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These tips aim to improve your productivity and happiness through marginal gains.

Grayscale

Your phone is designed to be distracting. Using bright colors is one way it steals your attention; notifications are an alarming red and app icons are rarely black and white.

The Center for Humane Technology suggests turning your phone grayscale to counteract this.


iPhone:
Settings → General → Accessibility → Accessibility Shortcut → Color Filters
This allows you to switch between grayscale and full color by triple clicking the home button.

Android:
settings differ between devices

Straws

In 2015 a video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck up its nose went viral.1

Many selfless people have since boycotted drinking straws, but for those who have a deep dislike of sea life, there's also a compelling and selfish reason to do so.

Drinking through a straw “minimizes the orthonasal olfactory hit,” — it makes the drink taste worse.2

When it comes to food and drink, the more aroma, the better. Anything that stops you from sticking your nose in the cup will dull the experience.

Don't let a straw block your nose.

Facebook Liberation

Does Facebook: Eat your time? Stress you out? Make you feel obligated to attend parties? Lower your self-esteem? Give you the creeps? Turn your happiness into a competition? Deceive you? Violate your privacy? Interfere with your democracy?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then consider deleting your account. Press the button below, follow the instructions, and be free.



Follow the instructions. They'll ask you to re-enter your password at the end. Make sure you do this.

Never Underline

Never use underlined text in any document, not even for links on a website. It makes your writing harder to read:

Underlining for emphasis was a necessity before the advent of word processors, as typewriters had no bold or italic lettering.

Not con­vinced? I in­vite you to find a book, news­pa­per, or mag­a­zine that un­der­lines text.1

Lemon Scent

A spritz of citrus can subconsciously inspire people to clean up. Paul Dolan writes in his book Happiness by Design:1

People who ate a biscuit after sitting in a cubicle with citrus air freshener pumped in made three times as many hand movements to clean crumbs off the table compared to those who were not exposed to this cleanest-smelling of scents.2

Line Length

The line length of any document; whether it's a book, a website, or a love letter, should be between two or three lowercase alphabets. Like so:

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcd

Shorter lines will make a big dif­fer­ence in the leg­i­bil­ity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of your layout.1