From The Tips Box: Spelling, Rediscovering Interests, Distracting Sites

From The Tips Box: Spelling, Rediscovering Interests, Distracting Sites

Readers offer their best tips for learning words you regularly misspell, rediscovering sites you signed up for but have since forgotten, and saving yourself from distractions while working.

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Use Commonly Misspelled Words as Passwords to Learn Their Spellings

Caleywoods tells us an easy way to burn difficult word spellings into your brain:

Have a word that you frequently have trouble spelling? Pick a word that you often misspell, look up how to spell it correctly and set it as the password to a page you often visit where you have to login. Be sure to uncheck the “remember password” option, that’s cheating! Type the password for a week or two and you should be well on your way to never misspelling it again!

Rediscover Old Websites with a Gmail Label for Welcome Emails

Kjlowe shows us how to rediscover sites you once found useful or interesting, but haven’t visited in a while:

I use Gmail filters to apply a label to all e-mails with “welcome to” in the subject line. At a glance I can see what forums and websites I’ve recently signed up for and rediscover sites that, at one time, I found interesting.

Avoid Web Distractions by Changing Your Bookmarks

NixonsGhost tells us his method for avoiding web distractions:

Probably something that everyone has come up with before, but just yesterday I was trying to make myself work on my assignment, but I kept getting sidetracked by the rest of the internet.

My solution? I replaced my most used bookmarks URLs with the URLs for websites that I was supposed to be researching. Turns a bad habit into a reminder.

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