Do you ever learn something that makes you think, “Shit, that would’ve been nice to know 5 years ago”? Me too. Here are 5 things that I wish I would have found out about much sooner.
1. Open a Closed Tab With Control+Shift+T
Do you ever get started working in your browser, only to accidentally click close and lose all of you hard work? I knew that feeling all too well, in particular after ten minutes of searching for flights, or halfway through a cool article. Working back to the point you were at is a collossal waste of time, not to mention very frustrating. Here’s the good news: there’s a simple solution if you use Chrome. After you accidentally close a tab, just his control+shift+t, and voila! Your tab will reopen right where you closed it. Simple, and awesome.
2. How to Download Books For Free
I love to read. But I hate paying for books. Everytime I go to Barnes & Noble, I leave the store with a list of ten books I want to read (at least). Buying the books on Amazon and adding them to my Kindle saved me some money, but my monthly book bill was still too high. So naturally, I started looking for a solution. Enter Calibre. Calibre is a software that allows you to convert all forms of e-books into a format that is compatible with your e-reader. Simply download the books you want, convert them with Calibre, and add them to your e-reader. The process takes about five minutes, and will save you tons of money. Check out their manual for a step by step walk through. If you like to read, it’s worth your time.
3. Podcasts Are Awesome
Sitting on an airplane sucks. My best idea prior to podcasts was reading a good book, but even then I would always find myself falling asleep and waking up abruptly, feeling groggy. Then I discovered podcasts. While there is definitely something for everyone in the podcast world, I fell in love with the Joe Rogan Experience, a 3 hour podcast that focuses on comedy, philosophy, fitness and pretty much everything else in between. It makes flights and long car rides fly by, and usually I learn something new in the process. I downloaded Podcast Addict for Android, and now I save a couple of episodes before all of my flights to listen to offline. Give it a try the next time you have a few hours to kill.
4. The Easiest Way to Dress Well
I don’t hate clothes shopping, but I don’t love it either. I’m the type of guy who doesn’t buy new clothes for three months, and then goes to the mall and replaces half of his wardrobe in one trip. Not necessarily the best way to go about things. Then I found Five-Four Club. For $60/month the club sends you a package of hand picked clothes every month, keeping your wardrobe on point. Now I don’t have to worry about stumbling through the mall ever again. To be honest, I can admit that almost everything I’ve received looks much better than what I would pick out for myself. All you have to do is tell them your sizes, fit, and style preferences, and they send you an awesome package of everything from pants, shirts, jackets, shoes, or socks every month. If you’re a control freak and actually like to pick out your own clothes, I’d also recommend Jack Threads. You have more control, and can send back anything that doesn’t fit.
5. The Simplest Way to Save With Promo-Codes
Honey saves you money. There’s not much more to it than that. All you have to do is download the Chrome extension, and click the button right before you checkout on any website that features promo-codes. Honey will pull the ten best promo-codes and apply the best one to your checkout price. Use it on Amazon, for ordering pizza, flowers, or pretty much anything. I guarantee you’ll thank me later.
What are some life-hacks that you wish you knew about sooner?