My favorite place to do work in my current city; it's quiet, usually empty, and has a great playlist!
Happy February everyone!
Welcome to our new series: Life Hacks Monday. Throughout the years I’ve gained useful tips that have helped me simplify my life, be more productive, and approach tasks more efficiently. I’ve decided to start this series to share insights and tips—in other words, life hacks, that will hopefully help you as much as they’ve helped me. And, of course, if you think of any that you use in your own life and would like to share, feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll introduce them in a later post!
Life Hack #1: How to stop hitting the snooze button
As someone who used to wake up really early in high school, I know getting out of bed is hard, especially in the winter. To make getting up easier, I’d hide my alarm clock across the room which would force me to get up to turn it off. By the time I found the alarm clock, I’d be fully awake and 98% less likely to get back in bed.
Life Hack #2: Lay out your clothes the night before
I am not a morning person by nature, but over the past several years I’ve managed to turn myself into one. Laying out my clothes the night before has been huge in helping me transition from a grouchy Garfield to a competent human in the early morning hours. It saves so much time. If you are trying to get into an early morning workout routine I also recommend doing this—the key is to minimize your reasons to say no.
Life Hack #3: “Eat the frog”
Procrastination gets to the best of us. We all have days when we do everything possible to avoid tackling the one thing on our to-do lists that would make the biggest difference—i.e., the frog. Make a list of all the things you need to and then tackle the one you really don’t want to do first. It sounds counterintuitive, but all the little stuff—the emails, returning that shirt at the mall, writing down all the stuff you need to do—can wait. Once you get the most important task out of the way, chances are you’ll feel ten times better and then tackling everything else won’t seem like such a big deal.
Life Hack #4: Find your work spot
I highly encourage you to find a few spots on your campus or in your current city that are good for getting work done. Whether that means a completely silent library, a coffee shop buzzing with light chatter and good ambient music, or anywhere else, find the place that makes getting work done easy. I find it harder to leave my apartment when I have to decide where I’m going. Having a go-to work spot means that the plan is already in place—it routinizes getting work done. I’ve realized that once I’ve been to a place a few times my brain starts associating it with being productive. As soon as I get there, no matter how much I didn’t want to do my work before, I feel ready to sit down and focus.
Pro-tip: some libraries let you reserve study rooms for a few hours. You’ll never have to worry about finding an open spot again and it’s guaranteed to be quiet space. Check online to see if yours offers a similar service!