When last we corralled the Lifehacker staff’s Weekly Upgrades, our editors were buying a bunch of new headphones, improving our online security, and working on our sleeping habits.
This week, we’re getting more strategic about social media use, fighting the never-ending war against coffee addiction, and in one case, seeing Beyoncé perform live.
What upgrades did you make this week? Let us know in the comments.
Cut back on your mindless Twitter scrolling
I deleted Twitter from my phone, and now in my spare minutes I’m chatting with friends, I’m whittling down my inbox, I’m even reading my Instapaper. When I need to share my immaculate pearls of wisdom with the world, I just use Twitter in the browser, then close it.
I still use Twitter on my desktop all day, but now I’m not also using it as my automatic second-filler.
Nick Douglas, Staff Writer
Use an illness to kickstart healthy habits
I have spent all week battling an annoying headache, which has made it difficult to do things such as play games on my giant monitor, go bar-hopping with my friends, or have any fun.
This has, however, helped out my new health goal – “Limited amounts of delicious Taco Bell” – tremendously. Sorry, nacho fries. Maybe some other time.
David Murphy, Senior Tech Editor
Find a replacement for coffee addiction
Given that there’s only so much coffee I can stomach in a day, I started giving matcha green tea a try. I bought a traditional Japanese set, bamboo whisk and all.
I’m certainly no expert, but learning the ritual of whisking tea has been fun and calming. The best tip I’ve learned is to whisk back-and-forth and in a zigzag. Whisking in a circle doesn’t make that signature rich foam.
Adam Powers, Video Producer
Automate your most mundane purchases
I finally got Dollar Shave Club because I was tired the razor burn I get from using old razors. I can never remember to buy them, so it’s nice that they just show up.
Claire Lower, Food & Beverage Editor