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Gray, White, and Vinyl: The Designer Toy Workspace

The things we collect, when properly showcased, add more personality to our rooms. Today’s featured workspace is charming in a nerdy way.

The space belongs to photographer Marc Tan. The gray walls aren’t overwhelming, thanks to the large window and mostly white furniture. It’s the accessories that make this room stand out from your generic workspace—featuring the Nightmare Before Christmas, Kaws, and King Ken characters.

If you have a workspace of your own to show off, share them with us by adding it to our Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Flickr pool. Make sure any photos you include are at least 640x360. Keeping them to 16:9 helps, too! Include a little text about the stuff you used, how you came up with the design, and any other relevant details. If your clever organization and good design sense catches our eye, you might be the next featured workspace.

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DIY Camp Mug Candle:

Tutorial: www.poppytalk.com/2013/09/diy-camp-mug-candle.html?m=1

You Will Need:
-A camp mug
-Candle wax
-String (this will be your homemade wick)
-Button
-Pencil
-Campfire fragrance oil

Directions
1.) Thread your string through the two holes of the button and make a knot. Pull taught and snip after measuring the height of your mug (cut an inch longer than you think you’ll need).
2.) Melt a little bit of wax according to manufacturer’s directions (we bought microwavable wax–it saves so much time). Dip the string and button into your wax to coat entirely. Once coated, lay it on a paper towel to dry a few minutes.
3.) Once dry, anchor your newly fashioned wick in the center of your mug–adhering the button to the mug with a little wax if need be. Wrap the excess wick around a pencil balanced on the lip of the mug.
4.) Melt the rest of your wax. Pour in a capful or two of fragrance oil and mix with hot wax. Pour the mixture into your camp mug and let dry a few hours.
5.) Once the wax is solidified, cut the wick.

Strengthen Your Memory by Noticing When It Does Things Right

You might think you have a bad memory, but it might be that you just have a bad memory strategy. By catching the moments when your memory works well, you’ll learn how your memory works and adapt your strategy for the better.

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“When you visualize everything with detail and feeling, you can get a better handle of what it will really be like. If you think you’ll be in a suit and tie, imagine how that feels (or really put one on). If you think you’d be nervous, try to incorporate that too.

Think about your physical environment as well. Are you sitting or are you standing? If you’ll be moving around, adding movement to your rehearsal can help a great deal. Athlete and author Christopher Bergland suggests that movement will let you solidify your routine more”:

‘During mental rehearsal, you want to flex both hemispheres of the cerebrum by using your imagination while simultaneously engaging the left and right hemispheres of the cerebellum by using ‘muscle memory.’ Adding movement to mental imagery engages all four hemispheres which gives anybody the opportunity to take his or her ‘fluid’ performance to a level of superfluidity.
The more real you can make your mental rehearsals feel, the more you’ll realize how ready you are. By the time you have to actually get up in front of people, talk to your boss, walk down the aisle, or even host your kid’s birthday party, it will feel like second nature to you.’

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