Instead of To-Do lists, make a To-Do jar

Write tasks on little pieces of paper, fold them and when you feel like doing something productive, just pick one out at random. It’s also much more fun for kids to pick chores at random. Makes them complete different chores instead of just sticking to doing the one they find the least bothersome.
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If you are a former drug addict and working through recovery, voluntarily administer yourself drug tests on a monthly basis at a local drug testing center

This will create a paper trail that proves you have been clean for as long as you claim you have.
My brother is currently in this position. He got clean in 2012, but his hospital admissions records were visible in his permanent medical history. His initial application for a medical certification was rejected by the FAA. When he appealed, the FAA inquired about proof of his current sobriety. Since he had no paper record of his sobriety, he had to start taking drug tests voluntarily to prove he is sober.

The point is that as far as an employer or government agency is concerned, you are only sober for as long as you can prove you are. Your word isn't going to mean anything to these people. If you claim to have been sober for X period of time, the only way to prove it is to have a paper trail of regular drug tests performed by a certified lab testing service. Despite finishing his rehab program in 2012, my brother can only prove he has been clean for 9 months.

He pays about $65 per test and does it through Lab Corp in case anyone is wondering.
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Never Toot Your Own Horn in Social Situations, Instead, Say Amazing Things About Friends and Coworkers Instead of Passive/Aggressive Digs

When I was a teenager, I picked up on the fact that most people want to be thought well of by other people. So people try to contrive situations in which they can talk about how awesome they are. On the flip side of the coin, people will often do passive/aggressive digs to denigrate their peer group, friends, and coworkers.

For instance, a group of guys are out at the bar and they run into a very attractive group of girls. Guys in the group will often start doing passive/aggressive digs at each other to make their friends seem less attractive so that they themselves will appear more attractive. Similarly, guys will start bragging about themselves...

Unfortunately, this will often have the opposite affect. You come off as a hater, conceded, immature, and insecure.

Somehow, I got it in my head early in life to just do the opposite. When I'm in those social situations, I immediately will talk my friends up. So, in that same social situation I will tell the girls, "Oh, this is my friend John, he is a ridiculously talented singer and has opened for some big time groups..." ... "and this is my friend Keith, he's a business genius, he'll be the next Jeff Bezos with the start-ups he's working on..."

When you combine the above with lighthearted self-deprecating humor, it produces amazing results.

I also do the same thing at work. I will talk my coworkers up, never lying of course, but if my coworkers have amazing abilities or are good at their jobs, dependable, etc, I will broadcast that out in work/social situations.

My results have been phenomenal. When I run into that group of attractive girls, the girls will often want to know about me and think of me as a "good guy". And at work, I seem to always cultivate a high degree of friendliness and loyalty from my coworkers and my opinion carries more weight with the execs and powers that be...

Lastly, I do the above with the utmost honesty and sincerity.
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The cool-down cycle on your dryer isn't just for your clothes

It cools the heating coils to extend the life of your dryer.
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If you find a locked phone, with no info on the lock screen, swap sims to find a contact

This happened to me the other day. I found a lost phone in a bunch of trees on a hike with my kids. The phone was locked, with no contact info displayed on the screen. I some generic codes (1111 etc), no luck. I called the carrier, and they couldn't give me, and didn't have any info on the guy for some reason.

So I popped the sim out of his phone, and put it into mine. I unlocked my phone, went to contact, and looked at the ones that were tied to the SIM card. Called "home", found the guy, and gave him his phone back.

Thinking twice, I figured this would be pretty obvious, but I've never actually heard of anyone doing this, and don't think it's as obvious a tip as it seems now. Hope it helps someone else.
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If You're Giving Advice or Help, Never Start By Using the Word "Just"

It Sounds Extremely Condescending and May Alienate the Listener
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When thinking about purchases, consider Cost Per Use not just the price tag

Many times items with lower price tag turn out to be much more expensive if you only use it a couple times versus everyday.
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Clean as you cook or don’t cook at all!

That was mind blowing for me the first time I read it.

It really helped keep my kitchen clean. Gotta wait 5 min while something is ready ? No problem, time to clean something in the meantime.

Another rule that helped me a lot is cleaning in the evening so that I wake up to a fresh kitchen every morning.
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It is important to know when to stop arguing with people, and simply let them be wrong

You don't have to waste your energy everytime.
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When someone is crying or you are trying to console someone who just started crying, the first thing you should always do is get them a tissue if they don't already have one.

This may seem like a very simple life pro tip but as a teacher, whom has had to deal with many a crying child and parents, I have found if you take a therapeutic action as the first course (followed by a short time letting them collect themselves) the person almost immediately becomes more receptive to you.

I've also noticed that when people do receive a tissue they tend to release their breathe and it helps them collect themselves. I'm no expert in psychology by any means but man, this small act is something I have seen so many people miss out on, in fact, I often see most people just letting others cry without providing any tissues/napkins at all. So ya, if you see someone crying and are planning to help/console in any way, first thing you should always do is get them a tissue
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When putting coins in a machine (laundromat, vending machine, ticket machine) always start with the lowest-value coin

Now your most valuable cash doesn't get lost in case the machine is defective.
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If you miss a call from your boss, ALWAYS check your e-mail before calling back

Now you're prepared if they make a reference to it on the phone.
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If you’re feeling down about something, try to remind yourself to follow the advice you would give to someone else if they were in that situation

It’s easier to give advice than to follow it yourself. It’s harder to follow your own advice because often times, our emotions get in the way of our judgement. The next time you get into a tough situation, think about what advice you would give someone else since it might be more practical. Sometimes you have to try to think from an outsider perspective.
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If you play a contact sport with a high risk of head injury - volunteer as a participant with neuroscience research

They'll likely perform an MRI of your brain for free, and when/if you receive a head injury the neurosurgeon/specialist will actually have something to compare it to.
This could also likely help in work compensation cases to prove an injury wasn't pre-existing. You will also help out various aspects of research and assist in fast tracking volunteer requirements for research in neuroscience. Its a win-win situation and they may even cover travel costs.
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If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you could see a movie again “for the first time”, watch it with someone who’s never seen it

You may be surprised how effectively it enables you to view it from the perspective of someone who hasn’t seen it.
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Always quantify your goals

You will be more motivated to complete the goal of solving 100 algebra problems than having a vague goal of becoming good at algebra. The former allows you to measure your progress and gives better sense of accomplishment.
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If Your Cat Blinks Slowly At You, That Means They Wanted You To Know That They Feel Happy And Safe When You Are Around

Also, you can slowly blink back to reciprocate. I do this with my cat and she will usually start purring too.
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If you're learning a new language, learn numbers

Particularly if you're learning the language to travel with. I've been traveling for a year through predominantly Spanish speaking countries. All the language coaching apps, and a few language schools, focus a lot on nouns and verbs, which is great. But the category I find myself needing the most: numbers. What time is the bus? Number response How much is this? Number response How long will it take? Number response And learn your numbers up into the 100's and 1000's, as often currencies will be in these ranges. Happy and safe travels mi amigos. When we're allowed to again.
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Dots doesn't matter in gmail ID

abc@gmail.com, ab.c@gmail.com and a.b.c@gmail.com are all the same. You can use these variations to create multiple accounts on a website when you need to have multiple accounts and the website says "the email has already been registered".
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Don’t force kids to hug you/show you affection

They will like you better after that.
I’ve noticed sometimes when I’m around someone’s child they will be extremely shy and their parent scolds them to give me a hug. I always tell the parent no, if they don’t want to they don’t have to and smile at the child after to show them I’m not upset and there is no pressure to make them uncomfortable. The kid usually seems very relieved and will most likely interact with you on their own basis and be a lot happier.
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If someone is mad at you, give them enough time to calm down before trying to talk with them

People often don’t think logically when they are upset so trying to solve a situation while they are still mad can make matters worse quickly
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