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21 Things You Are Doing Wrong Every Day

21 Things You Are Doing Wrong Every Day

There are things which you’re doing every day and you’ve already made those as habits that they seem totally normal the way you’re doing them. But no, if you know how to do stuff the right way instead of your habitual way, your life will change!

1. Folding Your Shirt

It takes you very long to fold the shirts? Learn this and you can do it in 2 seconds.

2. Closing an Unfinished Pack of Chips

Can’t find a clip to seal an unfinished pack of chips? Do the origami to your chip bag.

close chip bag

    3. Doing Your Girl’s Hair

    You hate it when your daughter’s hair’s always sticking out even after being brushed for thousands of times, right? Have you ever tried to use a vacuum and hair elastic instead?

    4. Eating Tic Tac

    Do you just pour out the candies on your palm or into your mouth? How about this?

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    eat tic tac

      5. Eating cupcakes

      The right way of eating cupcakes helps you eat like a lady or gentleman. (Pay attention at 0:29!)

      6. Eating Snacks

      Always want to get the snacks from the bag easier? You should do this:

      snack bowl

        7. Opening Plastic Clamshell Packages

        Do you use your hands to try to tear apart the clamshell package of a product? Or do you use scissors to help you? Next time you can try with a can opener.

        8. Eating with Chinese Take-out Container

        Have you thought about using it as a plate instead?

        chinese take out

          9. Cooking a Round-Egg

          It does take a bit of effort to cook a perfectly round-egg, but with a little help of a slice of onion, everything’s changed.

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          cook round egg

            10. Eating Ketchup with the Little Paper Cups

            Have you ever thought of making full use of the paper cups’ tiny little feature? (Check out how it works at 0:10!)

            11. Freezing Your Drink Quickly

            Thought putting your drink solely in the freezer’s the only option? Nope! Put a wet kitchen roll around the drink and then put it in the freezer will make the drink cold enough in 15 minutes!

              12. Crushing a Can

              How do you crush a can? Step on it or smash it on your head? There’s a smarter way to do this. (Check it out at 1:28!)

              13. Making an Ice-cream Dessert

              Digging out the ice-cream from the box is not easy, let alone making dessert with it. What about this?

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              ice cream dessert

                14. Peeling a Potato

                All you need are 1 bowl of hot water and 1 bowl of cold water to peel the potato skin. (The trick starts at 0:20!)

                15. Cutting Cherry Tomatoes

                You probably cut cherry tomatoes into half one by one, but if you put the cherry tomatoes between 2 plastic lids you can do it quicker.

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                  16. Making a BLT

                  Thought spreading the slices of bacon all over the sandwich will do? Think again! Weave the bacon slices together so that they don’t slip and slide.

                  bacon-weave

                    17. Peeling an Egg

                    Peeling an egg bit by bit with those tiny pieces is frustrating….but what? Just a blow on the egg will do?

                    18. Drinking with a Straw

                    Drink with the straw skillfully like this so the straw’s position is fixed.

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                    fix the straw position

                      19. Applying Nail Polish

                      Randomly polishing your nail doesn’t make your nails look prettier. Try this:

                      Apply Nail Polish

                        20. Breaking in New Shoes

                        You simply hope that the more you wear the new pair of shoes, the more you can break in them? Try a quicker method!

                        break in shoes

                          Put on a thick pair of socks and then put your shoes on. Use a hairdryer to aim at your shoes and make the tight spots as the focus while wiggling your toes around. Don’t remove your shoes immediately but wait them to cool down. Repeat the whole process until you feel that the shoes’ stretched out. Then you can remove the socks and dah-dah, the shoes fit you more now!

                          21. Peeling a Banana

                          Check out the money way to peel a banana in 1 second. (Find out the trick at 0:47!)

                           

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                          How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                          How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                          Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                          But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                          Sight – Visual Stimulation

                          The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                          1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                          Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                          Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                          2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                          Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                          Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                          Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                          3. Take note of your environment.

                          Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                          By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                          Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                          What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                          4. Engage in conversation.

                          Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                          Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                          Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                          Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                          5. Listen to upbeat music.

                          Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                          Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                          Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                          If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                          6. Work your nose.

                          Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                          If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                          Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                          Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                          If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                          7. Have a good breakfast.

                          Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                          Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                          Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

                          Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

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                          8. Drink lots of water.

                          Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                          So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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                          Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

                          3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

                          9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                          Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                          Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                          Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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                          Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                          Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                          10. Splash cold water on your face.

                          Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                          This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                          5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                          11. Use acupressure.

                          Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                          Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                          12. Get moving.

                          Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                          And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                          You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                          Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                          Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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