Happy almost-three-day-weekend from your friends at Mantooth! Let’s be real – it’s tough enough accomplishing any work on an ordinary Friday, but when you’re hours away from Labor Day weekend, not to mention chomping at the bit until it’s time leave for the Rocky Mountain Showdown (get your green on!), being productive is nearly impossible. Fortunately, you can kill some time adding these important life hacks to your repertoire of random knowledge.
- Study Like a Pro
In honor of school being back in session, we thought we’d dedicate an entire hack to creative studying techniques to help our friends at CSU. Yes, you should obviously go to class and take good notes, but here are a couple hints to give you an extra edge in the classroom:
- Apply unfamiliar, scented lotion while studying and then again while taking an exam. Memories are triggered by scents, which can help you recall information during tests.
- Draw pictures while taking notes. Not in a “don’t give a hoot so I stopped paying attention” kind of way, but visualizing information helps you conceptualize it on a deeper level.
- Write down information you always forget at the beginning of tests. Tricky formula? Dates from some historical battle? Jot down the tough stuff before you even know if there is a question on it.
- Study before falling asleep. We won’t get into the nitty gritty science, but your brain does some pretty cool stuff to recently absorbed information when you fall asleep. Plus, what better way to get drowsy than to stare at a textbook?
- Forget All Your Passwords
You heard us. Throw away the cheat sheet in your desk and rid your brain of every random childhood pet name mixed with relatives’ birthday digits. Thanks to the genius invention of password management websites like LastPass and Dashlane, you’ll never have to remember a password again.
LastPass and Dashlane store all your passwords for any website in giant, secure sites. They feature unlimited storage, automatic sync, security notifications and multifactor authentication for high-tech online safety. Plus, they both have plug-ins for Chrome, which makes them even easier to use.
- Eat Peach Pie in January
How on earth is this possible when peaches are only in season for two weeks out of the year?! (You might ask.) By freezing them of course! In case you bought a 25-pound box of peaches at a community fundraiser and just can’t make six cobblers in a weekend, freeze half of them by following these easy steps:
1. Use a paring knife to cut a shallow “X” in the bottom of each peach.
2. Place a few peaches at a time in a pot of boiling water for 30-60 seconds.
3. Carefully remove peaches from boiling water and place them in a bowl of ice.
4. As soon as the peaches cool, peel off the skin using a knife.
5. Cut the peach in half around the pit and remove the pit.
6. Place peaches into quart-sized sandwich bags and fill with water. Zip the bag tightly, squeezing out any remaining air.
7. DO NOT let them get lost behind Great Aunt Mildred’s fudge in December, and actually remember to make a peach pie 8-10 months from freezing. And then, you know, share a slice with us.
Thank you, Better Homes & Gardens, for sharing these steps.
So while you’re standing in line to get a hotdog at Mile High Stadium before we clean the Buffs’ clocks, share with the guy behind you everything you learned today, and we guarantee you will appear as the smart Ram we know you are.