I can already tell I’ve disappointed the woman interviewing me. There’s a dissatisfied pause from her end of Skype. She sort of sighs and says “So that’s it? You use post its?” I recognize this response because I hear it 2-3 times a week. “So you just use the timer on your phone?” “You just use a normal notebook?” “You just make a double batch and then freeze the extra?”
Please raise your hand if your daily routine looks anything like mine:
Drink virtuous breakfast smoothie. Resist the urge to eat an entire package of fake bacon. Write an ambitious but doable to-do list. Dutifully wash my breakfast dishes. Make my bed. Resist the urge to crawl back into bed.
Make a sooooomewhat virtuous lunch while listening to podcasts. Check Instagram but for, like, a reasonable amount of time. Keep plugging away at big project. Resist urge to fall down a Facebook hole. Take the dog for a walk. Resist the desire to stop at the bakery and buy/eat 15 donut holes.
Eat a virtuous salad. Hate the stupid salad and then make a giant bowl of pasta. Open laptop to just “research something super quick” and fall down a social media hole for two hours. Stand in the kitchen, mindlessly eating peanut butter from the jar while looking at the yard and thinking about how fat the squirrels are. Try to go to bed at a reasonable time but stay up talking till 11:30.
Yes? Yes. But did you know there’s a reason why we do this? Why our self-control slowly crumbles as the day passes?
I’d like to preface this post by saying I’m not quite sure how I feel about the term ‘lifehack.’ In my somewhat curmudgeonly opinion, wearing a hair tie on your wrist so it’s easily accessible is not a ‘lifehack.’ Understanding how to use Google Calendar is not a ‘lifehack.’ Knowing how to cope when people disappoint you isn’t – say it with me now! – a ‘lifehack.’ Also? We can’t lifehack our way to happiness. Making a big pot of soup so you can bring lunch to work every day will help you save money. Organizing your closet might make your morning easier. These are not the same as, say, going to therapy or working through deep seated, lifelong issues. With all that said, sometimes tiny, logistical changes CAN make daily life easier, less stressful, and more pleasant. Sometimes oddly obvious tweaks to our day-to-day habits can add up to big changes. What follows is a random assortment of little ‘lifehacks’ that make my life easier and more awesome. Many of these may strike you as wildly obvious. If so, you are smarter than me! Awesome! Here is a blog post about animals in buckets for you.
15 lifehacks that are making my life easier + more awesome
Pre-P.S. I’m prefacing this post by telling you what I want: I want to be a guest on more podcasts and Youtube shows. I love talking about money, happiness, living our lives on purpose, travel, and cheese. If you have an established podcast that covers any of these topics, email me at email@example.com. I’d love to chat!
Earlier this year, a reader emailed me to juuuuuust casually mention that some advice I’d given had changed her life. Obviously, I had to cry about that for awhile. But after I’d calmed down and reapplied my eye makeup, I re-read her email. What was it that tipped her life in the direction she dreamed of? It was one sentence in this workbook: “Now that you know what you want, tell people about it.” That’s it! That’s it. Our girl told two people about the career switch she wanted to make. They both sent her the same job posting, she applied for it, got it, and in December she started her dream job. It sounds deceptively simple, doesn’t it? But how many of us sit quietly on our dreams, devotedly hoping that someone or something will fall into our laps? How many of us chat with friends about tv shows and travel plans while our brain is screaming “I HAVE A THING I’M EXCITED ABOUT AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH PEOPLE WHO LOVE ME!!!” (everyone ever raises their hand) People want to help us! The people who love you and know you, want you to get what you want. We can’t help you get what you want if you don’t tell us that you want it. Click To Tweet
If you want to get what you want, here’s why talking about it helps
“Wait. What about a weeknight? Maybe a Tuesday? I could move some stuff around and if we eat early, we could make it work!” My friend and I have been trying to schedule dinner for three months. It started as a “I want to see your new house!” dinner. Then it became a “I haven’t met your baby yet!” hangout. Now, as she’s wrapping up her maternity leave and her son has a full head of hair, we’ve found time.
We’re seeing each other on a weeknight. I’m sure we’ll show up with a dessert plucked from the bakery section of the grocery store, but 90 days later, it’s finally happening. If you’re an adult human, this is probably your reality, too. Your calendar and inbox and heart and mind are full.
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