Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.
1. When moving, pack a “first-day” box with everything you think you’ll need right after you arrive.
It’s annoying to dig through all your boxes for things like modems and hair dryers when you’re tired from your move.
2. If a friend is buying you lunch and you are wondering what price or how much is okay, ask him what he recommends.
3. When comparing ice-cream for quality, but the ingredient list looks similar, compare the weight of a serving on the nutrition label. Denser is better. The gums and fillers used in lower quality ice-cream are lighter than cream and eggs.
If one says a serving is 1/4 cup (65g) and the other says a serving is 1/4 cup (73g), get the 73g one. They may both have some fillers, but the denser one will have less.
4. Never take a problem to your boss until you have multiple solutions to it.
It may seem obvious to some but imagine the difference between an employee coming to you with a problem that you then have to figure out how to solve VS an employee coming to you with a problem they already have several solutions for and you simply need to choose (as the manager) which option you believe is best.
When most employees come across a problem they don’t know how to instantly solve they simply present it to their manager and wait for a response.
This does nothing other than concrete your manager’s opinion that you are unable to do their job and they subconsciously disqualify you from the promotion, presenting them with multiple solutions to a problem, however, makes them feel they are in control whilst simultaneously considering you as an asset worthy of promotion or at the very least retention.
5. If you are going to be working on or cleaning a lawn mower take the spark plug out. Spinning the blade with your hand could cause it to start.