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Fix Your Bad Sleep Habits With the Shleep App Fix Your Bad Sleep Habits With the Shleep App

There’s a lot of pricey sleep tech out there, not to mention supplements and products aimed at giving you more “energy” during the day. But most of us, if we’re feeling tired all the time, just need to get our butts to bed.

How to Change Your Personality How to Change Your Personality

We’ve all heard that people don’t really change. Your mom will always be close-minded; your ex will always be selfish; and you’ll always be a tiny bit neurotic.

Track Your Habits in the Command Line Track Your Habits in the Command Line

The minimalist habit tracker habitctl runs in the command line. (If you don’t know what the command line is, this is not the tool for you.) As such, it’s one of the simplest habit trackers you can use, while still being more sophisticated than a text file (which was developer Sebastian Morr’s previous habit-tracking…

Stop Running the Same Route All the Dang Time Stop Running the Same Route All the Dang Time

It’s surprisingly easy to get stuck in a rut. Choose the same path two or three times when you start a running or walking habit, and suddenly that path becomes an unquestioned part of your workout. Or maybe you vary your location, but you always do a three-miler at “oh my god I’m going to die” pace. Well, stop it.

How to Meditate in Bed Without Using Your Phone How to Meditate in Bed Without Using Your Phone

When you just want to turn your brain off and sleep, meditation apps are perfect. A guiding voice, or the sounds of something peaceful like rain, helps to fill the silence so your thoughts can’t creep in. The best ones strategically bore you into drowsiness. (You can look for sleep-focused meditation tracks, but I’m…

How to Stick With a Fitness Routine When You Haven't Seen Progress Yet  How to Stick With a Fitness Routine When You Haven't Seen Progress Yet 

We all hit a slump near the beginning of a fitness program. Not at the very start, when we’re excited to get going—more like a few weeks in. It may take six weeks to notice more muscle or better endurance, but how do you get through that time without losing hope?

Create and Maintain Healthy Habits with the iOS App 'Aloe Bud' Create and Maintain Healthy Habits with the iOS App 'Aloe Bud'

iOS: Throughout the day, I always know I should be doing things to better my health and overall disposition: standing at regular intervals, drinking lots of water, telling my friends they are great and we should hang out, et cetera. And while these thoughts hit me on occasion, they’re never enough to create a regular…

How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise Every Morning How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise Every Morning

Long before I noticed any fitness benefits of doing burpees every morning, I noticed something else: I really, really, did not want to get out of bed. Because once I got out of bed, I would have to do my burpees.

Jump-Start Your Creativity With #The100DayProject Jump-Start Your Creativity With #The100DayProject

If you made a simple creative action every day, what would you have at the end of 100 days? April 3 starts #The100DayProject, which invites you to answer that question for yourself. Past participants have done 100 days of collages, pompoms, illustrated quotes and dancing in public.

How Did It Feel to Unplug This Weekend?  How Did It Feel to Unplug This Weekend? 

We want to hear how your unplugged weekend went—whether you participated in the National Day of Unplugging or just managed to resist the siren call of your phone once or twice.

Use Daylight Saving Time to Change One Habit Use Daylight Saving Time to Change One Habit

Whether we’re springing forward or falling back, the biannual time shift is, at best, a discombobulating experience—but changing the clocks also gives us a ready-made opportunity to change ourselves.

How Lifehacker's Remote Staffers Work How Lifehacker's Remote Staffers Work

While all of us here at Lifehacker are excited about Work From Home Week, it really hits home (ha) for four of us. Here’s a peek at workspaces and routines from Claire, Michelle, Patrick, and myself.

Structure Your Work-From-Home Day With These Routines Structure Your Work-From-Home Day With These Routines

The conveniences of working at home are also its curses. There’s no commute giving you time to settle your thoughts on the way in to work, no lunch with co-workers. To get some structure in your work-from-home life, you need to create your own routines.

Jumpstart Your Solo Meditation With a One-Shot Class Jumpstart Your Solo Meditation With a One-Shot Class

I’ve meditated maybe four times in my life: once on a couch in therapy, once on a bench in Central Park, once in bed trying to sleep. I’m one of those people who’s been saying “I should really try meditation” for years. And maybe I will, after meditating for the fourth time in my life, on a bus in downtown Manhattan.…

John Perry Barlow’s Tips for Being a Grown Up John Perry Barlow’s Tips for Being a Grown Up

Yesterday, the nonprofit privacy advocacy organization Electronic Frontier Foundation announced the passing of its founder, John Perry Barlow. He was 70. In addition to his groundbreaking work at EFF and his contributions to the Grateful Dead as a lyricist (Cassidy, anyone?), he established a set of guidelines by…

Do Squats While You Brush Your Teeth Do Squats While You Brush Your Teeth

Everyone tells you that to build a new good habit, you should start small. Pick one incremental way to ease into your New Thing, and slowly work up from there. It’s sensible advice, and I’ve never, ever taken it.

Kick a Bad Habit By Replacing it With a Good One Kick a Bad Habit By Replacing it With a Good One

If you’re trying to kick a bad habit, try rewarding yourself with something in its place rather than punishing yourself when you fail. Habits are often so rooted in our subconscious that we don’t even realize we’re doing them, which can make stopping one that’s bad for us especially hard to handle.

Make Resolutions Without Moralizing Make Resolutions Without Moralizing

“Self-improvement” is a tricky framework for resolutions. We take the phrase for granted, but what is it really saying? That changing a lifestyle habit improves your very self? That implies moral value to your choices, labeling some habits intrinsically “good” and others “bad.” This ends up at the idea that your…

If You Want to Stick to a New Year's Resolution, Phrase It Differently If You Want to Stick to a New Year's Resolution, Phrase It Differently

In 2017, for the first time in my life, I actually stuck to a resolution. What’s more, I’d failed at the same resolution—to make a budget and stick to it—for many previous years. Now, if you think there’s something shameful in a grown person not being able to handle her finances, you’re right! But what’s even more…

Make a Year-Long Plan Instead of a Resolution Make a Year-Long Plan Instead of a Resolution

Forget January—where do you see yourself next December? Resolutions fizzle out, but a year-long plan for your hobby or habit can have a longer, sweeter payoff.

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