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  • TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR LIFE

    SAVE MONEY, INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY, DISCOVER MORE TIME, & MASTER DISTRACTION

    A

    CREATION

    SCOTT BRITTON

    63

  • Copyright 2013 Scott Britton

    All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be copied or repro-duced in any form, except for short passages quoted in reviews, with-out prior written permission from the author.

    This book is a Life_LongLearner creation. For more information, toorder additional copies, or to request permission to quote or reprintthis work, please contact Scott at on Life-LongLearner.com.

    Cover design: Vanessa DonleyBook Editing & Design: Cara Stein / BookCompletion.com

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your LifePDF Edition

  • Welcome...........................................................................................1

    How this book was created.............................................................2

    Save Some Money Hacks .................................................................3

    Get Free Stuff and VIP Treatment At Local Spots ..............................4

    Get Amazon Prime for 1/5 of the Cost ...............................................5

    Save 100s of Dollars a Year With This $5 App....................................5

    Discounts On A TON of Services .........................................................7

    The Cheapest Super-Low-Carb/4-Hour Body Meal Ever ...................8

    Do This Before You Buy Anything Online...........................................8

    Stop Paying ATM Fees When Youre Not Near Your Bank .................9

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life iii

    Contents

  • Roll the Dice With This Move to Get Cheap Concert Tickets ...........10

    City Dwellers: Try this For Free Gym Access ....................................10

    Master Distraction/ Focus-Improvement Hacks .........................12

    Stop Checking Email and Social Media on your Phone...................13

    Schedule Daily Resets .......................................................................13

    Limit Daily Interruptions in the Office .............................................14

    Limit What Did I Have to Do Again? Time .....................................15

    Get More Time Back Hacks ...........................................................16

    Sidestepping Unnecessary Meetings................................................17

    Avoid Wasting Your Time and Energy Answering the Same

    Question Over and Over Again.........................................................18

    Weed Out People Who Are Going to Waste Your Time ...................19

    Find Impossible Customer Service Numbers Fast...........................21

    Hack Your Email to spend less time in your Inbox ......................22

    Do This to Increase the Likelihood That Your Emails Are

    Actually Read Or To Make Your Boss Think Youre Working Really Hard ........................................................................................23

    Find Out if Someone Opened Your Email ........................................24

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life iv

  • Declutter Your Inbox By Identifying Opportunities to

    Unsubscribe From Junk Email...........................................................24

    Free Up Space in Your Gmail Inbox (Im Talking to You, PDF

    Hoarders!) ..........................................................................................25

    The Easiest Ways to Ensure You Batch Process Your Emails...........26

    Dont Look Like A Jerk For Unsubscribing ........................................28

    Gmail: Monitor Your [Work] Inbox From A Distance .......................28

    Tools and Ways to Hack the Web ..................................................30

    Get Premium LinkedIn CapabilitiesWithout Paying ...................31

    The Fastest Way to Email Yourself Notes From An iPhone .............33

    A Fresh Browsing Experience on Google Chrome...........................34

    Increase The Likelihood People Will Share Things on Twitter ........35

    Stay on Top of Those Domains Youve Always Wanted ...................36

    Open Up All Your Favorite Bookmarks or Series of Domainsin One Click!.......................................................................................37

    Google Chrome: Get The Weather Every time You Open A

    New Tab .............................................................................................38

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life v

  • Be More Effective in Business.......................................................39

    Find Out When Your Friends or Colleagues Are Mentioned

    in the News........................................................................................40

    The Easiest Way to Send Hand Written CardsAnd Look Incredibly Thoughtful........................................................................41

    Find Out When People In Your Network Change Jobs ....................42

    Get A Birds Eye View of Your Day Each Morning ............................43

    Find Anyones Email Address With These Two Tools .......................43

    Eating and Drinking Hacks ............................................................48

    Limit Bad Binge Eating ......................................................................49

    Stave Off Late-Night Eats ..................................................................49

    How to Drink Iced Coffee Slower .....................................................50

    Limit Overeating At Restaurants.......................................................51

    Make the World Better Hacks.......................................................52

    [Amazon Users] Make Money Doing What You Already Do

    Without Feeling Like A Slimebag ......................................................53

    Charity. Automated. ..........................................................................53

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life vi

  • Get more out of your Electronics Hacks ......................................55

    [iPhone] Enough with the Double Vibrate........................................56

    [iPad] Get 10 Hours of Internet on a Plane......................................56

    [Smart Phones] Do This to Make Your Phone Charge Faster ..........57

    [Ear Bud] If you have Headphone-Challenged Ears ........................57

    Clear Up Space on Your Mac By Deleting Duplicates ......................58

    Mac Users: Sleep Better With Free Software ...................................58

    Real World, Physical Space Hacks.................................................60

    Is it a Pain to Show Your Office Building Card Every Day?..............61

    Read Your Articles in Places where you dont Have Cell Service ....61

    Leave Your Wallet At Home and Achieve Pocket Freedom .............62

    Hide Your Cash When You Go Out (Previous Hack Follow-up) .......63

    Never Forget Your Coat Check Number ...........................................63

    Travel Hacks ...................................................................................65

    Seamlessly Access All Your Flight Information From Your Phone ..66

    The Best Place to Find Credit Cards Optimized For Travel Points ..67

    Avoid Fees on Last-Minute Hotel Cancellations ..............................67

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life vii

  • Miscellaneous Hacks .....................................................................69

    Suck at Writing but Need to Write Something? ...............................70

    Need an Idea for a Logo, But Dont Know Where to Start?.............70

    Way More Meat for your Burrito Bowl at Chipotle..........................70

    Another Chipotle Hack This One Saves You Time.........................71

    Trade in Your Gift Cards for Cash .....................................................72

    Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals With This Little Trick ...........72

    Wake Up Less Throughout The Night By Wearing These ................73

    Want more? ....................................................................................74

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life viii

  • The word lifehack often makes people go goo-goo gah-gah, but what

    the heck does it actually mean?

    To me, a lifehack is a simply a more efficientway to do or use something that gets us closerto our ideal outcome.

    Lifehacks are attractive because they possess the ability to improve

    our reality. This is why I created this PDF to pass along a little nugget

    of information that hopefully makes your life just a little bit better.

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life 1

    Welcome

  • I cant take credit for all the awesome sauce contained in this book.

    The ideas and tactics youll find in this book come from many sources

    everyone from thought leaders I look up to, to college friends who

    have a similar proclivity for getting the most out of life.

    Many of these were actually crowdsourced from an online community

    I created called HackingNYC.com, where motivated lifehackers share

    the best tips they find to improve their lives as they encounter them.

    In all instances, I tried to denote Hack Credit to provide proper attri-

    bution to the source from which I first encountered the hack.

    Ok, lets get on with the show!

    Scott

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life 2

    How this book was created

  • Get Free Stuff and VIP1. Treatment At Local SpotsAs people in service industries will tell you, most customers dont pay

    attention or take much of an interest in them.

    You can get some amazing benefits by beingthe exception things like free goods and serv-ices, as well as VIP treatment.

    Every time I go into a store I plan on frequenting, I make notes in my

    phone, recording the name of everyone I interact with and a descrip-

    tive detail about their looks or any-

    thing we talked about so that I can

    put a name to a face when I return.

    Next time you go back to that store,

    look at your notes before you go in

    so you can call the employees by

    name...and maybe even call back

    some banter from the last time you

    met.

    If you do this, it will be easier to

    continue to build rapport and even-

    tually develop a friendship that

    might just result in some free stuff!

    Save Some Money Hacks

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life 4

  • Get Amazon Prime for 1/5 of2. the CostAmazon Prime is amazing. You get free 2-day shipping on thousands of

    items, and often a discounted rate. The roadblock is that is costs $79 a

    year.

    But there is a loophole

    Amazon has a policy that allows a current member to share their

    prime account with up to four additional household members.While

    Amazon states that they have to live with the master account holder,

    they dont enforce it. Invited members can ship to their own ad-

    dresses. They generally seem relaxed about this restriction, encourag-

    ing people to alternatively share with up to 4 coworkers.

    If youre able to find four other people to share the membership, it

    ends up being $15.80 per person vs. $79!

    Hack Credit: Yipit blog

    Save 100s of Dollars a Year3. With This $5 AppAs a consumer, you represent a ton of lifetime value to service

    providers. For services like cable, internet, cell phone, and even gym

    Save Some Money Hacks

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life 5

  • memberships, keeping you as a customer can be worth thousands of

    dollars to a company.

    This means leverage that you can use to youradvantage and theres an app that can helpyou.

    Ramit Sethi developed an app called Negotiate It. This app can pro-

    vide you with a list of situations and services where you can often save

    money with a simple phone call.

    Save Some Money Hacks

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life 6

  • Dont know what to say? The app has you covered! It gives you exact

    scripts that you can use. The first time I used this app to call my cable

    company, I ended up getting $15 off my monthly bill. Thats $180 a

    year!

    Hack Credit: Ramit Sethi, Founder of I Will Teach You to Be Rich

    Discounts On A TON of4. ServicesThe Freelancers Union offers a ton of corporate discounts on some of

    the best products and services to run your business, travel, and live a

    healthy life.

    Not a freelancer? Thats okay anyone can join for free and take ad-

    vantage of the discounts. And the signup is painless.

    Within one month of signing up, I got $20 off amonth at New York Sports Club.

    Annualized, this will save me over $240 a year!

    Save Some Money Hacks

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life 7

  • The Cheapest Super-Low-5. Carb/4-Hour Body Meal EverAt Qdoba, you can get a bowl with chicken and beans for $3.57.

    This is a steal for people who are doing a low-carb diet and hate cooking and cleaning.

    **Note: Once you ask for salsa, guacamole, etc., it becomes a normal

    burrito bowl, and the price rises to $6 or $7. So if you order this, make

    sure to be specific that you just want a bowl with chicken and beans.

    They have a couple of hot sauces next to the fountain drinks, so you

    can spice up your chicken and beans for free after youve paid.

    Do This Before You Buy6. Anything OnlineEvery time you make a purchase on a retail website (other than Ama-

    zon), you should use Google to see if theres a coupon code available.

    Simply Google the name of the retailer or site + coupon code and

    theres a decent chance you might be able to find a coupon code to

    save a few bucks.

    Save Some Money Hacks

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life 8

  • There are specific sites like retailmenot.com that offer this, but I gen-

    erally find best results when I simply Google the bucket term as de-

    scribed above.

    Stop Paying ATM Fees When7. Youre Not Near Your BankEver end up needing cash, but the ATM for your bank is nowhere in

    sight?

    I have excellent news

    You dont need to incur those $3 fees (more like $6 if your bank also

    charges you a fee on their end). Instead, you can open a checking ac-

    count with one of the many banks that offer full reimbursement of

    fees at any ATM.

    My personal bank of choice for this is Charles Schwab: they reimburse

    you for all ATM fees for up to 10 withdrawals a month. No more ATM

    guilt!

    Save Some Money Hacks

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  • Roll the Dice With This Move to8. Get Cheap Concert TicketsIf you want to go to a concert or game but dont feel like dropping a

    ton of dough, one thing you can do is buy tickets from a scalper a few

    minutes after the show has started.

    They need to get rid of them and are willing to sell them much

    cheaper, just to get something for their investment.

    Besides, if were talking about concerts, theonly thing youre missing is the opening act.

    One caveat is that there are a lot of fake tickets. If youre with a friend,

    have them take one ticket and try using it to get through the gate be-

    fore you give anyone your money. This way, you know whether the

    tickets are real or not.

    Hack Credit: Kenny Herman

    City Dwellers: Try this For Free9. Gym AccessFor a long time, I was a broke startup guy. This required me to get cre-

    ative in order to get the things I wanted in my life, like access to a gym

    with weights which way to the beach?!

    Save Some Money Hacks

    63 Lifehacks to Supercharge Your Life 10

  • One thing you can do is barter with a friend that lives in an apartment

    building with a free gym. Cut a deal or trade something with them to

    get an access key. Amortized over a year...