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Top Five Life Hacks that will Change your Life (Forever)

Updated on September 16, 2011

Life is not measured by the length that one spends on this world but the quality of life they experience. Let's face it, we all have a stressful life in one form or another because that's just how it is; no one said it was going to be easy.

However, there are ways that you can "hack" your life so you get more from it. What am I talking about? Well, I've put together five life hacks that I believe everyone should do to get more out of life; these are things that will change your life ... forever.

#1: Master your Finances

I'll admit it, it took me many years of hard work before I ever realized how important money management truly is. I'm only 24 years old but I've held a job since I was 16 which means that nearly 8 years of my life had gone toward earning some form of income but it wasn't really until recently that I properly managed my money so it worked for me .

The biggest life hack I can give you in terms of mastering your finances is to reduce, reuse and make sacrifices.

For example, rather than paying for television, movies and other normal forms of entertainment you could purchase a high end computer that can become your main source of entertainment which, in effect, saves yourself thousands of dollars each year.

I say 'sacrifice' because to get what you want you have to make temporary sacrifices to get the "big wins" in life. Set big goals for yourself like a vacation or trip to a new country that you've always wanted to visit. Find out how much you'll be paying for a house one day or that new car that you could really use. Make the sacrifices now by removing the little expenses such as going out to eat as frequently so you can save thousands each year.

Believe me, once you start setting aside money and have a big goal in mind, you're far more likely to reach your big goals AND they'll be infinitely more rewarding.

#2: Learn to Cook

Learning to cook has been one of the biggest ways I have dramatically improved my life - you can have this same experience if you focus just a liiiittle bit toward staying in, cooking for yourself and learning a valuable skill rather than going out to eat all the time or buying prepackaged meals.

For one thing, cooking for yourself is way healthier than going the 'easy route' and swinging by the local fast food joint. Cooking for yourself is one of those perfect life hacks that gives you great eats, teaches you a valuable skill that impress others and is actually quite fun once you get into it.

The one downside of cooking for yourself, in the beginning, is that it will seem like you're spending more money on food; compared to a $1 burger, I agree with you. However, if you combine a bit of #1, money management, with #2, cooking, you'll find out ingenious ways to cook incredibly delicious meals for a ridiculously low price!

As a bonus, cooking for yourself also lets you be very sociable when around friends, families and while traveling. Cooking brings people together and there's no better way to meet and greet people than over a great meal you cooked yourself.

#3: Learn to use the Web, Effectively

I couldn't tell you how many people are utterly confused when it comes to finding information on the web. On top of a lack of exploring, many people only use the web as a form of entertainment. In my mind, only using the web to look at pictures of cats and chat with people is putting it to great waste.

The Internet is an incredible tool that I believe the vast majority truly don't understand the power of; the net is like an infinite library, catalog of videos, social platform and audio archive of ANYthing you wanted to EVER learn. The web puts an infinite amount of knowledge right at your finger tips but you have to understand how to get to the information which is the learning curve few people don't seem to bother with.

If I could say anything about life hacks, it's this: learn to use the web effectively.

Spend a lot of time doing random searches in search engines to find information you're looking for. Don't worry about getting it right, just type in exactly what you would be asking even if it's an entire sentence. Also, be on the look out for what could be a scam, it if look too good to be true or doesn't seem right than back out of the website and keep moving; look for reliable sources of information.

Finally, get active on the web by joining up on forums, social media platforms and chatting with people that are technical in nature. You'll learn everything you need to know abut the web from some of these great conversations you kick up.

In time, you may get to know the web so easily that you want to start up your own website which is totally amazing if you ask me; the power of running a website and building an audience right in your hands.

#4: Declutter your Life

Remove the things that are adding to your stress. The clutter you build up over the years will begin to add a mental burden - all of the things you've built up mentally and physically weigh in on your overall perspective on life which is why having "too much stuff" can actually confuse your perception in reality.

What I would recommend is to reduce the amount of things you own so you're not always under the stress of "keeping up with the Jones's". Stop worrying about having the latest gadgets, constantly going out to eat and purchasing new cars. Be happy with what you've got; once you're okay with what you own - you become a master of your lifestyle.

#5: Control your Time

Time management is one other life hack that I highly recommend you start looking into because you wouldn't believe how much you can get done each day (and year) when you begin to control your time usage.

Time management isn't some skill that's hard to understand because it really comes down to creating a great set of habits on how you use your time effectively each day.

No doubt, everyone (such as yourself) has "a million things to do" each day but it doesn't really need to be like this. Learn to slow down and relax. Although you have a lot on your plate you can effectively get these tasks done when you understand how to batch your work together.

Batching your daily task is the simple act of finding segments of what you need to do on how they relate. For example, if you know you're going to need gas for the week than go ahead and pick up groceries while you're out of the house; you're batching the two tasks together.

I like to tell people to break down their days into what they believe are the "most valuable action" that need to be done. These aren't things like organizing your card collection or playing video games; these are actions that will have significant improvements on your life.

For example, a "most valuable action" may be something like cleaning out your car, preparing a week's worth of food for dinner, sending out 10 new resumes for a job. Each of these actions have some kind of great value in your life.

Only choose a handful of "most valuable actions" because anymore than five to seven will overload you. Also, break down these tasks throughout your week so you're not feeling burnt out from trying to do everything at once.

What you'll find, by mastering your time, is that you'll have more free time in the long run. Sure, you'll have to do some hard work right away but you'll have hundreds of hours for fun down the road when you want to relax in style.

Life Hack Resources

Here is a collection of Life Hack resources I believe you should take a gander at; these are all books that can greatly improve your life, save yourself some money and get more out of your daily activities by letting you reduce, reuse and improve your current standing rather than adding more stuff to it in hopes to "patch" the things you're missing out on.

Master your life and you'll have a blast throughout the entirety of it :)

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned toward the beginning, I'm only 24 so there's still a lot that I can learn about life but I think I'm starting off on a great foot by mastering my money, reducing the things I use, learning to cook and hacking every part of my life that I can so I can spend more time with friends and family.

Not everyone one of these will really apply to you in your unique situation but it's really about at least trying to hack your life rather than just trying to get by under all the stress. Life is meant to be enjoyed and when you're bombarded by the lack of time, money and not being able to do the things you love, it really doesn't make it all that enjoyable. The least you can do is to take some action and create your own lifestyle; you can do it!

What life hacks would you add?

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    • venki_indiain profile image

      Venkat 6 years ago from Chennai

      Hi, at the age of 24, you have given such valuable info. Thanks..

    • The Odd Spartan profile image

      Christopher Rago 6 years ago from Hamilton, NJ

      Some really valuable info here. I am also in my 20's and I couldn't agree more on making your computer an entertainment hub, essentialy. Connecting your computer to a larger display is something everyone should do. Add hulu, Netflix, and iTunes and you could easily stop paying for an expensive monthly cable bill.