232)
    4. 9 Ways To Handle Interruptions Like A Pro (by Seth Simonds, 211)
    5. 8 Qualities of Powerful Writing (by Dustin Wax, 182)
    6. 31 Proven Ways To Get More Comments On Your Blog (by Seth Simonds, 167)
    7. Develop Your Greatest Skill – Language (by Paul Sloane, 106)
    8. How to Tell a Funny Joke (by Hulbert Lee, 96)

    Business & Career

    1. 7 Things you should stop doing at work (by Seth Simonds, 845)
    2. 8 Ways To Bring Your Creative Passions to Work (by Mike Brown, 238)
    3. 9 Strategies to Make Selling Your Ideas More Successful (by Mike Brown, 192)
    4. How to Be Successful When You Can’t Plan Ahead (by Mike Brown, 190)
    5. Wise Money – 5 Tips From Billionaire Investor Warren Buffett (by Seth Simonds, 171)
    6. 5 Things You Should Know About Personal Finance (by Ibrahim Husain, 137)
    7. 8 Ways to Recharge a Tired Old Job (by Mike Brown, 121)
    8. How to Shine in a Job Interview (by Steve Errey, 110)
    9. It’s Time to Manage Your Online Personal Brand (by Dan Schawbel, 107)

    Creativity & Inspiration

    1. 9 Great Ways to Be Exceptionally Boring (by Paul Sloane, 387)
    2. How to Feel Inspired When You’ve Lost Motivation (by Hulbert Lee, 308)
    3. 12 Tips for Being Good Feng Shui (by Debbie Bowie, 256)
    4. Stop Trying To Be Creative (by Seth Simonds, 182)
    5. How to Kill a Radical Idea (by Paul Sloane, 132)

    Family

    1. The Secret to Helping Your Child Excel in School and in Life (by Erin Kurt, 183)
    2. 11 Way to Instill a Love of Reading in Your Child (by Erin Kurt, 182)
    3. Parenting: 6 Myths You Should Know About (by Erin Kurt, 165)
    4. 8 Reasons Why Children Misbehave (With Solutions!) (by Erin Kurt, 158)
    5. How “Fun” Can Be Your Best Discipline Technique(by Erin Kurt, 119)
    6. 4 Ways to Spend Time with Your Kids When You Have No Time (by Erin Kurt, 115)

    Miscellaneous

    1. Kitchen Hack: One-Minute Bread (by Seth Simonds, 2126)
    2. Newbie Fashion Tips for Grown-Up Men (by Dustin Wax, 924)
    3. 11 Sinfully Easy Sangria Recipes (by Seth Simonds, 257)
    4. Kitchen Hack: 7-Minute Chocolate Covered Strawberries (by Sarah Joy Albrecht, 112)
    5. 4 Tips for Getting Started and Self-Publishing a Book (by Debbie Bowie, 100)

    Last but not least, here’s a special thank you to Leon Ho (founder of Lifehack.org) and all the writers at Lifehack who have contributed the articles above and more. LifeHack would not be where it is today without all of you. Thank you so much everyone! :)

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    7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

    7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

    Recruiters might hold thousands of interviews in their careers and a lot of them are reporting the same thing—that most candidates play it safe with the questions they ask, or have no questions to ask in a job interview at all.

    For job applicants, this approach is crazy! This is a job that you’re going to dedicate a lot of hours to and that might have a huge impact on your future career. Don’t throw away the chance to figure out if the position is perfect for you.

    Here are 7 killer questions to ask in a job interview that will both impress your counterpart and give you some really useful insights into whether this job will be a dream … or a nightmare.

    1. What are some challenges I might come up against this role?

    A lesser candidate might ask, “what does a typical day look like in this role?” While this is a perfectly reasonable question to ask in an interview, focusing on potential challenges takes you much further because it indicates that you already are visualizing yourself in the role.

    It’s impressive because it shows that you are not afraid of challenges, and you are prepared to strategize a game plan upfront to make sure you succeed if you get the job.

    It can also open up a conversation about how you’ve solved problems in the past which can be a reassuring exercise for both you and the hiring manager.

    How it helps you:

    If you ask the interviewer to describe a typical day, you may get a vibrant picture of all the lovely things you’ll get to do in this job and all the lovely people you’ll get to do them with.

    Asking about potential roadblocks means you hear the other side of the story—dysfunctional teams, internal politics, difficult clients, bootstrap budgets and so on. This can help you decide if you’re up for the challenge or whether, for the sake of your sanity, you should respectfully decline the job offer.

    2. What are the qualities of really successful people in this role?

    Employers don’t want to hire someone who goes through the motions; they want to hire someone who will excel.

    Asking this question shows that you care about success, too. How could they not hire you with a dragon-slayer attitude like that?

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    How it helps you:

    Interviewers hire people who are great people to work with, but the definition of “great people” differs from person to person.

    Does this company hire and promote people with a specific attitude, approach, worth ethic or communication style? Are the most successful people in this role strong extroverts who love to talk and socialize when you are studious and reserved? Does the company reward those who work insane hours when you’re happiest in a more relaxed environment?

    If so, then this may not be the right match for you.

    Whatever the answer is, you can decide whether you have what it takes for the manager to be happy with your performance in this role. And if the interviewer has no idea what success looks like for this position, this is a sign to proceed with extreme caution.

    3. From the research I did on your company, I noticed the culture really supports XYZ. Can you tell me more about that element of the culture and how it impacts this job role?

    Of course, you could just ask “what is the culture like here? ” but then you would miss a great opportunity to show that you’ve done your research!

    Interviewers give BIG bonus point to those who read up and pay attention, and you’ve just pointed out that (a) you’re diligent in your research (b) you care about the company culture and (c) you’re committed to finding a great cultural fit.

    How it helps you:

    This question is so useful because it lets you pick an element of the culture that you really care about and that will have the most impact on whether you are happy with the organization.

    For example, if training and development is important to you, then you need to know what’s on offer so you don’t end up in a dead-end job with no learning opportunities.

    Companies often talk a good talk, and their press releases may be full of shiny CSR initiatives and all the headline-grabbing diversity programs they’re putting in place. This is your opportunity to look under the hood and see if the company lives its values on the ground.

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    A company that says it is committed to doing the right thing by customers should not judge success by the number of up-sells an employee makes, for instance. Look for consistency, so you aren’t in for a culture shock after you start.

    4. What is the promotion path for this role, and how would my performance on that path be measured?

    To be clear, you are not asking when you will get promoted. Don’t go there—it’s presumptuous, and it indicates that you think you are better than the role you have applied for.

    A career-minded candidate, on the other hand, usually has a plan that she’s working towards. This question shows you have a great drive toward growth and advancement and an intention to stick with the company beyond your current state.

    How it helps you:

    One word: hierarchy.

    All organizations have levels of work and authority—executives, upper managers, line managers, the workforce, and so on. Understanding the hierarchical structure gives you power, because you can decide if you can work within it and are capable of climbing through its ranks, or whether it will be endlessly frustrating to you.

    In a traditional pyramid hierarchy, for example, the people at the bottom tend to have very little autonomy to make decisions. This gets better as you rise up through the pyramid, but even middle managers have little power to create policy; they are more concerned with enforcing the rules the top leaders make.

    If having a high degree of autonomy and accountability is important to you, you may do better in a flat hierarchy where work teams can design their own way of achieving the corporate goals.

    5. What’s the most important thing the successful candidate could accomplish in their first 3 months/6 months/year?

    Of all the questions to ask in a job interview, this one is impressive because it shows that you identify with and want to be a successful performer, and not just an average one.

    Here, you’re drilling down into what the company needs, and needs quite urgently, proving that you’re all about adding value to the organization and not just about what’s in it for you.

    How it helps you:

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    Most job descriptions come with 8, 10 or 12 different job responsibilities and a lot of them with be boilerplate or responsibilities that someone in HR thinks are associated with this role. This question gives you a better sense of which responsibilities are the most important—and they may not be what initially attracted you to the role.

    If you like the idea of training juniors, for example, but success is judged purely on your sales figures, then is this really the job you thought you were applying for?

    This question will also give you an idea of what kind of learning curve you’re expected to have and whether you’ll get any ramp-up time before getting down to business. If you’re the type of person who likes to jump right in and get things done, for instance, you may not be thrilled to hear that you’re going to spend the first three months shadowing a peer.

    6. What do you like about working here?

    This simple question is all about building rapport with the interviewer. People like to talk about themselves, and the interviewer will be flattered that you’re interested in her opinions.

    Hopefully, you’ll find some great connection points that the two of you share. What similar things drive you head into the office each day? How will you fit into the culture?

    How it helps you:

    You can learn a lot from this question. Someone who genuinely enjoys his job will be able to list several things they like, and their answers will sound passionate and sincere. If not….well, you might consider that a red flag.

    Since you potentially can learn a lot about the company culture from this question, it’s a good idea to figure out upfront what’s important to you. Maybe you’re looking for a hands-off boss who values independent thought and creativity? Maybe you work better in environments that move at a rapid, exciting pace?

    Whatever’s important to you, listen carefully and see if you can find any common ground.

    7. Based on this interview, do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications for the role?

    What a great closing question to ask in a job interview! It shows that you’re not afraid of feedback—in fact, you are inviting it. Not being able to take criticism is a red flag for employers, who need to know that you’ll act on any “coaching moments” with a good heart.

    As a bonus, asking this question shows that you are really interested in the position and wish to clear up anything that may be holding the company back from hiring you.

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    How it helps you:

    What a devious beast this question is! On the surface, it looks straightforward, but it’s actually giving you four key pieces of information.

    First, is the manager capable of giving you feedback when put on the spot like this? Some managers are scared of giving feedback, or don’t think it’s important enough to bother outside of a formal performance appraisal. Do you want to work for a boss like that? How will you improve if no one is telling you what you did wrong?

    Second, can the manager give feedback in a constructive way without being too pillowy or too confrontational? It’s unfair to expect the interviewer to have figured out your preferred way of receiving feedback in the space of an interview, but if she come back with a machine-gun fire of shortcomings or one of those corporate feedback “sandwiches” (the doozy slipped between two slices of compliment), then you need to ask yourself, can you work with someone who gives feedback like that?

    Third, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about before you leave the interview. This gives you the chance to make a final, tailored sales pitch so you can convince the interviewer that she should not be worried about those things.

    Fourth, you get to learn the things the hiring manager is concerned about period. If turnover is keeping him up at night, then your frequent job hopping might get a lot of additional scrutiny. If he’s facing some issues with conflict or communication, then he might raise concerns regarding your performance in this area.

    Listen carefully: the concerns that are being raised about you might actually be a proxy for problems in the wider organization.

    Making Your Interview Work for You

    Interviews are a two-way street. While it is important to differentiate yourself from every other candidate, understand that convincing the interviewer you’re the right person for the role goes hand-in-hand with figuring out if the job is the right fit for you.

    Would you feel happy in a work environment where the people, priorities, culture and management style were completely at odds with the way you work? Didn’t think so!

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