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Be Lifehacker’s New Weekend Contributing Editor

Be Lifehacker's New Weekend Contributing Editor

Want to write for Lifehacker? We’re on the hunt for a new contributing editor to manage our Saturday and Sunday tips and tricks. Interested? Here’s what you need to know.

The weekend contributing editor should be able to work a full day on Saturday and Sunday, and should be self-sufficient, because you’re going to be working by yourself a lot of the time. Also, these are important qualities to have:

  • The ability to check into email and chat on the weekdays. Although we’re not going to be asking you to write on the weekdays or be available all day, we will often assign you items, send you notes, and want to communicate a bit during the week.
  • An excellent understanding of Lifehacker. You should be a reader, at least, but also know exactly what it is that makes us tick. It’s kind of an intangible quality, knowing what kind of posts we write (and which ones we don’t), but it’s a vital one.
  • Prior writing experience. You don’t need to have years and years of experience, but the experience of having written professionally is a big plus.
  • The ability to write quickly and coherently.
  • Willingness to take direction.

Being a weekend Lifehacker contributor editor is a great way to get some serious writing experience, and some of our weekend writers have even gone on to become full-time weekday writers at Lifehacker. And, even if you don’t get the weekend job, applying can still give you the opportunity to fill in for writers when they go on vacation, or other small freelance opportunities at the site.

How Do You Apply?

  • Send all email applications to wannabeweekend@lifehacker.com with the subject Lifehacker Weekend Contributing Editor.
  • Include prior writing experience and links to them. The more similar and relevant those samples are to Lifehacker, the better!
  • In the email, a few sentences about yourself. Good things to discuss are why you want to be a weekend writer, your interests and experience that fit with Lifehacker (programming/writing/hacking/DIY experience), and your availability (when you can start). Focus on the fact that being concise is much more effective, but write as much as you need to to tell us what experience you have and what special circumstances allow you to be a great Lifehacker weekend writer.
  • No attachments, please.

We get a lot of emails, so unfortunately we can’t reply to everyone. If we do contact you, it may not be immediately so please be patient. If you don’t hear from us, feel free to give it another shot the next time around.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

Rough week at the office? No plans for the weekend? Here are 10 projects that’ll ease your mind and give yourself a break.

10. Turn Off Your Work Brain

You’ll never be relaxed if you can’t get your mind off the work that stressed you out in the first place. If you still have work to do, see if you can get some of it done early on, so you’re ahead of the game and can put it out of your mind. Then, when it’s time to relax, disconnect yourself—turn off your phone, log out of your email, and do whatever you need to do so it isn’t sitting in the back of your mind. Establish some boundaries so people aren’t bugging you all day, and then go the f**k home.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

9. Discover Some New Music

No matter what project you undertake, it can always use some new tunes—so why not make that your first project of the day? We’ve discussed some ways to discover new music in the post-MP3 age, but it seems like new services are coming out every day. Check out the best streaming music services you aren’t using (but should), and make sure you’ve got a great pair of headphones to make it sound amazing.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

8. Cook Something Delicious

You’ve worked hard all week, so you deserve a reward. Sure, you could go out and splurge on an amazing meal, but why not save a little money and cook for yourself? After all, nothing tastes better than the taste of victory that comes with cooking a great meal. Check out our 10 dishes everyone should know how to make and these awesome foodie techniques for stepping up your game. And if you hate cooking, remember: a little planning can make the whole process a lot easier. Photo by benicce (Shutterstock).

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

7. Kick Back with Your Favorite Video Games

For some of us, the most cathartic thing you can possibly do after a long week at the office is fighting dragons, waging war against an alien race, or saving a princess from a giant spiked turtle. If you’re more of a retro gamer, check out our guides to turning your computer and phone into retro game arcades, or playing those old PC games on a modern system. Of course, if you already have yourself a killer gaming setup, a little hacking can make it even better.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

6. Watch TV…Like a Boss

Not a video game fan? Well, vegging out in front of the TV is a classic staple of relaxation…but why flip through channels when you could build a kickass, do-anything media center instead? Then, you’ll be able to stream your favorite shows, rip those Blu-Ray discs and watch them on demand, hook it up to your antenna, or even turn the whole thing into an internet-based PVR. It may not be the most original way to relax, but at least you’ll have the pleasure of knowing you built the coolest media center on the block.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

5. Get Some Fresh Air

When being a couch potato starts to get boring, it’s time to switch gears and explore the great outdoors. We’ve shared a ton of tools that’ll help you create the ultimate garden, getting some outdoor exercise, or even building an outdoor movie theater for your neighborhood. And if you just can’t part with your gadgets while you’re outside, make sure they’re prepared for the elements before you head out. Photo by Gunnar Hildonen.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

4. Get Lost in a Good Book

Whether you’re reading on a newfangled ereader or a a classic leather-bound tome, few things are more relaxing than kicking back with a good book. Check out our guide to curating the ultimate summer reading list to find some good suggestions. If you’re not the book type, you can achieve the same goal with some good articles, saved onto your phone, tablet, or rooted ereader with a good read-later app.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

3. Find Some Cheap Activities

If your idea of relaxing is going out and doing something you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get out of the house. We’ve shown you a ton of ways to find free or cheap things to do around town, and if you’re looking to get tickets for a specific event—whether it’s a concert, a movie, or sporting event—we’ve got some tips to save you money. Heck, even seeing a simple movie can be an event if you check out a drive-in or smaller theater. Photo by nex999 (Shutterstock).

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

2. Clear Your Mind

If you really want to free yourself from your overworked mind, it might be time for a little meditation. No matter how silly you think it sounds, it’s actually quite beneficial—and you can do it without any impossible sitting styles or using the work "chakra." Check out our guide to meditation, and if you’d like to work in a little exercise too, you might try yoga instead. Of course, if neither of those sound right to you, you could always just take a really amazing nap, too. Photo by ‘tess.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

1. Learn a New Skill

Everyone has something they’ve always wanted to be able to do, but thought they sucked at. Thing negative thoughts no more: learning a new skill is a lot easier than you think it is. All it takes is a little practice, a game plan, and a positive attitude—especially when it comes to getting over the "I Suck" barrier. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our list of 10 highly-desired skills you can teach yourself. Before you know it, you’ll be a jack of all trades—which, by the way, doesn’t mean you’re a master of none.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

Rough week at the office? No plans for the weekend? Here are 10 projects that’ll ease your mind and give yourself a break.

10. Turn Off Your Work Brain

You’ll never be relaxed if you can’t get your mind off the work that stressed you out in the first place. If you still have work to do, see if you can get some of it done early on, so you’re ahead of the game and can put it out of your mind. Then, when it’s time to relax, disconnect yourself—turn off your phone, log out of your email, and do whatever you need to do so it isn’t sitting in the back of your mind. Establish some boundaries so people aren’t bugging you all day, and then go the f**k home.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

9. Discover Some New Music

No matter what project you undertake, it can always use some new tunes—so why not make that your first project of the day? We’ve discussed some ways to discover new music in the post-MP3 age, but it seems like new services are coming out every day. Check out the best streaming music services you aren’t using (but should), and make sure you’ve got a great pair of headphones to make it sound amazing.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

8. Cook Something Delicious

You’ve worked hard all week, so you deserve a reward. Sure, you could go out and splurge on an amazing meal, but why not save a little money and cook for yourself? After all, nothing tastes better than the taste of victory that comes with cooking a great meal. Check out our 10 dishes everyone should know how to make and these awesome foodie techniques for stepping up your game. And if you hate cooking, remember: a little planning can make the whole process a lot easier. Photo by benicce (Shutterstock).

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

7. Kick Back with Your Favorite Video Games

For some of us, the most cathartic thing you can possibly do after a long week at the office is fighting dragons, waging war against an alien race, or saving a princess from a giant spiked turtle. If you’re more of a retro gamer, check out our guides to turning your computer and phone into retro game arcades, or playing those old PC games on a modern system. Of course, if you already have yourself a killer gaming setup, a little hacking can make it even better.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

6. Watch TV…Like a Boss

Not a video game fan? Well, vegging out in front of the TV is a classic staple of relaxation…but why flip through channels when you could build a kickass, do-anything media center instead? Then, you’ll be able to stream your favorite shows, rip those Blu-Ray discs and watch them on demand, hook it up to your antenna, or even turn the whole thing into an internet-based PVR. It may not be the most original way to relax, but at least you’ll have the pleasure of knowing you built the coolest media center on the block.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

5. Get Some Fresh Air

When being a couch potato starts to get boring, it’s time to switch gears and explore the great outdoors. We’ve shared a ton of tools that’ll help you create the ultimate garden, getting some outdoor exercise, or even building an outdoor movie theater for your neighborhood. And if you just can’t part with your gadgets while you’re outside, make sure they’re prepared for the elements before you head out. Photo by Gunnar Hildonen.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

4. Get Lost in a Good Book

Whether you’re reading on a newfangled ereader or a a classic leather-bound tome, few things are more relaxing than kicking back with a good book. Check out our guide to curating the ultimate summer reading list to find some good suggestions. If you’re not the book type, you can achieve the same goal with some good articles, saved onto your phone, tablet, or rooted ereader with a good read-later app.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

3. Find Some Cheap Activities

If your idea of relaxing is going out and doing something you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get out of the house. We’ve shown you a ton of ways to find free or cheap things to do around town, and if you’re looking to get tickets for a specific event—whether it’s a concert, a movie, or sporting event—we’ve got some tips to save you money. Heck, even seeing a simple movie can be an event if you check out a drive-in or smaller theater. Photo by nex999 (Shutterstock).

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

2. Clear Your Mind

If you really want to free yourself from your overworked mind, it might be time for a little meditation. No matter how silly you think it sounds, it’s actually quite beneficial—and you can do it without any impossible sitting styles or using the work "chakra." Check out our guide to meditation, and if you’d like to work in a little exercise too, you might try yoga instead. Of course, if neither of those sound right to you, you could always just take a really amazing nap, too. Photo by ‘tess.

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

1. Learn a New Skill

Everyone has something they’ve always wanted to be able to do, but thought they sucked at. Thing negative thoughts no more: learning a new skill is a lot easier than you think it is. All it takes is a little practice, a game plan, and a positive attitude—especially when it comes to getting over the "I Suck" barrier. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our list of 10 highly-desired skills you can teach yourself. Before you know it, you’ll be a jack of all trades—which, by the way, doesn’t mean you’re a master of none.

Weotta Finds Activities Based on Your Location, Schedule, and Interests

Weotta Finds Activities Based on Your Location, Schedule, and Interests

Plenty of sites exist to find restaurants and activities, but generally speaking you get a list of options and sort through them. Weotta takes your current situation into account, as well as your interests, to find you the best thing to do when you want to do it.

On top of information and events Weotta curates automatically in about 400 U.S. cities, you get more if you sign in via Facebook. Weotta will pay attention to what your friends do if they also use the app and make suggestions based on their interests, too. You can quickly provide tips about a place or event you liked, too, by quickly rating the activity. If you don’t want suggestions, but rather want to find something specific, you can search from it and Weotta will provide you with options based on your query. For example, if you wanted a good restaurant near a concert open late, when the show is over, you can search for just that. Results never get limited to the big and obvious—smaller, lesser-known yet great activities and restaurants show up in your suggestions as well. If you’re looking for new stuff to try, fire up Weotta and follow a suggestions. It might just help cure your boredom this weekend.

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