Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.
01. In Outlook, set up a rule to delay your sent emails by 2 minutes.
In case you send an email by mistake, just delete the mail from the outbox.
Instructions to create such rule:
- To a new rule. In Outlook 2016 click “Rules” button and “Manage Rules and Alerts”, and click “New Rule”. Other versions of Outlook are similar but the “Rules” option can be found in the “Tools” menu.
- Step 1: Select a template – Under ‘Start from a blank rule’, click ‘Apply rule on messages I send’ and click next.
- Click next on the “Step 1: Select condition(s)” page without selecting anything. It will give you a warning that the rule will apply to all messages which is OK.
- Step 1: Select action(s) – Select “defer delivery by a number of minutes” and click to select how many minutes you want to defer by.
02. Stop credit card companies from sending you (paper) mail
You are given two choices in regards to opting out of pre-approved and pre-screened credit card offers: either opt out of them for five years, or opt out of them permanently.
- To Opt Out for Five Years: You can either call the number 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit OptOutPrescreen.com.
- To Opt Out Permanently: You can also start the process of permanent opt-out through OptOutPrescreen.com. However, you need to print the application out, sign it, and send it in. If you do not happen to have the internet, then you can request an application through the mail. In the time between when you initiate this process and when you return the form to the designated address, you will automatically be opted into the 5-year list removal.
Choosing to have your name removed from the lists used for pre-approved and pre-screened solicitations does not mean you will never receive another credit card offer again. It just means that you will not receive a credit card offer that is based on the credit records maintained by the Credit Reporting Agencies. In order to stop solicitations from other places, you will need to write them individually to request your name and address to be taken off of their list.
03. If your job is monotonous…
Isolate yourself from all time telling devices. When I worked in a call centre for two years, this was my secret. I covered my computers and phones clock with a small piece of paper as well as turning my mobile off. Not seeing every minute go by helps a great deal.
04. When going to a zoo, amusement park or museum…
When it opens walk to the opposite end of the park to start your tour or start counter-clockwise (if the park has a circular setting). You will have the park mostly to yourself for a good portion of your visit. You won’t mix with the large entry crowd at all and by the time you get back to the entrance (to start the 2nd half of your visit) the crowds are usually trickling in.
05. If you are at a store and need a membership in order to get a discount…
In case you don’t have a membership, use the number 867-5309. It’s a phone number from the famous song back in the day, “867-5309/Jenny.” In most stores where you can scan a membership card for savings if you forget your card, you can tell them a phone number to look your account up. A lot of people don’t like to give their real number so there is almost always an account under this number. This has seriously never failed me. I’ve used it in 20+ states and it works every single time.