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30 Best Random Lifehacks of the Week

30 Best Random Lifehacks of the Week

Making your life easier in at least one little way might be just what you need to get through the week intact. You never know when a stale cake will be the last straw in your lengthy list of frustrations! Save yourself some trouble and check out these thirty solutions for life’s little dilemmas:

1. The taste and smell of gum you chewed while studying will help your brain remember information if you chew the same gum during a test.

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    2. Freeze grapes and use them to keep white wine chilled without watering it down.

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      3. Drink grape juice to help reduce headaches.

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        4. When you have a cold, tape your first empty box of tissues to a full one. Easily contain your used tissues without a mess.

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          5. Rings turning your fingers green? Paint the inside of costume jewellery with clear nail polish.

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            6. Drill a couple holes in the bottom of your garbage bin to get rid of annoying suction.

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              7. Never have a messy, difficult time opening a freezer pop again.

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                8. DIY keyboard vacuum.

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                  9. Put a marshmallow in the bottom of your ice cream cone to prevent leakage.

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                    10. Assuming you live in an area that doesn’t use accented letters, they make perfect additions to passwords.

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                      11. Re-purpose that plastic pants hanger from the store and use the clips for chip bags!

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                        12. Instantly know which ear-bud is left or right

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                          13. Pin pieces of bread to the open parts of a cake using toothpicks to keep it from going stale

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                            14. Already sealed and stamped an envelope but forgot something or put in the wrong thing? Stick it in the freezer to undo the envelope glue.

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                              15. The perfect way to have ice cold water to bring with you:

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                                16. A Nutella jar lid is great for keeping opened canned food sealed.

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                                  17. Use a sticky note to clean between your keys (hint: use the sticky side).

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                                    18. Tired of people stealing your pens?

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                                      19. Put your laptop on top of a cardboard drink holder to let it air out and keep from overheating.

                                      If your laptop is overheating on your lap, flip one of these over and set the laptop on top.

                                        20. If you forget your phone charger, many hotel TVs have a USB plug that you can use instead.

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                                          21. Make a drip-free freezer pack:

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                                            22. Stuffed-up nose? Put a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil in your tissue box, it’ll help clear your sinuses when you use a tissue

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                                              23. Trick your brain into thinking you’re eating more to help stop over-eating:

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                                                24. Bring a power-strip to the airport, become a hero

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                                                  25. A laser pointer lens can turn your smartphone camera into a macro lens.

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                                                    26. Get rid of annoying cereal dust:

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                                                      27. Avoid wasting soap bars by sticking the sliver of leftover soap onto a new bar.

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                                                        28. Cut an old pool noodle and use it to keep leather boots upright and avoid creases.

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                                                          29. Transport pizza like a pro:

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                                                            30. Not good at keeping up on current events? Go to Wikipedia and search [month] [year] for the time period you missed.

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                                                              Featured photo credit: cardboard drink holder/G&A Packaging & Catering Supplies Ltd via delisupplies.co.uk

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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!

                                                              Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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