A Few Tips, Tricks And Hacks That Will Make Your Life A Whole Lot Easier

November 29, 2016 | 16 Comments » | Topics: Life

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

Furthermore, document the encounter to the best of your ability. This is not the time you want to shoo someone away immiediately. Be comfortable being uncomfortable and without escalating the situation, ask as many questions as you can. Who are you with (even if they lie, they likely have told that lie before), contact numbers, etc. Did they come in a vehicle? Take the plates down, make, model, any damage to the vehicle. Which direction did they go in, did they talk to any neighbors.

 

You can save money and potential worry after your dog eats something it isn’t supposed to by calling the Pet Poison Hotline. 855-764-7661.

 

You can use @gmail.com and @googlemail.com interchangeably. Perfect for signing up to a website twice without setting up two accounts.

 

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.

 

When purchasing a used car, make sure the check engine light turns on when you first start the car. A lot of people rip out the bulb so you don’t know that the car needs repairs!

Purchased a 2004 outback for $3900 in excellent condition (ha, so I thought) only to find out the head gasket is leaking, as well as the O2 sensor and catalytic converter are fucked up. I basically have to buy a new car with the very little money I have and I probably won’t get a penny for my own car unless I lie just like the asshole who sold me the car did to me.

 

Corporations exist to make money(for other people). HR is not your friend, and its not a “family”

Having been to a lot of corporations, it became apparent to me early on in my career that HR is more about protecting the corporation, and mitigating the risks of lawsuits as apposed to protecting the interests of the employee.

In leaked Target/Walmart videos that attempted to paint labor unions as horrible, they used phrases like “open door policy” (referring to an employee being able to discuss anything with a manager/employer, which would be removed if big bad labor unions got in the way), or “we are a family.”

In no uncertain terms should you view your employer as family. In most cases you are an expense, and it really is a race to the bottom; how little can they do for you in return for you working for them and generating revenue/value.

A Job/Career is simply an agreement between what you think your value is, and what the corporation feels you are worth as an expense. The more confident you are in yourself, and the more you look for other opportunities, the better off you will be.

Working extra hours above 40 hours a week, if you are salaried anyway, is something we all do/did, and its only when you are older and wiser that you realize that extra time is not worth the extra 1% bump in your salary. Shopping around for other companies can and do bump you 5-20% depending on role/responsibilities. Doing so constantly is the best way to maximize your income in the long run.

 

Don’t have serious arguments via text (especially with your SO.) Tone does not translate, comments can be misunderstood, and if things really go south, the messages you send can be used against you. Calling them has a better chance to deescalate the problem.

 

f 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.

 

Ask yourself “Will this still be a big deal a month from now?” This can help you figure out if something is worth getting upset or worry about.

Without being too specific, even the smallest things in life can stirr up you’r mind having a hard time letting go or forget sometimes. The faster you learn to not care, the better you’r days will be.

 

If you take someone to a gun range who has never shot before, stand no more than a foot behind them

This way they physically cannot turn around and accidentally point a loaded gun at you. Chances are they will try turn around to ask you a question if you’re teaching them, and many times they don’t think about the gun in their hands. Plus you can better see what they’re doing and coach them appropriately.

 

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.

 

If you’re leaving food at work, take a bite before you put it in the fridge.

If the asshole that’s looking for free food sees you ate some of it they’ll spare your food. This only works for sandwiches.

 

When you are in an argument, ask yourself if you are hungry, tired, or both

Many arguments occur after 6pm, when we are hungry, tired, or both, and this can cloud our judgement and make us more irritable.

If you and your SO start arguing when you’re getting ready for bed — just go to sleep. You’re tired, they’re tired, and you need to continue this conversation when you’re both in a better state of mind.

 

Never give out any personal information on an inbound call

If it is an important call, and personal information is required, tell them that you will call their service back after googling their proper phone number; don’t call them back on a number that they give you.

Even if it’s a legitimate call, it’s better to be safe.

 

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  • Dan

    The “HR is not your friend” is both right and wrong. I work in HR. No, I’m not your friend, your babysitter, your picnic planner, etc. I’m here for three things: I’m here to make sure you abide by the rules of the company and that you obey Federal and State Laws. I’m here to make sure the company abides by their rules and that they obey Federal and State Laws. I’m also here to administer your compensation, benefits, training, payroll, manage your information, perform government reporting, blah, blah, blah.

    IN ADDITION to these tasks, I personally make sure that ALL employees are respected, paid fairly, and are treated with respect. No, not all HR people do this and most of the HR individuals I’ve met are idiots who will bob their heads when management speaks. This is NOT what HR should do and the fact that idiots who have no business being in HR get into the department is testament to the dislike employees have about HR.

    There is a lot of badmouthing HR but I’ll tell you that most of it comes from employees who are under poor HR departments or employees who have or are trying to pull something with an employer so they can get a pay day. Either way, fault can be found in both areas. Most of the employees I’ve found who have a real problem with HR have had to deal with the dumbasses who “fell into” HR and were just poor performers in one area that were moved to HR because of their protected class status. That’s why you see a lot of women and minorities in HR. Might not be politically correct to say, but I’m not politically correct HR kids. These people were poor performers and continue to poorly perform in HR due to lack of skills, fear of getting fired (remember, they were almost let go until they were moved), ZERO knowledge of how to administer comp, benefits, training, etc and no people skills.

    In closing, the company is not your friend and it’s not mine either. I can be fired, outsourced, downsized JUST LIKE YOU. I’m a professional who spent 7 years in school, hours studying for certifications, and I’ve got employees and managers breathing down my neck. Your not a snowflake, your not special, I’m not your friend but I will fight like hell to make sure that you are treated fairly, paid fairly, and given the respect you deserve. Now get to work!

    • MightyMule

      7 years in school and you type “Your not a snowflake, your not special” in a post.

    • Caveman

      LOL my HR department must be a joke, 7 years+ with the comp and zero contact at all, is that a good thing? Hopefully that means I don’t need to deal with their crap.

      • Dan

        So, I just stated how busy HR departments are and a special little snowflake decides to post and say that HR has never contacted them. Really? Did you read ANYTHING that I wrote?

      • Bob Frapples

        or you’re so insignificant to the company that no one gives a shit about you.

  • Red

    All employees should be in a union

    • Bob Frapples

      Nope. Unions have lost their usefulness. They’re a bastion of laziness.

    • jay

      The union is not your family either. The people who run the union have their own goals and motivations, which may or may not coincide with those of the members.

  • jay

    The one about “company is not your family” is way over the top. The boss may not be your mother, but he’s not your archenemy either. If you take a job with the attitude that this is a confrontational relationship and you are going to win and the company is going to lose, you are setting yourself up for failure. At best every day on the job will be miserable as you engage in constant struggle. At worst you’ll be fired for being unproductive. While there are companies that try to exploit the employees, most jobs I’ve had I’m convinced that management saw its relationship with employees as a partnership: we are all working together to create wealth and sharing the proceeds. I’ve talked to business owners who give every indication that they are very concerned about the welfare of their employees, who agonize when a layoff is necessary, etc. I recall one company I worked for where the owner went to considerable effort to insure that when he died, the company would not fall apart and the employees lose their jobs.

  • Tingle

    Typical leftest mentality viewing corporations as entities of evil. How else are we to do business and hire millions of people? I do agree don’t give more than you need too, I’ve made that mistake once.