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Tiny little lifehacks which make a big difference?

I just hosted a party, and for reasons, invested $1.50 in a stack of paper plates for it. I cannot get over how much this tiny thing improved my experience. What other 'small thing made such a huge difference' lifehacks can I try? [more inside]
posted by ficbot on Sep 22, 2016 - 72 answers

Are you dependable? I want to be dependable, too.

[ADHD filter] I want to become a more reliable and dependable person. If you are a former 'unreliable' or 'not dependable' person who is now considered to be very reliable and punctual (at work as well as among friends and family), how did you change? What steps did you take? What lifestyle changes did you make? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 19, 2016 - 25 answers

Activities to help me 'get out of my head'

I'm an anxious beanplater in desperate need of a positive distraction. I want to come up with a long list of activities I can refer to that will help me 'get out of my head' - in other words, the activities are so (manageably, safely) intense or consuming or absorbing that I don't have the time or mental space to waste on unimportant worries and anxieties that would otherwise eat me alive. Effectively helping me to "get out of" my head and stop obsessive thoughts. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 11, 2016 - 51 answers

Anxious Procrastination. Delaying gratification.

What are your favorite hacks for beating anxious procrastination? How do you delay gratification, in favor of getting things done? I'm looking for anecdata and personal testimony about techniques you use; not so much app recommendations. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on May 28, 2016 - 21 answers

Keep track of my life. My WHOLE life.

How do you organize your tasks, thoughts, and notes in a way that (a) helps you prioritize and focus and (b) makes them accessible long-term? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on May 23, 2016 - 38 answers

Short commute, studio apartment living tips for the middle-aged woman?

What life hacks should I consider for studio apartment living with almost-no-commute to work? I have spent most of my adult life living in the burbs, but next month I'm moving into a 515 sq ft studio apartment 10 minutes away from work. I've haven't lived this close to my workplace since my college years. [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Aug 14, 2015 - 20 answers

What is Google Now great for? How can I use it best?

I've found that using Google Now can be waaaaay more efficient than typing things by hand: "OK Google, call restaurant." is much faster than searching for restaurantand then clicking on the linked number. However, I haven't any sense of the range of commands and integrations it supports. What are some of the best things for which to use Google Now? What should I install to get more out of it? How can I best turn my phone into the Star Trek computer?
posted by Going To Maine on Jun 28, 2015 - 15 answers

When you've got the best, but couldn't give two hoots about cleaning it.

This is why we can't have nice things. How do I calibrate my brain to take better, proactive care of the select, excellent things I am lucky to own? I'm talking leather goods and well constructed clothes, chef's knives, stainless steel cookware, upholstered furniture and solid wood furniture, precious metal jewelry, glass stemware, oil paintings by local artists, houseplants, the list goes on... [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on May 9, 2015 - 19 answers

Lifehacker replacement - tips for improving everyday life

Now that Lifehacker requires you to watch a video every time you want to read an article (and most of the articles don't have enough content to make it worthwhile) I am looking for a new source on the web for generally cool ideas for everyday life. I'm not especially tech-y so I prefer hacks for every day life rather than news about nifty high-tech gear. [more inside]
posted by metahawk on Jan 20, 2015 - 9 answers

What are your best kitchen organization hacks?

What are your best hacks for repurposing items or using them in an unusual way to help organize your kitchen? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 2, 2014 - 51 answers

Productivity (ugh) hacks?

Hello AskMe! What is your most effective hack (ugh, I know!) for productivity working at home/on the road/otherwise outside a day job? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Sep 11, 2014 - 9 answers

It's Always Sunny in L.A. (Dermatologist needed and more LA questions!)

So we moved to Los Angeles four days ago (in what I think is Mid-Wilshire-- the closest landmarks are the tar pits and the Grove) and while I've been eagerly reading past archives of LA lifehacks and tips, I could use some further advice. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Jul 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Office work & Commuting in the UK after 12 yr gap: Hacks & Tips please!

I will shortly start a new job having worked from home for many years and I've unexpectedly been asked to start ASAP. There's some great advice on Ask about podcasts & commuting and some about 'returning to corporate hell', but I'm wondering about the practicalities of organising your life in advance for a working week, and especially wondering about what I don't know. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2014 - 9 answers

I want to maximize sleep and minimize wasted time in the morning.

Due to some changes in my life, I need to start getting up earlier in the morning. Problem is, I am a lazybones and I LOVE to sleep. In fact, I normally WAKE UP and start the day at 8 AM, and soon I will need to report to work at that time. I need to go to work looking very polished and feeling great. This means I need to start showering in the morning and eating breakfast before I go into work. This is going to mean a change in the way I deal with mornings. Please help me make this change as painless as possible. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Mar 14, 2014 - 55 answers

How can I automate my new year's resolutions?

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 - 15 answers

Make my home a factory for living

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 - 25 answers

Jobs that would give me time to work on my own creative projects?

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 - 11 answers

If you were a long time messy person, how did you change?

If you were a long time messy person, how did you become good at keeping things clean?
posted by drezdn on Jul 11, 2013 - 36 answers

looking for solid guides to conceptualize and execute large projects

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 - 6 answers

Welcome to Corporate Hell, have a nice stay!

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 - 21 answers

In which I wish to acquire kickass organizational skills.

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 - 15 answers

Is it ok if I just eat the blossoms

What are your tricks specific to getting through tough literature? [more inside]
posted by skrozidile on Sep 24, 2012 - 31 answers

I need help with my addiction to the backspace key.

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 - 22 answers

Bringing awesome back.

What are some everyday ways I can awesome-ize my life? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jan 30, 2012 - 31 answers

If you teach a mom to watch netflix, she will watch TV for a lifetime.

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 - 12 answers

Give me my rewards

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 - 39 answers

As a productivity coach how can I best serve information workers.

As a productivity coach how can I best serve information workers. [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong on Dec 9, 2009 - 2 answers

"Oooh, look, an exotic native woman!" "Buzz off."

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 - 6 answers

Help me, I'm a late adopter.

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 - 33 answers

HomeDecorFilter: How can I dye some curtains to very closely match my new walls?

HomeDecorFilter: How can I dye some curtains to very closely match my new walls? [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Feb 19, 2008 - 12 answers

How do I make myself want to go to bed earlier?

What techniques can I use to help motivate myself to go to bed earlier? [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler on Jan 15, 2008 - 16 answers

Brilliant recurring calendar events?

What brilliant recurring events have you set up on your calendar app? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Oct 25, 2007 - 35 answers


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 - 6 answers

Freedom! Horrible freedom!

How do I automate the mundane aspects my life? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 22, 2007 - 17 answers

Please help me with my struggle between materialism and minimalism.

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 - 44 answers

Songs To Kill Procrastination

MotivationFilter, MusicFilter: What particular songs motivate you? [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Jan 17, 2007 - 34 answers

Book ID: algorithms for your life?

Book ID: 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 - 2 answers

Help me reclaim my door knobs for their intended use.

Do you have a good way of storing your bags, totes and/or purses? [more inside]
posted by moonshine on Jun 28, 2006 - 24 answers

How do I become less materialistic? Should I become a luddite?

The things I own end up owning me. Should I become a luddite? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jun 23, 2006 - 43 answers

Help me manage my life (i.e. my calendar)

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. [more inside]
posted by special-k on Mar 30, 2006 - 18 answers

Advice for clearing literary clutter

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 - 28 answers

Hacking your jog

How do you optimize your jog? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Jan 23, 2006 - 14 answers

this question is del.icio.us

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 - 14 answers

Tips and Tricks for Living With Roommates

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 - 22 answers

Searching for blog post about 43Folders/Lifehacks

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 - 5 answers

What are your (especially non-obvious and/or free) life hacks?

Danny O'Brien's bid for an O'Reilly book deal, Life Hacks (more here 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 - 16 answers

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