Life hacking has become one of my favorite things to watch online. There are so many different ways to make things easier and prettier and more profitable, but what about hacking your way to a better emotional life?
Here are a few “hacks” that I share with my clients.
1. Removing the fear about fixing things. If you are handy, you can skip this part, but if you are like me (aka the unhandy man), when something breaks, you get emotional about it.
You may worry, “What will it cost, who will fix it, will I get ripped off, or will they do a good job?”
My answer to this is to secure a good contractor, handyman or mechanic in your life and take care of them the way you want them to take care of you. In other words, build relationships with the people who help you.
It can save many, many hours of worry and frustration. They will be happy and do a good job because you treat them well, they’re getting all your business, and you’re referring them to others. I also believe in extended warranties.
2. Consolidate your streaming and internet services. Many people are paying double for virtually the same services from two different providers of entertainment streaming. It’s a good idea to do a spreadsheet and audit your services, so you can see what you are getting and from whom.
Once you do this, you’ll cancel a few, save some money and even find some new entertainment sources.
I switch my services every year, as new ones pop up every six months or so. By the time I got back to Netflix, there were a ton of new movies to watch.
FYI: This advice can be applied to insurance services too.
3. Use autopay on your bills and go paperless. I admit it: In the past, I sometimes misplaced bills and had to pay late fees. Every year, I had to enter all the numbers into Quicken.
But no longer! Now most of my regular monthly bills get taken care of through a banking service at no charge.
And with electronic statements, it is easy to download your information into whatever financial program or app you’re using. It really does simplify one of the more stressful things in life.
If you need to change anything for any reason, it’s just a few clicks, and you’re done. You’re also leaving a smaller carbon footprint and gaining a cleaner desk in the bargain.
4. Get a smartwatch with speakers for your home. With the speakers, setting reminders has never been easier (and the sound quality on some is amazing). The watch has features that can actually save your life, and the speaker will call 911 if you can’t. You can use it as a phone and text as well.
These devices also save the most valuable commodity you have: your time.
Right now, my speaker is reminding me that I have a client in 10 minutes. I could have easily kept writing and been late.
How often do you need a quick reminder like that, and how helpful could this technology be for you?
5. Finish projects you have started or move on. We all have spare moments that we don’t put to use because “That project is going to take more time than I have right now.” But why should that stop you?
If the project is worth anything, it will take time to do, and doing it one small piece at a time — in your spare moments — is a tried-and-true method of creating something to be proud of.
So if you hate wasting time, why not put that extra 10 minutes into your novel or water a few plants? Whatever you want to finish will not get done until you start putting your energy into it. If you can’t muster the energy you need, it’s probably not the right thing for you to be doing anyway.
Keeping things simple and easy will allow you to enjoy your life and your success more. It also makes you a better person because you’ll be in a better mood.
Working smarter means not only getting things done but also enjoying the process along the way.
Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D., LMFT, is an award-winning therapist and writer. He is a columnist, blogger and the author of seven books, including “Visualization For Success — 75 Psychological Empowerment Exercises To Get You What You Want In Life.” Reach him at email@example.com