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25 Hacks That Make Your Life More Organised and Productive

25 Hacks That Make Your Life More Organised and Productive

Are you always on the lookout for tips and tricks to help make your life more productive and organised? Make your life easier with these useful hacks!

Hack #1

If you’ve started a new roll of wrapping paper and you have some left over, simply slot an old toilet roll around the wrapping paper to keep it from crumpling or tearing.

    Hack #2

    Try tying a piece of luggage to your suitcase when you travel, so it is easy to find when you are collecting baggage at the airport.

      Hack #3

      To make taking the bins out less messy, try lining the bottom of your bin with newspaper, as it helps to soak up any liquids.

        Hack #4

        Try this nifty trick so you don’t get food on your cookbooks whenever you are cooking.

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          Hack #5

          Put a bar of scented soap with your dirty clothes in your luggage, to help disguise the smell while you’re on the move.

            Hack #6

            If you don’t want to spend money on a watering can, try poking holes in the lid of an old milk carton to make your own cheap and effective watering can.

              Hack #7

              Hate taking more than one trip to the car when you’re unpacking shopping? Keep a washing-up basket in your boot to save you time!

                Hack #8

                If you love ice lollies, try pushing a cupcake wrapper underneath the lolly to catch any sticky mess.

                  Hack #9

                  If you have candles with wicks that are hard to reach, this hack is perfect for you. Light the end of a piece of spaghetti and use it to light the candle.

                    Hack #10

                    Try using a piece of paper from a sticky pad to clean crumbs and dirt from your keyboard.

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                      Hack #11

                      If you are re-heating food in the microwave, push a hole into the middle of the food so the food heats up much faster!

                        Hack #12

                        This tip is great for anyone who is struggling to find room in their wardrobe. Try hooking a ring-pull onto a coat-hanger so you can attach a second coat-hanger below.

                          Hack #13

                          Save time by painting your keys different colors, so you can always find the one you need quickly.

                            Hack #14

                            If you’re throwing a barbecue or party, serve up the condiments in a muffin tray to save yourself extra washing up!

                              Hack #15

                              Use a paperclip to help you if you have any jewelry that is difficult to put on.

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                                Hack #16

                                Shape your eggs beautifully by cooking them in either a slice of onion or pepper.

                                  Hack #17

                                  To save on mess, hang your spoon through the end of your pan while you’re cooking.

                                    Hack #19

                                    If you love chilled white wine, try using frozen grapes instead of ice in your drink. Grapes are much tastier, and won’t dilute your drink.

                                      Hack #20

                                      If you are in a hotel and you can’t find somewhere to charge your phone, check the back of the television. They often have USB ports many phone chargers fit into!

                                        Hack #21

                                        Cut up a tennis ball for a fun, quirky and cheap way to store your keys and letters.

                                          Hack #22

                                          If you don’t have a roasting tray, this hack using spoons ensures your dinner is still cooked perfectly.

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                                            Hack #23

                                            If you have lots of cables, use old toilet rolls to individually store them. This trick makes the cables easy to find and stops them tangling together.

                                              Hack #24

                                              Use non-flavored dental floss to cut cakes perfectly, without creating any mess.

                                                Hack #25

                                                Tired of your snacks going stale? Use an old coat-hanger as a thrifty way to keep your food fresh.

                                                  Do you have any hacks that help you keep your life organised and productive? Comment with your ideas!

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                                                  Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                                  8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                                                  8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                                                  You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

                                                  Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

                                                  When you train your brain, you will:

                                                  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
                                                  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
                                                  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

                                                  So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

                                                  1. Work your memory

                                                  Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

                                                  When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

                                                  If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

                                                  The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

                                                  Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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                                                  Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

                                                  What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

                                                  For example, say you just met someone new:

                                                  “Hi, my name is George”

                                                  Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

                                                  Got it? Good.

                                                  2. Do something different repeatedly

                                                  By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

                                                  Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

                                                  It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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                                                  And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

                                                  But how does this apply to your life right now?

                                                  Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

                                                  Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

                                                  Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

                                                  So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

                                                  You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

                                                  That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

                                                  3. Learn something new

                                                  It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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                                                  For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

                                                  Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

                                                  You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

                                                  4. Follow a brain training program

                                                  The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

                                                  5. Work your body

                                                  You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

                                                  Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

                                                  Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

                                                  Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

                                                  6. Spend time with your loved ones

                                                  If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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                                                  If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

                                                  I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

                                                  7. Avoid crossword puzzles

                                                  Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

                                                  Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

                                                  Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

                                                  8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

                                                  Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

                                                  When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

                                                  So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

                                                  The bottom line

                                                  Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

                                                  Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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