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Questions tagged [efficiency]

Hacks related to reducing the [time], materials, or energy needed to accomplish a task.

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How to shade bubbles well on optical answer sheets

I constantly have exams that require to shade bubbles on an optical answer sheet. Usually I will shade it with a 0.5 (2B) lead mechanical pencil. I think I shade quite hard sometimes(not sure if the ...
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Are there ways to tell how spicy salsa is without tasting it?

I've found myself in situations like potlucks where there are chips and salsa available with several salsas to choose from. I don't mind trying each one, but it's often the case that there are people ...
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An alternative (cheaper) option than offering towel service at the gym

We have just got a gym facility at my work, however, we do not currently offer towel service as it is quite expensive. Does anyone know of any alternatives to offering this service? For example, a ...
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How to quickly switch between typing and drawing?

I sometimes have to make drawings and writings very quickly in succession. For example, I will type 5 to 10 seconds, and then draw something for 5 to 10 seconds, repeatedly. This means that I have ...
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How to segment ones life/data?

I find myself thinking about organizing my digital stuff again. The whole thing started with the thought "What would the optimal folder structure look like?". Thinking about this, I came to the ...
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How can i establish interest and improve my book reading skills? [closed]

I'm a student and literally new to this site. I'm very weak in book reading skills and didn't remember the most common words whenever I start reading my books I start getting bored and couldn't ...
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How to save the water wasted while waiting for the shower to heat up?

It takes about 30 to 45 seconds for my shower to heat up. A lot of perfectly good water goes down the drain while I wait for the water to get up to temperature. Rather than letting this water go to ...
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How not to lose too much warmth while leaving the door open

I have a dog, who is used to staying at my house while I have gone for work. I leave the door open so that he can go out for hygienic reasons. During summer, this is not a problem because I stop the ...
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Parking stop ideas

Need help parking my truck at an angle in my three car garage, without hitting my wife’s sedan. I have an HD 2500 with a headache rack that only fits in the garage at an angle with my wife’s car in ...
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Tie 350ml liquor bottles to a string or chain?

I'm dressing up for Halloween and my costume requires me to tie a couple of empty 350ml bottles to something I can wear around my neck. They have to be well secured. The bottles look something like ...
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What's a great way to store knives for me?

My situation: I have accumulated high-quality purpose-made knives which are difficult to store due to several factors: I have more than a few (23), and some (7) that I use quite often. I want them to ...
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How to clean air indoors

What is the best way to clean indoor air the lifehacker way? That is, excluding store-bought air purifiers of expensive brands. Something like DIY: Building an energy efficient and low cost filter ...
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Use 52/56oz liquid soap refill bottles directly?

I recently bought some 52/56oz liquid soap refill bottles and want to use them directly instead of following the normal (messy and tedious) process of pouring them into 7.5oz dispensers. What's the ...
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How? Vertically holster electric shaver & beard/ hair trimmer suspended, maybe using shelf over bathroom counter?

Bathroom counter, with electrical socket, mirror & glass shelves on adjoining wall. Also, electric shaver at bottom of pic on Counter Electric trimmer, depicting shape etc Now, based on ...
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How to keep a vertical row of multiple soap bars vertically instead of typical horizontal one-soap dish?

So for illustration i have organic type of soap bars that I use now thanks to the TSA liquid drama. The slimmer ones in the pic are 3 cm exact and I go through varieties that are thicker as well as ...
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Posters / attaching paper

Okay so I wanna make a poster that at least looks like I didn't cut it in half, glue it back together and leave it in a sauna for a while so I was wondering if there was an easy way to attach papers ...
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What is the best way to work the system to maximize income while in college in the USA? [closed]

I remember when I was in college. I had work study, Section 8 (housing allowance) and food stamps, and all my bills where covered as long as I stayed enrolled for 6 credit hours a semester. I am going ...
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How can I speed up healing of a cut on stretchy skin?

I accidentally got a cut in on the webbing of my thumb (just the skin, not tendons are anything). This is very stretchy skin that moves quite a bit and so it's healing very slowly. Unfortunately "Don'...
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Efficient cheap way to make a door top which is glass material blurr for outsiders which prevents peeping

I live in a room where there is a transparent glass covered slot (above the door ) , i want to cover it up but I don't want to opaque it completely as it is the only way it wakes me up in the morning ...
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Jury-rig a walker for outdoor activity that might involve reaching

TL;DR: I want to aide my mobility-limited father in modifying his walker, so it still provides some stabilty and support even when he momentarily removes his hands from it. Backstory My father is ...
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Efficient life hack to peel a jicama

The jicama (yam bean) is a delicious snack. But peeling one is not the most pleasant experience. It can be quite time consuming. The fact that the peel contains a fat-soluble organic toxin (...
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How to make a big decision, then have it stick? [closed]

Do you have any tricks for making big life decisions? Or, for making them stick, once made? Things I've tried: Going on a vacation. (Seems helpful for perspective, not for the decision sticking) ...
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How to empty a sponge of its soap?

Whenever I use a sponge and any soap-like product to clean a surface, I get the unfortunate effect that the sponge seems to always be full of that product afterwise. I can repeat dozens of "fill with ...
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How to clean out a pencil sharpener

Often when I use a pencil sharpener a lot, the pencil shavings and lead gets jammed in the sharpener part. What's an efficient way of cleaning it out?
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Sharing grocery costs and responsibility

I've just started living with a partner for the first time and we share all our food shopping. I am constantly finding myself not knowing what food is in the cupboard (when at the shop) and who owes ...
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Finding a gold ring lost in the house

How can I find a gold ring lost in my bedroom, kitchen, or living room? I've already read this question, but it seems that many of the answers given there wouldn't apply to a search inside. It was ...
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How to remember mental notes [closed]

Often, I'm in a situation where I need to remember to do something without being able to write it down. Example: While changing diapers, you notice that the used diaper bin is almost full. You make a ...
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How can I keep a USB mini 2.0 (or other) cable from tearing?

What are some ways to protect the ends of a USB mini 2.0 charging cable (or other thin insulated wire) tearing up? Anytime the electrical outlet is at a height greater than the device it is attached ...
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How do I create a temporary URL link that will expire? [closed]

I'd like to create a temporary shortened URL and set an expiration date for it (1 year). A google search turned up old sites or spammy sites - have not found a good solution. Anyone have a favorite ...
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How can I remove large amounts of duct tape from a door?

I need to remove large amounts of colored duct tape from an old, rusty door. What is the cheapest and easiest way to accomplish this?
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Turn down the noise [closed]

I'm trying to turn down the noise in whatever environment I am using some earplugs I got from Amazon. It has the best rating compared to it's comfortability. Even as this is so, I can still hear noise ...
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Throwing away personal memoribilia [closed]

After my parents died and I emptied their apartment I am left with a considerate amount of moving boxes with memorabilia: These include among other things: photos of my parents and me and my brother ...
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How to get most of my free drink? [closed]

I feel we all have been in similar situation: I am at a restaurant on my lunch break. The waiter tells me, that if I buy soup + main dish combo, I get a free drink. Obviously, I agree with this. But ...
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Any use for pencils with broken lead? [closed]

I have quite a few pencils that are essentially useless. Attempting to sharpen them ends with the graphite snapping off before I can write the first letter of a word. I know it's not the pencil ...
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How to extend the lifetime of a rechargeable battery?

Telephones sometimes don't have a replaceable battery, so how do you extend the life and ability to hold a charge of a rechargeable battery in one?
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Wallet won't close because there's too much money in it

I know carrying around this much cash is not a good idea and it is better to use card instead but is there a hack to close a wallet full of cash so it could fit in my pockets?
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How to peel an orange?

I love oranges. They are very juicy and I really like its flavour. The problem is that I don't know how to peel them efficiently and every time I struggle to peel them well. When I do it, I usually ...
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What is the most efficient way to fold a map?

When I'm sightseeing I usually like to get a printed map of the city. It is often more useful than a digital map since I usually don't have an Internet connection abroad, besides occasional Wi-Fi, and ...
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Lifehacks to put an end to procrastination [closed]

I just spent a couple hours on StackExchange. Why? Because I have some important things that need to get done, and those things are not going to be fun. Yes, it's procrastination. So, I thought, ...
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How to avoid background reflection Computer display

At work I am sitting in front of a conference room which has lots of glass wall. It is always very bright and it makes my computer display look like a mirror. I tried playing with my display setting ...
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What is the quickest way to de-carbonate a drink

I prefer a lot of fizzy drinks when they have gone flat. What is the most efficient way to decarbonate them? I've repeatedly shaken and opened bottles, left caps off, stirred, but I wonder if there's ...
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How can I shower without a towel?

It keeps happening. I take a shower, then discover that I had put my towel in the laundry. Or all my towels are dirty, and I'm reluctant to shower because I don't have a towel (hygiene issue...). Or ...
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What's a good way to track my correspondence? [closed]

I'd like to engage in a more extensive letter-writing correspondence. However, I'm so tied to being able to see the "history" of any exchange (instant messaging, email, texting, etc.) that I find it ...
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How to avoid losing keys/phone/wallet? [closed]

I constantly lose my keys, phone and wallet. I tend to leave them inside the car, house, bathroom, public places, etc. It costs me a lot of valuable time plus increases my stress levels. Any tips on ...
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How can I get single portion size amount of sprouts per day, with minimum attention?

For example some seeds (such as lentil seeds) require humid environment and washing ~2 times a day to sprout. How can I get a small portion of sprouts every day, with minimum attention (I'm not around ...
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Automate downloads which could be interrupted by VPN/ Download failures [closed]

I need to download 20 files each of almost 2 GB each. However, more often than not my downloads are interrupted either by internet failure or VPN errors. So, If its a download error, I need to restart ...
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How to make Ice melt slower?

I am making a cool air equipment on a bucket with a fan above the closed bucket lid. The problem is that the ice on the bottom of the bucket (kept in a packet/bottle) melts faster. I tried using salt ...
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How to swim before work (wet towel and clothes problem)?

I like to swim on an almost daily basis, just before going to work. So first I go by bicycle to the swimming pool, swim, and then go by bike to the office. For what it's worth, choosing the best way: ...
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How to decrease hold time for customer service calls? [closed]

As I type this question I've been on hold with Bank of America for over a half an hour. I'm looking for a way to make my wait time shorter in the future by either: Changing my own behavior within the ...
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Ways to stop your Beach blanket from blowing away

When you go to the Beach and lay down your blanket sometimes they try to blow away if the wind allows. What are some ways of making the blanket stay down as simply sitting stuff on the corner of the ...