LPT: Before wrapping electronics given as Christmas presents charge them so the recipient can open the box and use it

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most electronic shit comes out of the box with a charge.

85% of the fun of getting a new electronic is unboxing it. pls don’t do this

easynektar

Hmmm, I don’t know. I want my Apple shit to be virgin.

melbigsonasthebeaver

Therefore you have to break the sealing

hermano_desperto

No.

I appreciate being the first person to crack that package open.

I often buy things second hand which adds to the appreciation.

Sethorion

I would be pissed if my electronics had been opened personally

code_commando

LPT: If you have a goal, don’t tell people about it.

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Especially if your goal involves dieting. In my experience people haaaaaaate hearing about other people’s diets.

HandsomeJack19

And especially don’t tell people:

* You’re working on an app
* You’re a writer

They will:

* Tell you about their genius app ideas every fucking day
* Ask you every fucking day how your book/script is doing

KungFuHamster

Or do tell other people so they hold you accountable

andygauge

Others can encourage and motivate you in achieving this goal you have. If they don’t, then they weren’t appropriate to tell. Sometimes, it’s perseverance through multitudes. I guess overall it depends on your support system. If you have great family, friends that are receptive to your ideas in general, then they can be a great source of inspiration and help. But if not, best to either keep quiet or look elsewhere.

neverhillary

Yeah, I was gonna mention accountability on this. I’d tell everyone so the fear of failure is so strong! Doesn’t matter if you do fail as long as you try.

Germanneslo

LPT: If you make a packing checklist before going on vacation, save that list and use it when packing up to go back home so that you don’t forget anything!

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To add to this, I also made a list of everything I didn’t wear when I went on a long trip, so when I went again I knew what not to bother bringing.

JupiterColdwater

I keep the list on Google keep and then don’t have to start from scratch for every trip.

jfor910077

I feel like this is such an obvious thing to think of yet I’ve never thought of it…..clever….very clever

b0nes103

You should also keep notes about what you forgot so you can pack better next time.

Safety Tip: Check the tread on your car tires, especially if you are in a winter climate. If you are in Australia, check if your tires are melting. 🙂

Mr-Safety

Shiiiiiit that’s clever as all hell

jackson-phive

LPT: When switching cell phone carriers and porting your old number to the new carrier at the retail store, be sure to collect your old SIM card with the old number and under no circumstances leave it at the store. Shred it securely once the port is successful. Explanation and clarification in post.

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I’ve worked retail cellular sales with three major carriers, there is no reason whatsoever that there has to be a temporary number activated to be able to port your number. There should only be direct port. If someone says they need to activate a temporary number first, leave. They are either trying to scam you some way or really lazy at their job and probably screwed up your account somehow.

crunkful06

Whenever possible, don’t use text messages as 2fa. It’s much safer to use an app like Google authenticator. Also make sure to securely back up the recovery keys you get when creating it

150kge

This is somewhat carrier dependent as well. Sprint assigns SIM cards to device Serial numbers, which means you can’t simply pop and swap cards.

With the introduction of e-SIM, I think we are getting away from such vulnerabilities, but are going to be meeting new ones as well.

Overall Good LPT!

Darqnyz

Our business is switching our cell service to T Mobile and porting our old numbers. Its a weird process. T Mobile apparently needs our account number and pin from the old provider in order to submit a request to have the numbers ported?

Alcsaar

Is just snapping it in half good enough or should I take it further?

Sorcatarius

LPT Keep a note on your phone and throughout the year, anytime a partner/family/friend shows interest in something or something reminds you of them, jot it down. Makes gift giving a lot less stressful.

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BUT if they really show interest in something, make sure that they haven’t already got it over the time you had it on your list, waiting for christmas or their birthday!!

beautifulseaghosts

And to add onto this LPT, use the camera on your phone! It’s quick enough to snap a pic of ‘that’ necklace your wife liked and crazy helpful when you go back a week or two later and try to find it again.

user_name_declined

I’ve been doing this for years and it makes Christmas and birthdays so easy. Over the years I’ve compiled lists on everybody I know and now I just crack it open if I can’t think of a good gift for someone. I rarely use it as a first resort, but it’s always handy.

thePopefromTV

Also be careful if they mention something in general but there are specific aspects of it such as computer accesories or camera accessories. They probably have some brands or specifics in mind that will be hard to guess unless they said the brand and model types

EpsVil

Amazon wishlists are also good.

insertrandomobject

LPT: Ever have to present or public speak? Hold a cup or bottle of water. Whenever you need to pause, or forget what you’re saying, take a sip. It looks natural, nobody will question it, and it helps you from losing your voice in long talks!

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keepthetips

Not a bad idea, unless you’re really nervous and sip frequently, then it probably won’t look so natural haha.

Something to help as well: If it’s a planned engagement and you know you’re speaking ahead of time, practice in front of friends or family to get used to having eyes on you while performing. That way you’re a little more relaxed and will know the material well enough to (theoretically) seamlessly compensate if you slip-up or miss a line in your speech/presentation .

tohellwitclevernames

JUST A NORMAL HUMAN DRINKING WATER

KneeDeepInTheDead

yeah, looks totally natural to drink every 30 seconds

szakee

This works well with coffee too. But don’t be afraid to pause, slow down, or even restart a sentence if you make a mistake while speaking. Pauses are natural, and sound better than um, uh or err. Sometimes pauses can make a speech more effective.

Persea_americana

LPT: remember that you own all dots email combinations in gmail besides aliases

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This is definitely specific to Gmail. Most providers give different email accounts to adrian.abranson and adriana.branson.

vickeu

Additionally some websites/services that you sign up for will detect “psuedo” emails, particularly ones that use +s in them – Steam absolutely does this because I tried to set up an account for my under age nephew as a christmas gift, but nooo, I have to have an actual email address for it.

Alcsaar

I knew about this, but there’s a confusing wrinkle in my case. I can’t find the answer. I have two dopplegangers in different counties who share my exact name and have an email address very close to my own. I believe there’s a dot involved. Occasionally, I receive emails clearly intended for one of them. If it seems important I follow up with whoever has sent the email (often confirmations of high-ticket orders and one back-and-forth with a very lovely realtor who had been working with one of them), but I have no way to actually get in touch with them to figure out why this keeps happening. It’s been going on for years. They’re not spam messages. These are oftentimes direct correspondence from individuals trying to reach one of them and occasionally from what are clearly small, mom & pop businesses. I once confirmed a reservation on his behalf because I didn’t want this random stranger with my name to lose his place at what seemed a very fancy restaurant for Valentine’s Day.

But I just don’t know who these guys are.

underthehill

I knew about the + thing, but not this dot. Thanks for the tip!

tsidekick

LPT: On reddit mobile, if you’re tired of accidentally refreshing your feed, then there is a setting to hide posts you’ve upvoted and downvoted so when you refresh, posts you’ve seen will be hidden.

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keepthetips

What if I’m a monster and don’t upvote or downvote and I merely use my powers of a username to lurk in the shadows?

aBurgerFlippinSecond

Interesting! Can you elaborate? I can’t see the setting

questingthebeast

Bold of you to assume I vote on posts

Mementose

Ooooh so you’re supposed to vote all the posts

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LPT: Learn excel. It’s one of the most under-appreciated tools within the office environment and rarely used to its full potential

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keepthetips

I just got home from a christmas party at a company i just started with and one of the youngest accountants was introduced to me by everyone as “thats Nick, hes an absolute wizard with excel” including both the owners of the company.

Cant buy that kind of reference

danglez38

I used to be so bored in my job that I would create a horse racing game in excel by using rand and trunc to give me random numbers and if the number went above a certain threshold, the “horse” would move to another cell. I sometimes weighed different horses with higher probability. I started adding wagers and added or subtracted how much I would win. I then started putting in winning odds with higher payouts. And this all started because I automated most of my job with macros and batch scripts. Turned an 8 hour job into 1 hour tops. Good thing they never realized I could do this.
Edit: fixed autocorrect errors.

Shedding

For anyone who sucks at excel and reading this thread and feeling daunted, check out ExcelisFun on YouTube. His hour long vlookup and pivot table videos are gold. You will be better than most people at the office after those.

Feel free to learn VBA and macros, but honestly I feel like if you want to learn those you might as well learn a programming language. Don’t be deterred by people in this thread telling you to learn VBA. I don’t know it that well and I’m consider myself to be very good at excel. If you want to learn it, there’s also ExcelVBAisFun on YT as well.

Unlockabear

Index match instead of lookup btw

voltij

LPT: In an argument, be the first one to apologize and be sincere about it, even if the other person’s actions started the argument. Keep your ego in check. You will be surprised how quickly a sincere apology can defuse tensions.

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Doormat 101. An Introduction to Peacekeeping Behaviors.

This class is designed to prepare you for the next level of self-sacrifice,

Resentment, Passive Aggressiveness, and the Silent Treatment.

yblame

But don’t apologize if you didn’t do anything wrong.

nmw83

Well, this is the first step to being in an abusive relationship.

Apologize for your wrongdoings. Don’t argue for the sake of it, but don’t back down when you are in the right for the sake of resolving the issue. It wouldn’t be resolved be aide the other person would believe they were right and do whatever started the arguement again. They would also learn that you back down when it gets tense.

LDKCP

Bull shit. This is an idea invented by people who hate being wrong and are trying to convince people who are right to apologise for no real reason. I speak from experience, this does not work.

pitt0518