Life Hacks – Spoken Edition show

Life Hacks – Spoken Edition

Summary: Daily weblog on software and personal productivity recommends downloads, web sites and shortcuts that help you work smarter and save time. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com

Podcasts:

 Learn to “Quit Books", and Other Tips to Finally Make a Dent in Your Reading List | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 109

I often imagine the leaning tower of Pisa to be a physical manifestation of my ebook queue. I want to finish more books, but can’t seem to get through them quickly enough. As Harvard Business Review (HBR) explains, it’s not about reading speed, but about creating concerted efforts to read. Here are tips to do just that. My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books My girlfriend says I have a thing for books.

 Even More Reasons Why You Should File Your Taxes As Early As Possible | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 93

We’ve mentioned before that you should file your taxes as early as possible to thwart identity thieves and give yourself time to make payments. If that’s not enough motivation, here are a few more reasons. As personal finance site Money Ning points out, if you’re buying a house or filing a FAFSA, you need to include tax return information. Putting off your taxes can take those processes take longer as well.

 Alleviate Anxiety With This Do-Anywhere Grounding Exercise | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 107

Mindfulness and meditation are well-known ways to combat anxiety and stress, but they can be hard to fit into a busy schedule. If you need a quick way to curb a stream of anxiety-inducing thoughts, try this grounding exercise that you can fit in no matter where you are.

 Why You Should Embrace Moments When You Only Feel Okay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 75

We often think of happiness as those moments when we feel especially joyful or bright, but seeking out only those moments can lead to feeling like you’re not happy at all. Here’s why you should embrace only feeling okay, too.

 Smart Alarm Clock Wakes You Up at the Best Time so You Feel Rested and Recharged | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 72

iOS/Android: We sleep in cycles and you can feel completely groggy or fully rested depending on where you are in the cycle when you wake up. Smart Alarm Clock tracks your sleep cycles and wakes you up at just the right time.

 Learn How to Make "Kevin's Famous Chili" From The Office | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 79

Kevin Malone on The Office doesn’t do a lot of things well, but he sure does know how to make a delicious batch of chili. It’s probably the thing he does best. Here’s how to make it at home. In this video, YouTube chef Andrew Rea shows you how to make a chili recipe that’s been passed down the Malone bloodline for generations.

 What It Means to Get a Good Night's Rest, According to Sleep Scientists | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 60

You might think a good night’s just rest means getting through the night without any issues, but there are actually four quantifiable factors sleep scientists use to measure sleep quality. This is exactly what “a good night’s sleep” entails. In the most recent issue of the journal Sleep Health, the National Sleep Foundation explained exactly what getting a good night’s sleep means when it comes to scientific studies.

 The Hard Drives Most (and Least) Likely to Fail, According to Backblaze | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 172

Every year, backup service Backblaze takes a look at failure rates amongst the hard drives in its data centers. This year’s no different, and they’ve got all kinds of stats for all kinds of drive. Online Backup Faceoff: CrashPlan vs. Backblaze Online Backup Faceoff: CrashPlan vs. Backblaze Online Backup Faceoff: CrashPlan vs.

 This Calculator Shows How Many Hours of Work That Big Purchase Costs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 132

If you knew how many hours you’d have to work to buy that new TV, or a new car, how would that affect your decision to buy it? This calculator can help you find out. The tool, created by personal finance site Frugal Fringe, takes a look at how many hours you’d have to work to pay off a large expenditure. It doesn’t take the easy way out, either.

 How Many People You Need at a Party to Make a Beer Keg Worthwhile | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 87

If you’re planing a big party or game day extravaganza, you might ask yourself if it’s more economical to buy a beer keg instead of a few cases. Here’s a simple rule of thumb you can use to find out. Kegs of beer are appealing because they provide a lot of beer for less, you don’t end up with a bunch of cans and bottles lying around, and you don’t have to make room in your fridge for everybody’s six-pack.

 Quitting Your Job Doesn't Mean You're Too Weak to Handle It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 137

Some of the worst jobs you’ll ever work will try to tell you that “You’ve gotta be tough to work here!” They’ll make you think you’re too weak if you feel like you have to quit for your mental health. This is very rarely true. The Misconceptions About Mental Illness We Need to Unlearn The Misconceptions About Mental Illness We Need to Unlearn The Misconceptions About Mental Illness We Need… Mental illness isn’t like a sinus infection.

 Turn On Notifications In Google Opinion Rewards to Never Miss Free Money | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 93

If you’re not using Google Opinion Rewards, you should check it out. It’s a quick way to get free money for answering a few questions. If you do have it, turn on this setting so you’ll always get notified when there’s a new survey. Google Opinion Rewards does a decent job of letting you know that there’s a new survey available, but sometimes it’s easy to miss the notifications. Since the surveys expire, if you miss it, then that’s money down the drain.

 Turn Empty Liquor Bottles Into Beautiful Oil Lamps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 91

I don’t know about you, but I am loathe to throw away my empty liquor bottles. They’re just so pretty, and tossing them in the recycling bin makes my heart sad. Luckily, Food52 has a brilliant use for your empties: turn them into oil lamps. Honestly, this tip couldn’t be more appropriately timed. Valentine’s day is rapidly approaching, and I can think of few light sources that are sexier than an oil lamp made from pretty amaro bottle.

 Researchers Issue Security Warnings About Several Popular Android VPN Apps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 163

A study by researchers from Data61/CSIRO, UC Berkeley, UNSW Sydney, and UCSI finds that several popular VPN services on Android open up a variety of security holes, including injecting JavaScript for ads and tracking services, traffic redirection to commerce sites, and more. VPNs are useful for encrypting your web traffic or getting around regional restrictions. Most of these VPN services require a subscription, but many also offer free options.

 How Often You Should Clean the Most Commonly Neglected Parts of Your Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 692

You probably do the basic stuff when you clean your home, like wiping down counters and washing sheets, but some things undoubtedly get forgotten. This visual guide can help you establish a regular cleaning schedule for the stuff that tends to fall by the wayside. The guide, from housewares provider Moshells, shows you the parts of a home that often go neglected, and how often you should actually give them some attention.

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