Recently, Hiroshima University researchers did a study on whether looking at cute pictures makes you more productive.
We here at the BarkPost already knew the answer to this, but it’s good to know science agrees, and the answer is: YES.
Here’s an UNDENIABLY FACTUAL CHART showing how productive people were on a task before and after they were shown a cute picture:
So, in order for you to have the most prolific, inventive, fruitful life pawssible, we decided to pair life hack advice with pictures of pups so tiny, so squee-worthy, they even poop out adorable. When you win your Nobel Prize, make sure to thank us in your acceptance speech. 🙂
1. When you wake up, do stuff! Science has show own brain is the sharpest in the 4 hours or so after waking.
2. If you want to save you fingernails, use a stapler remover to add things to your key ring.
3. Try and limit your email replies to one per minute for your sanity and also, clarity of communication.
4. Prioritize one item to do every day. In a world where there’s so much information and stimuli coming at us, it’s easy to get distracted.
5. Discard what you don’t use. (Sorry packrats, but do you REALLY use gravy boat? Ever?)
6. It’s better to do a bad first draft of anything than nothing. Hey, you gotta start somewhere.
7. Need a way to tune out distractions to work? The app JDarkRoom is a great way to do this.
8. Make a weekly plan for your meals and grocery shop according to that plan. It will save you time AND money.
9. If you’re reading in the car and start feeling nauseous, tilt your head to the side, it will help.
10. Carry a small notebook and pen with you and start an Idea Dump book where you can quickly jot down genius ideas to remember for later. (Like that fantasy novel you always meant to write.)
11. Write out a to-do list every day. You’d be amazed how it keeps you on track and organized.
13. If you feel tired after waking up, drink some water, because you’re probably dehydrated.
14. Stumped at helping out with math homework? Google the name of the textbook along with the word “answers” will get you the answers for many assignments.
15. Tell other people about goals. That way, they become anchored in reality and aren’t still in the realm of daydreams.
16. Treat time like you do money: valuable.
17. It’s the digital age: learn keyboard shortcuts. You can also create them at AutoHotKey.
18. Group like-tasks together. For example: anything to do with writing, set aside a time and just crank them all out. You’ll be in the mindset, and get into a get-it-done groove quicker than when you do a bunch of disparate things.
19. Learn to speed read. This is an obvious time-saving skill, yet one many people have not mastered.
20. If you like using candles, put them in the freezer before lighting them. It will make them last longer.
21. Want to make that left-over salad last more than a day? Put a paper towel on the top and then wrap in plastic wrap. It will last a week.
22. During your daily run, exhale when your left foot hits the ground in order to avoid cramps.
23. Itchy mosquito bite? Rub a glue-stick on it. The itch will go away in 15 minutes and not come back.
24. No plunger to unclog the toilet? Put hot water and soap in it and let it sit for 5 minutes, and you’ll be amazed at the result.
25. Do the microwave challenge: whenever you microwave something, see how much you can clean the kitchen during that time.