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A Day in the Life of a Lifehack Writer…

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A Day in the Life of a Lifehack Writer…

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    Finding lifehacks isn’t as easy as it looks. A lot goes on behind the scenes to put together the tips and tricks we provide. We test these tips out in our own lives to figure out what works. Depending on the topic, sometimes we speak from our experiences (such as my lifehacks on how to bypass resume filters or land a promotion), and other times we need to do a little research.
    I’m lucky in that I’m a full-time writer, although for many, writing is a side job. If you’re looking to become a Lifehack writer (or you just enjoy the site and want to get to know us better), here’s a day in the life:

    Morning Routines

    The Internet is easily the greatest invention in human history–it’s filled with information. The first thing I do every morning when I get out of bed is boot up computer. By the time I have my breakfast ready, I’m able to check my emails and browse news trends across business, tech, science, and entertainment verticals. It’s how I stay abreast of creative places to store photos online, etc.

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    I like to keep energized and up to speed with what’s going on in the world around me; it reminds me that I’m human.

    Whatever your morning routine, make sure you take care of yourself every morning–if you don’t, nobody will.

    Healthy Activities and Taking Stock

    An unfortunate part of being human is aging, so it’s important we make the most of our time. At Lifehack, we focus on participating in healthy activities, taking stock of what we have, practicing gratitude, and productive planning and executing goals, such as how to quit smoking. Throughout the day, I constantly take photos, videos, and notes of what I’m doing, what’s going on around me, and what others are doing.

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    People-watching is a vital part of the Lifehack process–you may think everyone does something one way or another because of your personal experiences, but you may be the one doing things different. Keeping an open mind and paying close attention to what’s happening around you is a great way to see how you fit into the big picture at all times.

    Nina Matthews Photography

      Lifehacks, Loopholes, and Bearing in Mind

      Lifehacking for me is about finding the most optimal way to do things. Yes, you certainly can use the mouth from a soda bottle to close your bag of chips (crisps for the Brits), but that doesn’t make it a good idea. Just because something can be done doesn’t necessarily mean it should–there are numerous ways to close a bag of chips faster than cutting a bottle. What I look for is software, apps, games, projects, and new ways of thinking that make everyday tasks easier.

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      As a former banker, I’m fascinated by alternative banking methods. I’ve researched the topic for years and have appeared on TV, radio, and even the front page of Yahoo! discussing these alternative options to big banking. My financial work often leaks into my lifehacks, and some feature it prominently, such as this lifehack on banking alternatives.

      Yoga and meditation are great to get your mind running–it doesn’t take any money to get started, and you get a clean slate to work with. By taking your focus off all the problems, worries, and goals that bog you down, you’re more likely to stay in a good mood. Being happy begets compassion and graciousness toward others, who will in turn introduce you to new ways of doing things.

      The Lifehack Writing Process

      Writing is the least of what a writer does–evenings are normally filled with writing, editing, formatting, and finding pictures and illustrations. For every piece I submit, I have two pieces to correct. At Lifehack, we have a stringent process in which multiple people review each post before it goes live. During this process, we discuss the value of the information, the look, and any suggestions for refining the piece. Sometimes it’s quick and painless, and other times it can be a long-term stalemate. Keeping everything light and humorous is vital to preventing all of us from pulling our hair out.

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      I’ve written all around the web, and Lifehack has always been one of my favorites. The variety of topics, and the freedom to choose from a variety of assignments, keeps me coming back to share the tips and tricks that get me through everyday life.

      If there’s any specific tips, topics, and hacks you’d like to see, let me know below, and I’ll make sure our editorial staff sees it.

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      Last Updated on November 15, 2021

      20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

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      20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

      “Please describe yourself in a few words”.

      It’s the job interview of your life and you need to come up with something fast. Mental pictures of words are mixing in your head and your tongue tastes like alphabet soup. You mutter words like “deterministic” or “innovativity” and you realize you’re drenched in sweat. You wish you had thought about this. You wish you had read this post before.

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        Here are 20 sentences that you could use when you are asked to describe yourself. Choose the ones that describe you the best.

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        “I am someone who…”:

        1. “can adapt to any situation. I thrive in a fluctuating environment and I transform unexpected obstacles into stepping stones for achievements.”
        2. “consistently innovates to create value. I find opportunities where other people see none: I turn ideas into projects, and projects into serial success.”
        3. “has a very creative mind. I always have a unique perspective when approaching an issue due to my broad range of interests and hobbies. Creativity is the source of differentiation and therefore, at the root of competitive advantage.”
        4. “always has an eye on my target. I endeavour to deliver high-quality work on time, every time. Hiring me is the only real guarantee for results.”
        5. “knows this job inside and out. With many years of relevant experience, there is no question whether I will be efficient on the job. I can bring the best practices to the company.”
        6. “has a high level of motivation to work here. I have studied the entire company history and observed its business strategies. Since I am also a long-time customer, I took the opportunity to write this report with some suggestions for how to improve your services.”
        7. “has a pragmatic approach to things. I don’t waste time talking about theory or the latest buzz words of the bullshit bingo. Only one question matters to me: ‘Does it work or not?'”
        8. “takes work ethics very seriously. I do what I am paid for, and I do it well.”
        9. “can make decisions rapidly if needed. Everybody can make good decisions with sufficient time and information. The reality of our domain is different. Even with time pressure and high stakes, we need to move forward by taking charge and being decisive. I can do that.”
        10. “is considered to be ‘fun.’ I believe that we are way more productive when we are working with people with which we enjoy spending time. When the situation gets tough with a customer, a touch of humour can save the day.”
        11. “works as a real team-player. I bring the best out of the people I work with and I always do what I think is best for the company.”
        12. “is completely autonomous. I won’t need to be micromanaged. I won’t need to be trained. I understand high-level targets and I know how to achieve them.”
        13. “leads people. I can unite people around a vision and motivate a team to excellence. I expect no more from the others than what I expect from myself.”
        14. “understands the complexity of advanced project management. It’s not just pushing triangles on a GANTT chart; it’s about getting everyone to sit down together and to agree on the way forward. And that’s a lot more complicated than it sounds.”
        15. “is the absolute expert in the field. Ask anybody in the industry. My name is on their lips because I wrote THE book on the subject.”
        16. “communicates extensively. Good, bad or ugly, I believe that open communication is the most important factor to reach an efficient organization.”
        17. “works enthusiastically. I have enough motivation for myself and my department. I love what I do, and it’s contagious.”
        18. “has an eye for details because details matter the most. How many companies have failed because of just one tiny detail? Hire me and you’ll be sure I’ll find that detail.”
        19. “can see the big picture. Beginners waste time solving minor issues. I understand the purpose of our company, tackle the real subjects and the top management will eventually notice it.”
        20. “is not like anyone you know. I am the candidate you would not expect. You can hire a corporate clone, or you can hire someone who will bring something different to the company. That’s me. “

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