255 Life Pro Tips

  1. Pay Attention to the smell of your home when you come back from a trip — that’s what it smells like to guests all the time, you just get used to it. (Home & Garden)
  2. If you like one song by an artist, but don’t dig the rest of their stuff. find out who the producer is and see what other work they’ve done. The producer can play a big role in how the final song turns out. (Arts & Culture)
  3. If you are asked to create an account in order to continue browsing a website, hit F12 and click on the dim area, this would select it and you can delete it with DEL key, hit F12 again and resume your browsing. (Computers)
  4. X percent of Y is equal to Y percent of X. So, if you want to find out what 7% of 50 is, you could instead find out what 50% of 7 is, which is 3.5. This means that 7% of 50 is also equal to 3.5. (Miscellaneous)
  5. If you’re trying to explain net neutrality to someone who doesn’t understand, compare it to the possibility of the phone company charging you more for calling certain family members or businesses. (Miscellaneous)
  6. Librarians aren’t just random people who work at libraries they are professional researchers there to help you find a place to start researching on any topic. (Productivity)
  7. If you want to learn a new language, figure out the 100 most frequently used words and start with them. Those words make up about 50% of everyday speech, and should be a very solid basis. (Miscellaneous)
  8. If your fire alarm goes off, call your pets and give them a treat. Eventually they will come when the alarm goes off, saving you from wasting time looking for pets during an evacuation. (Animals & Pets)
  9. Keep a separate master resume with ALL previous work experience. When sending out a resume for application, duplicate the file and remove anything that may be irrelevant to the position. You never know when some past experience might become relevant again, and you don’t want to forget about it. (Careers & Work)
  10. If you are given a prepaid debit card as a gift, save it after you spend the money. You can use it to sign up for free trials online without worry of being scammed. (Money & Finance)
  11. If your friend owns a business, don’t ask for a friend discount or for some free products, a great friend is one that pays full price to support their friend (Social)
  12. To all young teenagers looking for their first job, do not have your parents speak or apply for you. There’s a certain respect seeing a kid get a job for themselves. (Careers & Work)
  13. When you know where you are going to college, make sure to decline the others. People often end up on waitlists and the sooner that you decline the more likely they may be to get in. It could be their dream/reach school (School & College / Common Courtesy)
  14. If you have the unfortunate experience of having to put a pet down, find a vet that will make a house call. Don’t let your pet’s last moments be somewhere they are afraid of. (Animals & Pets)
  15. If I (cashier) gives you a discount while shopping at our store don’t demand the same discount with another member of staff next time, we were feeling kind, don’t get us in trouble. (Food & Drink)
  16. If a service dog without a person approaches you, it means that the person is in need of help. (Animals & Pets)
  17. Employers put “entry level” in job titles to trick applicants into accepting less pay. If the “entry level” job requires you to have significant experience, demand more than starting pay. (Careers & Work)
  18. If you really want to connect with someone, take them for a long, scenic walk. Not being face to face takes some of the pressure off, and the scenery puts you in the right mood to open up. (Social)
  19. College isn’t the only way to start a good career. Apprenticeships, Trade Schools, and Military Training can be great alternatives in today’s world. (School & College)
  20. If your printer is out of black ink, and you need urgent printout please change the color of the font #010101, which is 99% grey, it will help you quite a lot. (Computers)
  21. If you are in line when the polls close, they are legally required to let you vote. (Miscellaneous)
  22. Let someone know you’re picking up the tab for a meal AFTER they’ve ordered. This allows a considerate friend to order what s/he wants freely and also prevents a colleague/acquaintance from taking advantage of your generosity. (Food & Drink)
  23. Save your resume as a PDF before sending it out. This guarantees the layout, structure, typography to be 100% consistent for all viewers, and no one will have issues opening it. (Careers & Work)
  24. When buying a blanket, always buy at least one size larger than your bed. It’s at least a hundred times more comfy. (Miscellaneous)
  25. If ever you need a program you want for free (for example a video/photo editor) don’t search for “free”, search for “open source” to avoid limited trial versions, adverts and malware (Computers)
  26. If your SO can’t make a decision about where to eat, play the 5–2–1 game. You give them 5 restaurants, they pick two, and you pick from those. (Social)
  27. If someone doesn’t appreciate something you do for them, it probably means that it isn’t that important to them. Rather than stew about it or demand recognition, just add it to the list of things you don’t need to do anymore. (Social)
  28. If someone asks you a question that can be easily googled, please consider the fact that this person might just want to talk with you.(Social)
  29. LPT If you have to make a presentation in front of a group of people volunteer to be the first one up as everyone else will be so nervous about their own presentation that they won’t pay attention to yours and will more than likely forget any mistake or stupid thing that you might do. (School & College)
  30. Most modern microwaves have a mute function to turn off the beep. Typically it’s by holding 0 for 3 seconds (Miscellaneous)
  31. if you want to divide something among two people (usually kids), you get one person to divide, and the other person gets first pick on which piece they want. Everyone wins and it ensures the person who divides is fair. (Miscellaneous)
  32. Whenever you travel abroad bring a new soundtrack for each place you visit, preferably one you have never heard before. In the future, every time you listen to each soundtrack again they will bring you vivid memories of the places you have visited. (Traveling)
  33. If you get a kitten, DO use your hands for play so you can teach restraint when they are too rough. Restraint is naturally learned in play with hands and littermates because the fun stops when a bite or scratch is too much. Adult cats who didn’t play this way are more likely to scratch or bite. (Animals & Pets)
  34. Millennials, when you’re explaining how broke you are to your parents/grandparents, use an inflation calculator. Ask them what year they started working, and then tell them what you make in dollars from back then. It will help them put your situation in perspective.(Money & Finance)
  35. When your ISP raises your bill, call in and say “cancel service” to the automated operator. You’ll be sent to their retention team with no waiting on hold. They will usually take $10–20 off your monthly bill for a year. I do this once a year. (Money & Finance)
  36. Use “C.A.R” or “S.T.A.R” in Job applications & Interviews (Miscellaneous)
  37. When you get a new job save the description and requirements from the application and use it to later add the job to your resume.(Careers & Work)
  38. Want a good dog? Take them with you everywhere you go. There is a reason that dogs of street people are amazing, and cooped-up condo dogs are hyperactive spaz dogs. (Animals & Pets)
  39. Almost everyone who is ‘good with money’ shares a common trait: they make a detailed budget for the next month and stick to it. If you’ve never done so, tomorrow (the 31st) is a perfect day to start. (Miscellaneous)
  40. If you have a guest bedroom in your home, spend a night in it yourself to be sure there are no annoyances and that it is comfortable(Home & Garden)
  41. If you constantly vent your problems to someone, make sure to also call them when things are going well. Good listeners can sometimes get overwhelmed, and it’s nice to hear positive news. (Social)
  42. When an app asks you if you want to leave a review on the apps’ store, instead of tapping no, choose yes, wait for it to send you to the review page, then close it: it will think you left a review and won’t bother you anymore. (Computers)
  43. 50% of a job is just being friendly to the right people. (Careers & Work)
  44. If the IRS calls you, it is a scam. The IRS will always start contact you through the US Postal Service. (Money & Finance)
  45. Don’t ask people if they’re free on a certain date without specifying why you’re asking. Simply asking “are you free on Friday?” comes across like you’re tricking the other person into doing whatever it is you want them to do. (Social)
  46. When stressing over something, use the 10–10–10 rule. Will it matter in 10 days? 10 months? 10 years? After getting some perspective, you’ll notice how very few things end up worth stressing over. (Productivity)
  47. When you break a glass on a hard floor, shine a flashlight parallel to the floor so you can see the shadows of tiny pieces you would otherwise miss. (Home & Garden)
  48. If Word crashes or shuts down and your document didn’t save, search “.asd” in the file Explorer under “This/My PC”. It should be there. (Computers)
  49. When you’re about to cry, think of words that rhyme or count backwards from 100 in sevens. Engaging the logic part of your brain shifts bloodflow away from your emotional centers and helps you maintain your composure. (Social)
  50. When you spill wine on fabric (clothing, carpet, couch). Dab it carefully with a paper towel to absorb most of the liquid, then pour salt over the remaining stain. The next day, the salt will have absorbed most the wine and you just vacuum it up. This has saved me tons of permanent wine stains! (Home & Garden)
  51. If a server or cashier at a restaurant gives you extra of something for no charge, and you are later asked by a manager if that employee was doing their job well, don’t mention that they gave you extra food. It could potentially get them in trouble. (Food & Drink)
  52. Don’t ask a veteran if they ever killed someone. It is both the first and worst thing a veteran gets asked about (Miscellaneous)
  53. If you are buying headphones/speakers, test them with Bohemian Rhapsody. It has the complete set of highs and lows in instruments and vocals. (Electronics)
  54. Get to know your professors early on. In your later years, good relationships with professors can lead to recommendations and research and job opportunities. (School & College)
  55. If you are going to order flowers for your mother for MOTHER’S DAY (this Sunday), call a local florist, not a national flower service… the national place will just call a local place, charge you more and take a cut of the money. (Money & Finance)
  56. When you sign up for anything online, put the websites name as your middle name. That way when you receive spam/advert emails, you will know who sold your info. (Computers)
  57. iOS has an option to turn off apps asking to rate them. Turning this toggle off will prevent apps from bugging you to review or rate the app: 1. Open the “Settings” app in iOS and go to “iTunes & App Stores” settings 2. Locate the “In-App Ratings & Reviews” toggle and flip to the OFF position 3. Exit out of Settings.(Electronics)
  58. If you’re still a teenager, treat your ears nicely. Ears don’t repair themselves and earplugs to concerts are better than tinnitus for the rest of your life. (Health & Fitness)
  59. As a manager, give praise in public and give discipline in private. (Careers & Work)
  60. When browsing en.wikipedia.org, you can replace “en” with “simple” to bring up simple English wikipedia, where everything is explained like you’re five. (Miscellaneous)
  61. Got a friend or family in the hospital? Consider giving them cozy blankets, soft socks, open toe slippers, book/eReader reader, long phone charger, and condiments for food instead of flowers. (Social)
  62. Don’t put your life on hold waiting for closure on something you’re struggling with. Many of life’s most difficult situations don’t have reasonable explanations. (Productivity)
  63. If you’re a highschool student looking for a job and are eventually planning on moving to a new city after graduating, aim for a job at a large chain like a grocery store. They will often facilitate job transfers so that you can have employment lined up when you move(Careers & Work)
  64. If someone doesn’t understand something you’re explaining to them, treat it as your fault for failing to explain effectively, not their fault for not understanding. (Social)
  65. When lending a pen or marker hand it over without the cap, you are much more likely to get it back (Productivity)
  66. When someone says no to a piece of cake, don’t try to convince them saying “it’s just one piece”. It’s not just one piece. It’s a mentally lost battle that will affect the coming battles, possibly resulting in a lost war against an unhealthy lifestyle for a person actively trying to improve. (Social)
  67. If a friend is buying you lunch and you are wondering what price or how much is okay, ask him what he recommends. (Social)
  68. if you’re in a bad mood or something has annoyed you, be as kind as you can to the next 3 people you encounter. By not reacting to the bad mood, as well as helping others, you’ll feel miles better. (Miscellaneous)
  69. If you get a Telemarketer calls you by your name, just say “Sorry, Wrong Number”. They are more likely to take you off their calling list since they think they have wrong information profile. (Miscellaneous)
  70. Buying a car? Buy it at the end of the month. Salespeople have quotas to meet each month and will be more likely to cut you a deal.(Money & Finance)
  71. When someone is excited about something that isn’t a good idea, don’t burst their bubble right away. They won’t be open to hearing the negative. Wait til they’re in a more logical state and then ask the questions that will make them realize why it’s not a good idea.(Miscellaneous)
  72. If you’re buying a used car, make sure to check that the check engine light turns on when you insert the key into the 2nd position and the dash lights up. If not, it likely means they removed the bulb to hide a problem. (Miscellaneous)
  73. Take pictures of your hair after a good haircut. If you ever need to see a new barber, a picture’s worth a thousand words. (Social)
  74. If you are examining nursing homes to place a loved one, look at the fingernails of the residents living there at the moment. Long fingernails (especially on men) would likely indicate that the home is either understaffed or does not care enough to do such a small task. (Miscellaneous)
  75. Instead of using the phrase “I assumed…” use the phrase “My understanding was…” (Careers & Work)
  76. Use an infrared thermometer to check for drafts around windows, doors, electrical outlets, it doubles as a quick cooking thermometer. They cost under $20. (Home & Garden)
  77. if an indoor cat gets outside and lost, put their litter box outside. They can smell it from up to a mile away and find their way home.(Animals & Pets)
  78. If you’re buying a home printer for occasional use, get a laser printer; they’re more expensive up front but way more economical in the long run. (Electronics)
  79. If somebody comes to your door selling a home security system and asks if you have one, always say yes. (Home & Garden)
  80. If you can smell your own perfume/cologne throughout the day, you have used it too much. It will annoy people. (Social)
  81. When walking your dogs, make them sit and wait before crossing streets. This will make them hesitate about running into roads if they ever get loose. (Animals & Pets)
  82. If you work in a place that loses pens constantly, you can order a box of thousands on Ebay for pennies each if you look for misprinted advertising pens. (Money & Finance)
  83. If you’re put on hold and don’t hear music there’s a good chance you’re just muted and they can still hear you (Social)
  84. When making an argument, a single strong point is better than one strong point and multiple weak points. Weak points become targets and weaken your entire position. (Social)
  85. If you suffer from anxiety or an uncomfortable feeling of butterflies in your stomach, simply wash your face with cool water. An effect called the diving reflex will instantly lower your heart-rate substantially, helping you calm down. (Miscellaneous)
  86. Do you know why I pulled you over?” Translates from cop speak as “Are you stupid enough to incriminate yourself for my benefit?(Miscellaneous)
  87. If you have to cancel plans with someone, immediately ask them when they are free again in the future and make replacement plans. It makes people feel like you do really care about seeing them and you appear less flaky. (Social)
  88. Before Proposing To A Girl, Go Find An Excuse For Her To Get Her Nails Done Beforehand (Miscellaneous)
  89. if you go clubbing or to concerts a lot buy yourself acoustic earplugs. They don’t muffle the sound, just get rid of the harmful frequencies. Tinnitus is something very easy to get and very hard/impossible to get rid of.
  90. When it is unclear whether you should use”who” or “whom” in a question, pay attention to the potential answer. If “he” sounds right in the answer then “who” is usually correct. If “him” sounds right in the answer then “whom” is usually correct. (Careers & Work)
  91. When trying to solve a computer error code by doing a google search, include the word “solved” in your search. (Computers)
  92. Trying to learn a new language? Watch a movie you know by heart that’s dubbed and/or subtitled in that language. It will aid in word association and comprehension and speed up the process of become proficient. (Social)
  93. When training someone new, do not assume they know things. Go over everything unless they tell you specifically that they already know it. (Careers & Work)
  94. If you have to leave your puppy/kitten/ baby animal alone during the day, get them a soft stuffed animal about twice their size. It will help sooth separation anxiety and provide comfort. (Animals & Pets)
  95. Quickly find out whether a power outage is affecting your neighbors too by whipping out your phone and scanning for Wi-Fi networks. If there’s a lot less networks than normal, your neighbors’ power is probably out too. (Home & Garden)
  96. If someone is getting worked up and overexcited and frustrated about a topic, they’re probably just venting and not asking for advice. Be there to listen, not to lecture. (Social)
  97. If you are involuntarily bumped off a flight, airlines are required to pay you If you ask. (Traveling)
  98. Most juices/drinks that advertise 50% less sugar are simply watered down. You can save money by watering down the normal product. (Food & Drink)
  99. Instead of excessively worrying over a decision, decide what you’re going to do, then do things to *make* it the right decision afterward. (Miscellaneous)
  100. While streaming a movie, if the mouse cursor won’t go away press the comma key. That will usually do the trick. (Computers)
  101. If an ad on YouTube is unskippable and long, you can tap the (i) in bottom left hand corner, then “stop seeing this ad”, then choose irrelevant, repetitive, or inappropriate (all work). It will end immediately and earlier than if you had watched the entire ad.(Miscellaneous)
  102. If you use your laptop for work, create a separate user for presentations. This will prevent embarrassing pop-ups or web history.(Computers)
  103. When on conference calls, get in the habit of muting yourself all of the time unless you are talking. (Careers & Work)
  104. In Emergency or Disaster Situations, You Can Relay Important Information to Others Via Your Outgoing Voicemail Greeting. (Social)
  105. If you’re planning a surprise trip for someone, the destination should be the surprise, not the trip. (Traveling)
  106. When you’re thinking about buying something you don’t necessarily need, imagine the item in one hand and the cash in the other. Which one would you take? (Money & Finance)
  107. If your job involves a lot of talking on the phone, take the time to learn the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. (Careers & Work)
  108. If a News Headline Tells you How to Feel, it’s Not News. (Miscellaneous)
  109. If you burn food to the bottom of a pot and can’t scrub it out, put the pot back on the stove and boil water in it. It will loosen the burnt food and make it easier to clean. (Food & Drink)
  110. Before checking in at the airport. take a photograph of your luggage. A picture is worth a thousand words if your bag gets lost!(Traveling)
  111. If you have a chore that you actually enjoy, never tell anyone you enjoy it. (Social)
  112. If you’ve made a mistake/ screwed up already, STRONGLY fight the temptation to over-explain/ justify what happened. Own up to it, offer to make up for it, and move on. (Social)
  113. When receiving a gift card as a gift, take a picture of what you bought with the card and send it with the thank you text or email. It makes their generosity much more meaningful and shows appreciation. (Social)
  114. Genuinely caring about somebody a lot, does not guarantee they care about you equally (or at all) in return. Some people will never care about you regardless of what you do or say. So don’t assume somebody appreciates you just because you do nice things for them. (Social)
  115. When visiting elderly relatives ask them if they’ve met any new and/or exciting people recently, it could prevent them from being scammed (Money & Finance)
  116. Check for skimmers at gas pumps and other card readers with your phone. Turn on Bluetooth and search for devices, skimmers often show up as a long string of numbers trying to connect. (Miscellaneous)
  117. If someone randomly brings up something in a conversation, pay good attention to them because they probably had it on there mind for a while. (Social)
  118. Go to the zoo when it is a little cool outside. The animals will be active trying to warm up. (Traveling)
  119. If an estranged friend starts casually reaching out periodically, listen a bit more closely, ask and keep the conversation going. It could mean something more. (Social)
  120. When you have no cell service (multiple bars of service but nothing works) at a crowded event, turn off LTE in cellular settings. Phone will revert to a slower, but less crowded, 3G signal. (Electronics)
  121. Next time you have an easily googleable question about food, clothes, or general life stuff, text your Mom and ask her instead. She probably loves seeing that you still want her advice. (Miscellaneous)
  122. While talking to anyone cross-eyed / lazy eyed / anything else that makes eye contact difficult, look at the bridge of their nose. You appear to be making eye contact with them without having to worry about making either of you uncomfortable (Social)
  123. Every time you are about to buy something and instead decide to save the money, transfer that exact amount to savings with a memo of what you were going to buy. (Money & Finance)
  124. Go to a community college for a few years and then transfer to uni after you reach the maximum transferable credit limits. You’ll save about 50% on tuition depending on your state (School & College)
  125. The Fibonacci sequence can help you quickly convert between miles and kilometers (Traveling)
  126. Hit “s” while watching Netflix on a computer to skip the intro. (Computers)
  127. If there is a persistent foul smell in your kitchen that remains after you’ve seemingly cleaned everything, check the filter to the fan above your stove. This is meant to funnel most fumes to an outside vent, but like any filter it can get saturated over time. (Home & Garden)
  128. If you have a friend or family member that provides a professional service (legal, medical, accounting, etc), always offer to pay for their service. Don’t assume that they will help you for free. (Careers & Work)
  129. A real, effective apology has three parts: (1) Acknowledge how your action affected the person; (2) say you’re sorry; (3) describe what you’re going to do to make it right or make sure it doesn’t happen again. Don’t excuse or explain. (Social)
  130. When putting in time for vacation, always take the day after you get back off. This will give you a safety net in case your flight is cancelled. Otherwise you get a day to unpack and relax. (Traveling)
  131. If something bad happens in your life, don’t let it define who you are. Don’t make it your excuse for not progressing yourself. Don’t undermine it, learn from it, understand it, and let it be apart of you without it being who you are. (Miscellaneous)
  132. If you’re nervous about asking your boss/potential employer about raises/salary, don’t think of them as authority figures you hope will be more generous, think of them as customers who are buying your time. (Money & Finance)
  133. Never take a problem to your boss until you have multiple solutions to it. (Careers & Work)
  134. There is a visible difference between not working out at all and doing 15 pushups every day. Make 15 push ups your new ‘not working out’. (Health & Fitness)
  135. If you deal with multiple clients, figure out how they take their coffee and take notes. When meeting with them, get them coffee how they like it. It sets the meeting up to start on a good note. (Careers & Work)
  136. Mention in your will that you want a cheap casket/gravestone (Miscellaneous)
  137. If you can hear them but they can’t hear you, you’re the one with the weak signal. (Electronics)
  138. Think of money in terms of hours. You make $10/hour and wanna buy that $150 coat? Is that coat really worth 15 hours of work?(Money & Finance)
  139. If someone at a business hooks you up or gives you a freebie don’t Yelp about it. It could cost them their job. (Careers & Work)
  140. Never give an animal to someone as a gift, especially if they do not ask for one. (Animals & Pets)
  141. Don’t walk your dog on roads and walks where rock salt is used to melt snow and ice, it will cut up the pads on your dogs paws(Animals & Pets)
  142. When someone offers to do something nice for you, like pay for dinner or help carry a heavy item, let them. When you refuse someone’s kindness you’re denying their opportunity to experience the joy of giving. (Social)
  143. If you have a clogged drain use baking soda and vinegar to dissolve the clog and flush with boiling water to avoid buying expensive drain cleaners. (Home & Garden)
  144. If it snowed and your house doesn’t have snow on the roof evenly spread out you have bad insulation. (Home & Garden)
  145. Tell your parents/grandparents to call your phone number immediately if they ever get a call saying that you need money. (Money & Finance)
  146. Whenever you are having work done on the house, always insist on being told the supplier of all the materials/parts (windows, doors, blinds, tiles etc. etc.) — when you need spares 5 years down the line, there is no guarantee your contractor will still be around to tell you. (Home & Garden)
  147. When resigning from a company, don’t tell a single person until your management has acknowledge and accepted it. (Careers & Work)
  148. Even if you’re pretty sure a friend can’t go to an event, invite them anyway. (Social)
  149. If you get fully satisfied by an employee’s service in retail, don’t just thank them in person, , keep your receipt, ask for their name and then take the survey and mention their name in it. That way you ensure that their hard work reaches corporate. (Careers & Work)
  150. One 18 inch pizza is more pizza than two 12 inch pizzas.
  151. This whole week in New York is a “code blue”weather emergency. This means that if you see a homeless person on the street seeking shelter, you can call 311, give a description of the person and the location, and an outreach team will be dispatched to assist.(Miscellaneous)
  152. When a stranger asks you to take a picture for them, take a few unannounced pics as they get ready to pose. Sometimes the candid pics come out best. (Social)
  153. Before signing up for any free service, consider how they are getting revenue. Could be ads, or your data, or something you don’t want. (Computers)
  154. When taking a taxi ALWAYS get a receipt even if you don’t need one. That way if you happen to accidentally leave a personal belonging behind you will have the company name and taxi number. (Traveling)
  155. Stop comparing yourself to others. Instead, compare yourself to where you were 1–2 years ago. Whether it’s fitness or finance, use that as motivation for your own goals. (Social)
  156. Always be the person who tells someone they have something in their teeth, shoes untied, fly is down, etc (Social)
  157. Daily use of the art of UPOD (under-promising, over-delivering) will help your life. Tell your S.O. that you will be home at 6pm and you are home at 6:30pm, doghouse. Tell them you will be home at 7pm and arrive at 6:30, hero. 50% of successful relationships are about managing expectations. (Social)
  158. Taking pictures with your phone at a large event? Turn off your flash! Your flash is only good up to 12 feet, the stage lights are a thousand times brighter and you are just draining your battery. No flash = better pictures! (Electronics)
  159. Before posting online a photo you took, crop some small part of it out first — that way you can always prove it’s yours.
  160. Before you stick your credit card in any reader, see if you can pull the reader off the machine. Card scanners are showing up everywhere, make a habit of checking every time. (Money & Finance)
  161. If you’re ever called by your bank’s fraud department hang up and call them back. (Money & Finance)
  162. Place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can’t hold it there for more than 5 seconds. It’s too hot to walk your dog.(Animals & Pets)
  163. If you can see ordinary household lights through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, it’s no good. (Health & Fitness)
  164. Dont worry about something embarresing you said or did in the past. Nobody thinks about it as much as you do until you mention it.(Social)
  165. To avoid the fake, cheesy smile on young kids when you try to take their picture, ask them to tell you a joke while you take it, but tell them that they should absolutely not laugh while telling it. Beautiful pictures every time of glee. (Miscellaneous)
  166. After you assemble furniture, use duct tape to attach things like hex keys, that came with the furniture, to the underside. You won’t have to look for it when you have to disassemble the furniture. (Home & Garden)
  167. When using Pandora, never use thumbs up, only thumbs down. This will keep the station constantly looking for something you like, while avoiding things you don’t like. It also keeps it from playing the same 10 songs over and over. (Entertainment)
  168. Most people at the gym are to busy with themselves to pay attention to you or anyone else, so don’t sweat it (Health & Fitness)
  169. Increase your offers to help a friend who is mourning about 6 weeks after the death of their loved one. This is the point at which the initial wave of support has died off and people are particularly vulnerable. (Social)
  170. Use the FORD method (Family, Occupation, Recreation, and Dreams) when you don’t know what to say in conversation (Miscellaneous)
  171. Instead of saying “I don’t know” when your boss asks you a question say “I’ll find out.” It’ll make them respect you more. (Careers & Work)
  172. Inflation is currently ~2% per year. If you are not getting more than that per year as a raise, you are getting a pay cut. If you are not earning more than that in returns on your savings, you are losing money. (Money & Finance)
  173. When you write, always vary your sentence length. Why? It makes your writing more compelling.(Arts & Culture)
  174. When you are visiting a friend who is unemployed, don’t ask him how the job search is going. Let them bring it up first if they need to do so. (Social)
  175. If you want to develop a habit of waking up early, do something you like when you wake up. (Productivity)
  176. Take a family picture at the beginning of any excursion involving a large crowd (theme park, day at the beach etc…). If someone goes missing, you’ll have a picture of them, and you’ll be able to provide specific details about what they were wearing. (Miscellaneous)
  177. Follow the 2-minute rule. If it only takes 2 minutes to do, just do it. (Productivity)
  178. The first time you give someone flowers, do it randomly. Don’t wait for a special occasion. (Social)
  179. When speaking to an expert on something, if you’re not sure what to ask them you can ask “what are the most common mistakes/problems?” You may learn something new. (Miscellaneous)
  180. When someone compliments you, it’s okay to just say “thank you.” You don’t have to give them the same compliment right back.(Social)
  181. Before booking any overseas travel, check your passports expiry date. Some countries need your passport to have a minimum of 6 months left of validity before arriving. Some countries also will NOT accept an emergency passport. Check those dates people! (reposted) (Traveling)
  182. Whenever you receive a greeting card with money in it for your birthday (or any other special day), always act like you don’t see the money and read the card out loud first. After that, then thank them for the money. People really appreciate when you take the time to enjoy their greeting cards. (Social)
  183. Learn to look at food products labeling carefully. “Made with 100%…” is very different to “made from 100%…” (Food & Drink)
  184. Write a fake pin number on the back of your credit card. That way if it gets stolen the person will only get 3 attempts before the ATM machine swallows the card. (Money & Finance)
  185. Put your phone into “Do Not Disturb” mode when showing someone something on your phone. It will keep any private information from popping up and can save embarrassment (Social)
  186. If someone tells you they don’t drink alcohol, don’t ask them why.
  187. If your dogs gets out and comes back, don’t scold it. Reward it for coming back. (Animals & Pets)
  188. If you’re trying to learn a new language try watching children’s shows dubbed in that language. Children’s shows tend to go over things like shapes, colors, animals, etc. and can help you learn basic words and sentences. (Miscellaneous)
  189. Have a new person starting at work? Try to refer to your other colleagues by name whenever you’re around the new person. Chances are they will have trouble remembering everyone’s names at first so regular reminders can help them fit in (Careers & Work)
  190. When you have an item you changed your mind on at the grocery store (especially perishables) just give it to the cashier. We really don’t mind and you don’t have to be sorry about it. It makes everyone’s lives easier and we won’t have to go through the store looking for misplaced items. (Miscellaneous)
  191. If you have pet fur all over your clothes and you don’t have a sticky roller, wet your hands and brush off the fur. Most of it will come off. (Clothing)
  192. Fon’t recommend a friend for a job unless you’ve seen them work or you are willing to risk both relationships. A good friend isn’t always a good worker.
  193. When you go to a big event with lots of people, change your phone lock screen background to a screenshot of text of a friend’s phone number. This way if you lose it and someone picks it up, they can immediately contact your friend without having to unlock or reset your phone. (Miscellaneous)
  194. When working retail, replace “Sorry for the wait/trouble” with “Thank you for your patience”
  195. Don’t yell at your dog if they are barking for non-threating reasons. You are just justifying their stress. Calmly train your dog to sit at your side and pet them. Your reassuring calmness will calm them down.
  196. If your dog is addicted to tennis balls, call a local racquet club and ask if they sell their used balls. Yesterday my local club gave me over 100 for free! (Animals & Pets)
  197. Love to play music while working? Play a video game soundtrack. They are designed to work as background music and not disrupt your focus.
  198. if you are creating a PowerPoint presentation — especially for a large conference — make sure to build it in 16:9 ratio for optimal viewer quality. (Computers)
  199. If you are sent a Pages file by a person with a Mac but you are on a PC, simply change the extension from .pages to .zip and inside you will find a PDF version. (Computers)
  200. Before buying a house check it out on a very rainy day to see how effectively water drains (Money & Finance)
  201. If you take showers when you’re tired or hung over, buy a cheap shower chair. Sitting under the cascading water as it slowly reinvigorates you is amazing and relatively inexpensive. (Miscellaneous)
  202. Save your PowerPoint presentations with a .pps extension instead of .ppt. They’ll open directly in presentation mode and PowerPoint will close when the slideshow is over. (Computers)
  203. In places with free 30 minute WiFi(airports and hotels), you can clear the cookies on your browser and register again to refresh the timer. (Computers)
  204. When you cringe from something embarrassing you used to do in the past, treat it as a good feeling. The cringe means that you’re recognizing that you’ve gotten more mature with time. (Social)
  205. Take a screenshot of your mobile boarding pass before boarding an airplane so if you lose internet access, you can still pull it up.(Traveling)
  206. Thinking about or just taken up a new hobby or interest? Unless you’re sure you’re going to commit to it don’t tell your family in the run up to Christmas. That is unless you want a load of new books/equipment relating to the new hobby that you may never use. (Social)
  207. Whenever someone recommends you a place to check out, star it on Google Maps. Next time you’re in that city/state, you’ll have a bunch of stars to visit.
  208. The bowline knot may be the most useful knot, because it it secure and can be tied and untied easily. You can do it in 4 simple steps.(Miscellaneous)
  209. If you know someone who cares about everyone around them a lot, please, ask them if they are okay from time to time (Social)
  210. When meeting someone for the first time, try and use their name as early as possible; eg, ‘Nice to meet you, [Name]’. You’ll have a greater chance at recalling their name and will feel more confident in addressing them, thereby earning their respect. (Social)
  211. Before going to shop for a piece of furniture, snap a couple pictures of the room you’re shopping for, it makes it much easier to match shapes and colours later when you’re at the store. (Home & Garden)
  212. Try to not let it be known that you collect something that’s easy for people to obtain. Otherwise for every birthday or Christmas or even just randomly, that thing may be the only type of gift you will receive for the rest of your life. (Social)
  213. Don’t buy a house near a school until you’ve visited the property at both 8am and 3pm on weekday (Money & Finance)
  214. you can use @gmail.com and @googlemail.com interchangeably. Perfect for signing up to a website twice without setting up two accounts. (Computers)
  215. If you’re buying a car from a dealership and know exactly what you want, tell the dealer you’re torn between that and another car, but leaning towards the other car. The dealer, wanting to close the deal, will reveal the negative aspects of the car you actually want to get. (Miscellaneous)
  216. When petting a dog that is overly submissive, pet/rub their chests not their heads. This will boost their confidence. (Animals & Pets)
  217. If you’re trying to improve, and you know you’re gonna relapse, write a note to yourself saying why you shouldn’t, and why you want to improve. Whenever you feel like you’re gonna fall back, read the note. (Miscellaneous)
  218. The fjrst time you give someone flowers, do it randomly. Don’t wait for a special occasion. (Social)
  219. Give special consideration to the advice when “laid back” friends tell you not to do something risky, or when more “uptight” and cautious friends tell you to take a chance. (Miscellaneous)
  220. Before arguing about religion/politics/sports, ask yourselves if anything would ever make either of you change your position. If either of you answer no, just agree to disagree — even the world’s best table tennis player can’t beat a wall. (Social)
  221. If you have a loved one in an assisted living center, send them a card every once in a while. Just a few minutes of your time will mean the world to them. (Social)
  222. Showing someone ‘reflective appreciation’ for something they did for you earlier that day means more them than it did when you said ‘thank you’ as it happened.
  223. People want someone to tell them what to do in emergency situations. For example while performing CPR on someone don’t say “Someone call an ambulance” instead talk to one person and ask him/her to call an ambulance directly. (Miscellaneous)
  224. If you are more able and want to give your seat up to an elderly person/woman on public transportation, physically get up and offer them your seat instead of staying seated and asking. They are much more likely to accept your offer if the seat is physically open.(Miscellaneous)
  225. Take the doors off fridges when moving/installing them. It makes them immensely lighter and more maneuverable. (Home & Garden)
  226. If you lock your keys in your car, don’t call a locksmith, call a towing company. They will typically unlock your car for less than a locksmith, arrive faster, and are available 24/7
  227. if you’re trying to choose the fastest line between many similarly long lines at an amusement park/airport customs/stadium/etc, choose the line with the most children. Groups with children usually go through as one transaction so the line will move faster. (Productivity)
  228. When in an argument, pretend like you’re being recorded. This will prevent you from saying stupid/mean things you may regret later.(Social)
  229. Whenever you make eye contact with someone randomly, just smile! They’ll most likely smile back and that just makes the world a little bit happier. 🙂 (Social)
  230. Sign your signature in blue ink so that you distinguish an original document from a copy (Careers & Work)
  231. To always know out whether to say “Billy and I” or “Billy and me”, remove the “Billy and” portion and say your sentence to see if it sounds right. “Billy and I went to the store” bc had Billy not been there, I went. Not Me went. (Miscellaneous)
  232. Place tape over your laptop’s mic and camera to reduce what the CIA can monitor. (Electronics)
  233. On vacation? Don’t eat anywhere near tourist spots. The food is rarely authentic and twice as expensive. Walk a few blocks away, usually about where there aren’t anymore signs subtitled in English, then eat there. (Traveling)
  234. If your pencil sharpener isn’t sharpening to a point anymore tighten the screw on the blade (School & College)
  235. Occasionally walk up to your immediate supervisor and ask for some constructive criticism. Be specific by asking something like “What could I have done better on the Penske files?”. Whatever they say, just respond thank you and walk away. (Careers & Work)
  236. Keep a big jug next to your kitchen sink. When you turn the hot water on and are waiting for it to get hot, fill the jug instead of wasting down the drain. Use it to drink or water a plant. (Home & Garden)
  237. When cleaning your windows clean the inside vertically and outside horizontally. That way if there are streaks you know which side of the glass they’re on. (Home & Garden)
  238. If you are ever in a situation where you have to apologize. Give one heartfelt apology and move on. Repeatedly apologizing will only make it worse.
  239. If the emotional reaction of the person you’re talking to seems out of proportion to the situation, they’re probably upset about something other than the current topic of conversation. (Miscellaneous)
  240. Tired of getting the wrong size shoe because it’s not the same number brand to brand. Learn your EUR shoe size. It’s more accurate than USA shoe sizes. (Clothing)
  241. If someone confides in you with a problem they’re having, your first instinct might be to try relating to them with a similar problem you’ve had. Avoid this as a first response as it often comes off as “one-upsmanship” rather than empathy. (Social)
  242. A single flower given unexpectedly, goes a lot further than expensive arrangements on expected holidays. (Social)
  243. When starting a new hobby, activity, or job even, search “things I wish I knew before I started [x].” This can get you a ton helpful tips to boost you when starting off. (Productivity)
  244. Take 20 seconds out of your day and write down the serial number of your bicycle
  245. if someone is explaining something and keeps repeating themselves, there’s a good chance that it’s because they feel that you’re not understanding them. (Social)
  246. If you think highly of someone, tell them. (Social)
  247. To check if a map is up to date, look for South Sudan. It is the world’s newest country, gaining its independence from Sudan in 2011.(Miscellaneous)
  248. Having trouble learning or grasping a concept? Pretend you’re trying to explain it to someone else and your brain will trick itself into understanding it better. (Productivity)
  249. If someone attempts to do something, especially for the first time, don’t encourage them by telling them it’s easy, it puts pressure on them to do it right first time and downplays their success when they achieve it. (Social)
  250. Always be gracious when friends or classmates get jobs you both applied to, they might be in a position to hire you in the future(Social)
  251. Want a password that always “stays” with you? The back cover of every hand watch has a unique serial number you can use as a password and never forget. (Productivity)
  252. If your roommate’s wakeup alarm is going off after they’ve already left the room (i.e. they’re in the shower), call their phone and hang up to turn it off. (Miscellaneous)
  253. Try foods that you hated as a kid, your taste buds change every 7 years and you’re very likely to enjoy most of the foods you disliked.(Food & Drink)
  254. People are usually not fired for a big fuck up at work. They are usually fired for how they acted after the fuck up. So stay calm, be upfront & honest, and try minimize the damage (Careers & Work)
  255. For people who watch Netflix on their laptops: Load it in Internet Explorer or Safari to get 1080p. Google Chrome will only play in 720p. (Computers)

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