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Life Hacks

So, I love to write and most days I check out elance for possible writing projects. I do some ghostwriting of blog posts, newsletter articles, web site content, and even books and ebooks. Today, as I checked the job posts, there was one that caught my eye. They were asking for a writer familiar with "life hacks". I thought, what the heck is a life hack and immediately Googled it and found 129 million posts. Wow, did I feel out of the loop and disconnected from the world, so I invested some time to learn about Life Hacks.

Wikipedia reports: "Life hacking refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem of a person in a clever or non-obvious way; a Juggaar might be called a life hack. Coined in the 1980s in hacker culture, the term became popularized in the blogosphere and is primarily used by computer experts who suffer from information overload or those with a playful curiosity in the ways they can accelerate their workflow in ways other than programming."

Looking at bit deeper, I discovered some amazing ideas. For example, did you know you can turn and old CD spindle case into a bagel tote? Put your pancake mix in a cleaned out ketchup bottle and just squirt into the pan when you want pancakes? Take a picture of friends with items they borrow, so you don't lose them? Use a can opener to open those pesky blister backs without breakin nails or cutting yourself? Use toothpaste to clean hazy car headlights? Rub a walnut on damaged wooden furnitur to cover up dings?

These a just a few of the amazing ideas I saw. What hit me was the incredible creativity of mankind. If there is a problem or challenge, someone will come up with a great solution. All you have to do is look. So, start life hacking and improve your life!

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