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Anyone have any good sources for "lifehacks"?

Asked by Baloo72 (702points) February 15th, 2009

I know a question was posed earlier about people’s specific “lifehacks”, but does anyone have any good books or websites that they get lifestyle design ideas from? Free stuff is always good. . .

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St.George's avatar


are a couple of good ones

eambos's avatar

I love the Gawker Network.

Sakata's avatar

What are lifehacks? I feel out of the loop.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Sakata check this article out here.

in brief (via above article):

Today, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way might be called a life hack. The term became popularized in the blogosphere and is primarily used by geeks who suffer from information overload or those with a playful curiosity in the ways they can accelerate their workflow.

“Life” refers to an individual’s productivity, personal organization, work processes or any area the hacker ethic can be applied to solve a problem. The terms hack, hacking, and hacker have a long (and troubled) history in the computing and geek communities, particularly within the open source crowds.

Sakata's avatar

Ooooh. I’m gonna have a good time lookin’ over all that later lol

I’m such a geek lol

fireside's avatar

So, it’s the new buzz word for “innovation”

eponymoushipster's avatar

@fireside no, it’s just a GTD approach. Streamlining i guess.

steve6's avatar

A good lifehack for the aforementioned geeks who concern themselves with avoiding the acts of living life would be for them to stop living and quit bugging others for shortcuts.

steve6's avatar

Reality bites

Bri_L's avatar

That comment was a strifehack.

Grisson's avatar

Geez! What’s wrong with sharing a good solution for a common problem?

In architecture and software development we call those ‘Design Patterns’. If a problem has been solved before, why solve it again?

steve6's avatar

That’s really what I meant. He states the question was just asked so why solve it again.

Grisson's avatar

To elaborate on design patterns (being somewhat related to lifehacks): Christopher Alexander et al. (Thanks @susanc) write about design patterns, starting with architecture (sconces for hiding unsightly window stuff) to software (creating a singleton object).

How to find these online depends a lot on what sort of problem/solution you are looking for. If it’s software, there are lots of sites that show up in a search ‘design patterns in <insert your favorite language>’. Most of the problems are similar (provider patterns, singleton patterns, etc…), The solutions will often depend on the language and even the philosophy of the software platform. [e.g. Linux folks will solve things differently from Windows folks, or Mac folks]. I’m a windows guy myself, but Sun/Java have a really good site on design patterns.

As for life patterns, this is sort of a new concept for me, but I think you might need to decide a narrower category of the pattern before searching. Is this a housekeeping problem? (Like sorting socks) or a school problem, (like the best way to keep notes). Or a work problem (like how to run a meeting). And then search for solutions.

Baloo72's avatar

@steve6 This question is slightly different. The previous question was asking if anyone had any lifehacks that they wanted to share. I am asking for the sources of those lifehacks (hence I can find others on the sites or in the books that apply to me that other members of the collective aren’t using). Being hateful doesn’t really do anyone any good. . .

St.George's avatar

Everyone makes systems. Why not share them?

augustlan's avatar

Many people on this site have recommended the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds good.

Trustinglife's avatar

Yeah, I’ve refrained from mentioning it here, although I’ve only thought of adding it about 10 times. Refraining no more. Highly recommended.

augustlan's avatar

@TL I actually copy/pasted the title and author from your response in the other Q! I was waiting for you to answer with that, but when you didn’t, I figured I’d do it for you :)

eponymoushipster's avatar

another good one to mention, though i think he changed the theme of the site a bit ago, but 43folders. Merlin Mann’s website was all about lifehacks.

St.George's avatar

@eponymoushipster Lurve for Merlin Mann…43folders is not about “lifehacks” anymore, but it’s still about being productive and positive.

steelmarket's avatar

@Grisson : we called design patterns the design palette back when I was in A school. Same difference, but palettes sounds more artsy.

Life hacks simply expand your life palette.

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