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Entries about lifehacks

May 9, 2008

Whatever's Clever: How to Sleep Like a Baby

I've been up to the wee hours designing, coding, and writing. The result? Two weeks of terrible, awful sleep. So if you're in the same boat, this week's roundup for you. Here's 10 tips to help you sleep like a baby:

May 7, 2008

Learn 35+ Languages for Free in iTunes

I was just browsing iTunes for poignant Morrissey covers when I discovered nearly a thousand free language courses on iTunes. 926 courses to be exact. Holy Moleskine, Batman! The extensive library of courses span over 35 languages, from Arabic to Yiddish. Each course comes as a convenient podcast which you can subscribe and put on […]

Mar 10, 2008

Get all the latest lifehacks with Alltop

Can’t get enough lifehacks? Head on over Alltop, a new site by Guy Kawasaki and friends. The Popurls-inspired site brings you the latest stories from popular lifehacks sites such as 43 Folders, Lifehacker, and Zen Habits. Oh, and LifeClever too ;-) You’ll also find pages for a wide range of other topics including design, mac, […]

Jan 16, 2008

The Grain of Salt

If you read productivity blogs and self-help books regularly, you’ve probably gotten something useful out of them. Maybe you’ve gotten rid of some bad habits, or organized your desk (and kept it that way). Maybe you lost weight, or quit smoking, or developed a better relationship with your spouse. On the other hand, you’ve almost […]

Jan 11, 2008

The Lightning Bolt

It happens all the time. You start with the best of intentions. You’ve implemented your new productivity system or habit, you have a clear, manageable set of tasks, a strong goal, all the motivation in the world. Then, the lightning bolt. Suddenly, your energy and willpower drains out of your body. You slump forward, a […]

Jan 8, 2008

Don’t Play Office, Just Play

In his excellent book, Everything is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger quotes Socrates, who suggested we “carve nature at its joints.” In other words, when categorizing, we should look for natural distinctions to make before inventing our own. When I first became interested in productivity, I tried simplifying my life with a better system. I tried to […]

Jan 2, 2008

A One Bucket System: The Ultimate Productivity Heresy

First of all, a very Happy New Year to all of you LifeClever readers. I’ve been a pretty faithful GTD adherent for several years now. Barring project lists, which have never seemed worth the effort to maintain, I’ve stuck to David Allen’s guidelines no matter what combination of calendar, task list, and capture system I […]

Dec 13, 2007

How to Achieve Laser Focus and Sustained Flow

Productivity bloggers place a lot of emphasis on granularity. According to accepted wisdom, if a task squats on your list for a while, you probably haven’t sliced and diced it enough. Solution: Start carving until you’re left with a “next action” that you can effortlessly knock off in 10 minutes flat. But some tasks simply […]

Nov 6, 2007

A hopeful Quicksilver alternative for Windows

Windows users who are jealous of Quicksilver’s might on the Mac now have a glimmer of hope in Skylight. Like Quicksilver, Skylight is an automation utility that lets you launch applications, find files, and execute actions with a quick series of keystrokes.

Oct 16, 2007

How to divorce your laptop

I’ve recently had two posts published on Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders. The first is a confession and plea about my own laptop addiction. The second is a follow-up post and presents my five favorite tips for divorcing your laptop. Check them out: **Laptops: A blessing or a curse?** “When I got my first laptop, I […]

Oct 4, 2007

How to Unschedule your work and enjoy guilt-free play

I’m a very very bad person. Why? Because I procrastinate. I put things off, leave them to the last minute, or simply never finish them. To beat these lazy habits, I’m reluctantly reading Neil Fiore’s The Now Habit. I still haven’t finished it after three months, but I have hope. (I have 40 pages left.) […]

Aug 20, 2007

5 simple steps to greater productivity

Editor’s Note: I’ve been a fan of Glenn Wolsey, a young up-and-coming blogger for quite some time. I’m still amazed he’s 15 years old! I’ve asked Glenn to contribute a guest post to this fine blog. And here he is with his five favorite productivity tips. Get even more juicy tips & tricks via our […]

Aug 16, 2007

How to quickly rename a zillion files

Ever had to rename a bunch of files one by one? It’s tedious, time-draining, and soul-sucking. Next time, use Renamer4Mac. This powerful utility lets you rename any number of files or folders at once. Features include all sorts of naming voodoo: search & replace, insert & overwrite, enumeration, and capitalization. Advanced geeks can rejoice, because […]

Aug 14, 2007

Flip your thoughts: The key habit for weight loss, frugality, happiness, success

This guest post was written by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. It was just a short 20 months ago when I discovered a very simple key that allowed me to finally quit smoking and become a runner. It was such an easy but powerful key that I then used it to eat healthier, double my […]

Jul 30, 2007

LifeClever joins the LifeRemix network

Today, LifeClever joins LifeRemix, a new blog network dedicated to life hacks, productivity, and self-improvement. LifeRemix will feature original content and syndicated headlines from its members. The first post, 100 Great Tips to Improve Your Life, is a sample of the best tips from all 15 blogs. The members of LifeRemix are: Black Belt Productivity […]

Jul 26, 2007

5 juicy tips from “Rule the Web”

Mark Frauenfelder’s new book, Rule the Web, promises to show you “how to do anything and everything on the internet”better, faster, easier.” That’s a grand promise, and I was rather skeptical. But after checking out the book, I’m truly impressed. An Amazon customer reviewer puts it better than I can: The cool thing about this […]