Face it: Most of us don't know what we're doing. We're making it up as we go along, and any guidance offered by more experienced people can be precious. We'll take any help we can get. That's why, every week, we ask notable people how they work.
From company founders to writers and television personalities, along with the occasional talk with software developers to learn about their apps, we've spoken to a fascinating group of people this year to glean some wisdom from their habits. Here are some of our most popular interviews of 2015.
Alton Brown is a chef, a television host, a storyteller and author, and a witty explainer of the fundamentals of cooking. He's the embodiment of Lifehacker's culinary aspirations and unsurprisingly we regularly feature his work.
Six years ago Marques Brownlee was just a kid talking about technology to his webcam and sharing his thoughts on Youtube. Now, with 2.6 million subscribers, his well-produced MKBHD videos are among the most popular sources of gadget commentary online.
For many of us Bill Nye is part of our childhoods, playing that crucial role as educator and illuminator of science when our impressionable minds might not have thought to ask why. With his television show he taught us why science is amazing by examining the details of how everything works, and he continues to be an advocate of science education and exploration.
Warren Ellis is a writer. You may know him from Transmetropolitan, his acclaimed cyberpunk comic book series about a gonzo journalist, or from his novels like Gun Machine. And then there are the television shows, film projects, and magazine columns, many of which comment on our relationship with technology and the future.
For years Mike Rowe has been travelling across the country to meet people whose laborious, often thankless work keeps the world moving forward. And across different shows and different television networks, what has remained consistent is Mike's sincere curiosity and willingness to learn.
Even if you just pay cursory attention to tech culture online, Veronica Belmont is likely a familiar face. For almost ten years Veronica has been hosting and producing podcasts and videos with CNET, on Revision3's Tekzilla, and now Engadget's Dear Veronica — along with a dozen other projects.
The humble text editor is an indispensable tool for many developers, web designers, writers, and people simply looking for a quick way to jot down notes. But there are much better options than notepad.exe; one of our favourites is Notepad++.
For years Patrick Norton has been a familiar figure to computer nerds everywhere, dispensing cheerful commentary and advice about the latest tech news and gear. You may know him best from his time at Tekzilla; personally I first watched Patrick as host of The Screen Savers back in the good old days of TechTV.
If you're the kind of person that takes pleasure in building a computer — choosing the case, finding the best processor (and cooling system so that you can overclock it), doting over all of the components to maximise your rig and topping it off with LED lighting — then you should probably know Linus Sebastian.
What if you approached your life like a video game, treating your tasks as monsters to be battled and your daily goals as quests? That's the idea behind HabitRPG, a site and community designed to be a role playing game for your to-do list.
We've come along way from the aeronautic engineering feats and test flights of the past century that made air travel a routine and safe part of life, and yet pilots maintain a certain mystique. We still feel like it might be Chuck Yeager up front, adjusting his shades as he ascends into the clouds.
By any measure Marc Maron has had a banner year. The comedian talked with President Obama on his podcast, his television show on IFC completed it's third season and was renewed for another, and he has a new standup special premiering in just a few days. Must feel good, right?
J. Kenji López-Alt is the author of The Food Lab, a column on Serious Eats and now a book which explores cooking with a scientific eye. In fact, the New York Times just referred to Kenji as "the nerd king of Internet cooking."
Jane McGonigal is a game designer — but she isn't exactly working on the next Mario. Rather, she brings an academic perspective to gaming and looks at how games can improve our lives and solve real problems.
The Economist is one of the leading international newspapers today, bringing precisely crafted news and commentary to its weekly pages and website. Serving as deputy editor for the paper and also heading their digital strategy is Tom Standage.