1. Two Twin Comforters instead of one Queen/King (for couples)
This has been a game changer for my sleep. As someone who is sensitive to temperature and movement, having my own twin comforter instead of sharing a big one has made a noticeable difference. As a side sleeper, it’s also nice to have my own blanket I can pull and put between my knees or under my arms without worrying about stealing it all. And don’t worry - cuddling is no problem - you just slide under one or the other. We use these comforters and I’ve been happy with how they’ve performed in both warm and cold weather.
2. Having a Password Manager
I used 1Password and love it. Some people I know use LastPass and love it. Choose one and go. The benefits are twofold: 1) It’s WAY more secure and 2) It’s WAY more convenient. Any site you go to, you simply press a quick keyboard shortcut and it automatically fills out your password. 1Password can also securely store documents (for example, a scan of your birth certificate or passport) and it allows you to share logins with specified people, so couples can easily manage joint account passwords. It’s especially convenient with the new MacBook Pro, because then you can use Touch ID to login. There’s a bit of a learning curve/setup time, but after that, you’ll be glad you have it. Don’t risk your security - getting your online accounts hacked is a massive headache.
3. Wallcat App
This one is just fun. Everyday Wallcat puts a new, nice photo on my desktop. You can choose from a few different themes depending on whether you prefer “Structure”, “Fresh Air,” “Gradients” or “A Northern Perspective.” If you have an external monitor, you can choose a different theme for each screen.
I also like jumping over things
4. A Vibrating Wrist Alarm
I wrote about this in my post on Technology Ettiquette. The Mi Band is an affordable fitness tracker which also works a vibrating wrist alarm. I find that waking up to a vibration is much nicer than waking up to a normal alarm, and for couples who get up at different times, it’s awesome. Depending on what model you buy, you can find them for $20 - $40. Also - there's not anything particularly special about the Mi Band. There are plenty of other fitness trackers that have a vibrating wrist alarm, I just liked how this one was affordable and low profile.
5. Topo Standing Mat by Ergodriven
If you have a standing desk, then you’ve got to get one of these. It’s not cheap ($99 at time of publishing), but if you’re spending 20+ hours a week on it, the cost per hour drops to pennies very quickly. It helps reduce the strain of standing on a hard surface, and allows you to easily shift into different positions that stretch your legs and keep your fidgety feet occupied.
6. Chili and eggs for breakfast
For years I’ve been doing beans, eggs and greens for breakfast and recently I switched to using chili in lieu of beans and I’m loving it. Just heat up some chili, throw some kale or spinach in there, fry some eggs and you’ve got a delicious, high powered breakfast. I do it all in the same pan to minimize cleanup, and it works great. You can either make your own Chili and or do what I’ve been doing most of the time and buy Amy’s Organic Chili (there are a few different varieties depending on how you like it).