Random Observation/Comment #468: #lifehacking is not just a way to be productive, but a way to be creative with implementing what we already have.
Why This List?
I have tricks up my sleeves that I use almost every day to save time or save energy. Maybe you can use some of them to help you through your life.
- Wish your friends a happy birthday the day before it’s their birthday to better connect with them and catch up
- Figure out which routine is best for destressing (the activity makes you in a better mood afterwards)
- Figure out which routine is best for decoupling (removing yourself from work problems)
- Block off your personal calendar with reminders to call home
- Block off your professional calendar with uninterrupted time to do actual work
- Travel off season to save some money
- Meditate daily
- Don’t check your email when you first get to work – plan the major tasks you want to complete first
- Keep mental notes of other people’s interests and major news/events – send an email or bring it up in conversation next time if you find any related/relevant articles
- Learn how to cook at least 3 dishes for yourself and your significant other (morning eggs are a plus if you want to get brownie points)
- Go skiing during Christmas
- Consistently write postcards to your parents wherever you travel
- Learn to speak another language
- Send follow-up emails for all occasions: meeting with professionals, friends, and new acquaintances
- Never lie to cover up a lie – that’s just dangerous
- Pay more attention to what you eat: Garbage in = Garbage out
- Work out at least once every 3 days
- Learn to navigate the company (in terms of who you need to know to get things done)
- Look at the data you produce more carefully
- Optimize your routines (e.g. walk to the right spot on the platform and cut your nails faster)
- Find out what tasks can be delegated (There was a small sliver of time where I did my own laundry)
- If you’re leaving a manager’s office with a door after a meeting, ask them “Door open or closed?”
- When cooking a meal, always ask if there are dietary restrictions, preferences of meat/vege/base, and pairing alcohol just to sound like you know what you’re doing
- Whatever you do, always try to lead by example. Even if people don’t follow, at least you’re following your own advice
- Spend money on essential items you use/spend a lot of time with (e.g. glasses, smart phone, wallet, mattress, pillow, toilet, etc)
- Be a part of a healthy/active community – it will help with happiness and networking
- Listen to an audiobook during your commute
- When writing in your journal, ask yourself: What did I learn? What made me happy? Who should I thank?
- Set aside time to do nothing but day dream
- Write more often. It’s liberating.
~See Lemons #Lifehack