Yes, we have had a little fun with the ‘life hacks pro tips’ concept in the past, chuckling along with glee while people shared their gloriously goofy ‘shitty life hacks‘ a few months back. But this time we are serious.
Now we have sourced some genuinely practical hints, tips and shortcuts that really can make your busy life a little easier. Some of them are just good old common sense, others are valuable insider knowledge about things like IT and airlines. A few of them are just so damn obviously staring you in the face, that you take them for granted and forget to take advantage! All of them however, are wise, smart and extremely useful.
Scroll down to check out the list compiled by Bored Panda, and let us know in the comments if you found anything that could come in handy for yourself!
If you know someone who cares about everyone around them a lot, please, ask them if they are okay from time to time.
I have seen, with time, that people that care a lot about other people, it’s sometimes because they have trouble taking care of themselves.
If someone tells you they don’t drink alcohol, don’t ask them why.
It’s probably for a personal reason, and may be because they’re an alcoholic. In any case, it isn’t any of your business.
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.
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.
If somebody comes to your door selling a home security system and asks if you have one, always say yes.
If they ask which company, tell them it’s none of their business.
Many people looking for homes to rob will come to your door asking about security systems. It gives them a chance to case the home and look for weaknesses like if you don’t have a dog or if the house is homed by women or the elderly.
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.
Always say goodnight to your SO, even if you’re upset with them.
Taught to me by my parents, I do this in my relationship. Telling your SO goodnight especially after a fight tells them that you value your relationship more than you are upset about whatever thing is making you upset.
Did you buy a 6-pack of cans with the plastic tie holding them together? Do a bird, turtle, or fish a favor and snip the circular loops before throwing it out so they don’t get caught up in it.
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.
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.
Obviously this only works if you shout loudly (“OWW!”) and stop playing if a bite or scratch is too hard.
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.
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?
When petting a dog that is overly submissive, pet/rub their chests not their heads. This will boost their confidence.
Before checking in at the airport. take a photograph of your luggage. A picture is worth a thousand words if your bag gets lost!
If you are involuntarily bumped off a flight, airlines are required to pay you. If you ask.
2x ticket price, up to $675, for 1-1:59 min hold over, and 4x ticket price, up to $1300, for anything over 2 hours hold over. DO NOT take their free meal or flight vouchers. They must pay upfront in cash if you ask for it.
Don’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.
Recommending them only for them to mess up reflects badly on you and could ruin the friendship and your relationship with the employer.
When somebody is going through a hard time, it’s better to ask questions than to give advice. If you ask questions, you will help him/her talk through the problem. If you give advice, s/he will politely nod along, but s/he will feel kind of empty inside bc what s/he really needs is to talk.
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.
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.
Bring a healthy snack to work. If you’re looking for a snack but don’t feel like eating the one you brought, you’re not hungry you’re bored.
Before buying a house check it out on a very rainy day to see how effectively water drains.
You might discover some issues with drainage especially in the yard.
If you accidentally type something in all caps, highlight it and hit Shift+F3.
The same also works if you need to change lowercase to caps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you realize your fridge is getting empty, take 30 minutes to clean the inside before you go grocery shopping again.
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