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How to deal with chronic lateness.
This only barely qualifies as a “tip,” but my favorite extremely-chill-non-game-game, Viridi, is now available for iOS and not just Steam! It’s a free game where you raise plants and soothing music plays. That’s the whole thing. Good for people who would like to look at something pretty and calming on their phone and/or cannot raise real plants for any reason.
Four questions that are billed as helping you overcome procrastination, but I think are actually just pretty good questions to ask in terms of planning your day and moving forward with projects of all kinds, regardless of your procrastionation habits.
I don’t understand Siri or have any idea how talking to her works, really; the only thing I ever utilizer her for is turning on timers when my hands are busy or dirty, like when I’m cooking, and whenever I try to do something else it inevitably turns out I’m imagining a functionality that isn’t there. SO I am thrilled to find this index of everything Hey, Siri can do, and maybe you will be too.
Here’s how to undress from fully clothed in 20 seconds. It’s billed as a way to quickly save someone from drowning, but I can think of some more day-to-day situations where you might want to undress without wasting time.
Last week I was thinking about how great I would be at the job of summarizing self-help books for wealthy busy people who don’t want to commit time to pursuing ~wellness~ (is this you? Still available for this amazing service!) but also immediately realized that someone has probably already done that, and I was more or less right about that. Many of the books summarized here are productivity/”getting ahead” books written by dudes, and there are some real yikes moments (“If you’re male, arrange to have a female friend accompany you on a night out to purposely laugh at your jokes”) but there are some good things too!
An article about how to break your small bad habits in your workday that, again, I think is fairly applicable to habits you know aren’t working for you anywhere in your life.
I am deeply suspicious of this suggestion to reset your caffeine tolerance by gradually halving your caffeine intake, but I think I felt similarly about the same writer’s post on ways to wake up without coffee that I linked to a while ago in this column, and so you know what, I think I am just overly defensive about my coffee intake and it’s great that someone is out there writing about how to drink less of it, because someone has to and it sure isn’t going to be me.
I never bothered learning how to clean silver because for 98% of my life I have not owned any, but someone gave us a very beautiful gift a couple years ago and now I do and it’s been really tarnished and I’ve felt terrible about it! So this weekend I finally looked up how to do it, and apparently it’s like this. I was sort of skeptical, as I am whenever something is supposed to be a Miracle DIY Cleaner, so I tested it. Result: it does work, although not quite as easily or miraculously as advertised. I found that scrubbing with the soft cloth was pretty necessary for anything to happen, but you know what, I’ll take it.
Is this the best sandwich to eat while driving? You tell me.