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These Airports Let You Meet Your Family and Friends at the Gate

These Airports Let You Meet Your Family and Friends at the Gate

I’m old enough to remember what it was like to go through airport security with my family so we could all meet Grandma at the gate—and now, thanks to new TSA-approved tourist passes, some airports are allowing passengers to recreate that experience.

As Bloomberg News explains, these passes were originally created as a way to increase “terminal tourism” (essentially, treating the airport like a...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 12, 2019 at 00:30.

How Your Strict Budget Can Become a Time Suck

How Your Strict Budget Can Become a Time Suck

If you want to achieve your financial goals, you’re going to need to have some cash set aside for unexpected expenses.

If you want to achieve your time-based goals, whether that’s “completing my work by 5 p.m.” or “writing a 50,000-word novel in November,” you’ll need to set aside time for both your work and the unexpected stuff that gets in the way of your work.

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 09, 2019 at 01:30. 1 comments

Ask Yourself 'What Would This Task Look Like If It Were Fun?'

Ask Yourself 'What Would This Task Look Like If It Were Fun?'

If you follow productivity guru Tim Ferriss, you might be familiar with his mindset-changing question “What would this look like if it were easy?”

As he explains in his book Tribe of Mentors:

What would this look like if it were easy? is such a lovely and deceptively leveraged question. It’s easy to convince yourself that things need to be hard, that if you’re not redlining, you’re not trying...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 07, 2019 at 00:30. 1 comments

Check All The 'Burst Mode' Photos Your Phone Takes for the Best Shot

Check All The 'Burst Mode' Photos Your Phone Takes for the Best Shot

If your iPhone’s burst mode automatically selects a blurry or overexposed image, don’t assume the rest of the photos in the burst must be worse. Instead, check the burst to see if you can find something better.

I turned 38 on Monday, which meant it was time for my annual birthday selfie—and I know I’m not exceptionally skilled at taking selfies, but after assuming that I had taken “another...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 06, 2019 at 00:30. 2 comments

Why You Should Turn Down the Lights to Deep-Clean Your Home

Why You Should Turn Down the Lights to Deep-Clean Your Home

Right now, my oven looks clean—but when I turn off the overhead lights, it looks like it’s covered in tiny filaments of dust. My kitchen counters, which also looked clean two seconds ago, reveal a spattering of crumbs that I must have missed during the last wipe-down. Every surface in my home, from my desk to my coffee table to my piano, reveals its hidden gunk as soon as I dim the lights.

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 05, 2019. 9 comments

Find Extra Hours in Your Day With These 'Time Multipliers'

Find Extra Hours in Your Day With These 'Time Multipliers'

Not every day can come with an extra hour attached—so for the rest of the year, we’ll have to figure out how to create our own.

I use RescueTime to keep track of how I’m spending my day, and the RescueTime blog recently shared a post about using “time multipliers” to reduce the amount of time it takes to get things done:

A time multiplier is a strategy or tool that creates more free time for...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 01, 2019. 3 comments

End Your Day With Something That Makes You Happy

End Your Day With Something That Makes You Happy

I’ve been using the Exist app to track my activities and rate my moods for over half a year now, and one of my biggest unexpected takeaways was that the way I feel about my day often depends on how I spent the last hour of it.

In other words: if I devoted the last hour of my day to something that made me feel both relaxed and happy, that feeling filtered back through the rest of my day. When I...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 31, 2019. 15 comments

Don't Want to Pay Extra Bag Fees? Fake a Pregnancy

Don't Want to Pay Extra Bag Fees? Fake a Pregnancy
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I’m not sure I condone this hack, but since it’s Halloween and we’ve all got...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 30, 2019. 6 comments

How to Churn Credit Cards Without Getting Penalized

How to Churn Credit Cards Without Getting Penalized
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If you churn credit cards the right way, you can maximize your credit card...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 29, 2019. 4 comments

Threaten to Cancel Your Credit Card to Get a Retention Bonus

Threaten to Cancel Your Credit Card to Get a Retention Bonus
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If you want to earn extra points on your credit card or ditch the card’s...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 28, 2019. 19 comments

How to Make It Look Like You're at Your Desk

How to Make It Look Like You're at Your Desk
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You don’t need to be in the office to get work done—but sometimes it’s a...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 25, 2019. 22 comments

Don't Tell the Person You Just Started Dating How Much Money You Have

Don't Tell the Person You Just Started Dating How Much Money You Have

If you think you’re earning more money than the person you just started dating, it might be a good idea to keep that to yourself—at least for a little while.

Yes, I know that Millennials are more likely to start talking about their finances right away, and that a good third of us want to discuss money on the first date. However, just because talking about money is on trend doesn’t mean you...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 24, 2019. 1 comments

Schedule Every To-Do Item on Your List—or Trash It

Schedule Every To-Do Item on Your List—or Trash It

If you’ve got a to-do list filled with items you need to get done “someday,” it’s time to put those items on the calendar—or take them off the list.

I practice David Allen’s Getting Things Done system, which suggests developing a “someday/maybe” list of action items that you hope to do someday. (Maybe.)

This system also suggests that you review all of your outstanding to-do lists every week,...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 23, 2019. 10 comments

How to Make Sure Your Online Will Is Legally Binding

How to Make Sure Your Online Will Is Legally Binding

If you’re using an online service like LegalZoom or FreeWill to create your will, don’t assume you can sign and store your will online as well. Print it out, have a notary present at the signing ceremony, and store a hard copy in a safe, secure place.

As financial columnist Paul Sullivan explains in The New York Times, many people don’t realize that online wills have an offline component:

But...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 09, 2019. 3 comments

Become Happier by Building the Right Habits

Become Happier by Building the Right Habits

There are two kinds of happiness—the kind that lasts for an instant and the kind that can permeate an entire lifetime.

If you’re looking for the first kind of happiness, seek out novel experiences. Chase thrills, try new things, push your boundaries, and learn what brings you joy.

But don’t forget about the second kind of happiness, which might more accurately be called contentment. That kind...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 07, 2019. 4 comments

How to Get a Refund on Bose's Discontinued Sleepbuds

How to Get a Refund on Bose's Discontinued Sleepbuds

If you bought a pair of $250 Bose Sleepbuds in order to get a better night’s sleep, you should know that Bose just discontinued its noise-masking Sleepbuds and is offering customers a full refund.

Bose issued a statement on its website explaining that although many Sleepbuds users were able to use the earbuds to achieve their sleep goals, other users “had a far different experience”:

You’ve...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 05, 2019. 6 comments

How to Use Social Engineering—But Not in an Evil Way

How to Use Social Engineering—But Not in an Evil Way

If you want to win friends and influence people, well, there’s a whole book on how to do that. But how do you do social engineering the right way—to make life better for everyone, not just to manipulate people into doing what you want?

Social engineering has developed a bad reputation thanks to pickup artists, pushy salespeople, and online scammers, but there’s an under-appreciated technique...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 04, 2019. 16 comments

How to Find the Best Parking Spot Every Time

How to Find the Best Parking Spot Every Time

Are you the person who parks in the first open space you find, or the person who tries to find the space closest to where you’re going? Turns out both of these methods are inefficient ways of navigating a parking lot—and there’s a mathematically better option.

As Jennifer Ouellette explains, in Ars Technica:

Paul Krapivsky of Boston University and Sidney Redner of the Santa Fe Institute decided...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 02, 2019. 2 comments

Boost Your Credit Score by Requesting a Credit Limit Increase

Boost Your Credit Score by Requesting a Credit Limit Increase

If you want to boost your credit score, you need to make on-time payments on all of your debts, carry low balances on your credit cards, and wait for all of that good credit history to slowly raise your score over time. Right?

Well, as the Motley Fool reminds us, there’s one often-forgotten step you can take if you want to improve your credit score quickly: requesting a credit limit increase.

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Oct 01, 2019. 21 comments

When Should You Take a Train or Bus Instead of a Plane?

When Should You Take a Train or Bus Instead of a Plane?

Here’s a math problem for you: If a train and a plane leave the same city at the same time, and the train takes a little over five hours to get to your destination but the plane only takes 75 minutes, which is the better option?

If you read the New York Times’s Frugal Traveler column, you already know the answer:

Why trade a roughly 75-minute flight for a 320-minute train ride? Conversely,...

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