How Can Lifehacker Help Improve Your Life?

How Can Lifehacker Help Improve Your Life?

Most of us are not leading our ideal lives. We aren’t happy with the money we make, we spend too much time at the jobs we don’t like, and we give in to daily stressors far too easily. But these things aren’t the reasons we’re unhappy — they’re the symptoms.

Lifehacker has long been about “tips and tricks for getting things done” but living a better life is more than that. We all know the real solution to our problems isn’t a better way to chop onions or the next calendar app. Those things serve a purpose — after all, we have to chop onions for dinner tonight, and we still need calendars to get through the day — but if we aren’t working to fix the bigger problem, they will never get us where we want to go.

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If we actually try become a better version of ourselves, the other things are much more likely to fall into place. So it’s time we start asking the more important questions, too. Like: Why aren’t I happy?

It’s a big question, and it won’t be quick to answer. And it’s something we’ve already been doingquite a bit. But once upon a time, we described Lifehacker’s attitude in one word: helpful. And if our goal is to be truly helpful, it’s time to start moving full steam ahead. We should also aim to motivate — with the same underlying practicality we’ve always had — our readers to actually live a better life.

So we want you to tell us: What part of your life really needs hacking? Why are you unhappy? And how can we help?


  • I hate my job and want a career change but don’t have a clear goal. i would love to work for myself, own a business etc.

    • this is exactly me, my problem is that when I get home from work I don’t feel like fixing my situation and when I do have the motivation its always at the wrong time.

  • I want a coffee that’s not as milky as a cappuccino but not as watery as a long black and more than an espresso.

    • I didn’t much like the coffee in the States, but you can order a dry cappuccino. Less milk and more froth.

      I’ve been asking for this in Sydney (less milk, more froth) since May and no one has been confused or rolled their eyes, and it’s awesome.

  • As long as your articles are better than the tripe that LinkedIn’s Pulse serves up, then I’m good. They’re vague, badly written, rife with errors, and almost all of them are written just for ‘hey, look at me, I write things!’

  • I’m happy with the diversity of articles here. Often, the articles identify and resolve a problem in my life I didn’t know existed

  • I lack confidence, and a lack of confidence causes me to perform badly at things that I would be able to do well if only I could do them confidently. How do I break that cycle??

  • Topics I focus on personally are inspirational/motivational, DIY/good ideas, guides for better productivity, online bargains and health stuff. Covers most of the site…
    An improvement(more of a nitpick) is to have more articles per page like Business Insiders layout.

    Keep up the good work

  • – Get a psychologist to write some regular articles about life skills such as confidence, romance, assertiveness etc

    – Help readers to formally petition government about the shitful state of the NBN / Copyright laws

    – Shoot some videos. Of the few that are posted, they’re usually reviews from the US site. I’d like to see more Aussie reviews that aren’t just silent product demos, but actual interviews, in-depth reviews, some of your articles could even be videos (eg Lifehacker countdowns such as top 5 internet plans currently being provided)


    Edit: The last two points apply to Giz as well

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