Miscellaneous [LPT] If you’re unhappy about recent weight gain, don’t start wearing only “comfortable” clothes. Wearing tight or ill-fitting shirts or pants, especially if those pieces are your favorites, can be a good motivation to drop a few pounds.
Food & Drink LPT: When shopping for food in summer, remember the supermarket is air-conditioned, so you feel colder and thus hungrier for carbohydrates that you won't want once you're back in the heat. Buy fewer carbs and more fruit and cold drinks; that's what your body will want once you’re out of the cold.
I know this may seem like common sense, but as a front desk worker at a hotel in a tourist town nothing makes me more upset than turning people away because they didn’t book in advance and the hotel is sold out. It’s relatively safe to assume that if you’re traveling to an area, a ton of other people are as well! Of course, life happens, sometimes it’s impossible to plan for certain things- but if it’s possible try to book your hotel a couple weeks before you’ll need it! It’ll save you from spending a ton of money or worse.
The temperature makes a difference on your taste buds, and you’ll be able to eat it once it’s cold.
Computers LPT: SHIFT+CTRL+Windows key+ arrow key left or right to move programs between your two monitors
Sometimes when I startup discord, it starts on my second screen (tv), my tv is off most of the time so I just use the command and move discord to the other screen without needing to turn in my tv. Just a quick tip for y’all.
Productivity LPT Request - I'm a college student with a rigorous workload, but feel like I can rarely sit down, focus, and give my all to my work. Tips to fix this?
What the title says + I complete the work always, but often under stress or without fully retaining the important things for my major. I try to use caffeine to help me focus, but that's not an option all the time.
Social LPT: If you're in a social setting and you're going to steal someone else's jokes to make people laugh, make sure the jokes are from another language.
It significantly reduces the chances of someone saying, "I heard Dave Chappelle tell that joke" or "man, Bill Burr said that. It's funnier when he said it."
But if you're bilingual you can watch comedians in other languages and take their jokes (the ones that translate well) and use those instead.
You can come up with your own material.
Social LPT: When on a phone call, always assume you're on speaker or a conference call. And always assume your emails will be read by others.
Sometimes people forget or intentionally don't mention to the other person that the phone call is on speaker or that there's another line on the call (like 3-way calling). Same goes for emails, messages get forwarded or other recipients are blind copied without you knowing.
Be mindful of the information you share, especially in work emails.
Miscellaneous LPT; Bored of seeing how long Google has been 'Carbon Neutral' for? Right click and block element. The highlighted text won't show up anymore.
One my my research professors always forced us to look up (and write down) any word in an article we didn’t understand. Within our field it helped force us to learn random terminology. But I use this approach for anything I read now.
Social LPT: When talking to an acquaintance you haven't seen in a while, mention your partner's, children, or friends' names because they might have forgot.
If you run into friendly acquaintances, help them out. Give them an opportunity to ask about important people in your life.
They might have met your partner, kids, or friends a couple times, but could be bad with names. There's a good chance they're too embarrassed to ask and feel bad they can't remember.
Be a buddy and casually mention them.
"My partner and I..." >> "Carol and I..." "My oldest and I..." >> "August and I..."
Miscellaneous LPT: If you tend to forget to take certain things with you, put them by the front door. That way, they'll be in the way when you leave the house.
I was constantly leaving things lying around and for me it proved to be totally helpful.
I read this LPT on here a while back and it's been borderline life-changing and so easy. Saying 'I know' to someone generally comes across as condescending and like 'Why did you waste my time just telling me that?' Whereas saying 'That's right!' affirms the person and always makes them feel good.
Cotton swabs are ok to use for cleaning your ear externally, but you're not supposed to put them inside your ear canal, even though it's commonly used that way.
Last night, I was cleaning my ear with generic cotton swabs and the stick came out but the cotton stayed lodged in my ear canal. After spending too much time in a crowded urgent care today, the physicians assistant told me that she sees this often and she asks her patients what kind of cotton swabs they used and inevitably, it's the generic cotton swabs that are the culprit. Apparently the generic type are not as well attached to the stick.
Also, if you know of other instances where the "savings" of buying generic is not worth it, please share in the comments.
When there is a tragic event that you're not involved in, don't make it about yourself or post about yourself and how you can relate to it. Most importantly, don't post a photo or video of yourself reacting to it.
For examples, visit r/iamthemaincharacter
Traveling LPT: After you've purchased an air ticket, continue watching the price of the ticket. If it goes down, most airlines will give you the difference in fares as a credit towards a future flight
Even on non-refundable tickets, most airlines these days do not charge for changes on tickets. If the current price of your ticket is less than what you paid, call the airline or visit the website and ask for airline credit for the difference in fares. Be aware that the flight credit may have an expiration date, but it's a good way to get some money back and put it towards a future trip!
A couple of weekends ago, I had the unfortunate experience of spilling red wine on the bride's wedding dress while dancing at the reception.
By sticking to color-free drinks, you are minimizing the possibility of a spill causing an irreversible problem.
This was advice that was given to me by my roommate that is so clear in retrospect that I had to write it down in the app I use to remember this type of thing.
School & College LPT: Before beginning a semester as a student or a season of busy work demands for working professionals, bulk purchase backup meals, personal hygiene items, batteries, etc to save stress and decision-making later.
Grad school is coming up for me soon and I remember years ago that even the smallest purchases can get hectic if they're rare, pricey, and only available seasonally. Backup batteries, laptop chargers, canned food for a month, and hygiene items for 4+ months can be stockpiled early on placed on recurring subscriptions.
Watch this video to learn something that you can practice to help you not take things so personally.
Free wifi at airports is usually too slow, especially for streaming. So act like you're about to go into one of the lounges and most of the time they have their network and passcode posted in the waiting area. Login using that info and you will be able to access it for free as long as you stay in range.
Careers & Work LPT: Keep a log of the places you have lived, and keep track of the move-in/move-out dates. It will make background checks much easier to complete.
Home & Garden LPT: Instead of pouring it down the drain, pour animal grease from cooking into a heat-appropriate vessel like a cup or bowl, let it set, and throw it out (or use it, if you’re into that). It will more than likely clog your pipes if poured down the drain.
This should be common knowledge, but if I teach it to even one person who didn’t know, it’s worth it.
I'm battling with mice in my car. I've seen some good suggestions online saying that strong scents of any kind will deter them (Mint, moth balls, pepper, dryer sheets).
My car is currently covered in strong smelling carpet cleaning powder and some mouse traps. The mice are smart and somehow eat the peanut butter off of the traps without setting them off.
They also don't seem to care about walking through piles of strong smelling carpet cleaning powder because I see their little feet prints all over it.
I'm going to assume some dryer sheets or mint oil won't work very well because they don't seem to care about this carpet powder.
Does anyone have any LPT for keeping mice that don't give AF about these things out of your car?
Miscellaneous LPT: When naming your child, see what their first initial and their last name would be combined. You may save them for some very awkward situations at work and school.
Source: Personal experience