I love hacking. Not in the illegal sense, but in taking something apart, seeing how it works, then improving on it. We usually hear about computer hacking. But lifehacking is about improving how you do things.in my quest for simplicity and productivity, I’ve been lifehacking for years.
Of course, it wasn’t called lifehacking back then. Some things I learned from my mother, who is the queen of organization and efficiency. Some things I figured out on my own, or learned from others.
But now it has a name: “lifehacking”. And there are a plethora of blogs out there with great tips. Here are my top 10, in alphabetical order:
- DumbLittleMan This blog is about shared experiences, including parenting, jobs, bosses, and other things. Or as the founder puts it: “the typical pains that you’d associate with middle-class America”.
- Ikeahacker. I love IKEA. Versatile furniture and modern decorations. Clean lines, simple design. And a whole blog about putting it to use. IKEAhacker gets me thinking about how to use the stuff I already have.
- Lifehacker. The grandpappy of the lifehacking sites, this one puts out tons of tips on everything from specific software to personal development.
- MakeUseOf This site tends to be geared more toward software, but since I spend so much of my time on the computer, I like the tips. Especially anything that has to do with speeding up Windows.
- OrganizeIT. OrganizeIT delivers content on productivity, simplicity, balance, along with a good dose of common sense.
- Smarterware. Gina Trapani, founder of Lifehacker, started another blog. This one deals with “getting better at work and life.”
- Stepcase Lifehack. Stepcase Lifehack puts out a good bit of hacks from a well-rounded staff of writers. My favorite articles seem to be the ones written by Dustin Wax.
- TipNut. I love TipNut because it is a great compilation of tips, both from the past and present. A recent article talked about making a mustard plaster – something my grandmother swore by, but I had never considered doing.
- Unclutterer is a great blog about simplifying. But they also review products, sometimes tongue-in-cheek.
- Wisebread is a great collection of how to do everything pertaining to money. Saving money on buying things, financial planning, whatever. If it has to do with money, you’ll find it there. They recently wrote a great book, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, which I will be reviewing soon.
What are your favorite lifehacking sites?
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