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* Along with lining your sink with newspaper (which is a waste of perfectly good litter liner :) ), you could just use a large bowl, and empty that and throw it in the dishwasher. -DB * Along with lining your sink with newspaper (which is a waste of perfectly good litter liner :) ), you could just use a large bowl, and empty that and throw it in the dishwasher. -DB
* .In addition to chocolate, carry some gum too. From bad breath to ADHD to just something to do, it helps. -DB * .In addition to chocolate, carry some gum too. From bad breath to ADHD to just something to do, it helps. -DB
-* File Marker - Sometimes, you don't want to go through the hassle of finding a file's alphabetical location after you've taken it out to file something or for reference. Try using a different coloured folder or piece of card to mark its place. --[[User:Abizer|Abizer]] 18:33, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)+* .File Marker - Sometimes, you don't want to go through the hassle of finding a file's alphabetical location after you've taken it out to file something or for reference. Try using a different coloured folder or piece of card to mark its place. --[[User:Abizer|Abizer]] 18:33, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)
* .Dummy cording - Something I used to do in the Army to ensure that I'd hold onto small and easily-lost items (flashlight, utility tool, etc.) when I was in the field was to literally tie them to my belt with nylon para cord. This obviously isn't going to be appropriate much of the time, but you'd be surprised how useful, and how reassuring, it can be. -- [[User: AdamGreenfield]] 17.15 EST 21 Mar 2005 * .Dummy cording - Something I used to do in the Army to ensure that I'd hold onto small and easily-lost items (flashlight, utility tool, etc.) when I was in the field was to literally tie them to my belt with nylon para cord. This obviously isn't going to be appropriate much of the time, but you'd be surprised how useful, and how reassuring, it can be. -- [[User: AdamGreenfield]] 17.15 EST 21 Mar 2005
* .Wallet Notepad - Cut a stack of post-it notes in half, and place some in your wallet. An instant note taker, smaller than a Hipster, and portable too! --[[User: Derek Brown]] 4:00 21 Mar 2005 (EST) * .Wallet Notepad - Cut a stack of post-it notes in half, and place some in your wallet. An instant note taker, smaller than a Hipster, and portable too! --[[User: Derek Brown]] 4:00 21 Mar 2005 (EST)
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* .[[Bill box]] - Put a box near where you sort incoming mail for all your monthly bills and statements. Keep a pen, stamps, and a letter opener in it. When it comes time to pay your bills, everything will be in one place. --[[User:Edward Vielmetti]] 21 Mar 2005 * .[[Bill box]] - Put a box near where you sort incoming mail for all your monthly bills and statements. Keep a pen, stamps, and a letter opener in it. When it comes time to pay your bills, everything will be in one place. --[[User:Edward Vielmetti]] 21 Mar 2005
* .Virtual Bill Box - Open a separate checking account just for monthly bills. Calculate your monthly household maximal nut (mortgage/power/gas/phone/cable/water/etc) and have payroll direct deposit that much into the bill-pay account. Set all your bills to auto-pay from that account. Never think about it again.--[[Chazlarson]] 21 Mar 2005 * .Virtual Bill Box - Open a separate checking account just for monthly bills. Calculate your monthly household maximal nut (mortgage/power/gas/phone/cable/water/etc) and have payroll direct deposit that much into the bill-pay account. Set all your bills to auto-pay from that account. Never think about it again.--[[Chazlarson]] 21 Mar 2005
-* Labels in a pinch - If your labelmaker is not on hand, but you have a folder in need of a label right now, there's nothing as handy as a post-it note. Just place the sticky part where the label would go, and you're good to go. --[[User: Robert Donoghue|rdonoghue]] 11:49, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)+* .Labels in a pinch - If your labelmaker is not on hand, but you have a folder in need of a label right now, there's nothing as handy as a post-it note. Just place the sticky part where the label would go, and you're good to go. --[[User: Robert Donoghue|rdonoghue]] 11:49, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)
* Rechargable Batteries - Wrap an elastic band around any charged batteries : usually you can't insert them complete with band into a device, so thus you know that if you find a battery with a band on, it's charged... --[[User:Ajt|Ajt]] 18:33, 21 Mar 2005 (EST) * Rechargable Batteries - Wrap an elastic band around any charged batteries : usually you can't insert them complete with band into a device, so thus you know that if you find a battery with a band on, it's charged... --[[User:Ajt|Ajt]] 18:33, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)
* Keep bread in the refrigerator or freezer- Tired of having your bread get moldy before you eat it? Keep it cold, and just make toast when you want a sandwich. This works for tortillas and rolls, too. * Keep bread in the refrigerator or freezer- Tired of having your bread get moldy before you eat it? Keep it cold, and just make toast when you want a sandwich. This works for tortillas and rolls, too.
* .Supermarket loyalty cards - Punch holes in them and keep them on a binder ring in your car or pack, so they don't stuff your wallet, but are accessible when you need them. (Use your walllet only for items you don't want stolen.) -- GH 21 Mar 05 * .Supermarket loyalty cards - Punch holes in them and keep them on a binder ring in your car or pack, so they don't stuff your wallet, but are accessible when you need them. (Use your walllet only for items you don't want stolen.) -- GH 21 Mar 05
-* Blue highlighter doesn't show up on photocopies. -- GH 21 Mar 05+* .Blue highlighter doesn't show up on photocopies. -- GH 21 Mar 05
* The least crowded time to shop at the cheap warehouse supermarkets during daylight hours is on Sunday, when church is in session. -- GH 21 Mar 05 * The least crowded time to shop at the cheap warehouse supermarkets during daylight hours is on Sunday, when church is in session. -- GH 21 Mar 05
* If you're a slob, and therefore haven't developed an efficient cleaning regimen, and you need to clean up fast: have your most anal-retentive, clean freak friend come over and walk through your place with a tape recorder and dictate what you need to do in the order it should be done. -- GH 21 Mar 05 * If you're a slob, and therefore haven't developed an efficient cleaning regimen, and you need to clean up fast: have your most anal-retentive, clean freak friend come over and walk through your place with a tape recorder and dictate what you need to do in the order it should be done. -- GH 21 Mar 05
-* If you never complain about somatic problems to your coworkers, you'll get no flak when you call in sick to catch up on personal stuff. -- GH 21 Mar 05+* .If you never complain about somatic problems to your coworkers, you'll get no flak when you call in sick to catch up on personal stuff. -- GH 21 Mar 05
* Befriend a shade tree mechanic. -- GH 21 Mar 05 * Befriend a shade tree mechanic. -- GH 21 Mar 05
* For easy cleanup when you have a lot of vegetables to peel, line your sink with newspaper. It will hold up when wet and all you'll have to do is gather it up and throw everything away. -- GH 21 Mar 05 * For easy cleanup when you have a lot of vegetables to peel, line your sink with newspaper. It will hold up when wet and all you'll have to do is gather it up and throw everything away. -- GH 21 Mar 05

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Got a cool trick to share? Until we work out a good home, let's use this page to collect our favorite little life hacks. Reorganize as needed, and I guess eventually we'll come up with a better way to organize and categorize everything. --Merlin 11:37, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)

Starting to be organised - please follow the links below or check out Category:Life hacks for your favourite life hack genre! --Akchizar 03:02, 23 Mar 2005 (EST)

Contents


Hacks from 43 Folders

Links to hacks from elsewhere

  • Sample hack link title - I am a sample hack link and here is my description. Do we like this format? Lorem ipsum dolor sit. --Merlin 11:37, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)

Hacks from readers

  • Sample submitted hack title - I am a sample hack and here is my description. Do we like this for a format? Lorem ipsum dolor sit. --Merlin 11:37, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Coin flip hack - If I can't make a quick decision about something that can be simplified into two outcomes, I designate them as head and tails, flip a coin, call it in the air, and then (here's the important part!) completely disregard the result -- I nearly always feel a quick flash of "c'mon, come up tails" as it lands, so I just go with that. The distraction of flipping a coin pierces the indecision. --sckot Vokes 11:25, 22 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Along with lining your sink with newspaper (which is a waste of perfectly good litter liner :) ), you could just use a large bowl, and empty that and throw it in the dishwasher. -DB
  • .In addition to chocolate, carry some gum too. From bad breath to ADHD to just something to do, it helps. -DB
  • .File Marker - Sometimes, you don't want to go through the hassle of finding a file's alphabetical location after you've taken it out to file something or for reference. Try using a different coloured folder or piece of card to mark its place. --Abizer 18:33, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • .Dummy cording - Something I used to do in the Army to ensure that I'd hold onto small and easily-lost items (flashlight, utility tool, etc.) when I was in the field was to literally tie them to my belt with nylon para cord. This obviously isn't going to be appropriate much of the time, but you'd be surprised how useful, and how reassuring, it can be. -- User: AdamGreenfield 17.15 EST 21 Mar 2005
  • .Wallet Notepad - Cut a stack of post-it notes in half, and place some in your wallet. An instant note taker, smaller than a Hipster, and portable too! --User: Derek Brown 4:00 21 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • .Bill box refinement - If you get paid more than once a month, have a separate envelope or folder for bills you want to pay after a certain payday, e.g., "Pay on the 1st," and "Pay on the 15th." Then, as your bills arrive, sort them into the appropriate folder based on due date. --Steve 21 Mar 2005
  • .Bill box - Put a box near where you sort incoming mail for all your monthly bills and statements. Keep a pen, stamps, and a letter opener in it. When it comes time to pay your bills, everything will be in one place. --User:Edward Vielmetti 21 Mar 2005
  • .Virtual Bill Box - Open a separate checking account just for monthly bills. Calculate your monthly household maximal nut (mortgage/power/gas/phone/cable/water/etc) and have payroll direct deposit that much into the bill-pay account. Set all your bills to auto-pay from that account. Never think about it again.--Chazlarson 21 Mar 2005
  • .Labels in a pinch - If your labelmaker is not on hand, but you have a folder in need of a label right now, there's nothing as handy as a post-it note. Just place the sticky part where the label would go, and you're good to go. --rdonoghue 11:49, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Rechargable Batteries - Wrap an elastic band around any charged batteries : usually you can't insert them complete with band into a device, so thus you know that if you find a battery with a band on, it's charged... --Ajt 18:33, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Keep bread in the refrigerator or freezer- Tired of having your bread get moldy before you eat it? Keep it cold, and just make toast when you want a sandwich. This works for tortillas and rolls, too.
  • .Supermarket loyalty cards - Punch holes in them and keep them on a binder ring in your car or pack, so they don't stuff your wallet, but are accessible when you need them. (Use your walllet only for items you don't want stolen.) -- GH 21 Mar 05
  • .Blue highlighter doesn't show up on photocopies. -- GH 21 Mar 05
  • The least crowded time to shop at the cheap warehouse supermarkets during daylight hours is on Sunday, when church is in session. -- GH 21 Mar 05
  • If you're a slob, and therefore haven't developed an efficient cleaning regimen, and you need to clean up fast: have your most anal-retentive, clean freak friend come over and walk through your place with a tape recorder and dictate what you need to do in the order it should be done. -- GH 21 Mar 05
  • .If you never complain about somatic problems to your coworkers, you'll get no flak when you call in sick to catch up on personal stuff. -- GH 21 Mar 05
  • Befriend a shade tree mechanic. -- GH 21 Mar 05
  • For easy cleanup when you have a lot of vegetables to peel, line your sink with newspaper. It will hold up when wet and all you'll have to do is gather it up and throw everything away. -- GH 21 Mar 05
  • .Always have some chocolate on hand. Useful in a variety of situations, from writer's block to low blood sugar to comforting and/or bribing members of the fairer sex. -- Guan 22 Mar 2005
  • Remember the number - sometimes you have a range of things to remember. Work out how many things you have to remember, and keep that number in mind. That way, you can quickly check if you've forgotten something. --Akchizar 02:13, 22 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • ADHD - Not a specific hack but seeing as Merlin thinks he may have ADD/ADHD and from what I have been reading, GTD seems as if it would apply to people with the disorder. What about a section on the front page of this Wiki for the disorder and any hints/tips experiences with solutions both medical and otherwise and their relative success? --Mikeanegus 09:32, 22 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • .USB Memory Keyring - These things are getting cheaper and are cross-platform compatible. Use one of these as a keyring and you'll be always have important files to hand or be able to swap data. For Example, I keep a copy of my TextMate GTD project with all my lists on it. --Abizer 04:31, 22 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • Nelson Algren: "Never sleep with a woman whose problems are worse than your own."
  • If you live in snow country, get a cheap plastic sled to haul all your groceries all at once from your driveway /parking space to your door in winter. GH 22 Mar 05
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