‘Life Hack’ Posts

Using the Urgency vs. Importance Matrix to Get Stuff Done

Using the Urgency vs. Importance Matrix to Get Stuff Done

You’ve got to complete a 10-page paper, study for an exam, run 4 miles, and go to work today, but you don’t know how to get everything done in a timely manner. In these hectic situations, your best friend is the Urgent/Important Matrix, first printed in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This matrix ...

Check University Dump Sites for Free Stuff

Check University Dump Sites for Free Stuff

If you’re in the market for a computer monitor, chalkboard, or any type of supply or equipment your school may have in abundance, campus dump sites can be a treasure trove of gently-used items. Reddit user TheExtremeModerate, a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, told of his own journey scavenging through what he calls “tech dumps.” ...

4 Cheap Ways to Whiten Teeth

4 Cheap Ways to Whiten Teeth

Whether it’s a job interview, date, or anime club cotillion, Americans are vain about their teeth. But if you weren’t lucky enough to have braces as a kid, you can at least make your teeth as white as snow. No need to pay ridiculous amounts of money for monthly supplies of chemicals, though. Use stuff ...

Use Command Hooks to Create Tablet Stations Throughout Your Home

Use Command Hooks to Create Tablet Stations Throughout Your Home

If you find yourself lacking the motivation to do the dishes, installing a tablet-holding station in your kitchen will add a little entertainment to this otherwise monotonous task. Using Command hooks, you can create tablet stations throughout your home to make leaving the couch much less difficult during a Netflix binge. The idea comes to ...

Quick Tip: Curb Your Appetite with the ‘Apple Rule’

Quick Tip: Curb Your Appetite with the ‘Apple Rule’

In many circles, the term “Apple Rule” may be associated with accounting tricks used by tech companies to record sales in real time. But for the purpose of this tip, the term will be used to help those with over-eating issues fight hunger pangs. It’s one of the most important rules from food journalist and ...

4 Makeshift DIY Phone Stands for Your Desk

4 Makeshift DIY Phone Stands for Your Desk

Forget keeping a stack of books on your desk to hold your phone up; and don’t even think about buying an expensive case or stand. There are plenty of things you may have lying around that make a perfectly good DIY phone stand. Here are four quick and easy solutions for the times when you ...

Simple DIY: Orange Candle

Simple DIY: Orange Candle

If you’re looking to get a little extra out of your citrus fruit, an orange candle is a great way to start. It’s aesthetically pleasing for either ambiance or emergency situations. You’ll need the following: Orange (more than one if you’re not confident in your peeling ability) Plate or cutting board (skip if you dare) ...

Quick Tip: Prioritize Tasks Based Upon Return

Quick Tip: Prioritize Tasks Based Upon Return

Getting everything done is often an impossible task on top of an already long list of incomplete tasks. That’s something I think about a lot as I attempt to better understand myself in order to increase my productivity. And as I’ve discovered, extra attention and priority should always be given to tasks that will yield ...

Quick Tip: Try Intense Sprints as an Alternative to Jogging

Quick Tip: Try Intense Sprints as an Alternative to Jogging

Putting your running shoes on and going for a nice jog is an easy and effective way to get a cardio workout. But commitments often restrict your ability to get out and enjoy exercising at a specific time. Besides, everyone wants to maximize their time in order to accomplish more; especially when it comes to ...