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Hustle

Two hits from Lifehacker today: Hustle When You Want to Learn New Things and Ira Glass on Getting Creative Work Done.

The first is the key to the door, and it’s easy to insert and unlock: Hustle. Simple as that.

If you want to do something: do something. If want want to make progress towards a goal: do something. If you want to learn something (like Matt Nowack in the post): do something. Just keep doing something (hustling) and you will get things done.

So that pretty much covers that. Except, it also leads into the second post, which is: the reason you have to keep hustling.
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[GTD] What is your silliest Lifehack?

There are two things that will probably make me seem borderline obsessive-compulsive, but really, I just count them as a couple of those things that, once they become habit, save you from having to actually think about them.

1. I always put my wife’s food on the right (because I’m left handed, so I get the one on the left, see? 🙂 ). E.g., when I’m preparing breakfasts or lunches (or more rarely dinners, I put her stuff on the right. Since we usually eat the same things, but in different quantities, this is actually pretty useful. I know that the bowl on the left should have more cereal in it, and that the spaghetti on the right should get the extra sauce (she loves the sauce).

2. I always put my iPhone in my pocket with the Home button up. This way, when I reach in, I know I can press the Home button while pulling the phone out of my pocket and be ready to enter my pin number as soon as I have it out. It also makes it a lot easier to answer when someone calls because I know where the slider will be to pick up. I’m sure this saves me precious seconds every day.

Anyone else have silly or mundane “hacks” to share?

More Google Voice

Gina “Lifehacker” Trapani wrote a post about Google Voice on SmarterWare in which she says:

Now that Google Voice supports SMS, you can send and receive text messages from your GV number as well, which is the last piece I needed to finally tell all my friends and family, “Here’s my new phone number.”

She’s been using GrandCentral since it came out, and only decided to switch completely with the addition of SMS. I’m pretty sure that when I get my iPhone (cross your fingers – any day now) I’ll just tell all my friends to send their text messages to my email address. Of course, then I’ll have to make sure to keep it less than 140 characters when I write them back, but at least I won’t have to give AT&T my wife’s arm and leg to pay for a text messaging plan.