A list of random useful tips to help make your life better.
When responding to advice, say "You're right" instead of "I know"
Wait 3-6 months after making a lifestyle change before telling anyone about it
If you get into a fight with your SO, parents, friends, etc., try not to think of it as you vs. them, but rather, approach it as you two vs. the issue.
When meeting a person for the first time, ask them about "what they like to do", rather than asking them about "what they do".
If you're ever in a large crowd and faced with having to yell "somebody call 911", don't, and instead explicitly point to someone and say "YOU, call 911". This will prevent the "Bystander Effect".
When you feel like you need something, but you can't figure out what it is, it's water. It's always water.
If you had an eight page paper to write, that means you need to write roughly 16 paragraphs. If you write an introductory paragraph and conclusion, that leaves 14 body paragraphs. Write down 14 ideas that support your thesis, rearrange them to make sure there is a natural thought progression, and before you know it you had an 8-page well-structured essay.
Start next year off with an empty jar and fill it with notes of good things that happen. On new years eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.
Procrastinating? Wash your face, brush your teeth, something about being clean really motivates.
"...Would you like some company?" is the ultimate pick-up line for either gender.
Drink a glass of water every morning, right when you wake up.
if a stranger joins a social situation, immediately - and familiarly - fill them in
Imagine each new person you meet is your future best friend
When writing an email, leave the "to" field blank until you're done writing. This way it can't be accidentally sent before it is complete.
If someone is buying you a meal but you don't know what price-range to order in, ask them what they recommend.
When asking stranger to take picture of you, pick someone who you belive you can outrun.
To study for a test, pretend you are able to have a cheat sheet and fill it with as many short and concise notes that would help you pass your test. By the time you are done, you will have successfully studied.
Cant decide if you're hungry? Ask yourself if you want an apple. If you answer "no" then you're probably not really hungry and just snacking out of boredom.
If you're setting a goal for yourself, don't tell anyone about it.
Don't apologize for things that aren't your fault.
If you struggle with decision making and are constantly on reddit, upvote or downvote every single post. Doing so will cause your basic decision making ability to improve.
Don't want people to take your milk from the fridge at work? Put it in a weird container e.g a jam jar. Nobody drinks weird-ass jam jar milk.
Address your friends by their names when new people join your group.
Before giving advice, ask yourself, "Was my advice asked for?"
When studying a subject, pretend that you'll have to teach the material you're studying.
When you need to ask a favor of someone, ask it upfront THEN make small talk.
Shut the fuck up. Wait for the lawyer.
Don't show fear to spiders and other kinds of harmless animals in front of your kids so they won't have anxienty as adults.
Write a to-do list before going to bed in order to reduce stress and sleep better.
Looking for good music to work to? Try video game soundtracks. The music's designed to provide a stimulating background that doesn't mess with your concentration.
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.
Check your cell phone signal when apartment/house hunting.
Put a little baby oil (the Vitamin E kind is a plus) on limbs/body 2 minutes before getting out of the shower. The smell will rinse away but the moisture won't. You will be soft as shit ALL day, never needing lotion again. And yes your girlfriend/boyfriend will notice.
If you wake up before your alarm, don't go back to sleep; waking up on natural timing will leave you feeling much more refreshed!
If you are away from news for a while and want to catch up search "[month] [year]" in Wikipedia. This will give you all the major world news for that month.
When you call 911, the first words out of your mouth should be, "I need [service] at [address]. Again, that's [address]." This way the operator has the pertinent details up front and can already have the appropriate people dispatched while you're telling your story.
Introduce people to one another!
Making decisions with someone indecisive? Ask them what they WON'T do.
Always take pictures of your apartment the day you move in and the day you move out.
Sending a resume by email? Name it "YourName.pdf" instead of "resume.pdf", so the person downloading and reading resumes can tell which is yours.
For Windows users: ALT+PRT SCRN captures the active window not the whole desktop. no more editing or cropping. enjoy!
Get the WiFi password for many establishments by checking the comments section of FourSquare.
If you know a family in mourning, consider helping out a little later on, when the initial communal support tapers off
Simply put: Don't ever overlay your reality onto someone else's reality. Example: Person A: "Oh man, I'm having a really hard time recently, I can't seem to get along with my mom." Person B: "Yeah, I know how that is, I just talked to my mom yesterday, and she was like...." etc. Let Person A reflect on their moment of hardship, stand back, listen, be there for them, but don't interject with your own thoughts/emotions about your own situation.
LOT: When at a restaurant, wash your hands AFTER ordering. The menus are usually the the grossest thing you can touch.
When feeling down; clean.
Search for misspelled items on eBay to score great deals [Lifehacker]
If your neighbour's house has snow on the roof and yours doesn't then you've got poor insulation
Mosquito bite? Press a hot spoon (e.g. the one you stirred your coffee with) onto the spot. The heat will destroy the protein that caused the reaction and the itching will stop.
Smile before answering the phone. It will make you sound happier and lead to a better conversation.
Play the game as early as possible. Make connections in college with professionals and academics every chance you get because it's all about who you know.
Turn the subtitles on when your kids watch TV
If you're ever in the situation where CPR is urgently required, compress hard to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" - by the Bee Gees. It's the correct timing of compressions.
If you are on wikipedia and don't understand an article, change en.wikipedia.org to simple.wikipedia.org on the article you want to see! A much clearer and simpler version will be available!
Have a friend call your references on your resume before using them as references.
If you buy something on Amazon and the price goes down within 30 days of your purchase, you can e-mail them and they will refund how much the price went down.
Parents, Babysitter, Daycare worker? Save your Sanity. Instead of always telling your child (especially toddlers) what to do, give them two choices that provide the same outcome.
When you make a major purchase, set a reminder on your phone for two weeks before the warranty expiration. Examine your purchase for flaws and don't get screwed by planned obsolescence.
If you are uncomfortable or unsure of what to do when dealing with rowdy children, take a step back and think of them as tiny drunk people you must care for.
Instead of using ctrl+alt+delete, use ctrl+shift+esc to go straight to the task manager.
Use private browsing on other people's computers' web browsers to avoid signing them out of their accounts.
If you're in any kind of communal food situation, here's a simple rule to prevent 90% of all fights: "Never eat the first or last of anything you didn't buy."
When a friend is venting to you, especially when it's about something life changing, sometimes it's better to stay silent instead of trying to give advice
Wake up earlier, your day will actually be better.
When you finally find that thing you've been looking for, put it back in the first place you looked for it.
Start changing the password on the family computer every week to a big hard word like "photosynthesis" or "subterfuge" so the kids will have to learn to spell it in order to get on the computer.
Buy your comforter a size larger than your bed.
Leave for work 20 minutes earlier than you need to - Every day.
When taking notes by with a pen or pencil, use a light grip. Your writing will automatically become neater and save your hand from a lot of pain.
When buying a romantic card, select two. Then write the inscription from card a into card b and pretend you can write sweet things.
The 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes of staring at the computer screen, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to avoid eye strain
Parents of 7 to 16 year olds can make their children behave in public by threatening to sing loudly
Never tell anyone that you have a job interview.
Press F2 to immediately rename a file, no more slow double clicks.
Use Socratic questioning as a way to defend your position/win arguments/get people to see things from your perspective
Fill plastic water bottles a quarter of the way full and lay on the sides and put into freezer. This way when frozen you can fill with water and have ice cold water on the go.
If you have a keyboard shortcut option on your phone, make one that fills in your email when you type "@@"
Shift + Delete erases embarassing suggestions in your browser.
If you have insomnia, seek professional help as opposed to things suggested on this list.
Learn to use spices by cooking them one at a time with white rice to become familiar with their flavor and intensity.
if you want to get rid of bad breath, brushing your teeth is important but whats MORE important is brushing your tongue. that's where a lot of the bad breath originates
If you're in the USA and are filling out the FAFSA for financial aid for college, make sure to do it on FAFSA.ed.gov, which is free, and NOT on FAFSA.com, which charges $80 for the same service.
Vacuum 2-3 tablespoons of cinammon. It will make your place smell amazing everytime you do the cleaning up.
When backing up a trailer, put your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. The trailer will turn the same direction you turn the wheel.
To move frame by frame on Youtube, pause the video and then use J or L to go backward or forward respectively.
If you get stuck in the snow while driving, put your floor mats under the wheels for grip
When moving, pack 1 box with toilet paper, paper towels, and everything you need to cook a hot meal, Label it "BOX ONE" and transport it in the car with you, so you don't have to hunt for anything your first night there.
When camping, strap a head lamp to a gallon jug of water to fill the entire tent with ambient light.
Put a sticker with a fake PIN number on your debit card. Make the numbers hard to read. If you lose it and someone tries to use it (3+ times) the terminal will lock your account and eat the card.
Use the Khan Academy "Knowledge Map" to improve your math skills in the most structured way possible!
Look yourself in the eyes when you look in a mirror
Don't announce that you are having a kid till the second trimester.
Can't make a decision? Flip a coin. When it is in the air you will know which outcome you want more.
Place a rubber band vertically around an open paint can to wipe your brush on, and keep paint off the side of the can
Do not ask if there is anything on the resume that concerns the interviewer. Instead, ask about opportunities you'll be presented with in five years if you joined the company tomorrow.
When you enter a room/party, smile. Smile like you are the real deal. People will be intrigued by you and would want to come over and talk to you. See how celebrities always smile, when they enter a room. This is because they know that they are going to be the life of the party.
If you suck at cooking, get a crock pot. Here is every crock pot recipe: Combine all ingredients in Crock Pot, cook on low 6-8 hours, serve. You'll also save a ton of money.
Whenever your new kitten falls asleep, play with her paws and push her claws in and out. She'll get used to it and then you can trim her nails while she's sleeping.
When renaming multiple files on a windows machine, instead of pressing enter to finish the rename, press tab to instantly move to the next sequential file, with the renaming process already started.
Watching a movie and the dialogue is too quiet and the action too loud? Use VLC's built in Dynamic Compression tool
Need to know if a woman is just big or pregnant? Just ask," Do you have any kids?". This has given me the answer 95% of the time.
Turn your life into an RPG by tracking your goals/habits through habitRPG.com
Try to get a haircut the day before you get your new driver's license. You will forever have a picture to show your barber when they ask what you want.
Keep a bottle of water next to your bed. Drink it first thing in the morning and it will help you wake up.
Do not keep your checking/savings accounts with the same institution as your mortgage lender.
If your kids get scared watching a movie, show them the film's behind the scenes or "making of" clips online.
Use your old pre-payed giftcards (VISA, Amex, etc.) to sign up for trial offers without having to worry about getting charged.
Kids asking "How far?" on a long road trip? Teach them how mile markers work.
When you want to cross words out you don't want to be legible, instead of scribbling over them, write random letters and words over the original.
Throw a few of those silica packets that come in everything in your toolbox. It'll help prevent your tools from rusting.
Google Maps for mobile can be an effective car locater. Just tap your current location when you park, and "star" the location.
Ladies, when trying on swimsuit bottoms, make sure the fabrics tight around the bum. The fabric will stretch a half size bigger once you get in the water (the classic baggy bum look).
If you have an infant, sleep with its baby blanket for one night. The result will be your smell on the blanket, which will help comfort the kid.
Wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage and put it in the freezer. In about 15 minutes it will be almost completely ice cold.
Put old newspaper at the bottom of your bin to absorb food juices
When you'll be gone for a while on hot days, put ice cubes in your pet's water bowl.
Always use the custom installation option when installing software.
If you're leaving town for the holidays, clean your house/apartment BEFORE you go. Coming home to a clean house if substantially better than coming home to a dirty one, especially if you live alone.
Print out a QR code to connect to your wifi and put it up on your wall for guests
Be extra friendly to people who work in customer service positions. They know all the tricks and will often go out of their way to help you out.
When ordering online, do a Google search for "coupon code <insert website>". I can get 10-15% off most of my purchases.
Young and desperate to become more social? Get a job in a service based industry.
If you can't find any new music that you really enjoy, try finding out what your favorite artists listen(ed) to, and listen to THOSE artists.
Keep all your user's manuals in the cloud ... when you buy something new, go to the manufacturer's site and upload the manual to Google Drive or Dropbox
Buying a used car? Do the test drive with defrost on high and hot and with outside air (not recirculated). Burning oil, burning coolant? You'll smell it pretty fast and that means something is leaking.
When commenting on something, whether it be reddit, facebook, etc. finish typing your comment, stop, re-read it twice and then ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish with said comment before posting.
if you gently rock back and forth while pooping it will take significantly less time and make it easier to pass more "troublesome" movements. Best. Lifehack. Ever.
If you have issues with losing your temper, start doing your menial everyday tasks with your non-dominant hand.
Don't avoid cameras during your years in school or on vacation/holiday. You might not want to now, but you'll appreciate it later.
Write down your favorite memories. Don't think you won't forget them. In 20 years, you'll be glad you did.
Talk to everyone like you would your best mate, and smile.
If you have bad/no cell reception at your home, get your carrier to provide you a femtocell. This is a dongle that hooks up to your internet connection and broadcasts a cellular network. Most carriers will give it to you for free if you call and ask.
Wear ear plugs to a concert. Not only will it save your hearing, but it makes everything sound much better.
Keep toilet paper, a water bottle, and a cheap pre-payed cell phone in your car.
When feeling bored, get yourself to study even if you're no longer in highschool/college, you'll immedIately come up with millions of fun things to do instead
Buy restaurant-grade stuff. It lasts practically forever, and you can always find replacements to match.
If you can't sleep, focus on your breathing. Nice steady deep breathing, it will help slow your heart beat down.
Take a photo of the ticket for the jacket check in before entering a concert/club. You have no idea how many times this has saved me.
If you want to play games on your phone without annoying ads, turn off mobile data.
If you finish off the toilet tissue when there isn't more available, put the empty roll on top of the seat to warn the next person before they get...er...comfortable.
If you see a baby animal by itself and it looks healthy, its mom is just probably off finding food, leave it be.
Re-heat pizza on the stove, not microwave
Use toothpaste to clear up hazy car headlights.
Press "K" to pause your YouTube video, instead of using the spacebar and having to click on the video first.
When heating leftovers, space out a circle in the middle, it will heat up much more evenly.
In you email inbox, search for "unsubscribe" to find all of the newsletters you never bother to unsub from. Take five minutes to do so now, and feel better.
(in the US) You can call 1-888-567-8688 (5OPTOUT) to remove yourself from the 3 main credit reporting agencies for 5 years, which will stop all those credit card applications in your mailbox.
Buy condoms online instead of in a supermarket or drug store. They're WAY cheaper.
Get rid of armpit stains in shirts using hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a dab of dish soap.
If you stand up too fast and you start to black out, tighten your abs as hard as you can.
Use the Google Dictionary extension in Chrome to increase your lifelong learning of new vocabulary. Just double click a word to define a word!Think of something when you're about to sleep, don't want to write it down, but you need to remember it? Throw something on the floor that usually doesn't belong on the floor (like a bottle of medicine or your watch). When you wake up, you'll see it and remember
If sound is only coming out one side of your earphones. Put the quality on 240p, it changes the sound to mono and will put sound in both sides. (Youtube)
Give yourself half an hour of downtime in the morning, between being ready to leave and leaving, and your day won't feel so rushed.
If you have crushing chest pain, call 911 first. Then chew some aspirin. I work in cardiology.
Put a coat of clean nail polish onto the threads of a button to keep it from unraveling.
If you're having trouble in your math class, you can plug any equation, derivative, function, etc. into wolframalpha.com and it will give you the right answer as well as showing you step-by-step If you're job searching, and you come across a suspiciously great looking entry level job in the fields of "Direct Marketing" or "Outsourced Marketing", it's a scam.
If you're sick of being your family's "computer guy", install Ad-block on their computers
Listen to an audio book, only when working out. So when you want to hear more, you want to work out more.
When writing, studying, or reading, listen to music with no vocals.
Before drinking a soda, chug a glass of water. This helped me kick the soda habit.
If you are ever in a car accident and need to break the windows but don't have anything to break it, take the headrest out and use it to smash the windows.
Are your zip-lock bags too small for your needs? Get two, turn one inside out, and lock them together.
For an easily clean house, every time you enter a room, put away five things.
Making a left turn? Do not turn your front wheels until you set your car in motion. If rear-ended you could get pushed into oncoming traffic in the other lane.
When giving a check as a wedding gift, make it out to just the bride or just the groom
Try and get in good with the clerks/secretaries of where ever you work or do business. Those are the people who can most easily cover your ass when you fuck up.
Delay your outgoing work email by 1 min to save embarassment
Switch to bamboo pillowcases/sheets if you like cooler temperatures (colder pillowcases!) Bamboo blends are a more breathable resulting in 2-3 degrees colder than other sheets.
Got a physical job application? Scan it before you write on it.
When assembling a piece of furniture, tape the wrench key to the bottom or back.
Repeat the name of the person when you meet someone for the first time. For example, "nice to meet you, Jobin". It is easier to remember the name once you say it.
Keep a photo of your checked luggage on your smartphone.
Freeze grapes to chill white wine without watering it down.
While watching Netflix (Instant Play) hold down Shift+Alt and click on the screen to access buffering settings, A/V sync compensation settings and other information.
Once you have tightly closed the lid on a can of paint, carefully hold the can upside down for a moment. This forms a thin coating on the inside of the lid that will dry into a tight seal, keeping the rest of the paint fresh for longer.
When dividing up ground beef in Ziploc bags, flatten it out before freezing it. It'll thaw faster when you need it.
If a motorcyclist pats his or her head with an open palm, it means "cop/danger ahead" just as if a car were to flash its lights.
Working from home on your own PC? Create a work user account.
If you're traveling in a foreign country and have no local language skills, make sure to take pictures of your hotel's name and its google map location to show cab drivers
Put wood glue over a splinter, let it dry then peel it off.
If you're sick of seeing yellow underarm stains on your white t-shirts, switch to a deodorant that does not contain aluminium.
Race the microwave to keep a clean kitchen.
Any working cell phone, regardless of whether it is in service or not, will call 911.
Hurricane preparedness: fill bathtubs with water. You'll have water to use to flush toilets and for washing in the event of extended power outage.
If you need to store cookies or pastries for a few days in a tupperware or other type of container, to prevent them from getting dry and brittle, put a piece of bread in the container right along with the cookies. It will keep them very soft and moist. Sometimes, if you burn the cookies a little and they seem very tough and crunchy, leaving them in a container with the bread over night will actually soften them up and make them better than when they came out of the oven!
Use a spring from an old pen to keep your charger from bending, and breaking.
Before you throw away a post-it, run it between the keys on your keyboard to collect crumbs and fluff
Use your wrong hand for menial tasks like brushing teeth, showering, etc.
Target now price matches Amazon, great way to save money and get it immediately
When buying a new home take pictures on closing day.
If you made less than $57,000 in 2012, the IRS has a list of websites that you can use to file your federal taxes free of charge
Use ice cube tray to hold small parts when disassembling and assembling things.
When a price at Costco ends in $.97 it's their clearance price and that as low as it will go.
When copy pasting, use CTRL+SHIFT+V to remove Rich Text Cruft. A surprising amount of people don't know this.
If you're traveling and need to go #2, stop at a hotel and use the lobby bathroom.
To get through tech support quickly with an ISP, choose the option for becoming a new customer. Then when you get there ask to transfer to tech support. Usually they won't put you on hold because they see the number coming from the new customer line.
When taking a cab to a hotel on the strip in Las Vegas, tell the cabbie not to take the highway.
In Windows 7 and above, you can shake a window with your mouse to quickly minimize every open window except the one you're shaking. You can then restore all of those windows by shaking the open window again.
Buy a comforter that's a size larger than you mattress so there's plenty to share