Wednesday, January 26, 2011

45 Priceless Lifehacks

Here is some random bits of advice I’ve collected over the years. Some are philosophical, some are practical, all of them are golden.

  1. Every once in awhile, ignore your instincts, especially if there is a high chance of fun and a low chance of harm.
  2. Once a month, tell someone you love that you love them.
  3. F6 highlights your address bar. Same with ctrl+L.
  4. Study the Constitution. Memorize all the amendments.
  5. For the girls- don't take your purse to the bathroom, everyone knows your on your period and you aren't fooling anyone. If you really want to be sneaky, get those compact tampons and stuff them in your cleavage. If not, woman up, stand proud, wave that tampon in the air and shout “I’m a fertile female and indubitably proud of it!”
  6. Brush your teeth in the shower. It will save time and it will get your teeth cleaner. *EDIT* Brush your teeth while you are rinsing your hair off so as not to waste any water. Click here for more ideas on water conservation.
  7. If your significant other asks you what you are thinking, always say “I’m thinking about how much I love you.” This will improve your relationship immensely. Don’t do this if you want to break up with the person.
  8. When you think others are judging you, it’s only you that’s judging you.
  9. Every once in awhile, just stop giving a shit.
  10. Fear is meant to stop you from dying. Don’t let it stop you from living.
  11. Keep a dream journal. It will help improve your memory.
  12. If you know you have to remember what a person is saying, and you don’t have a way of recording them, ask them to say it three times clearly. Watch their lips move when they say it.
  13. Read a book a month.
  14. Keep your student ID with you forever. Use it everywhere to get discounts.
  15. Instead of buying storage containers, stop throwing out glass products. A jar for pasta sauce is a great way for transporting your lunch.
  16. Take care of your feet. Always wear shoes that are at least semi-comfortable and good socks.
  17. Don’t watch reality TV, unless it’s a documentary. Watch one documentary a month.
  18. Do or make something you are proud of everyday.
  19. Learn to drive stick.
  20. Learn the following bits of car maintenance:
    1. Oil Change
    2. Flat Tire Change
    3. Battery Jump
  21. Always carry a pen.
  22. Learn to play an instrument.
  23. If you are in trouble, don’t yell for help, yell “fire”.
  24. “Walk it off” will not work for most types of physical pain, but it may help with emotional pain.
  25. Once a season, take yourself out on a date. Give yourself a spa day, treat yourself to a nice meal. Write a love letter to yourself.
  26. F2 renames files.
  27. Use toothpaste on bug bites and zits.
  28. If you are making pasta and the water starts to boil over, add a splash of olive oil.
  29. Don’t play charades against deaf people.
  30. Don’t care about people’s beliefs. Care about their actions.
  31. Financial Aid doesn’t charge interest if you pay it off within sixth months after graduation. If you don’t need the money, take out a Financial Aid loan and put it in a 4-year CD. Keep the interest. It’s free money! (I’m not totally sure if this is legal.)
  32. Always return a car with a full tank of gas.
  33. In general, don’t unpack your suitcase if you don’t have to. You are more likely to lose stuff if you do unpack.
  34. Stand on the right, walk on the left.
  35. Be nice to the new kid.
  36. Accept the fact that you don’t know anything. Read Socrates.
  37. Learn basic home repair.
  38. Don’t overreact, don’t underreact. Just react.
  39. Success is 49% talent and 51% persistence. Never give up.
  40. Moisturize.
  41. No one ever got better by winning. Be a gracious loser.
  42. To open stubborn jars, tap the side of the lid on the counter first, then open.
  43. Clicking links with the Middle-Mouse (scroll wheel) will open them in a new tab.
  44. The Golden Rule applies to romantic relationships as well.
  45. Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line.