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Life hacks – Story Prompts That Help Family Members Achieve Their Goals

Simple ideas that can help family members achieve great results with ease, or avoid common setbacks.

Explore these Story Prompts about life hacks to remind yourself about the discoveries that simplified or improved your life, and put them into words so others can benefit.

Retired lady, looking very healthy, enjoying time in a swimming pool.

Ageing Gracefully

How can family members keep fit and healthy as they age?

  • What do you do to stay healthy?
  • Have you noticed any changes in your health or fitness goals as you’ve aged?
  • What is your current fitness goal?
  • How do you balance physical activity with other aspects of self-care, such as nutrition and mental wellbeing?
A boy taking a football penalty.

Reaching Goals

How can people stay on track to reach their goals?

  • What strategies do you use to set and track your goals?
  • Are there any obstacles or challenges that you’ve encountered in the past and how did you overcome them?
  • How do you keep yourself accountable and motivated as you work towards your goals?
  • How do you celebrate your progress and milestones?
  • Are there any habits or routines that you’ve found helpful for staying consistent and disciplined in pursuing your goals?
  • Are there any apps, books or resources that you recommend to others?
  • Have you made poor financial choices that others could learn from?
A family walking together hand in hand.

Parenting Tips

What parenting tips can help other parents?

  • What parenting challenges have you faced and how did you address them?
  • Are there any parenting resources or books that you’ve found valuable?
  • Have you created any family rituals or habits that have had a positive impact on your children?
A collection of coins.

Financial Tips

How can family use their money wisely?

  • Do you use a budget to manage your finances?
  • What cost-saving strategies have you found?
  • How are you financially preparing for the future? For children’s education fees, buying property or retirement.
  • Do you use any apps or strategies to keep track of your expenditures?
  • What are some good options for investing savings?
  • Have you made poor financial choices that others could learn from?

Digital Security

How can family members be digitally secure in the modern world?

  • What digital security measures are you and your family currently using?
  • What important messages should children be told about to keep them secure?
  • What risks have you heard about that others should be aware of?
  • As a family, can you agree on safe words or procedures to follow if something unexpected happens and you want to verify the identity of family members?
DIY tools being used.

DIY Tips

What DIY tips could save others money, time and effort?

  • What are some common tasks or projects that you often undertake yourself rather than hiring someone else to do?
  • Have you discovered something that’s saved you money, time, or effort?
  • Are there any online resources or tutorials that you’ve found helpful for learning DIY skills?
  • What are your must-have tools?

Scams

What scams might people in your family not be aware of?

  • Telephone scams.
  • Email scams.
  • Are there any resources or organisations that you turn to for guidance and information?
A young girl playing with flour as she tries to prepare a dessert of some kind.

Kitchen Tips

What cooking and baking tips do you wish you knew earlier?

  • What recipes should others definitely have a go at?
  • What are your family’s trademark recipes?
  • Have you ever encountered any cooking or baking mishaps that you wish you had known how to avoid earlier?
  • Are there any specific ingredients or kitchen tools that you’ve recently started using and found to be game-changers in your cooking or baking?
  • Are there any online resources or cooking tutorials that you’ve found particularly helpful?
A father serves his son food for dinner.

Children-Friendly Dinners

What children-friendly dinners can you recommend to others?

  • What are your children fussy about?
  • Have you found ways around their fussy eating?
  • What are your go-to recipes?
  • Are there meals your children help you prepare?

Your Solutions

What interesting solutions have you found to common problems?

  • What problems at home have you found an interesting solution for?
  • Are there any online resources, people to follow or tools that you use to discover interesting new solutions?
Several children playing on computers.

Children Safety Online

How can children be kept safe online?

  • What have your children said about their experiences online that others should know about?
  • What rules have you established, and how are they going?
  • What advice can you give for protecting children using smartphones, tablets or computers?
  • What are the main risks that people should be aware of?
  • What red flags should parents look out for?

Enjoying Each Day

How can we enjoy the most from each day?

  • What are the special moments in your daily life?
  • How do you find the time in your busy schedule?
  • Do you have any best practices or techniques that you would recommend?
  • What are some simple next steps that others could take?
Someone potting plants.

Gardening Tips

What gardening tips could help others?

  • What challenges have you faced and found a solution to?
  • Are there any resources that you found helpful?
  • Where are the best places to buy equipment or plants for the garden?
  • Do you have any tips for designing a garden or deciding what and when to plant?
A lady looking upset.

Overcoming Bad Habits

How can we overcome our negative behaviours and bad habits?

  • What bad habits have you overcome?
  • Looking back, how important was it to have broken that habit?
  • What advice can you offer others in a similar situation?
  • How did you stay on track when you felt tempted to go back to the old habit?
A man works while a robot vacuum cleaner cleans.

Home Chores

How can weekly chores be simplified or removed?

  • What chores have you found a better solution for?
  • How can others follow in your footsteps?
A calendar and todo list.

Organisation Tips

How can people stay organised with ease?

  • What are the big organisational challenges in your life?
  • How do you address them?
  • What tools, apps or resources can you recommend?
A lady with two pets.

Pet Tips

What pet owner tips can help other pet owners?

  • What pet-related challenges have you faced, and how did you overcome them?
  • What medication have you found works best?
  • What food and feeding practices worked best?
Three friends hand in hand look out to sea.

Life Prioritisation

How can family members focus on what’s important and tune out the noise?

  • What is it you find yourself distracted by and what triggers this behaviour? An app, a website, an activity?
  • How do you avoid the temptation and focus on things that really matter in your life?
A retired lady holding her phone.

Tech Customisation

How can family members customise and optimise their phones and computers?

  • What customisation have you made that a parent or sibling might find helpful?
A couple with suitcases, ready to travel.

Safe Travel

How can people travel safely?

  • What preparation advice can you offer?
  • What backup documentation or information do you have online or shared with your family?
  • What travel problems have you experienced that you wish others to avoid?

Story Prompt FAQ’s

What are ‘life hacks’?

‘Life hacks’ are smart and inventive shortcuts, tips, or techniques that simplify or streamline various aspects of daily life, making tasks easier, more efficient, or more convenient. They can be applied in various areas of life, such as cooking, cleaning, productivity, organisation, parenting, relationships, shopping, digital services, health, and more.

What are ‘Story prompts’?

Sometimes it can be hard to get start writing a story. Story Prompts help by providing creative ideas as inspiration. Simirity’s Story Prompts have been designed to ignite discussions in your family and inspire you to ask questions about your family’s past.

How can I use Story Prompts with my family?

Stories don’t have to be written, they can be spoken too. They are designed for both you and your family. As you review the prompts, consider how your parents or a sibling might answer. It you don’t want to write a story down that fine – they can serve as great inspiration for interesting family discussions.

All prompts are built into the Simirity App. Within the app, you can send them to family members as Story Requests. This is a great opportunity to ensure important family stories get discussed and preserved for future generations.

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