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Questions tagged [time]

Hacks related to the management and efficient use of time. Please note that "mind hacks" are off-topic.

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How to accurately set the date on an analog watch?

I have a number of analog watches that run on button batteries. The batteries run down, get replaced, and then I have to reset the time and date. I remember the original instructions they all came ...
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11:30 AM and 12:30 AM, which one is behind? [closed]

I am booking a flight that takes off 12:30 AM on 25 April. I am a little confused because 12:30 AM sounds like behind 11:30 AM. But the airplane will take off 11 hours before 11:30 AM on 25 of April. ...
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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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Skateboard, roller blades or? [closed]

I am trying to optimize my daily commute. I usually walk slightly over a kilometer (slightly under a mile) (asphalt sidewalk) to the station I depart from and about the same distance from the station ...
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How to reset sleep schedule [closed]

My sleep schedule is really messed up. I stay up well past midnight and I feel like I need at least 1 nap during the day. How can I reset it? At times I find it impossible to stay awake when I should ...
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I have a regular analog clock. I want the hands to glow. Stickers? Paint?

I know there is some super hi tech luminescent stuff. That's what I'd like to use. Barring that, what other stuff could I use? I don't want some cheap glow in the dark paint.
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how to avoid checking mobile during work? [closed]

I don't know whether does it happen to others or not, but I check my mobile in each 15-30 minutes interval. It is not a problem if I do in my free time, but it is a big problem if I continue during my ...
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Hack for removing the last weight from a 7ft barbell?

Usually when I am finished doing dead lifts and I am removing the weights I have trouble with the last 45lb plate. For reference it looks like the picture below. I find it difficult to remove the ...
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How to glue wood pieces together nicely without clamps?

I'm trying to nicely glue together several pieces of wood like pictured below. The tool for this job is a clamp or multiple clamps. I don't have a clamp though. Is there some other way to nicely glue ...
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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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Easy way to scan a book

I want to scan a book which has more than 1000 pages, but I don't want to turn every single page in the book. Is there any easier way to scan the entire book without having to turn all the pages by ...
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How to iron clothes at high temperature setting?

I have observed if I iron clothes at higher temperature setting, it fades away the color of my clothes. But if I lower the temperature then, it doesn't iron the clothes well and it takes more time to ...
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Stick to a morning routine [closed]

I have trouble sticking to a morning routine. Sometimes it is just early and I do not remember what has to be done. I have tried making lists of chores, but they never stick. Does anyone know of any ...
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Best way to fold a shirt for a lazy bachelor [duplicate]

Like most lazy men I hate folding laundry, and when I do it tends to be messy. Sometimes everything is wrinkled by the time I get to it. Most of my laundry is t-shirts, so what is the best way I can ...
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How to wake up without waking up other people in the same room

Every day, I need to wake up at 7, and my girlfriend has to wake up at 8. This is all part of a carefully scheduled day plan and a compromise of both standing up sometime in between is not an option. ...
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Fast and Easy way to put-on pants (that need a belt)

Problem: I get a lot of people dressed and when I do most of them wear belts. I usually have to put the belts on myself, but my arm span sometimes doesn't cover their waist so I have to dodge around ...
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What's the most time efficient way to completely clean teeth?

Properly cleaning our teeth is very important for our health. On the other hand it's annoying having to spend so much time doing it. What's the most time efficient way to properly clean one's teeth?
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How to set effective long-term reminders? [closed]

The specific situation I'm thinking of is reminding myself to cancel a credit card account 11 months from now to avoid having to pay the annual fees, however, given that it's almost a year away, I ...
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How to vacuum stairs with minimal effort?

This is related to How to vacuum room with minimal amount of effort? but specifically aimed at vacuuming stairs. I recently moved to a two-story house after being in single-story houses for a while. ...
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How to remove creases from my shirts without ironing?

We've all had the problem, you need that one dress shirt you own, but it is full of creases because you stuffed it all the way in the back of your closet. No way i am going to iron them, it takes way ...
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How to find a hole in a bicycle tire tube quickly

The tube inside by bicycle tire (inner-tube) got a hole and now I can't ride the bike. It isn't a big hole, so I am going to repair it myself. The only problem is that it takes an extremely long time ...
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How to quickly peel a bag of potatoes

There have been several times that I have had to make a huge potato salad or a lot of mashed potatoes in a short amount of time. I usually have to use an entire bag of potatoes (I have a big family). ...
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When should I remove popcorn from the microwave?

I'd like to know exactly when to remove popcorn from the microwave. If I leave it in a little longer, a few more kernels will pop, but I might burn the popcorn. if I take it out too early I may leave ...
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How do I separate multiple 5-gallon buckets efficiently?

Related to How do I separate 2 drinking glasses that are stuck?, but also quite different. Sometimes I have some plastic five gallon buckets stacked up (usually 2 or 3, sometimes 4) for storage, and ...
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Waking up in the morning when standard alarms fail

I tend to sleep through alarm clocks. Is there a reliable way to wake myself up in the morning? I've tried setting the alarm to beep, music, talk radio, various volumes, using multiple alarms and so ...
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How can I quickly cool coffee to a drinkable temperature?

Most of the time before going to work I really enjoy eating my breakfast while watching some documentary, but then I notice that I am quite late so I will hurry to eat my breakfast. Then the problem ...
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What is the quickest way to defrost a frozen chicken breast?

I keep store-bought chicken in the freezer, and usually defrost it in the refrigerator for ~36 hours before cooking the chicken. But this method requires me to decide 36 hours in advance when I would ...
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Fastest way to boil water?

When I want to make hot chocolate, one of the steps is, obiously, boiling water. It seems to take forever. Is there a faster way? The method I am currently using is putting water in a metal can and ...