Lifehacks

I’m keeping a list of the everyday tools I use to move through life. I experiment with a lot of things, and I’m always looking for things that make me happier, healthier, more efficient with my time, etc.

These are the ones that stick. Or, at least, these are the ones that are sticking for now.

Bullet Journal

My entire life resides in this book. My schedule and appointments, expenses tracking, notes on podcasts I listen to or books I’ve read, personal musings (that often become blog posts), to-do lists, fitness tracking, everything. I carry it with me everywhere I go, and I write in it daily. I honestly don’t know how I managed without it. There are a lot of beautiful, flowery examples of bullet journals out there that I love to look at, but I keep mine minimalist. It suits me better. (And I use a 5 x 8.25 hardcover Moleskine notebook with dotted pages.)

Spotify

I listen to music near constantly. I subscribe to Spotify so I can stream largely anything I want on my phone, whether I’m at work, in my car, or walking, of which I do a lot. It’s a must have.

 

The Tim Ferriss Podcast

Also his blog. Also his books. I put this one on here because my mind, body and entire philosophy have altered so much from the influence of Tim’s writing and the interviews he has done with what he terms high performers in a variety of fields. I listen to it at least weekly, and if I’m every at a loss trying to come up with something  both enjoyable and productive to do, the answer is usually “listen to a Tim Ferriss podcast.”

Headspace

A meditation app. This one is relatively new. I’ve been using it for ten days (which is how long the introductory sessions last if you use it daily). I’ve noticed that I sleep much better if I listen to a session before bed, and that alone has me signing up for a month subscription so I can explore what else it has to offer. We’ll see if I stick with it, but I suspect I will so I’m adding it.

The Good Kitchen

I don’t really enjoy cooking. And I don’t really have a lot of free time. But clean, healthy eating is a priority so I found a way to compromise. The Good Kitchen is a meal delivery service specializing in paleo/primal friendly food. They source from farms in their local area with an emphasis on sustainable farming practices and grass-fed meats. And they’re delicious. Truly delicious. They aren’t inexpensive, but considering the flavor and food quality (and excellent customer service), they’re very reasonably priced. And they’ve eliminated any decision fatigue I was experiencing over my meals, which is worth a lot to me.