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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 July 21, 2021

                                                  The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

                                                  The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

                                                  No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

                                                  Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

                                                  Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

                                                  A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

                                                  Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

                                                  In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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                                                  From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

                                                  A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

                                                  For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

                                                  This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

                                                  The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

                                                  That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

                                                  Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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                                                  The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

                                                  Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

                                                  But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

                                                  The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

                                                  The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

                                                  A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

                                                  For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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                                                  But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

                                                  If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

                                                  For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

                                                  These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

                                                  For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

                                                  How to Make a Reminder Works for You

                                                  Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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                                                  Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

                                                  Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

                                                  My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

                                                  Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

                                                  I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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                                                  Reference

                                                  [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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