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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 July 16, 2019

                                                              6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

                                                              6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

                                                              Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

                                                              Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

                                                              What to have for dinner tonight?

                                                              Which route to take to work?

                                                              How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

                                                              How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

                                                              Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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                                                              No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

                                                              Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

                                                              Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

                                                              Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

                                                              Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

                                                              How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

                                                              Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

                                                              You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

                                                              When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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                                                              1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

                                                              Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

                                                              I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

                                                              2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

                                                              5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

                                                              By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

                                                              For example:

                                                              If the problem is “always late to work”…

                                                              • Why am I late to work?
                                                                I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
                                                              • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
                                                                I feel so tired in the morning.
                                                              • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
                                                                I slept late the night before, that’s why.
                                                              • Why did I sleep late?
                                                                I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
                                                              • Why did I drink coffee?
                                                                Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

                                                              So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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                                                              3. Simplify Things

                                                              As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

                                                              Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

                                                              4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

                                                              Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

                                                              Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

                                                              Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

                                                              5. Think Laterally

                                                              Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

                                                              ‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

                                                              Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

                                                              Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

                                                              6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

                                                              Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

                                                              Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

                                                              Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

                                                              Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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                                                              So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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                                                              Reference

                                                              [1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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