Life is hard, and we all know that. However, there are some small moves and changes you can make today that will significantly improve your life. These life hacks are the key to a better 2016. Here are nine of our favorites…which one will you try?
1. Digital Wallet and Budget
One of the coolest new tools becoming more and more popular in 2016 is the digital wallet. Instead of carrying around debit, credit, and gift cards, there are phone apps that allow you to pay with your phone. But if your spending is getting out of hand, check out sites like Mint which allow you to create a budget and savings goals. It even sends you notifications when you get close to blowing your cash!
2. Color Code Your Studying
Color is a powerful tool, especially with memorization. One of the best things you can do for your mind is to colorcode your school work. Start with taking notes in different color pens. Then, colorcode your notebooks and texts. Your brain will start to associate the colors with important information and help with retention.
3. Breakfast in a Cup
You can make practically anything with a microwave and a mug. One of the most popular is the egg omlet. Use egg whites, egg substitute, or a few cracked eggs in a mug. Add a dash of milk and then microwave for 15-20 second intervals until cooked. Add in peppers, cheese, mushrooms, and more for a healthy meal in seconds.
4. Create an Instant Speaker for Your Phone
You don’t need a fancy or expensive speaker for your smartphone. Instead, blast your music the efficient way by putting it inside a glass bowl. That, or create a more professional speaker using toilet paper rolls, a box, and some tape.
5. Keep Drawers Smelling Fresh
Nothing is worse than a musty old dresser. If your dorm furniture has seen better days, keep it smelling great by adding dryer sheets to the drawer. Replace once a week until it’s smelling better. If you like a more vibrant smell, spray your favorite perfume onto a cotton ball and add to the corners of the drawers.
6. Reheat Tasty Leftovers
Make sure your pizza is as fresh as it was the first day by microwaving it with a cup of water. This trick works with most bread based dishes to keep the dough from going stale or hard.
7. Make a Wall Mount for Your Tablet
No TV? No problem! With wall hooks purchased at most stores, you can create a customizable and secure wall mount for your tablet. Just place them under the bottom of the screen and then a few at the side to secure. Your tablet should be able to slide in and out.
8. Use an App to Stay on Track
If social media distracts you from studying or working, you’re not alone. Download apps that prevent you from visiting certain websites for a period of time. This is the perfect way to to make sure your work gets down and your mind doesn’t wander.
9. Purchase Your Textbooks Cheaply
One of the worst parts about being a college student is the cost of textbooks. Instead of paying for them new, purchase them through used book stores online where you can get them for practically pennies. You can also host a textbook exchange with students who have taken the course the last semester. But if you really want to save cash on books, check out the text from the library, take pictures of the text and upload it to your phone or computer, or see if there is a free version online.