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10 Life Hacks That Actually Work

15 September 2020

Understanding Certain Laws Can Help Navigate Through Life Efficiently. Here’s a List of 10 Such Life Hacks.

Aluxers, you’ve heard about some weird and wonderful life hacks, especially when things seem to be going a little downhill.

Which of these “tips and tricks” are worth investing the time in and will reap some results? Let’s explore some of them.

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With that sorted, let’s jump into the first life hack that is functioning all the time:

1

The Pareto Principal

The Pareto principle states that in most instances roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the effort. It is also known as the 80/20 Rule. In other words, you might notice that 80% of your income comes from 20% of your clients. Or the first 20% of effort building a website, was spent on the first 80%, the last 20% of completing the task often takes 80% of the time.

However, what the rule proposes to us is that the first 20% that yields 80% of the result is generally enough to get most jobs done decently enough to pass the test. Like the way only mastering 20% of a musical instrument, like the guitar, still means you can play about 80% of the songs in some recognisable way.

And unless you were planning on becoming a master composer, that level of skill is more than enough for most.  It’s the age old principal of “easy to learn, hard to master.” The Pareto Principal reminds us that just getting started is half the battle won.

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5 Second Rule

Nope, we’re not referring to the common belief that if you pick something up off the floor within 5 seconds it’s still safe to eat.  The science still isn’t out on this life hack.

This is the 5 Second Rule that explains human motivation.  This one was popularised by Mel Robbins, motivation coach and generally dynamite lady. As Robbins explains it: “If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.”

So when you feel your brain remind you that you need to work on your business plan, get to your desk and open your laptop to an open document before your brain talks you into another Netflix binge.

Use the 5 second rule to remind yourself to go with your instinct and not listen to your brain. Next time you get that desire to act on a goal or a commitment, count down 5-4-3-2-1-GO. Do not pass go, do not collect $100, just take action.

3

Goodhart’s Law

The law proposes that “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” In other words, if you only use one measure, like the money in your bank account, as a measure of success, then you might be compromising on quality and in turn your businesses long term growth success.

Instead if you aim to make a great product or service that fulfils a need, then you will measure it by how good your product is and how well it is received. The financial gain will naturally come from this type of business. Like great content creators will grow a following and ultimately earn from their efforts, those who are just after growing numbers will quickly crash and burn in the rubbish pile of bad content out there.

4

Murphy’s Law

We all love to hate old Murphy, great to have someone to blame, but crappy that he is proven so right so much of the time. The law basically implies that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. So, how is this useful to an Aluxer? Well if you put a positive spin on Murphy’s Law you will find that it makes you a far more intuitive and productive person.

Being able to consider what could go wrong is an efficient life hack, what the short falls are and what the weak points could be, will allow you to plan to resolve them before they turn into disaster.

In a business sense this gives you an advantage, foresight and opportunity to plan contingency into your actions. Similar to the way we drive slower on a rainy day knowing that the risks are higher in those conditions, and if you were going to have an accident, it was probably more likely to be when the weather was bad. It isn’t necessarily a negative outlook on life as much as a cautious one.

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Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law explains the strange phenomenon that work usually takes the exact amount of time assigned to it. In other words, it explains our human nature to stretch out or expand our workload to suit the time frame given, rather than to work as quickly as possible and have time left over.

Ever noticed that however long you have to make dinner is exactly how long it takes. Even if one time it took 30 minutes to make, if you have 2 hours to spare, you can bet your bottom dollar the meal will take 2 hours to prepare.

In business we see this with deadlines and budgets. Isn’t it funny that no matter how tight or how excessive the time is you were assigned, for the most part, that is exactly how long it takes you to finish the work? In the same way, ever noticed how most people’s salary runs out before payday even if they just got an increase.

The joy of this is that you don’t need to stress about only having an hour to throw together a presentation when it usually takes you a whole day. The pressured deadline will most likely push your brain into overdrive and have you creating the slideshow of your CEO’s dreams.

6

The Law of Attraction

Nope, this isn’t about sitting around thinking about being a millionaire and expecting the money to pour in. But it is all about realising that positivity attracts positivity, and success attracts success. On the converse laziness attracts well…nothing…except maybe a bad smell.

The law of attraction is a life hack that suggests when we begin an action towards something, that thing also moves closer towards us. In other words when you begin saving towards a house, you open up an avenue to wealth creation. Once you have opened your mind to saving with a project in mind, you will be looking for ways to put more money into the fund. You will probably attract some kind of side hustle, sign a big deal at work, or boost your businesses sales. You might say this is the power of positive thinking, but it is probably better described as the power of BIG thinking. You will suddenly see opportunities and be filled with more energy before, and this will lead to positive growth towards your goal.

7

Inspired Action

Nike got it right with their slogan – Just Do It. Aluxers, if you want to go out and achieve anything, just do it. You’re not going to become a master chef if you’re ordering take-out every night. You won’t inspire creativity for a hair salon if you’re scrolling Facebook all day.

As success coach Zig Zigler has claimed, “Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it.” Make a conscious decision to take the first step, and it’s true that often the first step is the scariest, but each step gets easier and easier.

You are responsible for your own success, and if you’ve got a goal in mind that leaves you feeling passionate, excited, inspired and motivated, you’re half-way there already! In order to take action, you need inspiration.

You may think that manifestation is enough, but it isn’t. Sure, your vibrations must match your goal, but the goal isn’t going to magically appear… both are required to see the rewards! So, Aluxers, start working on both and it won’t be long before your dreams become a reality.

Here’s a good read, in case you’re wondering why is it so hard to start anything anyway.

8

The Rule of Balance

We are all striving for that perfect balance, but how does balance work? If we are giving our job 70% of our time, then our family, friends, pets, and personal life are getting 30%. Mark Zuckerberg puts it perfectly, he says, “you can have everything, just not all at the same time.”

Bill Gates used to sleep in his office 5-days a week and was single way into his 30s, Brad Pitt suffers from depression and struggles to do anything outside with his children because he’s too famous. Basically, there are sacrifices in every decision.

So – what can you do to strike the balance? Enjoy what you’re doing at that moment. The king of all life hacks is to master this moment. If you’ve decided to be a stay at home mom, cancel the FOMO and be the best stay at home you can be. If you’ve opted to head back to the office, again, ditch the FOMO, and be the best you can be at your job.

By doing this Aluxers, you focus on the present and that will take you far in whatever decision you have made.

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The Principal of Momentum

To gain momentum, we keep moving forward. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving.”

Goal setting is great, but you’re not going to achieve them just by setting them. Buying the ingredients of a cake isn’t going to make you a cake, now is it? A goal achiever is what you need to be, and the principle of momentum implies, you keep going.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Bizarre saying, but true sentiment.

Write out your goals, set a date to achieve them and then do the next one… before you know it, you are so highly motivated, every goal you set for yourself you’re achieving.

If your goal is to settle your bond earlier, and you keep putting away an additional $100 a month, you will soon see the difference in your bond or mortgage. Your interest drops, you see that instead of owing 20 years of house payments, you’re down to 19.5… and you’re constantly gaining momentum to save more and pay off faster.

If you’re planning to begin controlling your actions and life better starting today, here are 15 Things You Can Control in Life.

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No Strain, No Gain.

Be prepared to work hard to achieve your goals. You won’t get anything from doing nothing. If you put a little effort in, you will get a little out. If you put a lot of effort in, you will get a lot out. That simple.

But find ways to work smarter by watching our video, Working Hard vs Working Smart. It will help you enormously in saving time and focusing your energy on the important stuff.

And remember the life hack Kevin Hart once shared? He said, “Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year; it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.”

Question:

Aluxers, what life tip or hint have you received that you can share with us? We’d love to hear what has inspired you and kept you going!