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How can I make myself do stuff?

I can't make myself do anything. I've never been able to. I want to accomplish so much, I have goals, but for some reason, I just can't make myself do all the things I know I'm capable of. How can I turn this around? Is there a name for it? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 3:53 PM on Oct 22, 2008 - 35 answers [268 favorites]

Help! My door knob is stuck and I'm trapped in my room!

Help! I'm stuck in my bedroom. The knob won't turn much either way and won't come unlatched. The only person who has a key to my house is out of town, so I can't even call a locksmith and have him let in. How can I get out of my bedroom? The door knob is the kind with screws only on the exterior. I've tried to slide a credit card in, but that did not yield results. Anyone have any advice to help me get out of my room?
posted by birdlady to Home & Garden at 1:06 PM on Oct 7, 2009 - 111 answers [268 favorites]

Worth every cent!

Name a purchase of yours that was worth every penny! [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord to Shopping at 4:37 PM on Jun 4, 2015 - 134 answers [268 favorites]

How to clean house like the professionals.

Between bad timing and desperation I hired a professional housekeeper to clean before family arrived for the holidays last year. She left the place looking better than when I first moved in. How can I do this on my own? [more inside]
posted by adapt to Home & Garden at 11:20 AM on Jun 15, 2014 - 30 answers [267 favorites]

Bitch in Business

Metafilter feminists help me out! I an trying to compile a list of things that only ambitious women get to hear as they fight their way into management. Things like "you sound too abrasive". But also getting ignored in a specific way. I would like these to be things someone has actually said to you or someone you know. Can you help me?
posted by Omnomnom to Human Relations at 6:27 AM on Jan 22, 2015 - 213 answers [267 favorites]


Recommend me aggressively happy music. The kind of music that punches happiness into you no matter how much you don't want it to be there. The sort that explodes into spiky neon flowers. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich to Media & Arts at 5:22 PM on Nov 6, 2010 - 185 answers [264 favorites]

What is your job like, really?

Between the hours of 9-to-5, or whenever you work...what are you doing, specifically? [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere to Work & Money at 5:36 AM on Oct 18, 2012 - 135 answers [264 favorites]

What are your favorite transcendent, gives you the chills, performances?

I want to feel amazed. Please give me your best examples of transcendent performance (musical, sports, film, fictional stories, etc.) that show people performing at the peak of what's possible and even surpassing their conscious selves. Give me the chills! Raise the hair on the back of my head! Some Youtube links would be great. Thanks!
posted by Gosha_Dog to Media & Arts at 6:57 PM on Sep 24, 2016 - 135 answers [264 favorites]

Why yes, I will totally resort to flattery if that's what you would like, Mr. McAwesomesauce!

Interviewers/HR people: what's the best cover letter you've ever read, the one that made you want to hire that person on the spot? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange to Work & Money at 12:00 PM on Mar 21, 2011 - 24 answers [263 favorites]

Make my rules and habits!

Please share your systems, rules, habits, routines--I want to minimize my repeated small choices. [more inside]
posted by lemonade to Grab Bag at 11:01 AM on Apr 5, 2010 - 58 answers [262 favorites]

The seven habits of highly attractive people

You are a well-dressed person. You put effort into your appearance and you always look good. What are some of the things you do regularly to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by yawper to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:43 PM on Mar 26, 2012 - 39 answers [262 favorites]

Survival Tips for Uncommon Situations

What are your best survival tips for dangerous situations that someone might realistically find themselves in? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 to Grab Bag at 8:02 PM on Feb 11, 2010 - 102 answers [260 favorites]

Why can't I just WORK???

Why can't I just WORK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 10:01 AM on Sep 21, 2010 - 56 answers [260 favorites]

Mental hacks needed, please.

Please share your mind hacks/mental hacks/stories you tell yourself to make things in your life easier. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Religion & Philosophy at 8:36 PM on Oct 28, 2013 - 75 answers [260 favorites]

What are some good blogs/sites that are like

I love reading sites like and Neatorama (and, of course, Metafilter). It's exciting - I never know what I'll come across next. What are some other sites that have lots of interesting stuff, preferably on a daily basis (but less often is fine as long as the content is high quality)? [more inside]
posted by jasminerain to Computers & Internet at 1:14 PM on Feb 21, 2008 - 40 answers [259 favorites]

Best free services online

FrugalFilter: I used to do _____, but now I use _____ on the internet for free! Examples and ... [more inside]
posted by math to Work & Money at 1:59 PM on Apr 7, 2009 - 41 answers [259 favorites]

Who is the most amazing woman who ever lived.

I am looking for the female equivalent to Tycho Brahe, someone who's life was full of both achievement and adventure. A woman who has a list of great deeds (such as discovering a supernova) and also great stories (like getting a moose drunk, or losing their nose in a duel over maths) Is there such a woman (Well, I know there must have been, but more accurately has history recorded such a woman)
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Grab Bag at 5:39 AM on Sep 5, 2013 - 73 answers [255 favorites]

This One Weird Trick...Marriage Edition

I'm getting married this Sunday to a wonderful person. We've been together 5 years and have lived together for two of those years. We are both in our 30s. I'm interested in your "tricks" for a fulfilling and healthy marriage. [more inside]
posted by CMcG to Human Relations at 6:38 AM on Aug 31, 2015 - 43 answers [255 favorites]

You make me want to be a better man.

What one change I can make in my life for one month will have the greatest positive effect? [more inside]
posted by joshjs to Society & Culture at 8:54 PM on Mar 31, 2010 - 68 answers [254 favorites]

Essays/Articles That Opened Your Mind

In search of nonfiction that makes you go, "Huh. Never thought of it like that before.” Suggestions, please! [more inside]
posted by xenization to Media & Arts at 8:16 AM on Oct 1, 2019 - 53 answers [253 favorites]

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