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Useful lifehacks for college students

By: Laura Paton, section editor for literature & art (lpaton2@uic.edu)

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably lifehacker_logoheard of lifehacker.com. If not, lifehacker.com is a popular website that suggests ways to “hack” things in your life to make them work better for you. No, this does not mean computer hacking – this website gives you great ideas like the brownie in a mug  (which you should definitely try).

Here are some lifehacks I thought would be useful for college students – or just about anyone really:

1 – Use Velcro to keep your wallet from falling out of your pocket

Lifehacker says, “Buy a roll of adhesive velcro and put a strip on each side of the inside edge of your pocket so your phone or wallet won’t fall out while you’re jumping around.” This is especially useful if you’re going to be doing something active, such as dancing or playing a sport.

2 – Use a rubber band to keep your laptop’s power brick from falling off your desk

If your laptop’s power brick doesn’t sit on the floor when your laptop is plugged in, wrap a rubber band around it. The rubber band will keep it from sliding off the desk, potentially pulling out your cord and damaging your laptop’s power source (believe me, it can happen).

3 – Segment your connections for better networking

Networking is often one of the most important things to consider when looking for a job ) especially when you’re a college student). But, advised by this article on Inc.com, lifehacker suggests that you keep your audience in mind when communicating –either online or in person. This may sound obvious, but if you follow a boss or a higher-up on twitter, they may not want to see your posts about your cat destroying your living room or the great burrito you ate yesterday. So segment what you say, and make sure you know who you’re talking to.

4 – Get your home clean and organized this weekend

Lifehacker offers three easy steps to cleaning your home/apartment clean, and keeping it that way.

  • Step 1 – Create a detailed inventory and get rid of what you don’t want or need. In the article linked above, there are links to even more articles to help you organize the stuff that is cluttering up your home.
  • Step 2 – Form a “plan of attack” and make sure every item has a place. Another good idea is to keep a basket or box with things you know you use on a daily basis, and always put those things back in that box/basket when you are done with them. That way, you’ll always be able to find them!
  • Step 3 – Keep it clean! While this may sound easier than it is, you don’t have to push cleaning to the end of the week and do it all day. Lifehacker suggests to clean about 15 minutes a day, and to make sure that when you are done with something, you put it back right then, so you save yourself more time later.

5 – Top 10 most versatile household multitaskers

This article basically speaks for itself. Unexpected items on this list are kitty litter, binder clips, and toothpaste.

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