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Productivity LPT: Working out and dieting isn’t about looking good to others. It’s about habits and conditioning that keeps you in good shape as you age.
Social LPT: If you're dropping someone off at their house, make sure they can get in before driving away.
Home & Garden LPT: Soak Your Christmas Tree In a Bucket Of Water For 24 Hours Before Bringing It Inside For The Season
After a tree has been cut it dries out quickly. When you bring it home stand it up with the cut trunk in a bucket of water. A tree can drink up to a gallon of water in the first 24 hours. Be sure to keep it watered throughout the season to make sure it last.
Electronics LPT: Remove the batteries from electronics, toys, etc. before storing them away. The batteries may corrode the terminals rendering the item useless in the future.
I've been into 2 or 3 and they've never asked if I actually work at a restaurant. Restaurants need good quality for a great price, so instead of paying for the brand name of the knife, you get the features for a lower price. Whether it's knives, storage, cutting boards, mixing bowls, all sorts of stuff, you'll probably get better options, better features, and for a fraction of the price of name brand consumer aimed products.
Last time I bought a knife they have good options for $8-16. It got an 8" Santoku with a wide blade and rubber grip handle, and it wasn't even the most expensive option. Consumer Santoku knives were starting at $20-30 for a smaller knife without the features. If you want nice looking stuff, you may want consumer stuff (I think of it as do you want to look like you cook or do you want to actually cook). If you want functionally better for a better price, the restaurant supply store may be your hidden gem.
Food & Drink LPT: Whenever you buy a new plastic bottle of honey, transfer it immediately to a glass jar or container, so when the honey eventually hardens, you could either spoon out some honey or microwave the entire jar instead of throwing away an unusable plastic bottle of hardened honey.
My mother always told me this phrase multiple times throughout my life.
Are you struggling with getting a degree? Of course that's normal. If it was really that easy to get one, everyone would have a phd.
Are you having difficulties saving enough money to travel the world or climbing the corporate ladder? That's normal. If it was easy, everyone would travel the world and be a manager.
Wanting to start a company or get rich by trading? Stay realistic. If it was that easy. Everyone would be a millionair CEO or would be trading.
Found some sort of easy way to make money? It probably doesn't work or requires a lot of effort. Otherwise everyone would use this way.
This mantra always helped me to put my struggles into perspective and stay realistic on a variety of subjects. If something seems to big of a challenge it's normal for it to be a challenge. If something is too good to be true, it probably is.
Productivity LPT: Take a good picture of your kids before going to a busy place (like an amusement park or a sports arena). If they get lost, a photo will show exactly how they look and what they are wearing.
Arts & Culture LPT: Dear novice hobbyists, not only is it okay to copy* from the more experienced, it is encouraged. It is the most enjoyable way to learn while producing end results you can be proud of.
Let’s face it: there’s things you don’t know. Especially as someone entering a new hobby, there’s a lot you don’t know. But you want to know who does know? People with experience. And for the most part, the most enjoyable way to learn basic to intermediate to advanced concepts is to take the work of someone else and to dissect it and apply it to your own works. As an added bonus, you will have a much easier time creating an end product that you can feel extra proud of and motivated to continue in your efforts.
This is especially true if you can find a video or description of the creative process.
For example, if you wanted to paint a portrait, but have never done it before, I would suggest taking some portrait and copy it 1:1. It absolutely won’t look perfect, but it’s a great opportunity to learn brush control and color mixing. Then find another portrait you like and copy that. That time you might notice how the artist added a little bit of lighting or how they created some detail in anatomy. Then do it all again. That time you might learn a little bit more about color theory or how to create the focus of a painting. Meanwhile, after learning all these things, you have three pretty great portraits. Important note: this is a very exaggerated example, I HIGHLY doubt these things can be learned that fast.
Whether it be art, music, design, writing, or anything that requires creativity, an important thing to recognize is that new ideas these days are rare. Which is not a bad thing! It means that there is no pressure to pull something grand out of your bum for whatever it is you’re working on. Instead, put the things together that inspire you, that you love, and mixed with your own labor of love it will become something that will feel new and you can be proud of.
*Major disclaimer: turning over a 1:1 or a very close recreation of something with the intention of making a profit is plagiarism, don’t do that.
Edit: Also better to be safe than sorry by giving credit when it is due.
Home & Garden LPT: try giving away your “trash”. Construction materials, furniture, and bulky items likely have value to someone else
We tore our deck out, I listed the half rotted wood (but still some good pieces) on FB marketplace for free before paying to dump it. Was gone in two days. (Lady was building a chicken coop)
Today, after a whole 2 hours on FB marketplace, someone came and picked up an exterior door I removed yesterday that was in poor shape. He needed it for a garden shed.
Years ago, we got rid of a couch that was (literally) falling apart. Family had puppies that wanted to train before getting a newer couch.
All these examples would have cost money to dispose of properly. A simple listing for free got them gone…and quick!
It is true you could try to sell items you don’t need anymore, and that’s nothing novel, but my point is truly one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure…and these items were trash to me. Technology has opened up this avenue for upcycling, recycling, and reusing like never before. Try giving it away and you might be surprised!
Productivity LPT: The very basics for feeling good: Lift heavy (do your squats), drink water, and get sleep.
Productivity LPT if you struggle with depression or other disorders preventing ADLs, you don't have to eat a full meal or even get into the shower in order to have tiny successes.
No, it's not healthy to do either of these long term or frequently, but sometimes it's better than nothing
You should try to eat at least once a day. But if the idea of food in general makes you feel sick, but you know you can handle a bite of a comfort food like pickles or a candy bar, go for that. Likewise to if you realize you haven't drank anything for quite awhile, but don't feel thirsty or are apathetic about it, try a gulp or two of soda or tea, whatever liquid you can stomach. This is better than nothing and may drive your thirst for actual water up.
Lastly, I know showering can become a huge burden sometimes, and even in my worst times, I rationally knew just getting under the water would make me feel better, even if I didn't wash, just the water itself would. But in those times, I couldn't bring myself to do even that. Baby wipes, and if you feel up to it, baby powder, make for great odor blockers and can help you feel tons better than before.
Social LPT If you want something kept a secret, never tell someone who is married that secret, they will reveal it their partner.
Edit: wow I'm enjoying these comments. Lots of married couples agreeing and admitting they tell their partners everything XD
Miscellaneous LPT: If you have trouble falling asleep, waking up at night, or having restless leg syndrome. Try getting foods and drinks with more iron, it helped me a lot.
Miscellaneous LPT: Take Vitamin D in the morning, especially if you're having trouble staying awake in the day and sleeping at night
Food & Drink LPT: Use binder clips when sealing bags of food instead of plastic “chip clips.” They sturdy, can withstand changes in temperature w/o getting brittle, come in tons of sizes, and are relatively cheap!
Every clip that I have bought that was designed specifically for this purpose has eventually broken. I always keep a couple of binder clips in a kitchen drawer for backup that have always been super reliable, then it hit me - JUST USE BINDER CLIPS!!!
I’m certain many have already made this life-altering discovery years ago. I wanted to do my part to help those who are still in the dark!
Social LPT: when shaking hands with someone elderly. Wait I till they apply pressure then gently match it or use less pressure.
Arthritis can be agonizing, look for red or swollen knuckles. Even a hard case WW2 vet can be in excruciating pain for days if you go in for the crush.
Miscellaneous LPT: Always return a car borrowed from a friend in better condition than when it was lent to you.
Someone's car is extremely important/necessary to most, if not all people's lives and it's important to respect that.
Return it with a full tank of gas or cleaner than when it was lent to you.
Traveling LPT: Travel Tuesday bargains can have hidden fees or date restrictions that make them less of a bargain or difficult to redeem.
Social LPT Keep the police non-emergency number in your phone contacts wherever you live/work. You never know when you might need it.
Social LPT: "You are what you eat" also applies to what you watch, what you read, what you listen to, and all your other media choices.
Basically, "You are what you consume."
I'm telling this to those who procastrinate on cleaning and end up having cleaning days that take hours.
Seriously, this is the number one rule of house cleaning. Do it frequently and you will end up making it a habit.
It's way easier to keep it tidy when you do it more frequently in smaller portions.
Traveling LPT: If you're worried about someone out and about, ask them to notify you when they're leaving a location. If something happens, you'll be able to tell the authorities straight away the last known location and direction.
I have two younger sisters. They don't always want to share location with me because they have a right to their own privacy. All I ask is that they just let me, or someone at home know when they're leaving certain locations. On a previous close call, it allowed me to tell authorities exactly when they left a location and where they were going.
Food & Drink LPT: Eating carbs does not make you sleepy. Eating *too much* carbs makes you sleepy. Limit your portions, and you’ll probably feel more awake.
Careers & Work LPT if you have a job where you are paid sick, always take an extra day even if you feel better.
Edit: talking from a UK experience in careers where we are paid sick.
Edit2: please see the title that has been the same from the beginning. /if you have a job where you are paid sick/. I’m not talking about jobs where you need to save sick days or earn them.
Speaking as a teacher who’s made this mistake too many times after picking up classroom illnesses - where you have to call in every day poorly, call in still the day you feel better. Your body still needs time to rest. Yes you feel better today because you have rested, however if you go in you are setting yourself up to feel awful again. Take that day to continue chilling, eating and sleeping well. Maybe catch up on some work from home if you feel too guilty or it’ll affect you detrimentally afterwards to not. But don’t go in. It is better to have one extra day off than have another week giving 50% because you pushed it too quickly. Unfortunately this doesn’t work for many jobs under capitalism, or in the US mostly, where you don’t get paid sick or are punished for days off.