I’m a sucker for lifehacks that save time and effort, and I consider this one of the easiest to implement.
When I use the microwave, I prioritize my button presses based on
- Number of Buttons Pressed
- Number of Different buttons pressed
My microwave has an “Add 30 Seconds” button, regular numbers, and requires you to hit start before cooking.
I often want to cook food in multiples of 30 seconds.
Here’s a breakdown of some options from worst to best:
Add 30 Seconds, Start
3, 3, Start
3, 0, Start
Add 30 Seconds, Add 30 Seconds, Start
5, 5, Start
6, 0, Start
1 Minute 30 Seconds:
8, 8, Start
Add 30 Seconds, Add 30 Seconds, Add 30 Seconds, Start
1, 3, 0, Start
Ultimately this saves me no time at all during the day. What does happen is I use math to figure out what to press, which is better than it was before.
I know that 88 seconds is not the same as 90 seconds, but it’s close enough for me.