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Last Updated on October 23, 2018

100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

    84 write random letter

      85 use a rubberband

        86 dorm smell bad

          87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

            89 how to waterproof your shoes

              90 take a picture of the name card

                91 iron inside out

                  92 old newspaper

                    93 tumble try shoes

                      keep a card like this

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                          94 soap bar

                            95 make a hole

                              96 drop the battery

                                97 use a coozie

                                  98 when taking a picture

                                    use a clean dust pan

                                      try a pants hanger

                                        use your cellphone light

                                          use a spring from an old pen

                                            quick and easy iphone speaker

                                              user binder clips

                                                wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                  put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                    clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                      use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                        doritos are great for kindling

                                                          use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                            use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                              freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                  almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                    sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                      unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                        cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                          remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                            turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                              for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                  tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                    place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                      ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                        use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                          take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                            how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                              put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                  user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                    good sandwich guide

                                                                                                      turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                        50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                          the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                            add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                              38

                                                                                                                hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                  stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                    the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                      how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                        the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                          use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                            to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                              user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                  rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                    use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                      50

                                                                                                                                        51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                          52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                            rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                              kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                  58

                                                                                                                                                    59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                      60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                        hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                          Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                            hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                              use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                  keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                    If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                      drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                        use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                          use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                            do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                              when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                  put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                    75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                      use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                        pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                          78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                            79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                              80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                  82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                    99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                      100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                        88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                          There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                                                                                                                                                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The Inner Critic

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. The Worrier

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                                                                                                                                                                          How can you control these squatters?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          How to Master Your Mind

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For the Inner Critic

                                                                                                                                                                                                          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They rile up the Worrier.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For the Worrier

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Muscles tense

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          For example:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Muscles tension

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breathe in through your nose:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Breathe out through your nose:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For the Sleep Depriver

                                                                                                                                                                                                          (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shut down your thinking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Calm your feelings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Bottom Line

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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