There are a few things you can do every day or simple skills you can easily learn that may improve your everyday life or help you work more efficiently. Here are thirteen simple life hacks you need to learn now.
1. Think over your day before sleeping
When you’re already lying down in bed, ready to sleep, think over your day first. Think of the things you’ve accomplished during the day and the things you could’ve done but didn’t due to laziness or fear. Think of why you did what you did and how you can improve the things you do. Doing this every night can rid yourself of stress and relieve your mind to give you a good night’s sleep.
2. Be more productive
The key to productiveness is prioritizing the things you have to do throughout the day. By doing this first thing in the morning while your brain still feels energized, you can set your goals in mind and be a step closer towards being productive.
3. Always ask yourself “why?”
With everything you do, start by asking yourself “why?” Why you’re doing what you’re doing and why you’re not doing what you could be doing. Why you eat what you eat and why you said what you said. It’s a simple thing to do and you’ll find that it could truly open your eyes.
4. Know which side of the car the tank is on
You don’t need to get out of your car anymore to know which side your tank is on. Look closely at the gas indicator you’ll find on your dashboard and you’ll see that there’s actually a little arrow close to it which points to which side of the car the gas tank is on.
5. Strengthen your muscles at your desk
You can actually perform an isometric exercise that targets and strengthens your arm, shoulder, and pectoral muscles with minimal movement. Simply hold your hands and press as hard as you can until you feel the pressure in your upper body.
6. Save ink and print faster
Instead of printing documents in black, change the text colour to grey. It will save ink without much change in quality while speeding up the printing process as well.
7. Know if you’ve taken your meds
By changing the position or location of your medicine bottle, you’ll be able to immediately tell if you’ve taken your meds. For twice a day medications, flip the bottle upside down in the evening and right-side up in the morning. For thrice a day medications, place the bottle on the right side of the sink or desk in the morning, middle at noon, and left side in the evening.
8. Never accidentally send an email again
Fill up the recipient email address last when you’re writing an email to avoid sending incomplete emails.
9. Change text case in Word
To easily change the case of a text, highlight the text and press Shift+F3. Pressing once will convert the highlighted text into all upper case, twice into all lower case, and thrice to capitalize the first letter only of each word.
10. Stop a sneeze
There’s a few ways to stop an impending sneeze. Squeeze your nose and pull. Blow your nose. Twist your upper lip using your forefinger and thumb. Or press your tongue against the surface where the roof of your mouth meets the gum palate behind your two front teeth.
11. Make an anonymous phone call
If you live in the US, you can make an anonymous phone call by dialling *69 plus the country code of the phone you’re calling then the phone number.
12. Conserve phone battery
Turn off your phone’s Wifi if it’s not in use. Otherwise, your phone will continually search for a network thereby draining your battery.
13. Know your computer shortcuts
Speed through computer tasks by using shortcuts:
New tab: Ctrl+T
Close an open tab: Ctrl+W
Reopen a recently closed tab: Ctrl+Shift+T
Increase or decrease text size: Hold Ctrl then press + or –
Move from one tab to another: Ctrl+PgUp or Ctrl+PgDn
Find a specific text: Ctrl+F
Open link in new tab: Hold Ctrl then click the link