Our HIRECLOUT team is all about staying on top of what’s going on in the world of tech gadgets, marketing tools, and great life hacks. With the weather heating up, we thought it would be the perfect time to share hacks that help keep your life simple, save you time and in some cases money. Take a look at what we came up with.
1. Adobe Spark
If creating social media content is what you do, Spark is the perfect tool. It’s an online design product that is free, fun, and effortless to use. A dynamic outcome to all of your visual content is guaranteed. Whether your goal is a visually compelling post, a captivating video or a vibrant web story, this tool is a must.
2. A Short Commute
It’s a no-brainer that a short commute is one of the biggest stress neutralizers you can have. In Southern California, any avoidance of the 405 is a major plus. One of our Technical Recruiters says “It takes me 10 minutes to get from my apartment to my desk. Basically, the smartest thing I’ve ever done.”
3. Pictures of Loved Ones
When you need an endorphin boost during an unusually long day, having pictures of loved ones helps. One of our Account Managers says, “Pictures of people (and animals) I love put my day and life in perspective and remind me of the joy life offers in uncertain times. When experiencing a difficult day, looking at their faces proves to me that it is a beautiful day full of opportunities.”
4. Iron-Less Ironing
We’re always on a time crunch around here, but somehow HC recruiters are always spiffy. One of our Senior Technical Recruiters shares their secret for looking so buttoned up. “If you’re too busy to iron, but you need a shirt or pair of pants smooth, try tossing them in the dryer with 2-3 ice cubes. Run it on its hottest setting for 10-12 minutes. It’s strange, but it works!”
5. Ranking Tasks by Difficulty
Sometimes, a life hack could be as simple as a change in perspective. When you end up with piles of work without warning and no idea where to start, one of our Senior Technical Recruiters shares their insight for sorting through the chaos. “When faced with a large list of tasks, do the easiest first, then move on to the hard projects.”
6. FitBit HR
“I got a Fitbit HR for Christmas. I have a goal of 10,000 steps per day. It helps me feel good about myself and my health. Working in the office, this makes me feel motivated to…help engineers find their dream jobs.”
7. Don’t Procrastinate
“I make sure that if I see something that needs to be done that I don’t procrastinate at all on doing it. I have seen that when I put things off, they can blow up into a situation that takes way more time in fixing it than if I had just dealt with it properly when it first came up.”
8. Cassette Case Mobile Stand
Okay, this hack won’t work unless you have a few old cassette tape cases hanging around. If you do, you can create a smart low-tech mobile stand, and it gets the job done. If you want to kick it up a notch try covering it with decorative paper.
“My ultimate life hack is finding ways to get Indian food late at night in Los Angeles. The secret is Yelp’s “Open Now” filters. So simple, yet so effective.”
If you’re not fortunate enough to have a 10-minute commute, consider using a rideshare service. With Uber, you can now schedule pickups as much as 30 days in advance, and if that’s not enough, Uber offers speedy food delivery, too. There are many rideshare options available, so you’re likely to find deals to keep more money in your pocket while reducing stress.