Self Improvement

3 Tricky Tech Tasks Made Easier With These Mental Hacks

Ben Stegner 05-02-2016

It’s tough to remember all the advice we read How to Easily Organize & Remember All the Life Hack Tips You Read We forget things if we don't repeat them. That's bad news for the endless words of wisdom we read every day. The good news is that forgetfulness can be beaten. Read More , but keeping mnemonics in mind goes a long way to helping you. Today, let’s examine a few miscellaneous tech items that many people forget each day 12 Must-Have Mobile Apps for Forgetful People If you're forgetful, these apps will help you remember important events and keep your life's tasks straight. Read More , but are easy to get straight if you take a moment.


First, know how you can never remember which setting is which on these common power switches?


The circle is off, and the line is on. There are two easy ways to remember this:

  1. Think of each as a wire. The off position isn’t making a connection because it’s not connected to anything. The on position is connecting two opposite ends.
  2. In computing, a 0 is off and a 1 is on. These symbols match that exactly!

Second, do you ever have to flip a USB plug three times before it finally fits into your computer? Next time, take note: most plugs have some sort of symbol (either the USB icon or a logo of some sort) on their top side, so keep that side up when inserting it.

Failing that, glance inside the plug to see which part is “filled” and line it up with the correct side in the port.


Finally, everyone forgets which earbud is correct for each ear. Try taking a different-colored tip from a different pair of earbuds and replacing one side with it so you can tell the difference. If you don’t have another color, tie a little knot in one side — this way you can tell the difference in the dark, too!

For more help, check out how your Android device can assist you in remembering everything How Your Android Device Can Help You Remember Everything Always forgetting things? No more! These tipss will make sure you remember everything you need to with just the help of your Android smartphone or tablet. Read More .

Tell us your best little memory aids in the comments!

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  1. Squalle
    February 6, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Why is it important to have earbuds in the "correct" ear? I don't think I've ever checked to see if I've had a left and a right. All I know is that all my music comes out of both sides.

    • Ben Stegner
      February 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      If your music is in stereo, it outputs certain sound to the left side and other sound to the right. It's noticeable when playing video games with headphones too — if you have them reversed, hitting an enemy on the right side of the screen, for instance, would play out of your left earbud, which is incorrect.

      You can use a page like this to check which side is which if you're not sure:

  2. Craig
    February 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    You can also look at it as an Exclamation point. Flipping it to the O completes the Exclamation point and it is "OFF!"

    • Ben Stegner
      February 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      That's another good way! I didn't even think of it. I'll remember that one now, too.

    • dummyfinder
      February 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      thats a terrible way dummy.

      • Ben Stegner
        February 6, 2016 at 8:08 pm

        Hey, that's not cool. Any little way that someone can use to remember it is fine by me. Don't bash someone else's mnemonic.