My Life Hacks

A collective list of lessons and rules I’ve learnt from my years of internet sprawling:

  • Putting a stuck envelope in fridge for an hour will help it come unstuck – useful if you’ve forgotten to put something in or need to change a detail at the last minute.
  • Always save your CV or Resume as a PDF file type – it looks better when printed and it wont lose the layout if sent via email.
  • The colour blue is good for concentration – working in a blue room helps you focus, and you’re more likely to remember something written in blue than in black ink.
  • The cooler your room is at night, the easier it will be to fall asleep.
  • When making a tough decision, flip a coin – you’ll realise what you want the answer to be when it’s in the air.
  • Reading something aloud makes you 50% more likely to remember it than reading it in your head over and over.
  • Use nail varnish and coloured insulation tape to code things like keys and wires so they’re easier to tell apart.
  • Try to learn a new subject like a teacher, not a student – think of how you would help someone else to learn it. This will help your notes be easier to read back and keep you more focused.
  • When travelling in a family or group mix up some clothing between the bags so, if one gets lost, everyone still has something to wear.
  • Whenever you’re curious about something, write it down. This way, when you’re bored, you’ll have a list of things to find out more about.
  • It is said to take 3 weeks to break a habit and 6 weeks to make a habit. Do something for 3 months and it becomes a way of life.
  • If you’ve lost something, scan a room from right to left – making your eyes work the opposite way to how you usually read will help them pick up more.
  • When you find something you’ve been searching for, don’t put it back where you got it – put it where you first looked for it.
  • Think of someone you love dearly every time you have your picture taken to help bring a natural smile to your face.
  • For a good way to keep your bathroom smelling nice without buying air fresheners or cluttering up extra space add a few drops of essential oil to the inside of your unused toilet rolls.
  • Make two balls of cling film and keep them in your dryer for static-free clothing when you take it out.
  • Chewing gum helps us to relax when we’re nervous or anxious because our brain thinks we’re eating and it knows we wouldn’t be eating if we were in danger.
  • Spiders don’t like peppermint or vinegar, both of these can be used around your home to discourage them.
  • When choosing which task to do next, the one with the biggest result, while not necessarily being the most enjoyable, will leave you feeling more motivated than one with a smaller return for your time investment.

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last updated: 12th May 2014

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