Ten pieces of advice to live a bit better
There’s a massive amount of great quality hacks out there, but few people use them. The problem is that many of them aren’t widespread, so they stay hidden in the dark until someone puts a light on them.
To make your life a bit easier, I’ve compiled 10 life hacks. They are very easy to apply, and you’ll probably start wondering where they were hidden all this time.
Now, let’s discover them!
1. Set automatic bank transfers for saving without pain
Saving is painful. You have to take your hard-earned money and put it out of your reach every single month. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
Most banks have a function to make automatic transfers every once in a while. If you set a transfer every 5th of each month to your savings or investment account, the money will flow automatically from one account to another.
I’ve been using this trick for years, and it has saved me a lot of time and pain. I decided to transfer 20% of my income to my investment account every month, and now I don’t have to move a single finger to do it.
2. Buy massive quantities (and sell if you have too much)
Since I discovered bulk buying, I have saved tons of money. On apps like Alibaba, you can buy hundreds of product units for a ridiculous amount of money. For example, I’ve used it for buying socks, tennis balls, washing products, etc.
I ordered so many packs of tennis balls (25) that I even sold them to other tennis players for a profit! Sellers appreciate your kindness and give you massive discounts when you buy in bulk.
3. Put money apart for doing stupid things
Life it’s only the present, not the future or the past. Each month, you could allocate a certain amount of money to spend on stupid, funny, or cool things.
A few years ago, I set apart 10% of my monthly income to buy stupid things that I would regret if they were spent in my main account. Here are a few things that I did with that money:
Buy a virtual reality headset to feel what it’s like.
Drive a Ferrari Tributo in a circuit.
Try every single cocktail in a Sky Bar that I love.
4. Create a capsule wardrobe
Many clothes are very difficult to combine. After all, nobody wants to buy a jacket or shirt to wear them only once. That’s why you could create a capsule wardrobe, a magical place where everything combines with everything.
That could include black and white plain shirts, chinos, trousers, and dozens of things that can be easily combined with each other. This way, you’ll have 500 different outfits only using a few pieces of quality, easy-to-combine clothes.
If you are a woman, you can get inspiration on this webpage, and if you are a man, on this one.
5. Look for haters on Reddit
If you are building something on your own and want feedback, you have to try this. Go to Reddit and post harmless spam promoting your work or saying that you are doing something incredible.
If you are lucky, people will start hating on you and explaining why your product or website is a waste of time. Most of the comments will be nonsense, but a few of them will give you very valuable feedback on what you can improve. Let the haters come to you!
6. Get fit without wasting time
If you don’t want to spend a lot of time doing exercise, just level up the intensity. I recently discovered that sprinting could burn 10 times the amount of calories you burn jogging.
It works the same with bodybuilding. High-intensity trains make up for a lot of low-intensity workouts.
Three years ago, I worked out for 90 minutes almost every day, but I dropped out because I wasted too much time.
Then, I read the book “Bigger, Leaner, Stronger” by Michael Matthews. He showed me how to make the most out of my gym time, spending less than 40 minutes in each session. It was a game-changer.
7. Buy a laptop lifter
Looking down at your laptop screen could hurt your neck in the long term. But there’s a cheap and easy solution to this problem.
And that’s a laptop lifter. It’s a small platform that lifts your laptop screen to your eyesight level, making you look straight instead of bending downward.
This is the one that I bought. It’s just a metal piece, and it works beautifully. Although it might seem difficult to type in, I can guarantee you that it’s not (I thought the same before buying it).
8. End those flies in the summer
If you live somewhere near water or in a humid place, you’ll notice that flies are the worst. They fly around everything and everyone and make an irritating noise that never ends. Well, there’s a trick to end this.
Last summer, flies were all around my house. So I looked for tricks to stop them without having to kill them one by one.
I found a solution: Sugar and water. If you mix those ingredients and spread them on a piece of paper, flies will try to eat it and be trapped due to the sugary liquid — it acts like glue for them.
9. Sleep faster with this tip by the Army
Soldiers have to get good sleep every day. They can’t afford to be tired on the battlefield, as it can mean the death or injury of other soldiers. That’s why they’ve developed a trick to sleep faster. It goes like this:
Relax your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw, and concentrate on your breathing. Now move down to your neck and shoulders. The goal is to force every corner of your body to release the contraction.
When I started using it, I usually fell asleep before relaxing every part of my body. If I began by relaxing my shoulders, I was usually knocked out while relaxing my arms.
10. Create a feedback loop
Improving is difficult. Almost everything you do can be improved, and that’s so overwhelming that you often don’t know where to start. That’s why feedback loops were created.
It consists of allocating a certain amount of time to review what you’re doing and why. It also helps to know if you are on track or need to improve.
I do this for a few hours once a week (on Sundays). I review my week, look for parts that I can improve, and try to build a future based on what I want to do. It’s like hitting the “pause” button on life and checking if everything is going according to the plan (by the way, my plan is to find happiness, what’s yours?).
CONTRIBUTED BY Daniel Mesa
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