From The Tips Box: Masking Tape, To-Do List Priorities, Louder GPS

Readers offer their best tips for reviving dead masking tape and using to-do list apps.

Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or send it using the contact tab on the right.

Revive Stuck Masking Tape in the Microwave

Masking tape roll too old and stuck fast? Nuke it briefly to loosen the tape.

I'm generally wary of putting things in the microwave, but we've seen this tip elsewhere on the net, so it's worth a shot. Photo by Youaremycookie.

Use Stars as a "Do Tomorrow" Marking in Wunderlist

Ted fixes an app that doesn't have priority markers:

I use Wunderlist for my to dos at Lifehacker's recommendation, but it always had one missing feature that bugged me: priorities. All it had was the ability to "star" items, which wasn't really the same.

However, I've since figured out a way to use stars that's actually better for my productivity than priority numbers. Instead of worrying about assigning priorities, I just drag and drop them to put them in the order I want to do them. More importantly, though, I star items that need to get done today. Then, at the end of the day, when my starred list is empty, I star all the items I want to get done tomorrow. That way, I make sure everything urgent gets done. I have to make sure I don't put urgency before importance, but it makes sure that a lot of the smaller urgent tasks don't get forgotten.

I know Wunderlist has "deadlines," but this system works well for me since it's so quick and easy to star something. Just as easy as checking it off!

Send Navigation Voiceover to Your Car's Stereo

Iamdesi's tip makes the navigation lady a little easier to hear:

Google maps on iOS: My '08 Prius doesn't stream media over bluetooth (only calls). I was using Google Maps on iOS (iPhone 5) and noticed that all audio alerts/guidance from Google Maps are sent to bluetooth as calls! No aux cables required!

This could work on Android too; I'm not sure. It really depends on your car. If you do have a Bluetooth media function, this works pretty well there too!


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