Readers offer their best tips for getting your workspace ready for work, reaching outlets behind your couch, and avoiding mishaps with your afternoon tea.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.
Prepare Your Workspace for Work the Night Before
Etudes shares a handy tip for avoiding morning distractions:
Often, getting started on something is the hardest part, especially if you’re at a loss for motivation. I’ve begun setting up my computer every night before bed with the exact programs and window configuration open to work on a given project. It has helped me jump right into the project I’m currently working on without any distractions or “I’ll first do this really quick” scenarios, which usually turns into a lot of wasted time. I wake up, my computer tells me to get to work, and it’s all ready for me.
Photo by Jeff Martin.
Build an Outlet Into Your Couch for Easier Access
Josh Eads mods his couch for his electronics:
I recently moved and bought new furniture for my new house. The living room only allows for a couple different furniture arrangements. No matter where I placed the couch it blocked an outlet. On the aforementioned couch, the middle cushion folds down to unveil a small table and two useless cup holders (honestly I didn’t know about the table until I had the couch delivered). So on this table I built a box and put a couple outlets in to. Now I don’t have to move the couch to plug things in, and yes it still folds up to conceal everything.
Avoid Drowned Tea Bags with the Weight of Your Mug
Thomas Chadwick shares a tiny tip for tea drinkers:
When making a cup of tea, before you pour the hot water in, tuck the tea leaf under the bottom of the mug. This saves you from having to fish a soggy tea leaf out of the mug if it gets yanked in when you pour the water.
Get More Out of Your DIY Auto Repairs with an AutoZone Rewards Card
AutoZone recently changed its rewards program to something that is absolutely fantastic. If you make 5 purchases of $ 20 or more, you get a $ 20 credit added to your rewards card. Before it used to be 5% of certain purchases so spending $ 100 meant you would get $ 5 back, but now spending $ 100 means you get $ 20 back. If you’re buying more than $ 40 worth of stuff in one trip, you can split the purchases to make two qualifying purchases instead of one, helping you get to those rewards faster!
Photo by Retailmania.