I go dirty dishes to the left, clean dishes to the right when I wash dishes, @Alison Randall and I also use a dish towel on the counter when the draining rack gets to full. I also put my pots on the stove to dry overnight and put them in drawers the next morning. I've never just kept them out on the stove, though I've seen that done with really nice, colorful pots in kitchen magazines! But to answer your question: My latest "how-did-I-never-think-of/know-this-before" life hack came this past Christmas. I absolutely DREAD putting lights on our tree. I've always done it the way my mom did it: Start at the top and wrap the strands round and round while weaving them in and out for maximum light fantastic! We typically get an 8-footer and I'm only 5-1, so it involves me going up and down on a ladder quite a bit. It's a painstaking process that brings me to tears every year. So after years of hating this chore, I finally googled "What's the best way to string Christmas tree lights?" and learned that you can start your light strand at the top and run it down the tree and then back up in a V shape. It still takes some time to weave the lights into the center of the tree, but this technique is much less burdensome. And taking the lights down was almost downright fun! Like peeling an orange.
I definitely plan to continue looking for new or different ways of doing things. Routine is good for some things, but it's also really good to learn a few new tricks to keep us on our toes!