Users of Reddit share their favorite lifehacks you can learn in 5 minutes that last a lifetime
1- From SaxonWitch
How to clear your blocked nose works like a treat:
Method 1: Push repeatedly with one finger the spot above the bridge of your nose [where the third eye is supposed to be]. This will move the bone of your nose and ‘pop’ the congestion.
Method 2 [totally works 100%]: Pinch your nose closed [ hold your breath as long as you can and move your head back and forward [as if nodding like mad], this causes carbon dioxide to accumulate, which is the best natural vasodilator you can get. It has helped me immensely, especially at the end of a cold, where the mucus is thick and won’t budge.
2- From _Apostate_
This one has been great for me:
When you’re in a social situation you find awkward or strained, immediately make yourself comfortable. Find the best chair and kick back, whatever it takes. If you stand around awkwardly, its noticeable and makes you seem helpless and shy; if you get cozy, you appear more powerful and will enjoy the experience more regardless.
3- From wittybanditti
First off, make a monthly budget. (there are plenty of sites to help you do so)
Pay your bills, then pay yourself (savings/investments).
From there do this:
Get a binder for your expenses. Get those little divider things and write what your budget is for each category on each divider thing, large enough to see. (for example: $250/groceries. $100/entertainment. $50/clothes. – obviously adjusted to your needs)
Put whatever cash you have for each category in each divider pocket and keep the binder in a safe place.
When you run out of money in each divider, you’re done spending money on that category for that month. This will help you save more money/pay off more debt.
EDIT: thanks for the gold! You’re awesome! (:
To clarify: if you run out of money in your food category, you may need to re-evaluate your budget – make sure it’s enough to cover what you need. Also, check out http://www.supercook.com for recipes you can make from the items in your pantry. You can also take from your “unnecessary budget items” like entertainment to put into food.
It might take a few months to get into the swing of things with your budget.
I do use a bank account, not a hole in the backyard. (: I pay my bills online, and use http://www.mint.com a lot, but personally I find having visual cash helps me know where I’m at for the month. Hopefully this binder technique helps some other people!
I know that actually making the budget/binder won’t take five minutes, but learning about it does.
4- From NullPointerX86
NATO phonetic alphabet. Trust me, doing phone work as much as I do and trying to give serial numbers over fuzzy, static-y connections it does wonders.
You may question how this will ever help you. But the next time you’re calling for tech support to some dude in east Jabip who may or may not have complete command of the English language, you will thank me.
Plus, it takes less then 5 minutes to learn. If the five minute qualification wasn’t in place, I’d say meditation. That takes about 15 to learn and will keep your mind in good health well into your 90’s and beyond.
For those interested in the NATO phonetic alphabet, read on. Essentially, it replaces letters (A, B, C, etc) in spoken word communication with longer, unique words so the individual letters are harder to mistake. The letter signified by each word is the first sound the word makes. IE, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie would be A,B,C.
Easy to memorize after a few runs through the alphabet. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.
It’s that simple and to boot internationally recognized. Bad connection over the phone while trying to call a cab or telling a friend a street name? Changing your billing address for a magazine subscription? Bam. Fixed. Just say “I’m going to read it to you phonetically. First letter of every word I say…”
Plus, you sound cool doing it. Like some super army guy. If govnah Ahnold ever calls you with important government-like business and you need to tell him where to send the choppahs to save the president from the evil robots, you know what to do.
5- From resilienceisfutile
“Righty tighty, lefty loosey.”
This applies for lightbulbs, screws, nuts, bolts (not on lawn mower blades), tire nuts, and things that you need to twist to LoJack and unlock.
You won’t break heads off of screwdrivers or strip threads off bolts or over tighter or loosen things mistakingly.
6- From dadkab0ns
This isn’t something you need to “teach” yourself, but you can do in 5 minutes or less.
Every night before you go to sleep, go over in your head what your gameplan for tomorrow is. Simply organize your thoughts to filter out all the noise, and figure out what you need to do tomorrow, and what you want to do tomorrow. Keep the list simple and short, and just repeat it to yourself a few times before you go to sleep.
I’ve found that when I wake up, I have those things stuck in my head like a song that gets stuck, and I tend to get them done.
Basically it’s just 5 minutes of collecting your thoughts and figuring out what the point of tomorrow is supposed to be.
7- From Rambots
- Putting a teabag in a pair of smelly shoes overnight absorbs the odor.
- If you ever get kidnapped and they tie your hands together & put tape over your mouth, lick the tape until it falls off.
- If you’re ever homeless, spend whatever money you have on a 24 hour gym membership. You’ll have a place to go at night, showers, etc.
- Don’t know whether to write ‘affect’ or ‘effect’? Use ‘impact’ instead.
- Save time if you’re in a rush, and brush your teeth in the shower.
- Spend money on experiences instead of possessions and material objects.
8- From Methuga
I know it’s more complicated than just calories, but if you just look at the nutrition label before you put something in the grocery cart and keep track of the calories listed, it’s so much easier to manage your weight.
9- From malabella
Some easy social rules for silverware at the table
4 letters in LEFT
5 letters in RIGHT
Fork = Left
Spoon and Knife = Right
If silverware is already laid out, choose the one on the outside first.
Eat to your left, drink to your right. Any food dish to the left is yours, and any glass to the right is yours.
10- From nixiedust
To get the smell of garlic off your hands, rub them on stainless steel (the inside of your sink, a soap dispenser or even stainless bars sold for this purpose). Works instantly.