It’s not uncommon to discover that there’s a simpler alternative to the laborious method by which we’ve been performing a given task up until this point. Of course, sometimes it’s a little late in life before you figure that out.
But it’s never too late to learn something that makes things easier. Recently, a user on Reddit posed the question, “What’s something you did ‘the hard way’ for the longest time, because you didn’t know there was a much easier way?” A lot of people imparted wisdom on one another that they had acquired somewhat late in life.
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It was discovered that I had untreated ADHD. At age 27, getting a diagnosis and medication was a turning point in my life. It’s as though you’ve spent your whole life swimming against the tide, never knowing any different, and all of a sudden the tide has receded.
(Disclaimer: everyone’s ADHD is different, and medication isn’t a magic “cure”; medication isn’t the solution for everyone, and that’s okay.)
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Scrubbing the microwave oven. After much effort scrubbing away the dried bits, a friend suggested I simply fill a small dish with water and run the machine for a few minutes. That’s it, it’s all gone. What a moron I’ve been.
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Use control + backspace to erase multiple characters at once.
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Staging a gallery wall. Before, I would carefully measure and line up my nails so they would be flush with the frame’s mounting hardware. Now I just use a piece of painter’s tape, lay it on the back of the frame, mark the hardware, then remove the tape and hang the picture where I want it on the wall.
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I had a hard time using nail clippers when I was a kid. I was aware that I should jam my nail into the chompy bit at the end, but I had no idea that the handle/lever unfolded. Eventually, I broke off a nail from squeezing so hard in the blades. Before my mother caught me and showed me how to operate the lever, I spent an indecent amount of time doing this.
Photograph by professional photographer Marco Verch, available at tomyownrhythm.com.
Putting in extra effort (at least 120%) seemed to pay off, in my opinion. In the end, I realised that I could maintain my sanity and the same level of benefits by working only 80% of my capacity.
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A friend of a friend of mine used to dread taking baths. She complained that the taps dug into her back whenever she lay flat against them.
Never once did she think to fib from the tail end!
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Pressing the Windows key plus V brings up a history of the 10 most recent copies you’ve made.
If I’m not mistaken, you’ll need to press the Windows Key plus V to enable the feature at first.
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As a kid, I used to smash the rims of my bicycles with a hammer whenever they became warped (I ran into things quite frequently). The strategy was successful largely.
When my wheels became warped, I learned that I could simply straighten them by tightening or loosening the spokes. It’s much less complicated and harmful.
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The moment you realise scissors = pizza cutter = *real* epiphany!
Cheese grater? Don’t bother me about it.
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Putting gas into the tank. For a long time, I was the one who constantly gripped the handle. Putting a lock on the trigger changed my life.
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For the sake of not drenching the bathroom floor, you can dry off after a shower while still inside the shower stall (after turning off the water, of course).
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The food is drained by placing the colander on top of the food in the pot and then covering the pot with the colander.
To avoid dirtying another pot, you can use a colander to strain the food before returning it to the original one.
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When I was a kid, we had a pool, and I remember spending every winter at the local pool. There will be a lot of time spent in the water. The worst part was having to get out of the water to urinate, because as a girl you had to undress completely in order to sit there and pee, and then you had to put on your wet, cold bathing suit, which was sticky and cold and awful. Until I was absolutely desperate, I could hold it.
As an adult, I realised that by pulling the crotch area to the side, it remains in place while urinating.
I’m relieved to hear I’m not alone; thanks, everyone! If I can save just one person the hassle of untangling their suit straps when they’re cold, wet, and twisted, my job here is done.
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To write on parchment. Remove baked-on cheese and sauce without scrubbing. If it needs to go in the oven, I line the dish with parchment paper.
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The utensil drawer is located in a different part of the kitchen than the dishwasher. For many years, when I unloaded the dishwasher, I’d try to cram as many dishes and silverware into my hands as possible. Some would inevitably fall, and there are now a few dents in my hardwood floor where forks and spoons once stood.
At work one day, a coworker unloaded the dishwasher, took out the basket of silverware, and placed it in the silverware drawer. Never before had I experienced such ineptitude.
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My mind blew when I saw my wife use half a shell to wrench open a pistachio, after I’d been opening them with my thumbs for the past 30 years.
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Make a smoothie out of hot water and dish soap to clean your blender.
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Keep shaking the can and working hard to get more than a quarter of the shaving gel out… until I realised that they are pressurised and losing pressure with every shake makes getting rid of them more of a challenge. Now that I’ve used a bunch of them, I’ve found that the key to getting to the last drops is to not shake the can. My engineering career spans four decades, and I’m currently in my forties.
I’ve had a total brain fart ever since I began shaving.
Photograph by professional photographer Marco Verch, available at: pob125.
The BlackBerry’s predictive text was the absolute worst I’ve ever used. It insisted on suggesting accented characters and made up words when none existed; overall, it was a mess.
About a year later, while poking around in the preferences, I noticed that the language for predictive text had been switched to French.
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