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50 Life Hacks to Simplify Your World

50 Life Hacks to Simplify Your World

Time is one commodity that you can’t buy, beg, or bargain to add additional minutes to your day. So, it makes sense to find every possible way to ensure you don’t waste it doing the mundane. Here are 50 life hacks to help your day be just a bit easier.

Storage Hacks

1. Use wine boxes to store flip flops or sandals and clean up your closet.

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    2. Place shower caps around your shoes to keep dirty soles away from your clothes.

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      3. Reuse old cereal boxes as car trash receptacles.

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        4. Magazine racks make great file organizers!

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          5. Nail a tennis ball to the wall with a sideways slit to hold anything (keys, pens, papers). You can even create a cute face for decor.

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            6. Cut the tops off soda bottles and use them to reseal bags. String the bag through the top and screw on the lid.

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              7. Use an old CD spindle for a bagel tote.

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                8. Glue magnets on cute tea tins and stick on the fridge or filing cabinet for extra storage space for pens and other loose items.

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                  9. Use hanger or laundry clips to reseal chip bags.

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                    Safety Hacks

                    10. Hang a tennis ball from your garage roof so you know when to brake.

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                      11. Ladies, wrap money in sanitary napkin packaging. No one will steal it from your purse!

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                        12. In the unfortunate event that you need to give CPR, compress the chest to the beat of Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees. The tempo is the correct compression timing.

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                          13. To wake up without caffeine, hold your breath as long as possible then breath out slowly. It increases your heart rate.

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                            Home Hacks

                            14. Glue magnets on the corners of a blanket to stretch it over the dryer and make an ironing board.

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                              15. Fold a shirt in 2 seconds! Laundry will be so much faster!

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                                16. Tie extension cords together to keep them from unplugging.

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                                  17. Convert your child’s crib to a cute kid’s desk when they are ready to graduate to a bigger bed.

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                                    18. Help little kids hold cards in a card game by flipping over a styrofoam egg carton and cutting slits in the bottom to hold the cards.

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                                      19. Wrinkly shirt? Throw it in the dryer for a few minutes with some ice cubes for a quick steam press.

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                                        20. Put glow sticks in water bottles for outdoor nighttime bowling fun.

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                                          Fix-it Hacks

                                          21. Use dry ice to remove car dents.

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                                            22. Gently shave your sweaters with a razor to remove excess fuzz.

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                                              23. Place newspapers in shoes to absorb moisture and odor.

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                                                24. Clean out marketing emails from your inbox by using the filter “unsubscribe.”

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                                                  25. Does your fly come down at embarrassing times? Put a key ring through the zipper tab, zip up your pants, then loop the ring over your button.

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                                                    26. Use a staple remover to save your nails and fingers when organizing your keys on the ring.

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                                                      27. Use nail polish matching your car’s paint to cover up scratches.

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                                                        28. Cat sitting on the computer? Leave a game board box next on your desk. Cats will prefer the box and the cat hair stays out of your keyboard! Win!

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                                                          29. Need change? Put cash in a vending machine and hit the coin return button without ordering.

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                                                            30. Placing an envelope in the fridge for an hour will unseal it.

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                                                              31. If you chew gum while you study a subject, then chew the same flavor when you take the test, it can help you remember.

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                                                                32. Get gum off your shoe by spraying it with WD-40.

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                                                                  33. Suspect someone is giving you a wrong number? Read it back to them incorrectly. If they don’t correct you, then you know they don’t really want to hear from you.

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                                                                    34. Put dry tea bags in smelly shoes or gym bags. They absorb the bad smell.

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                                                                      35. Combine a squeeze ketchup bottle with a pointed tip over the top of a shop vac to vacuum dust out of your keyboard, phone, microphone, or any other electronic device.

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                                                                        36. Make your password a goal so you are constantly reminded of it every time you log in.

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                                                                          37. Put a binder clip on the end of the rolled toothpaste tube to get every last bit!

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                                                                            38. When camping, use joke candles (the kind that can’t be blown out) to light the fire. You will have no problem with the wind blowing out your flame!

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                                                                              39. Need to shrink a pimple? Put Listerine on it. The alcohol causes it to fade.

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                                                                                40. Storing batteries in the freezer can increase the life span.

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                                                                                  41. Want to take your phone to the beach? Put it in a sandwich bag. You can still use the touch screen and your phone stays safe.

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                                                                                    Moving Hacks

                                                                                    42. When moving, place your glasses in your socks for protection.

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                                                                                      43. Stack foam plates in between your glass plates when moving to avoid breakage.

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                                                                                        44. Cover open bottles with plastic wrap, seal with lid, then tie excess wrap around top to avoid spillage in your suitcase.

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                                                                                          45. Take pictures of wiring when moving so you can refer to it for quick set up at your new place.

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                                                                                            Culinary Hacks

                                                                                            46. Add frozen fruit instead of ice to your tea. It won’t dilute the tea and it adds a nice flavor.

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                                                                                              47. Make a floating cooler with four pool noodles. Cut noodles to the size of the cooler, then string them on a rope and tie them around it. Add ice and drinks and enjoy!

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                                                                                                48. Preserve fresh herbs by freezing them in ice cube trays with either water or oil to throw into soups or stir fry later.

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                                                                                                  49. Want to make a drink ice-cold fast? Wrap in a wet paper towel and put in the freezer for 15 minutes.

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                                                                                                    50. Take leftover used coffee and pour in ice cube trays. You can use it to cool down iced coffee later without diluting it.

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                                                                                                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                                                                                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                                                                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                                                                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                                                                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                                                                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                                                                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                                                                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                                                                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                                                                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                                                                      • (1) Research
                                                                                                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                                                                      • (3) Creating the outline
                                                                                                      • (4) Drafting the content
                                                                                                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                                                                      • (6) Revision
                                                                                                      • (7) etc.

                                                                                                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                                                                      2. Change Your Environment

                                                                                                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                                                                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                                                                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                                                                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                                                                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                                                                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                                                                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                                                                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                                                                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                                                                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                                                                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                                                                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                                                                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                                                                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                                                                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                                                                      6. Get a Buddy

                                                                                                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                                                                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                                                                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                                                                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                                                                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                                                                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                                                                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                                                                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                                                                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                                                                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                                                                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                                                                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                                                                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                                                                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                                                                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                                                                      Reality check:

                                                                                                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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