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* Cardiovascular exercise--- running, biking, jumping-jacks, anything that gets your heart rate way up and keeps it there for at least twenty minutes--- is a life hack that people who don't exercise usually don't like to hear about. But a good cardio routine is as, or more, important for your mental health as for your physical. You won't lose any weight by running, for instance, unless 45 minutes= 1 Big Mac sounds like good math to you. I'd just skip the Big Mac. But a cardio workout will improve your mood and your focus, and it will help you go to sleep and wake up at regular times with no difficulty. Plus, there's nothing like a huge rush of beta endorphins in the morning! * Cardiovascular exercise--- running, biking, jumping-jacks, anything that gets your heart rate way up and keeps it there for at least twenty minutes--- is a life hack that people who don't exercise usually don't like to hear about. But a good cardio routine is as, or more, important for your mental health as for your physical. You won't lose any weight by running, for instance, unless 45 minutes= 1 Big Mac sounds like good math to you. I'd just skip the Big Mac. But a cardio workout will improve your mood and your focus, and it will help you go to sleep and wake up at regular times with no difficulty. Plus, there's nothing like a huge rush of beta endorphins in the morning!
* Most men look in the mirror while shaving, but this is an activity that can be done by most by feel. If you're like me, you're going to linger uselessly in the shower, just standing there, no matter what. Knock out your shaving during your daily standing time. * Most men look in the mirror while shaving, but this is an activity that can be done by most by feel. If you're like me, you're going to linger uselessly in the shower, just standing there, no matter what. Knock out your shaving during your daily standing time.
 +* Audiobooks, smart radio shows like This American Life and In Our Time , and particularly, recorded lectures, are sometimes better to fill your iPod with than music. They can make any time somewhat productive, keeping your mind busy when running or doing chores, and teaching you of topics arcane. I have listened to more than a dozen lectures from The Teaching Company and Barnes and Noble's Portable Professor. (You can get them free or cheap through the library or through friends you share with.) I regularly purchase audiobooks from iTunes and Tell-Tale Weekly. I prefer to listen to non-fiction. Fiction just doesn't translate well for many into audio, though epic and heroic poetry--- particularly Seamus Heany's recording of his translation of Beowulf--- works well too. A few colleges offer free lectures in MP3 format, and the lectures of Richard Feynman are always floating around on the net.
[[Category:Life hacks]] [[Category:Life hacks]]

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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)
  • Hints from Heloise - "the high priestess of household hints" Before they were hip, 3x5's were used in universities for gathering research data. Before Merlin's 43Folders, Heloise and her Mom were the original Goddesses of the domestic hack. Stay here if you want to use your Moleskine effectively. Go to Heloise to get your stinky watch band smelling clean... --Instigase

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
  • 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)
  • Saving Batteries - If you have a device that uses batteries but you don't use it regularly and it seems like the batteries are always drained when you need it because it got turned on in you bag: turn one of the batteries around (flip + and -). That way the device cannot be turned on by mistake. --Victor 10:53, 23 Mar 2005 (EST) (this is a terrible idea, and can destroy your battery, or your device. Better to fold a small scrap of paper over the end of one battery to prevent electrical contact from being made.)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Nelson Algren: "Never sleep with a woman whose problems are worse than your own."
  • If you live in snow country, use a cheap plastic sled to haul all your groceries all at once from your car to your door in the winter. GH 22 Mar 05
  • Honor thy circadian rhythms. If your wake/sleep schedule doesn't coincide with mother nature's, trick your internal clock with artificial lighting as many ways as you can. If you know you're going to go to bed at two in the morning, start dimming the lights in your house around 12:30. If you need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, don't turn on any lights. There's nothing you need to see and you can probably find your way to the toilet blindfolded. When I wake up at o'dark thirty, I look at a light bulb (for brightness) with my eyes shut (to avoid retinal damage). It's like a cup of coffee.
  • If you really need to get your motor running in the AM, after your nice warm shower, make your water as cold as it gets and see how long you can take it. Just be careful that your heart doesn't explode.
  • Cardiovascular exercise--- running, biking, jumping-jacks, anything that gets your heart rate way up and keeps it there for at least twenty minutes--- is a life hack that people who don't exercise usually don't like to hear about. But a good cardio routine is as, or more, important for your mental health as for your physical. You won't lose any weight by running, for instance, unless 45 minutes= 1 Big Mac sounds like good math to you. I'd just skip the Big Mac. But a cardio workout will improve your mood and your focus, and it will help you go to sleep and wake up at regular times with no difficulty. Plus, there's nothing like a huge rush of beta endorphins in the morning!
  • Most men look in the mirror while shaving, but this is an activity that can be done by most by feel. If you're like me, you're going to linger uselessly in the shower, just standing there, no matter what. Knock out your shaving during your daily standing time.
  • Audiobooks, smart radio shows like This American Life and In Our Time , and particularly, recorded lectures, are sometimes better to fill your iPod with than music. They can make any time somewhat productive, keeping your mind busy when running or doing chores, and teaching you of topics arcane. I have listened to more than a dozen lectures from The Teaching Company and Barnes and Noble's Portable Professor. (You can get them free or cheap through the library or through friends you share with.) I regularly purchase audiobooks from iTunes and Tell-Tale Weekly. I prefer to listen to non-fiction. Fiction just doesn't translate well for many into audio, though epic and heroic poetry--- particularly Seamus Heany's recording of his translation of Beowulf--- works well too. A few colleges offer free lectures in MP3 format, and the lectures of Richard Feynman are always floating around on the net.
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