Essential Life Hacks

Make your life better & more productive.

Morning

  • Wake up early — during the early hours of the morning there is less distraction
  • Always get up at the same time, even on weekends
  • Use an alarm clock rather than your smartphone
  • Use an alarm clock rather than your smartphone
  • Spring immediately out of bed and drink a glass of water
  • Make your bed after getting up
  • Do 10 push-ups/squats
  • Review your day goals

Work

  • Work in 30 to 90 minute intervals without distraction and then take a break — use a timer
  • If you need to focus on a specific task, stay in a quiet place, if you are doing creative work, be surrounded by ambient noise
  • Be militant about eliminating distractions
  • Get away from the computer — use a notepad and pen

Evening

  • Go to bed early — the late hours of the day are almost never spent productively
  • Turn off electronics, at least 1 hour before bed
  • Pre-bedtime routine: organize your equipment — clothes, bag, take a shower
  • Set goals for the next day

Time Management

  • The two most valuable assets are time and health, do not waste them
  • Disable all app notifications on your phone — use a basic Nokia mobile phone
  • Schedule meeting in the afternoon
  • Schedule your email and Facebook — pick two or three times during the day
  • Use internet at set points in the day — set disconnection times
  • Do not chat online — pick up the phone instead
  • Do not watch the news — nothing important happens, most of the time

Health

  • Do sport — walk 1 hour or do 100 push-ups/squats a day
  • Use a standing desk to work
  • Eat healthy — eat salad rather than sandwich
  • Don’t drink sodas — drink water
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Do not eat 1 day a week

Personal Growth

  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do
  • Keep in touch with friends that you like
  • Read 1 hour a day at least — read also in a foreign language
  • If you feel stuck, contribute to somebody else. By removing the focus on yourself and helping somebody else, you will begin to think creatively again and find solution to problems
  • Write regularly
  • Learn a foreign language — this will require ~1,000 hours
  • Work on your defects
  • Review your lifetime goal regularly