Life Hacks That Work
For a while in the mid-2010s, it seems you couldn’t browse any website or receive any weekly newsletter without being bombarded with life hacks, life hacks, and more life hacks. They were more than mere life skills or useful advice for work and play, and instead, a great way to make something out of nothing while also making things easier. Tell us honestly, how many of these did you actually try out? We’re assuming out of the hundred of life hacks you’ve stumbled across, very few actually stuck around. Well, that’s about to change, as we present to your our 10 life hacks that actually work. No, really.
What Is A Life Hack?
Okay, maybe we jumped the gun a little there. If you’re not sure what a life hack is, all we have to ask is whether you’ve had access to the internet for the past decade or so. A life hack is a clever (but sometimes a little stupid) trick to help you overcome obstacles efficiently, and often to save you money and/or time.
1. Forgetting Someone’s Name
We’ve all been there at parties or even in the office where you’ve been introduced to someone and then, later on, we’ve had to suffer the horrifying realization you didn’t even register their name. In fact, the name shot through your ear and got lost among the coats in the backroom.
But instead of wallowing in despair and risking embarrassing both yourself and them, you can get around it by asking them their name again and when they tell you, respond with an emphatic ‘No, sorry. Your last name.’ Trust us, it works.
2. Boosting Your Workout
We all want to get into shape and stay in shape, but with such busy lives, it’s not always easy to dedicate an hour plus to hitting the gym. However, by shortening your workout and turning up the intensity, you can achieve the same (and often better) results and still be home in time for dinner.
3. Removing Splinters
Unless you work with wood frequently, it’s unlikely you get too many splinters, but let’s say you do, and instead of accepting it is now a part of you as much as your music taste and cringey high school memories.
However, using super glue on the splintered area and allowing it to dry before peeling it off will bring the splinter with it. If you’ve got kids, this is a great way to help them and also prevent the risk of infection.
4. Lighting Candles
So you’ve bought a date back you yours, you want to set the mood with some candles, but the only lighters you own have produce wisping, pathetic flames. This can kill the excitement unless that is, you’ve got a cupboard full of spaghetti just begging to be eaten.
Lighting the tip of a strand of spaghetti (a spaghetto) makes it easy to light candles out of reach and saves you burning your fingers, so things can heat up in other ways. Wink wink.
5. Chilling Your Beer
If you are a beer lover and just want to relax after work with a nice refreshing beer but none of the bottles you have are cold enough to enjoy (plus ice and beer is never good), you can wet a paper towel and wrap it around the bottle to place in the freezer for 10 minutes to enjoy a crisp brew to start your night off right.
6. Saving Money
Two words: Automated. Deposits. Every payday, send a specified amount to your savings account so you avoid the usual hesitation of whether you can should. This creates a safe little safety net and eventually, you will train yourself to not even notice the difference in your paycheck. It’s not like you’re not getting the money, instead, it goes elsewhere, allowing present you to give future you some financial freedom.
For the more financially wise among you, this might just be common sense, but if you struggle to save, this will get you that Xbox, vacation, or deposit ready in no time.
7. Get Rid Of Stinky Feet
If you struggle with foot odor, you can place your shoes in the freezer overnight, as the cold environment is excellent for killing odorous bacteria and smell (almost) brand new when you take them out. Don’t worry, it won’t make your ice cream smell of sweat and foot fungus, so you’re good there.
8. Starting Fires
If you’re camping but have no dry kindling or firewood, you can sacrifice your bag of chips (or crisps) to start the campfire and stay warm. Yes, you miss out on your late-night snack, but you also don’t spend the night jumping at every snap of a twig or low pitch rumble through the trees so we’ll chalk it down as a win.
9. The Wonders Of WD40
WD40 is like a miracle cure for the house. It moisturizes, it lubricates, it protects, and it’s damn useful if you’ve got kids who like to channel their inner artist on your new white walls. Taking a can of WD40 will clear off crayon, marker pen, and more avant-garde art materials in an instant, ensuring your house looks squeaky clean for when the boss comes round to dinner.
10. Getting S#!* Done
We live in a time where we are constantly distracted, and if we’re not browsing the internet on our computers, it’s likely we’re doing so on our phones. But to get everything you need to do before heading home, you can assign segments of the day to your tasks.
Dedicating half an hour to returning phone calls 3 times a day is a lot easier than trying to rush it all in one go, and by dedicating this time and doing nothing else, it will surprise you how efficient you can be.
So there you have it. With your newfound knowledge, you can wow your friends and family with this newfound knowledge you will take to your grave. We all want our lives to be a little easier, and life hacks are a low-budget way to do just that. Some are useful, some are genius, and some are downright silly, but isn’t that just what life is, anyway?
- 11 Life Hacks That Are Actually Useful – Fatherly
- 20 Ridiculous Sounding Life Hacks That Actually Work – WhatCulture