Top 20 Interesting Life Pro Tips for 2020

Top 20 Interesting Life Pro Tips for 2020

1. If you measure every purchase in hours you worked instead of price, you'd be less of a consumer.

Instead of using your hourly wage, use the amount you make per hour after all your expenses are taken out. If you have $500 at the end of the month after paying for your mortgage, insurance, property tax, car payment, gas, groceries, etc, then you really only make $2.88/hr in disposable income. Is it really worth working an entire month to get a new Xbox and a couple games? Maybe for some people. But it puts it in perspective. Source

2. Break a glass on the floor? after you're done sweeping, wipe the floor with a piece of bread. It will gather up all the little teeny tiny shards that sweeping doesn't get. Source

3. If you're directing paramedics to a patient in your house, please don't hold the door. It blocks our path.

This honestly is the single thing that bystanders do to make my job hardest. Blocking the door can really hamper my access to the patient, when you actually just want to help me. Source

4. If you’re learning a new language, watch your favorite movies (the ones where you memorized the dialogue like Pulp Fiction) in that foreign language on your streaming service. Try it without English subtitles. Source

5. Dont treat handicapped individuals like children

Grew up w a quadriplegic (only control was from neck, up) uncle in my house my entire life. Learning to change my uncle's catheter tube at the age of 7 was not fun but taught me a level of compassion I never knew existed at a young age. Of the many great lessons I learned from this man, a big one is this...

The last thing a handicapped person wants to feel is helpless. Of course, be polite and help when help is needed (i.e. open doors, pick up dropped items,etc.) But do not walk up to them and ask if they need help just because you see they are handicapped. What he wanted most was his independence...to get and drink his own water, take his own shower, eat his own food (no matter how sloppy lol). Don't get upset, he use to love acting like eating was a disaster so we could play with our food too and our dogs would get fat.

Most of all, he just wanted to feel "normal" again...as much as his body would allow. Treat the handicapped as you would anyone else. Source

6. If you’re facing a large task, break it down into small jobs. I.E. “Clean Room” versus “pick up laundry”, “make bed”, “vacuum carpet” etc small tasks are easier to comprehend and thus easier to accomplish. Checking little things off also will provide some dopamine to spur you forward. Source

7. When someone informs you of a mistake you made, often an apology is all they are after. Making excuses/getting defensive or offended will usually just result in an argument. Source

8. Just because someone has children or is pregnant doesn't mean they aren't a complete idiot. Be careful who you take advice from. Source

9. Always wash your clothes before donating them to thrift shops

Thrift shops don't generally have the facilities to clean clothes that get donated because of how much space they are dealing with and how expensive the costs would be to maintain and use washing machines.

I used to work in a thrift shop and it surprised me just by how many of the clothes that people donated were dirty. We would have to chuck them out which is a shame because a good portion could be resold if only they were put in the wash but instead just end up in the general waste bin and add to landfill. Useless! Source

10. Don’t get scared while watching horror movies by rooting for the antagonist

A lot of the time during movies, I noticed that i was projecting myself in the situation of the protagonists of the film. This happens with any movie, horror movies included. When you start rooting for the monster, villain, or whatever the movie’s antagonist is, you project yourself into the position that is naturally in a state of advantage, changing your perspective to mock the flaws of the protagonists and respect their “genius” solution for concluding the movie. I do this with my friends all of the time, and it is great only jumping a little bit at the jump scares that catch you off guard. Source

11. Before opening a jar of nuts, turn it upside down and tap it a few times. This will bring all the salt and seasoning to the top. Source

12. Take care of your feet. Buy good boots and shoes for work.

Nobody wants to spend money on work, but if you are on your feet, spend a little more money on better footwear, and comprise elsewhere. Source

13. If someone wrongly accuses you of something, don’t act angrily and yell about it; being overly defensive and dramatic makes you look guilty. Just respond like you are puzzled/confused by the accusation. Source

14. If you or your partner are a blanket-hog, buy a blanket one size up from your bed so there is enough to go around. Source

15. Wash your dishwasher filter regularly!

Ever had that terrible smell meet you when you open up your dishwasher once it's finished and think "I don't remember eating that!". Chances are you have a nasty filter full of old food scraps.

Your dishwasher filter is located on the floor of the dishwasher and is used to stop food scraps plugging up your dishwasher's drain and preventing it from flooding your kitchen. Source

16. Having some time before leaving for work to just relax makes a huge difference.

I used to wake up at 740, then after showering, getting ready, getting lunch together, i would have to rush out the door at 815 to get to work on time. I started making my lunch at night and throwing it in the fridge, laying out my outfit the night before, and setting my alarm to 720 instead. I now have about 20 - 25 minutes in the morning that i can just chill on the couch under my SAD light and drink some water and i feel way better going into work. Source

17. If something in your oven catches on fire, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR!

Feeding flames with a rush of oxygen is the absolute last thing you want to do in this situation. Instead, leave the door closed, turn off the oven, and watch for the fire to smother itself as the oxygen inside the oven depletes. If the flames get worse or refuse to go out, leave the house and call the fire department. Better to ruin your stove top than burn your entire home down. Source

18. When you have to cry at work

When I was going through a divorce, I’d have to cry every once and while at work. When you’re feeling really overwhelmed, go for a walk around the block a few times - try to look around at the spaciousness, especially the sky.

If you can’t do this, get to a bathroom stall and cry it out there, then you can wash your face to help with your irritated, puffy eyes. If you’re tearing up and someone approaches you, you can fake a yawn before you start talking to collect yourself.

It will get better. A lot of people have felt exactly how you’re feeling now and there is a beautiful solidarity in that pain. Much love. Source

19. Stop Using Your Address for Lyft/Uber

I recently had an experience that made me realize why you should not be using your home address as drop off or pickup location. Use the closest intersection.

I shared a Lyft ride with my female friend. The Lyft driver immediately started hitting on her. When he asked who was being dropped off first, I told him she was first stop. He started berating me for scheduling a ride and having her as first stop, started yelling about why he could not drop me off first.... During his tirade he got lost and when I tried giving him directions he just yelled at me. It was not amusing, it was scary - because now this drunk/high/creepy a-hole knew her address and mine. Source

20. Put a wall calendar in your toddler/young child's room.

My four-year-old had been asking about how long it would be until his next birthday. Seeing as it's currently January and his birthday is in October, it was hard for him to grasp the concept of that length of time. He's had a pretty decent concept of weekly time for a little while now, but anything beyond that is pretty abstract (as expected).

As a result, my wife and I got him a wall calendar to put in his room. He really likes birds, so we got him one that fits his interest. Together with him we marked important dates on it--mostly family birthdays and holidays. Now if events are more than a week out and they pertain to him, we add them to the calendar as well, and he can count down the number of days/weeks until said events. In the process, he's learning about the days of the week and months of the year (and birds!). At the end of each day before going to bed, we cross off the day together. Source


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