Friday Tips

Every day on the net I run across a great many tips to make life easier, and I'd like to start collecting and recording the best so they aren't lost or forgotten.  Here is the first batch from the archives, I'll post newer ones each week until I run out.

From Lifehacker, a favorite:

  • Helpful Tips on Power Napping (Cliff Notes):
    • You don't have to actually fall asleep to nap – it's enough to drift off to a half-sleep state.
    • Even if it normally takes you 30+ minutes to fall asleep, you can benefit from 20 minute power naps. First, learn what you're aiming for, for example by using something like Pzizz Then, practice reproducing that feeling – plan for a few months before you get good at it.
    • Don't over-sleep when power-napping, it will only make you feel groggy.

From Wondermark:

  • I don't eat many Cheetos, but the idea of using chopsticks could be useful for eating anything messy.


How to close a back of chips without a clip or tie.  Check out the related how-to videos as well.

On Self Defense

From Reddit:

What are your best lifehacks?  Selected favorites:
  • If you are charged with writing a lengthy research paper, find one very solid source that directly pertains to your thesis, and then you can use that source's bibliography to back into locating new sources.
    AKA, "Raping the Bibliography"

  • Putting my clothes in my closet with the hangers reversed once a year. As I pull clothes out, I reverse the hanger. Every year I give away any clothes that I never took out.
    Great Idea. Remember Goodwill.
  • Cut negative people out of your life.
  • To talk to people all you have to do is just ask questions. just let them talk.
  • Pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth cures brainfreeze.
    I tried this one, it worked a bit.
  • rediscovered the fun (and benefits) of walking to the office. I'm lucky my office is 2 miles from home.

Here's one of my own:
  • If the buttons are backward, you're wearing women's clothes.
    (reverse if female of course).
What are your favorite tips?

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