There’s a whole lot of buzz these days about life hacks, like it is a new concept we must all attempt. It seems to me that we have all been performing life hacking along. One example that springs to mind is what we do with our luggage when flying. You know, most of us went out and purchased that great pair of suitcases, only to learn that so did everyone else that flies, and they are all blue or black in colour and identical in shape. To be able to distinguish our belongings from others we used leftover sticky stars of bright colors and put them on every side of each piece of luggage. Often we see the bag coming off the conveyor belt in airports with all sorts of ribbons and brightly coloured tape strewn all over it. This is an easy life hack we typically seem beyond.
Then there is the hack to help my small dog walk with a mountain of snow about. A tarp that I use to cover items in the yard laid over the front of the measures of the house and anchored with bricks or long golf tees does the trick. The next morning after the snow stopped, I head out, find an edge of the tarp and pull. Instant snow!
Now to get a dressing table hack. I have a cousin by marriage who works in Hollywood, Grace Zabriskie. Following a stage play was over and all the crowd had left, she took our shy then-14-year-old son on stage and taught him a few theatrical tricks. One that changed his life, she informed, was when being photographed always turn up your chin just a hair, just a bit. She said it gives your look a more elegant picture. Notice all important people who have their photographs taken. Their chin is slightly raised. That’s a hack that works for everyone.
Finally, for you personally culinary hopefuls on the market, have a page out of my spouse, who’s also a waste-not, want-not kind of person. Buy a pound of bacon, cut it in half width wise and freeze the slices on parchment paper. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer (they stack nicely without sticking when suspended ) so that if we want a few slices there is no fear they might have been too long in the fridge. They cook quickly from suspended. No waste of fridge space or money through spoilage.
Even though I have been thinking of life hacks, an idea which may help at work came into mind. Why not have a white board setup outside a meeting room (with mark ) along with the label”Have a new idea?” Or simply”New Ideas.” Encourage folks to write a new or innovative idea related to the work you do. Someone out there should have a brief cut or new way of getting something done. Spend no more than 15 minutes speaking about some of the ideas listed. This very simple hack can lead to some great workplace interactions!
Anybody else out there with me on this? What are your money and time-saving practices? Share them here.