You sound just like me. I just got those same ear plugs yesterday and have been contemplating the L.L. Bean Comforter and Sleep Mask when the prices come down, along with that exact Air Purifier. I have the Wake Up Light and just installed Blackout Curtains a few weeks ago. Looks like we both found TheSweetHome and… » 11/20/14 3:09pm 11/20/14 3:09pm

The Five Questions Successful People Routinely Ask Themselves

While everyone has a different definition of professional success, the one thing all successful people share in common is a drive to be better than the day before. Forward momentum is key, and you can keep yourself in check by asking the right questions. » 6/08/14 1:56am 6/08/14 1:56am

How I Taught Myself to Listen Despite My ADHD

Those of you with attention deficit disorder might not make it to the end of this sentence. I had that problem as a kid, but I found ways to trick my brain into paying attention and listening properly. I'll never be a great listener, but I get by without medication because of three simple things I taught myself how to… » 3/17/14 6:17pm 3/17/14 6:17pm

How To Recognize the Plastics That Are Hazardous To Your Health

By George Dvorsky and Joseph Bennington-Castro. The chemicals contained in plastics can be quite harmful. But given that "plastic" can mean a wide variety of substances, it's difficult to know which ones are bad for us. Here’s everything you need to know about plastic and an its impact on your health. » 2/12/14 6:19pm 2/12/14 6:19pm

Five Best Programming Languages for First-Time Learners

If you're thinking of learning to code, the language you decide to pick up first has a lot to do with what you're trying to learn, what you want to do with the skill, and where you want to eventually go from there. Still, some languages are easier to pick up than others, have a community dedicated to teaching, or… » 1/05/14 9:01pm 1/05/14 9:01pm

One Day, You're Going to Die. Here's How to Prepare for It

It's a fact of life that we're all going to die at some point. While it's not something you probably want to think about, you can make things a lot easier on yourself (and your family) if you get everything in order now. Here's what you need to do. » 12/08/13 11:22pm 12/08/13 11:22pm

What Anxiety Does to Your Brain and What You Can Do About It

We all deal with anxiety in some form or another, whether it's when you're pulled over by the cops or about to give a speech in front of a crowd. But for some, anxiety is a much stronger, more fearsome force—one that never goes away. But what is anxiety exactly, and what's going on in your mind (and your body) when… » 11/20/13 12:02pm 11/20/13 12:02pm

Five Amazingly Powerful Secrets of Concentration

Are you having trouble staying focused on your tax return? Is texting so fascinating that you can’t keep your eyes on the road? Concentration can be difficult for all of us, but it doesn’t actually have to be so hard. With just a few simple tricks and hacks, you can drastically improve your concentration. Here are… » 10/01/13 5:20am 10/01/13 5:20am

15 Brilliant Things You Can Do with Command Hooks

I think we all agree: 3M's Command hooks are awesome. You can stick them anywhere and easily remove them without damaging the wall or having to break out the drill. But they can do a lot more than hang your coats and keys—here are 15 ingenious ways to use them. » 9/22/13 10:12am 9/22/13 10:12am

How Can I Improve My Listening Skills?

Dear Lifehacker,
I'm a terrible listener. I want to do better, but I have trouble paying attention. I miss what people say a lot and end up embarrassing myself and offending them. How can I become a better listener for everyone's sake? » 9/17/13 6:29pm 9/17/13 6:29pm

The Complete Guide to Making Money in Your Spare Time

We all could do with a few extra dollars in our pocket, but unless your boss is a fan of giving you free money, you'll probably have to work for it. Thankfully, you can do a lot of that work in your spare time. Here are some of the best ways to make some extra money, ranging from the super-lazy to the… » 9/12/13 8:18am 9/12/13 8:18am

The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)

You've seen inspirational quotes that encourage you to get out and do something strange—something you wouldn't normally do—but getting out of your routine just takes so much work. There's actually a lot of science that explains why it's so hard to break out of your comfort zone, and why it's good for you when you do… » 9/07/13 3:52am 9/07/13 3:52am

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2013

Your education doesn't have to stop once you leave school—freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. We've put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this fall for our latest term of Lifehacker U, our… » 8/28/13 12:38pm 8/28/13 12:38pm

This 30 Day Program Teaches You to Get More Things Done, the Agile Way

Author and Microsoft program manager J.D. Meier offers this free time management training course that will help you learn a new skill or build better habits through 30-day "improvement sprints." » 8/13/13 1:43pm 8/13/13 1:43pm

How Can I Improve My Short Attention Span?

Dear Lifehacker,
I find myself getting bored with even simple things. Sitting in a meeting or class, going to the movies and sitting in one place for three hours, even going to a concert—they all sound like fun but I hate the idea of doing one single thing for hours on end. I'm usually okay once I'm actually doing any… » 7/29/13 9:51pm 7/29/13 9:51pm