Here are this week’s 5 Life Pro Tips.
01. Don’t recommend a friend for a job unless you’ve seen them work
Or you are willing to risk both relationships. Someone who is a good friend doesn’t necessarily translate to someone who has a strong work ethic. Recommending them only for them to mess up reflects badly on you and could ruin the friendship and your relationship with the employer. If your friend is badly in need of a job and you want to help, be honest with your employer. Simply tell the employer that you have never worked with them, but you think they would be a good fit.
02. Tear tape using this method for cleaner tearing
Crew members on film sets use this method for tasks like marking actors but there’s no reason why you can’t too whenever you need to tear tape from a roll. If the gif doesn’t do it for you,here’s the source with more detailed instructions.
Tabbing your tape this way makes it easier and cleaner to tear because you leverage against the sharp edge of the roll to tear. It also leaves a non-sticky folded triangular flap to save your place around the roll. When you tear a new piece, the triangular flap from the previous tear comes with the strip so if need to remove the tape from a flat surface later you can pull on the triangle instead of picking away with your nails. Of course, this also means the triangle can catch on things and rip the tape out so this isn’t the best if you need to apply tape long term or very securely (shipping packages, etc.) You could also just tear off the triangle in those cases.
03. Never throw tools away, especially Craftsman
Craftsman tools, and many other brands, come with Lifetime Warranties. I have a friend who has bought countless damaged Craftsman tools from garage sales, walked into Sears with them, then walked out with brand new tools.
04. You can let Google list all the flight times
Let me introduce you to Google Flights. Just search: origin to destination flight time and it will list all flights.
If you don’t care where you go, you can type in a starting point and search on a map. Mess around with dates and airlines and almost anything else you’d need. It’s really handy. I like to set it to show only flights under a certain price if it’s a case where it’s either a cheap trip or no trip. Google flights is amazing and surprisingly works better than some websites whose sole purpose is finding the cheapest flight. It’s very flexible and the search is really fast.
05. Write down the serial numbers of all of the expensive items you own
If it gets stolen, it’s much easier to prove that the item is yours if it’s found. This especially applies to more portable items, like cameras or music gear that you bring to performances. It’s MUCH easier to say “I’m looking for X piece of equipment with serial 1234567” vs trying to identify it using a certain scuff or marking.
If possible take a picture of the serial number and upload it to an email.