Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.
1. If you can smell yourself a little bit, others can smell you a lot.
You grow so accustomed to your own body odor that you eventually don’t realize that you have one. When you can start to smell a little bit of your odor then it’s gotten to the point where you need to seriously take a deep clean.
2. To get an email reply from individuals notorious for not replying, frame your question so that their lack of reply is a response.
As an example, instead of asking “Are you ok for me to submit this manuscript” you would ask “I am going to submit this manuscript by the end of next week, let me know beforehand if there are any issues/amendments”.
People don’t reply, not because they haven’t read your email, but because they read it and stuck it in their “reply later” pile. This bypasses that.
3. If someone has poor mental health, whether it’s depression/anxiety, bipolar disorder, or OCD, and is treating you badly, you are 100% allowed to defend yourself and call them out. If they refuse to seek help, it is not your job to convince them, walk away, and save yourself the headache.
4. Questioning something does not imply disagreement. If you’re advocating for something and someone asks you why you are expected to provide valid reasons for your advocation. Exercise critical communication!
5. If you start crying while having an emotional argument or discussion, just keep talking.
Crying is not a sign of weakness, it shows that you care a lot about whatever you’re talking about. However, it’s also often distracting to all the parties involved.
If you stop talking, it draws even more attention to you crying, and the other party may stop your discussion to ask if you’re alright or if you need to stop. If you keep talking and draw as little attention to it as possible, it keeps the conversation going and draws the attention away from you and back to the discussion. Wipe away your tears as you need, and ignore any voice cracks as well.
Eventually, no one will pay attention to you crying and your voice will steady out. You may even stop crying without noticing. Not stopping keeps the conversation moving and draws the attention from you and back to the discussion.