I have a number of goals, not quite new year's resolutions exactly, but the new year is getting me going on implementing them. They include reading more, running more, staying on top of current events, continuing to study French, listening to more new-to-me music, things like that. None of these are measurable or "SMART" goals, and that's the way I want it--I want this stuff to become a habit, not a chore. How can I automate these goals so that they are more likely to just happen? [more inside]
posted by payoto
on Dec 29, 2013 -
I figure, at this point, somebody has done exhaustive operations research on pretty much all of my daily chores. Assuming I don't care about hominess or aesthetics, what does industry have to teach me about getting through all the little maintenance work of life with less time, effort, and attention? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang
on Oct 29, 2013 -
Are there paid jobs I could get that are non-demanding enough that they would give me long hours of free time to work on my own creative projects? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman
on Jul 17, 2013 -
If you were a long time messy person, how did you become good at keeping things clean?
posted by drezdn
on Jul 11, 2013 -
Not in school, but helping make a LARGE web resource. It IS going to be a fairly complicated nonlinear product, but the problem is that there are so many possibilities, so much to work with, so many avenues, that I'm feeling like I need a better way to organize the project. I'm not looking for a tech tool, like trello or google docs, but rather an essay or guide to creating something new and awesome out of thin air. Is there anything like this? [more inside]
posted by chelseagirl
on Mar 27, 2013 -
Looking for lifehacks to help me thrive in a stressful high-pressure job working 50+ hours a week long-term. I am special, find out why.. [more inside]
posted by f3l1x
on Mar 18, 2013 -
I have a small niche food business. I have no organizational skills. You can see where this is going. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh
on Jan 9, 2013 -
Habitually editing while I write, want to try free-writing and getting it all out, having difficulty: can I temporarily disable my backspace key in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita
on Mar 8, 2012 -
What are some techniques to help reluctant adult learners and technophobes (read: my parents) become more confident and want to use things? Or, if not, what are some good ways to help them help themselves? [more inside]
posted by Madamina
on Oct 13, 2011 -
What things should people do that are in their best interest, but don't do either because of ignorance or lack of discipline. For example, if you have the discipline to pay every month, there is no reason not to use a rewards based credit card for all your purchases. Arguably, maxing your 401k is another example of this. So is exercise and sunscreen. What other smart behaviors and actions should we do, but don't because we don't know any better or don't have the will to do so. I will also take counter examples, e.g. stupid decisions / undisciplined behaviors / etc.
posted by jasondigitized
on Aug 2, 2011 -
What are some good travel guide websites that aren't so Western-centric and don't treat other countries like exotic sights to gawk at? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Aug 2, 2009 -
How do I learn new programming languages and start using modern web apps without getting frustrated and angry? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen
on May 14, 2008 -
What can you suggest for long term life planning? I would like to set up something like a time line for my life and goals. I want to manage what I will do in 5 years, 10 years, 50 years, etc. Does anyone know of any useful software or other things I could do manually? I want to be able to adjust things as needed and see where I've been.
I appreciate your help.
posted by Knigel
on Aug 22, 2007 -
This is not about me mistakingly thinking material possessions = happiness. (I don't.)
And it's not about me running up credit card debt because of impulse shopping. (I haven't.)
This is about my competing urges: materialism and minimalism. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 6, 2007 -
I'm looking for a specific self-help book circa 2004, full of step-by-step algorithms for everyday life tasks, such as applying for a job, getting satisfaction when you buy a defective product, finding a good doctor, and so on. I need the author and the title. Thanks!
posted by rwhe
on Nov 4, 2006 -
I add appointments to my calendar at work (desktop) and home (laptop) but miss appointments because I am at the wrong computer or away from both. Help me stay synchronized.
posted by special-k
on Mar 30, 2006 -
Suggest practical and creative systems for reducing the number of books I own (rather long exposition inside). [more inside]
posted by matildaben
on Feb 10, 2006 -
I'm looking for interesting uses of del.icio.us, how do you use it? what are some cool hacks? how do you organize your links? interesting tags? other uses?
posted by mhaw
on Nov 3, 2005 -
I live with three roommates in a large apartment, and we need a system to help us split the chores and get along. [more inside]
posted by bonheur
on Jun 2, 2005 -
I've been Googling fruitlessly for a good half-hour here, in search of a post I recall from a year or so ago, on the topic of Getting Things Done / 43Folders / LifeHacks [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords
on May 23, 2005 -
Danny O'Brien's bid for an O'Reilly book deal, Life Hacks
is a list of "Tech Secrets of Overprolific Alpha Geeks." There's lots of text-editor usage to track tasks, little scripts, and all kinds of nifty thingies.
What are your life hacks? You get extra points if they are non-obvious and incorporate free software. Best hack gets a prize
The private blog -- a secret blog, using a tool:
Brad Fitzpatrick of LiveJournal: 8 entries every 10 min are
private. Closed off from everyone.
Announce stuff is moving into RSS -- email announcements to
something that syndicates over RSS
And yes, I realize that ask.metafilter is kinda one giant answer to this question. [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on May 8, 2004 -