Life hacks I wish I knew at 20
There are a lot of things I know now that I wish I knew when I was younger.
Life hacks that can make your life easier and more productive.
In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most important ones. If you implement these hacks into your daily routine, you will be able to live a happier and more productive life!
1. One of the most useful productivity tools on your smartphone is called airplane mode (give it a try).
Airplane mode is an incredibly useful tool for anyone looking to stay productive while on the go. The main benefits of this function are that it allows you to completely shut off your device’s connection to any cellular network or Wi-Fi, which reduces the amount of distraction caused by notifications and other incoming messages.
2. Whether you’re looking into new job opportunities or attending social occasions, agreeing to unimportant assignments can mess up your core objectives. If it’s not an enthusiastic “Yes!”, then it’s a clear-cut “No.”
Saying a clear-cut “No” is an important skill to develop, especially when it comes to managing your commitments and priorities. Saying no enables you to be more focused on your primary objectives, as well as providing additional benefits such as improved mental and physical health, greater satisfaction from meeting deadlines, and increased self-control.
3. It’s okay to admit when you don’t know something.
There’s no shame in being unfamiliar with a topic, and it’s a much more successful response than attempting to give an answer that is inaccurate or uninformed.
4. It’s perfectly okay to abandon a book or film if it is not entertaining.
There’s no need to drag yourself through something that you don’t find enjoyable.
5. Stop regretting past decisions.
You made the best choice at the time with the knowledge you had. Be at peace with it.
6. Success comes down to a simple choice: 1. Decide exactly what you want. 2. Determine the price you have to pay. 3. Choose if you’re willing to pay it.
Achieving success requires three things: determining what you want to achieve, assessing the resources you must use to get there, and deciding whether you’re prepared to make the investment.
7. Defining a “productive day” is crucial. Or else you’ll never be at peace (even with excellent output).
Establishing a “productive day” is integral. A 3:3:3 plan can help with this – devoting three hours to your most significant project, three shorter tasks and three maintenance activities.
8. Find your peak state of energy.
Identifying your most energized period (usually in the morning) and scheduling a 2 to 4 hour block during that time for your most critical task can help boost productivity and make achieving your goals easier. Show up at the same time – day by day, week by week.
9. Avoid starting the day checking your phone
Happiness is not something that happens randomly or by chance; it’s something that can be achieved through planning and effort.
Therefore, it is wise to avoid starting the day by checking your phone, since this can potentially detract from focusing on activities that will lead to greater satisfaction and contentment.
10. Assess your day (like a film) with music to create a powerful mood.
Music has the power to greatly enhance the experience. Practically all tasks are more pleasurable when music is playing in the background.
11. Take an internal shower every morning.
Begin your day with a mental cleansing ritual. Refreshing yourself by drinking an entire glass of water right away – your body is composed of 60% water and needs to be recharged.
12. Adopt the 80% Rule from Japan: “Eat until you’re just about full”.
Avoid eating to the point of feeling too stuffed and sluggish.
13. Embrace midday naps.
Midday naps have a variety of benefits for the body and mind. On a physical level, taking a nap during the day can help counteract fatigue and improve alertness. Studies have shown that napping can even improve reaction time, boost memory, reduce stress levels, increase creativity, and improve overall information processing skills.
This helps you reap double the amount of energy in a day.
14. Get a standing desk, take walking meetings, and move your body daily.
Our predecessors engaged in activities such as pursuing large animals, but now we spend most of our days sitting at a desk for lengthy periods and then vegging out in front of the television.
To combat this lifestyle, it would be beneficial to switch up movements by using a standing desk, scheduling walking meetings, and engaging in physical activity daily.
15. Psychology says, the way you talk about others is the way you talk to yourself.
The way you express yourself about others is often reflective of the way you think and speak to yourself, so it’s important to be mindful of your words and have a kind attitude.
16. Spotlight Effect: We tend to overestimate how much attention is being paid to us.
We tend to overestimate how much attention is being paid to us and believe that others are focused on us more than they actually are.
The truth is, no one is paying as close attention to us as we think; our liberation starts when we realize this.
17. Hone your body language (7-38-55 Rule).
People will like/dislike your communication based on: 7% words, 38% tonality and face, 55% body language. Stand up straight, pull your shoulders back, make eye contact, smile, give a firm handshake. You will be dangerous 🙂 .
18. A person’s favorite sound is their name.
There is a theory about their 2nd favorite sound: The names of their loved ones and pets. Whenever you hear one mentioned, write it down. Later, ask *by name* about them. You will stand out.
19. Spend more time with people who give you energy.
Spend more time with those who make you feel energized and less time with people who drain your energy.
20. Master the “gift of goodbye”.
You don’t owe loyalty to a friend, partner, or employer who belittles you. Successful & happy people simply say goodbye.
Mastering the art of saying goodbye is often necessary for finding true happiness.
21. Once a week, do something alone (dinner, movies, yoga, etc.)
Society has programmed us to think it’s weird to do things alone. But if you’re not comfortable being alone, you’ll never be comfortable leaving toxic relationships.
22. Write down your goals. Remind yourself who you want to be.
The 14% of people who have goals are 10x more successful than those without goals. The 3% with written goals are 3x more successful than the 14%.
23. Simplify your finances.
Cancel unused subscriptions. Automate your bills, savings, and investments. Budget with the 50/30/20 Rule (50% Needs, 30% Wants, 20% Savings).
24. Buy things that make you healthier, and wealthier, or provide you free time.
It’s called practical materialism.
Practical materialism involves investing in products and services that can have a positive impact on the quality of life. It focuses on buying items that make us healthier, and wealthier, or provide us with more free time.
25. Give your mind an overnight task.
Upon closing your eyes, give your mind a job. “How might I make an extra $1k each month?” Don’t try to solve it then; just release it to your subconscious (which will work on it overnight).