Life Hacks – Spoken Edition
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If you’re looking for a great gift idea, or you’re tired of your roommates using your stuff, get some etching cream. It’s super easy to make custom mugs, plates, glasses, and more with it. As Caylin Harris explains at The Kitchn, items personalized with sharpie or paint pens may not last forever if the items aren’t properly taken care of. But with etching cream, you can make a permanent mark on items in any design you like.
Redditor zbeegniev just finished updating his workspace, and the results look pretty sharp. It’s clean, that monitor is well mounted to the wall, and oh hey—the PC is actually built into the desk. Here are some more photos. The Dell U3415W ultrawide being mounted to the wall is already a great start, but beyond that the desk is made from reclaimed wood, and a completely DIY job.
You know how your hair always looks absolutely fabulous after you step out of a salon, but as soon as you get home any chance of replicating it feels hopeless? Me, too. So here’s a way to blow dry your long, wet hair and look like you just had it professionally done.
iOS: There’s no shortage of alarm clock apps to choose from, and many of them have creative ways of making sure you get out of bed. UHP Alarm Clock forces you to get out of bed by tracking your path. The Most Sadistic Apps That Force You to Get Stuff Done The Most Sadistic Apps That Force You to Get Stuff Done The Most Sadistic Apps That Force You to Get… Sometimes willpower is hard to muster up without a little poking from exterior sources.
When you take breaks, you come back to your work with a fresh perspective, and if you’re stuck, that perspective can often help you figure out a solution. The Genius Deck helps with this by asking random questions to help you switch gears.
Every year, the contribution limits and other details about 401(k)s change. A few of those changes this year can be particularly useful for low-income families. Here are the changes to watch for. First, the contribution limit is still set at $18,000. That part remains unchanged. However, the Saver’s Credit gives an extra incentive to low-income families.
A traditional shoe shine can take anywhere from five to15 minutes, but if you don’t have the time to spare, this method gets your leather looking fresh in about a minute. As Antonio Centeno at the Real Men Real Style YouTube channel demonstrates, all you need is a horsehair brush (or very soft bristled brush), some wax shoe polish that matches the color of your shoes, and a soft rag (an old t-shirt works great.
The snowball method is the best way to pay down your debt. If you’re skeptical and want to see how it will work, this spreadsheet will calculate exactly how long it will take to be debt free. When you’re paying off debt with the snowball method, you start by focusing on the smallest debt balance, then moving on to the larger ones. This spreadsheet, from personal finance site Life and My Finances lets you add all of your debts to one sheet.
There are nearly limitless ways to make money in your spare time. If you want to get a better job, though, make sure that your side hustle is helping you get there. As personal finance site Funancials explains, side jobs can be anything from a second job to starting a blog. However, you’ll make more money in the long run if your side hustle can actually improve your career.
Night sky photography is a lot of fun, but it’s also challenging. Provided you have the right equipment, it mostly comes down to tweaking your camera settings. And the “500 Rule” can help with that. How to Take Decent Pictures of the Sky at Night How to Take Decent Pictures of the Sky at Night How to Take Decent Pictures of the Sky at Night It might look easy, but taking an epic photo of the night sky in all its glory takes skill.
You spend more time with your own failures than anyone else on Earth. Eventually, you might internalize them and come to fear failure. However, for everyone else, they barely know your failures even exist. How Can I Overcome My Fear of Failure? How Can I Overcome My Fear of Failure? How Can I Overcome My Fear of Failure? In high school, our hockey coach was a demigod.