Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.
1. Parents of teens, give your child an innocuous-sounding phrase to text you as a code for “get me out of here” when they want to avoid peer pressure but not look like they are bailing/lame.
2. Learn excel. It’s one of the most under-appreciated tools within the office environment and rarely used to its full potential.
How to properly use “$” in a formula, the VLookup and HLookup functions, the dynamic tables, and Record Macro.
Learn them, breathe them, and if you’re feeling daring and inventive, play around with VBA programming so that you learn how to make your own custom macros.
No need for expensive courses, just Google and tinkering around.
If your job requires you to spend any amount of time on a computer, 99% of the time having an advanced level in excel will save you so much effort (and headaches).
3. When meeting new people, don’t make a joke with their name, however funny or harmless you may think it is. They’re probably sick of it.
4. Add a site’s name after your Gmail address to track who’s selling your data.
Eg: Registering with email@example.com sends all emails to John.firstname.lastname@example.org This way when you get spam, look at the ‘to’ in the email, it should have email@example.com, revealing Amazon sold your data.