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

March 2, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Useful

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

I’ve recently realized this is the root of most of the communication issues with my friends and family. I would try to explain something, for example: how to run the new dishwasher. If they failed to understand the process, I would get angry (not at them, just in general) and they would see it as a critique of their intelligence. The discussion would quickly turn into an argument and in the end everyone would just hate the new dishwasher.

So I started acting like it was my failure to explain the situation…even if it wasn’t. It totally changed the tone of my voice and made the person I was talking to more receptive to my instructions. Instead of turning into an argument or debate, it turns into a constructive teaching opportunity.


When being a designated driver, don’t drive your car, drive one of your friend’s. Keeps your car puke free.


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


Treat your own time off work as if it was your second job and you are the project. Invest in your self by doing things to learn new skills, give you a sense of accomplishment, and make you happy. You work hard for someone else’s business; work just as hard to make your happiness your business


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


If you have to pay a company to work for them, it’s a scam. Walk away


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


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


When taking pictures on your phone of/with other people, launch the camera from your lockscreen so that if they ask to see how the picture turned out and you have to hand them your phone, they can’t snoop through your other photos


When breaking up with someone, make a list of the reasons that made you break up with that person. If you’re thinking of getting back together, read that list

We tend to idealize our partners after a while. We forget their defects and the reasons that made us get away in the first place. This list is really helpful in those moments when we feel lonely and tempted to call again.


Always put your shoes through the airport x-ray machine last, especially if you’re in a rush. You won’t be able to accidentally walk (or run) off without something that’s still going though the scanner


You will never “feel like” doing something that you should do. You just have to do it

Something I’ve learned over time is that when you have something you need to do, there’s a moment where you’re like “man, I need to do that,” but think: “I’ll just do it later when I’m in the mood.” So far as I know, that mood never comes. So the moment you think “man, I need to do that,” is the moment you have to do it. It isn’t easy, but it’s the only way to get it done. Plus you’ll feel good afterwards.


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  • Tingle

    Yup just do it, go to the gym, do your school work, spend time with your family. Just DO it.

  • jay

    RE strong points and weak points: I once was at a school board meeting where there was something of a debate about some district policies. The next day the local paper printed an article about it. And for the side that the reporter apparently disagreed with, they took one off-hand remark that someone from that side had made, surely the weakest argument of the evening, and that was the only argument for that side they quoted, as if that was the only argument they had to make. Since then I’ve paid attention and seen the media do the same thing in a few other cases. I suspect there are many more where I never heard the real case for one side or the other.

    So corollary to the post here: If you hear about some debate second hand — whether a friend is telling you about an argument between two people you both know, or you’re reading about a political debate on a news site, or whatever — and they quote a strong argument for side A and only a weak argument for side B, consider whether that weak argument is actually the best argument one could make for side B. Can you think of better arguments one might make? If you care enough, do some research.

  • jay

    If someone wants to snoop through my cell phone pictures, they’re welcome to. Let’s see, I have a couple of pictures of an electrical cable in my car that I took so I could make sure to get the right replacement at the auto parts store. There are a couple of pictures of my shingles that I took to send to the country building inspector to prove that my house was back up to code after storm damage. Some pictures that my daughter sent me from the hardware store asking if a plumbing part was the correct one. I think anyone looking through my cell phone pictures would get bored pretty fast.