How to Fall Asleep Faster

by Johnny Webber

1. Exercise. Wear yourself out. Put your body to use, so it has a reason to recharge. Just make sure you don’t do it too late in the day. You don’t want that adrenaline pumping at bedtime.

2. Drink less caffeine. Caffeine is meant to keep you awake and alert. Don’t drink it past the afternoon.

3. Stay away from bright screens before bed. Bright screens trick your body into thinking it is daytime. If you have to use a computer, install f.lux.

4. Lower your body temperature. Your body temperature drops as you fall deeper and deeper into sleep. Put your body in the right mood by taking a cold shower before bed.

5. Don’t just lay there. Wishing yourself to sleep won’t do any good. Get up and get some things done until you are tuckered out. 

6. Get up at a fixed time. Condition your body to know when it is time to sleep and when it is time to wake up. We have remarkably good internal clocks.

How to Fall Asleep Faster

9 Things You Can Do Daily to Improve Your Life

by Johnny Webber

1. Read. You will learn things, expand your vocabulary, and exercise your brain. Win, win, win.

2. Sleep. Your brain functions a lot better on a full night’s sleep. Get at least six hours.

3. Meditate. Take a moment, slow down, and focus on your breathing.

4. Wake up early. You don’t have to wake up at dawn, but try not to wake up five minutes before you are supposed to be somewhere. Wake up early. Eat some breakfast. Don’t rush.

5. Exercise. Walk. Run. Just get moving.

6. Wear sunscreen. Even if you don’t burn, you should be protecting your skin.

7. Drink water. Stay hydrated. It’s good for your skin and health.

8. Floss. Take care of your teeth while you are still young, or you will end up paying for them when you get older.

9. Be considerate. Being nice to people makes life so much easier.

9 Things You Can Do Daily to Improve Your Life

8 Things You Should Know About Dogecoin

by Johnny Webber

1. What it is. It’s a digital currency based on a meme.

2. There is a community of very generous people. They funded the Jamaican bobsled team in Sochi. They brought clean water to Kenya. They even sponsored a car to race at Talladega.

3. The people like to give each other money. Tipping is very popular on reddit and also available on Twitter.

4. Coins are mined. Let your computer do the hard work while you collect the coins.

5. Coins can also be bought on the Internet. If you don’t want to mine coins, you can just buy them online. There are plenty of websites that sell Dogecoin, or you can buy them from an individual.

6. Coins are stored in wallets. You can store your Dogecoin in an online wallet, but those can be pretty risky. Your best bet is to store them on your computer.

7. There are a number of businesses that accept the currency. You can buy pretty much anything you want with Dogecoin.

8. The community is growing every day. Subscribe to the Dogecoin subreddit to learn more.

8 Things You Should Know About Dogecoin

Punctuation and Grammar Everyone Should Know

by Johnny Webber

1. How to use a semi-colon. The easiest way to prove you went to college.

2. When to use “that” instead of “which.” It’s not a simple explanation, but it’s good to know.

3. How to use an apostrophe. Hooray for plurals, possessions, and contractions.

4. When to use “an” instead of “a.” Use “an” in front of words that start with vowels or sound like they start with vowels.

5. When to use “I” instead of “me.” Learn why it is Tom and I went to the store and not Tom and me went to the store.

6. What compound possession is and how it works. Learn why it is Jackie and Jared’s wedding and not Jackie’s and Jared’s wedding.

7. When to use “whom” instead of “who.” Okay, nobody really expects you to know this one, but it is cool anyway.

8. How to use quotation marks. Know when the mark goes inside and outside the period.

9. When to use “i.e.” in a sentence. Use i.e. when making a clarification or defining something.

10 When to use “fewer” instead of “less.” Learn why it should be ten items or fewer.

11. When to use “farther” instead of “further.” Basically, you use farther when referring to physical distance.

Punctuation and Grammar Everyone Should Know

7 Quiz Websites to Keep Your Brain Sharp

by Johnny Webber

1. Sporcle – Quizzes on every facet of trivia out there.

2. Math Run – Test your math knowledge.

3. Free Rice – Expand you vocabulary and feed the hungry.

4. Lizard Point – Learn and practice your geography.

5. Games for the Brain – Various logic puzzles.

6. Quizlet – Pick a set of flashcards, memorize, and learn.

7. Memrise – Memorize vocabulary, countries, or even Pokemon.

7 Quiz Websites to Keep Your Brain Sharp

9 Websites to Help You Plan Your Travels

by Johnny Webber

1. trover.com – Think Instagram with more food and travel and less selfies.

2. rute.me – Share interesting travel routes with fellow explorers.

3. nerdydaytrips.com – Find nerdy experiences across the globe. 

4. roadtrippers.com – Discover America’s best lodging and attractions.

5. wikivoyage.org – A free worldwide travel guide that anyone can edit.

6. mygola.com – Discover inspiring trips and edit them to your liking.

7. travellerspoint.com – A community for sharing travel and tips.

8. plnnr.com – Automatically generate a free personal travel itinerary.

9. lonelyplanet.com – Guides for every destination on the planet.

9 Websites to Help You Plan Your Travels

Free Software Everyone Should Download

by Johnny Webber

1. F.lux – F.lux makes your computer’s display change based on the time of day to prevent eye strain.

2. Photorec – Recover lost files, including videos and documents, from your hard drive.

3. TeamViewer – Control any computer over the Internet.

4. Paint.net – Free image and photo editing software.

5. Malware-Bytes – The world’s most popular anti-malware software.

6. WizMouse – WizMouse allows you to mouse over any open window to click links and menus.

7. Irfanview – A compact and powerful photo editing tool.

8. TOR – Anonymously browse the Internet from anywhere.

Free Software Everyone Should Download

10 Common Courtesies Everyone Needs to Remember

by Johnny Webber

1. Dinner time is for dinner, not cellphones. Put away the phone and try to enjoy the company of those around you.

2. Ask before you touch someone’s pet. Some animals do not like being approached by strangers. Make sure you get the go-ahead before making your move.

3. Offer to take your shoes off when you enter someone’s home. Nobody likes a dirty carpet.

4. Use the left lane only when you are passing. Keep to the right lane unless you are actively passing someone. Note: this only applies to countries who drive on the right side.

5. Always bring a bottle of something to the party. Don’t be a freeloader. 

6. Never keep a free ride waiting. If somebody is going out of their way to do you a favor, do not inconvenience them.

7. If you are the first one awake, be quiet about it. Let them sleep in. They deserve it.

8. Don’t give unsolicited criticism. Openly judging people won’t make you any friends.

9. Always offer your visitors a drink. Be a gracious host.

10. Never cancel dinner plans via text message. The least you can do is call. Also be sure to give them a reason. They deserve that much. 

10 Common Courtesies Everyone Needs to Remember

9 Web Extensions Worth Downloading

by Johnny Webber

1. Adblock – Block annoying and intrusive web ads.

2. Honey – Search coupons for your online puchases.

3. Reddit Enhancement Suite – Improve your Reddit browsing experience.

4. Hover Zoom – Enlarge thumbnails by scrolling your mouse over the image.

5. LastPass – Save your passwords and get secure access to websites.

6. Google Dictionary – View definitions easily as you browse the web.

7. Hola and Media Hint – Access websites that are blocked or censored in your country.

8. StayFocused – Increase your productivity by limiting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites.

9. Awesome New Tab – Customize the look of a new tab with apps, websites, and widgets.

9 Web Extensions Worth Downloading

How to Stop Procrastinating

by Johnny Webber

1. Structure your time. Get a routine, plan things out. A little planning now prevents a lot of confusion later.

2. If it can be done in under five minutes, do it now. Start off by getting the easy parts out of the way as soon as possible.

3. Just start. Get the ball rolling, even if it’s just a little bit.

4. Reward yourself as you go. Give yourself encouragement as you get things done. Don’t put off satisfaction until the end.

5. Try to enjoy your work. Taking pride in what you are doing will certainly make it more enjoyable.

6. Find the reason you are putting things off. You’re avoiding something. Identifying the problem is the first step in fixing it.

7. Procrastinate productively. If you’re putting something off, find something else productive to do. This allows you to cross stuff off your to-do list, and it puts you in the right mindset to get things done.

8. Remove distractions. Turn off the television. Find a place where you won’t get interrupted. Don’t use a computer if you don’t have to.

9. Stay focused. If your attention starts to wander, recognize this and pull yourself back to work.

10. Don’t multitask. Studies show it doesn’t work. Focus your attention on one task at a time.

How to Stop Procrastinating

All the Motivation You Need to Hit the Gym

by Johnny Webber

1. No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.

2. What seems so hard now will one day be your warm up.

3. Summer bodies are made in the winter.

4. Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.

5. When you feel like giving up, remember how many people you have to prove wrong.

6. Fitness isn’t about being better than anyone else, it’s about being better than you used to be

7. It’s better to be covered in sweat at the gym, than covered in clothes at the beach.

8. Do today what others won’t, so you can do tomorrow what others can’t.

9. You are going to want to give up. Don’t.

10. A year from now, you will be glad you started today

11. I can’t tell you it will be easy, but I can tell you it will be worth it.

All the Motivation You Need to Hit the Gym

9 Ways to Manage Your Money Better

by Johnny Webber

1. Auto-deposit a portion of your paycheck into savings. Automatically save money every month. If you don’t see it, you won’t think you can spend it.

2. Wait a week to ponder big purchases. Avoid impulse buys. Ask yourself, if somebody came up to me and offered me the cash value of this item or the item itself, which would I take?

3. If you don’t have the cash, don’t buy it. Don’t buy anything unless you have the ability to pay for it in cash right then and there.

4. Learn to cook. Eating out is expensive. Making your own food will save you a ton.

5. Only buy used cars. New cars depreciate greatly in value once driven off the lot. Don’t buy a new car.

6. Don’t worry about keeping up with the Joneses. You don’t need the newest gadgets. Remember, it’s better to be anonymously rich than deceptively poor.

7. Avoid bad debt. Avoid debt for anything other than school or a home.

8. Build credit, but never carry debt. Get a credit card to establish credit, but always pay it off before the end of the month.

9. Know where your money is going. Track your spending (check out mint.com).

9 Ways to Manage Your Money Better

10 Websites to Make Your Life Easier

by Johnny Webber

1. justdelete.me – Delete your accounts from various web services.

2. tosdr.org – Get the shortened terms of service from popular websites.

3. unlistmy.info – Get your information unlisted from the Internet.

4. printwhatyoulike.com – Print only the parts of a webpage you want to print. 

5. mailinator.com – Get a temporary email address.

6. isup.me – Check if a website is currently up and running.

7. doihaveadeadpixel.com – Check your computer screen for dead pixels.

8. ninite.com – Bundle and download your favorite free software.

9. disposablewebpage.com – Create a disposable webpage.

10. keepmeout.com – Block yourself out of time consuming websites.

10 Websites to Make Your Life Easier

8 Ways to Eat Less

by Johnny Webber

1. Use a smaller plate. A small plate makes any amount of food look like a lot.

2. Don’t eat straight out of the package. If you can’t see how much you are eating, you won’t realize you are eating too much.

3. Drink more water. Use a tall glass. Avoid sugary drinks and empty calories.

4. Chew slower. Your brain doesn’t recognize you are full until too late. Slow down the process, and let your brain catch up.

5. Eat more protein for breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but only when you eat enough protein.

6. Avoid distractions. When you are distracted by television or anything else, you aren’t paying attention to how much you are eating.

7. Eat three meals every day. Avoid binge eating by eating when you are supposed to.

8. You aren’t hungry unless you are hungry enough to eat an apple. Listen to Michael Pollan, and make sure you are hungry and not just bored.

8 Ways to Eat Less