There are few feelings in the world that are quite as satisfying as crossing off the very last item on your to-do list. Seriously, think for a second about the burst of accomplishment, pride, and — dare we say — joy that accompanies that pencil-drop moment. It’s a rush, albeit an ever-so-slightly dorky one.
To get to that errand-free satisfied state, though, you actually have to do everything on your list. And if you’re anything like us, one big task — think: opening a new credit card account or building any piece of flat-pack furniture — kills our will to so much as look at what’s next on the agenda. Ahead, we’ve got the most gratifying of solutions. These 14 hacks are so ridiculously easy that not a single one takes more than 15 minutes to knock out, especially when you enlist the help of your Google Assistant. Beyond that, they all have the power to genuinely upgrade your health, bank account, home, and overall quality of life. Not bad for such minimal effort, right? Ready, set, go!
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Investing in a smart lock means you’ll never have to sweat over whether you actually locked your door ever again. The instant quality of life boost is worth the reasonable cost.
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Another item to add to your shopping list? A portable phone charger. Once you’ve got ammunition to combat the dreaded 10% red battery icon, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
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Ready for a tougher weekly challenge? First, take 15 minutes to jot down all the less-than-ideal habits you’d like to work on. Then, going forward, challenge yourself to not do these things one day per week (think of it like a reverse cheat day). Build up to two, three, four, etc. days a week once you’ve gotten the hang of it.
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When you’ve got the time, change up your commute to work to include more walking. One study shows this can greatly improve your creative thinking.