Everyone is busy– especially today’s teens. Many teens are pulled thin between school, part-time jobs, extra-curricular activities, families, and friends. It can be hard to keep up. Life hacks can help. What are life hacks, you ask? Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier. These simple, low- to no- cost tips and tricks can help you organize your life, de-clutter your space, prolong and preserve your material possessions, and easily teach you something that you did not know before.
The key to life hacks is that by making small changes, or hacks, in our lives we can make them easier, better, and more enjoyable. Basically, it focuses on the concept of “work smarter, not harder” which is a concept that everyone, especially teens, needs to learn. You can find life hacks for everything under the sun. Do you want to know the best way to eat a burger? There is a life hack for that. Lose your iPhone speaker and want to share some tunes with your friends? There’s a hack for that. Does your room stink and you ran out of air freshener? Hack it. From useful hacks to totally cool hacks, you can find whatever you are looking for. With summer coming to a close and school rearing its dreaded head, let’s focus on some life hacks to make back to school a breeze.
Summer gave us late nights and sleeping in. Early morning wakeups to make the bus on time can be tough! Life hacks to the rescue! When setting your alarm, don’t put it next to your bed. If you place your alarm across the room, it will force you to get up out of bed to turn it off. Once you are up, there is no sense getting back in bed. Another hack to help get you up and going relates to what you wake up to. If you are using a phone as your alarm, set your alarm to wake you up to your favorite song or some upbeat music. Something that gets you excited and feeling good in the morning will set you up for a good day.
Using music is also a life hack that can help get you out of the house on time. If you usually find yourself running late no matter how early you wake up, make a playlist that is exactly as long as you have to get ready. When the last song plays, get yourself out the door. The music will keep you going and you will know how much time you have. No more running after the bus or sheepishly asking Mom and Dad to give you a ride to school!
A new school year always brings new challenges. First of all, it can be harrowing to try to remember your new schedule. Hack it! Take a picture of your schedule and make it the lock screen for your phone. You will see it every time you look atthe phone and it will be easier to remember. Secondly, organization can be a problem. In order to make it easier to find what you need in your backpack, try color coordination. By using a marker to color the tops of your notebooks, you can easily find what you are looking for in your bag.
Another hack that relies on color will help with your memory. Did you know that you are more likely to remember something that you write in blue ink than in black ink? So stock up on blue pens! However, if you just can’t give up your black pens, another memory booster hack relies on your senses of smell and taste. If you chew a flavor of gum that you don’t normally chew while you are studying and then you chew the same flavor of gum while taking a test, it will enhance your recall.Whatever hacks you choose, everyone can use a tip to help them with their memory and recall! I know I can.
These final hacks are general hacks that will help in all areas of learning and school. First, when studying, don’t try to pull an all-nighter or squeeze everything in without taking breaks. Studying for 30 to 50 minutes at a time with 10 minute breaks is the most effective way to retain information. Secondly, stop using Google.com when searching for information. Instead, use Scholar.google.com as it will give you more relevant information right way. Lastly, have you ever had a word on the tip of your tongue but you just couldn’t recall it? Use the website wordhippo.com to find those words that you can’t think of but you can describe.
These simple changes and ideas are ways to help make your school year start a little easier. There are books, blogs, and websites dedicated to hacking any number of topics. If there is a problem, there is a way to life hack it. If you found this interesting, you might want to check out lifehacker.com or the Hack My Life TV show at http://www.trutv.com/shows/hack-my-life/index.html .
Do you have any favorite life hacks that make your life just a bit easier?