Here are this week’s 5 Life Pro Tips.
01. With the exception of sex, do not use your bed for anything other than sleep
This conditions your brain to make you sleepy when you lay down at night, and go to sleep faster. It’s like when you walk into a bathroom and didn’t need to pee, but now that they’re in one you might as well. When you laid down in bed, you may not have been tired, but now that you’re in it you might as well get some sleep.
02. If a family member dies, get a friend to stay at your home during the funeral
Sadly, thieves are known to scouring obituaries to find places to burglarize at times their victim won’t be home. Obituaries usually name surviving family members and the time of the funeral.
03. Honing your knives is way easier than people make it out to be
It makes a huge difference. I got a set of nice knives 5 and a half years ago, and I’ve never sharpened them. I chop a ton of vegetables, and toss the knives in the sink with the other dishes/throw them in the dishwasher. They got so dull it was like a butter knife. One day, I got sick of it and looked up a video, and found a short one by Gordon Ramsay. I tried it and it was incredibly easy. Now this isn’t really sharpening but honing your knife. It will only realign the edge. If you have a dull knife it won’t make it sharp, but if you use after every time you take the knife out like ramsay says, it will maintain it. As soon as the knives were honed, I took a carrot and sliced it like it was butter. I took a head of lettuce and held it in one hand and slowly passed the knife through it and watched it fall apart in two pieces, then chopped up the root part over and over again with no effort. It was addicting.
04. When showing someone a photo on your phone
Zoom in the tiniest bit first. It’ll keep them from being able to swipe to see other photos. Note: This is meant for accidental swipes. Sometimes the slightest thumb movement triggers the picture to slide. Obviously if the person intends on swiping, this trick won’t deter them.
05. When getting automotive work done
Say you’re looking for a second opinion. Mechanics tend to be more honest and inclined to give you a fair deal/assessment if they think they’re competing for the work. Another LPT is that don’t be lazy and actually get two opinions when repairing your vehicle. The shop may call your bluff if you don’t have the competitor price and end up screwing you anyway.