Ahhh, lifehacks. We all have 'em. Little things we do or habits we adopt to make things easier. Personally, I always like learning about other people's little tips and tricks, efficiency habits and whatnot, so here is a short selection of mine.
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Home LifeWake up with a smile. Mornings set the tone for the whole day, and for the longest time one of my least favorite things was getting my 5-year-old up and around in the morning without any major meltdowns. After quite a few hits and misses, especially since he started kindergarten, we turn his light on 10-15 minutes before he has to get up, and then I massage his back and head with a battery-powered massager to bring him fully around. The kid wakes up smiling and giggling, and it's a lot smoother transition into picking clothes for the day (another harrowing activity with a young 'un) than what we did before.
Rotate your products. I have a lot of makeup. This was not the case for most of my life, but now that I've immersed myself in this particular hobby and creative endeavor, I have way more products than I actually need. I keep a large'ish makeup bag of products...a weekly makeup basket if you will...which is a mix of items I use daily and some items that I rotate out weekly. I always rotate my eyeshadow palettes by week to get use out of all of them, and I also rotate other color products like blushes and lippies. Everything gets used, and I don't get bored. The downside (kinda): it's quickly apparent what I don't like and what I should've skipped buying completely.
Multitask your food. This is not a new concept in the slightest, but it's something I have to be really mindful of. This past week I wanted to streamline our cooking as much as possible. I wanted to cook at home, have "real" food, but also cut down on the work because my husband was out of town. I had a pound of venison sausage in the freezer, so I made pizza with a small portion of the sausage, and we threw the rest into a pot of chili when he got home. Real food made at home, lots of iron for me, leftovers for work, and nothing went to waste. Same deal with a crock pot of chicken thighs or some taco meat that can be re-purposed throughout the week.
Digital LifeTag, tag, tag. And cross-tag. Whether I'm using email, a project management software at work, or Evernote for organizing my everyday, I find myself completely dependent upon tags. If something is taggable, I'm tagging it. I'm one of those people who wants to put things into multiple categories if multiple categories apply, and tags make that easy. They also make for easy searching when I can't quite remember where I've filed something. This sounds super simple, but it's really easy to overlook the tag function...especially in a new-to-me software or app.
One-stop savings. I love savings. If I'm shopping in person or online, you can bet I've looked for a coupon somewhere. However, I've also been on a mission to curate my digital life, so I'm not really down with receiving a gazillion digital coupons. With that in mind, I often use a universal coupon app like Shopular to see if there are any applicable deals to my online shopping or my in-person purchases. It's easy to search by store and get a quick look at the available offers in the area.
Earn money back. Kind of in the same vein, when I do shop online, I hate paying shipping. HATE! In fact, I often won't buy anything online if I can't avoid the shipping cost or earn it back in savings. Finding Ebates.com helps with some of this. It wrangles a site's active coupons and promotions into one place and by using their affiliate link to go to the site you're shopping from, you earn a percentage of your money back. It's completely legit with checks or PayPal payments sent to you quarterly. This negates *some* of the shipping costs, and since we always do a lot of our holiday shopping online, I can earn at least a little bit back during that time of year.
Now this is where it gets really juicy. What are some of your favorite lifehacks? I need to know!