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Common LPTs


Animals and Pets

LPT: How to find a lost dog.

Careers and Work

LPT: Sending a resume by email? Name it "YourName.pdf" instead of "resume.pdf", so the person downloading and reading resumes can tell which is yours.

Clothing

LPT: On Jan. 1st turn all the hangers in your closet with clothes on them backwards. When you re-hang your clothes after wearing/washing them, turn the hangers the proper direction. On Jan. 1st of the following year, donate all the clothes that haven't been turned to charity.

Computers

LPT: Gmail has an "undo send" feature you can turn on, to give you the chance take back an already sent email.

LPT: Always leave the address line blank while composing an email.

LPT: you can use @gmail.com and @googlemail.com interchangeably. Perfect for signing up to a website twice without setting up two accounts.

LPT: Gmail ignores everything after a + in the username of an email address, use it to register for websites

LPT: When signing up for the newsletter, instead of putting your name, put the website name. Then, when you get a million spam emails, you'll source it to the website that shred your name and email.

LPT: On Wikipedia, enter "simple." before "wikipedia.org" for complicated or lengthy topics to get a quick, concise summary of the main points in ELI5 terms. Great for studying.

Food and Drink

LPT: Get rid of fruit flies by filling a bowl with soap and apple cider vinegar.

LPT: Wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes to make it ice cold.

LPT: Freeze a coin in a cup of water to tell if there was a power outage while you were away.

LPT: Sprinkle salt to keep sweating drinks from sticking to napkin/coaster.

Health and Fitness

LPT: How to feel well-rested in the mornings.

Home and Garden

LPT: Use a hairdryer to defog a mirror after your shower.

LPT: Use a (clean) dustpan to fill a container that won't fit in a sink (or a tub-obviously).

LPT: Need to de-wrinkle a shirt? Throw the item and a wet towel into the dryer for 5 minutes.

LPT: If you have lost small items behind furniture or under the couch, put a stocking (or sock) over the hose of your vacuum cleaner. The vacuum will pick up the small item but the stocking will prevent it from getting sucked inside.

LPT: Always respond to sales calls about buying a home security system that you already have one. You never know if you're talking to a real company or a possible burglar scouting for properties to rob.

Productivity

LPT: If it will only take five minutes or less, do it right away. You'll be surprised how much you can accomplish. - [Similarly]

LPT: Listen to a tutorials/lectures on 1.5x speed; learn same thing faster.

Miscellaneous

LPT: Erase permanent marker on a whiteboard by writing over it with a whiteboard marker then erasing it.

LPT: If you're looking for something and it's not in the first place you look, put it there after you find it.

LPT: When in an unfamiliar car, most gas gauges have a small arrow indicating which side the tank is on.

LPT: If you ever get trapped underwater in your car, use your carseat headrest to break the window. (Alternatively, a video link thread here).

LPT: If you need to remember to bring something with you, put your car keys with it. You literally can't leave without it.

LPT: Take a picture of something you need to remember.

LPT: Need to remember to take something to work or school tomorrow? Put it in/on your shoes the night before. - (other commonly suggested related tips include placing the item by your keys or cellphone.)

LPT: When someone in a customer service related job does something above and beyond, let their boss know.

LPT: When proofreading a piece of text for typos, read it backwards.

LPT: Take pictures of your hair after a good haircut. If you ever need to see a new barber, a picture's worth a thousand words.

Money and Finance

LPT: If you're buying something online, don't purchase right away! Leave your item in the checkout; you're likely to receive a discount.

LPT: If you are given a prepaid debit card as a gift, save it after you spend the money. You can use it to sign up for free trials online.

LPT: Use (local area code) + 867-5309 to look up an account if you don't have a store loyalty card, there is usually one registered under that number.

LPT: Before you buy something, read the reviews or watch videos for common repair issues, and/or search for '"[item]" + common failure problems'.

LPT: When lending money to friends and family, don't consider it a loan. Give it them. Consider it gone. With this, consider carefully who your friends and family are. If you are willing to help them, monetarily, realize it is to help them at your own financial expense.

LPT: When shopping around and looking at deals/sales try not to think about how much you're saving on a discounted item, but how much you're still spending.

Social

LPT: If you think someone is giving you a fake number, read it back to them incorrectly. If they correct you, it's legit.

LPT: When at a party/event, drink with your left hand so your right hand won't be cold/wet when you go to shake someone's hand.

LPT: Don't point out other's flaws or weaknesses.

LPT: Don't forget about the bystander effect.

LPT: If you're setting a goal for yourself, don't tell anyone about it.

LPT: If you still have grandparents alive, spend time asking them about their childhood and younger life experiences before it's too late. or spend time with them, or take pictures. They will appreciate it and you never know when they will be gone.

LPT: Save at least one voicemail from each of your loved ones. Death is often unexpected. There are times you’d give anything just to hear someone’s voice again

LPT: when splitting something with another person, if you want to make it most fair and avoid conflict, one person divides it in half and the other person chooses which half to take

Traveling

LPT: Lose your phone charger? Ask the hotel front desk.

LPT: access google maps offline on your phone

LPT: When traveling abroad without cell service, you can still use GPS with your phone in airplane mode. Combine this with Google Maps' offline save feature and you won't ever get lost again

Common LPT Requests

LPT Request: How to procrastinate less?

LPT Request: Study tips for final exams?

LPT Request: How to stop procrastinating from schoolwork?

LPT Request: When apartment searching, what are some key questions to ask and things to look out for?

LPT Request: How to negotiate pay when given a job offer?

LPT: How to get myself up better in the mornings

LPT Request: How do I stop sweating so much?

LPT Request: Stop nail biting

Misconceptions

LPT: If you want to buy the cheapest airline tickets online use your browser's incognito mode. - A bounty was offerred for someone to debunk this claim and nobody was able to prove this is legitimate.

LPT: Crumpling aluminium foil before use to avoid sticking -- MYTH BUSTED

LPT: When applying for jobs (especially to large organizations), look through the job description and add any keywords they use to your resume as frequently as possible to get your application through HR. - Some companies are able to pick up that it's white text, and will autoreject you.

Interesting LPT Discussion Threads

LPT: How to get a raise.

LPT Request: How to respond to the question "do you know how fast you were going?"

LPT Request: How to fix my zipper when it screws up!

LPTs for first apartments: thread one, thread two, thread three

LPT Request: How to stop craving sugar?

LPT Request: How to deal with bites in your cheeks.

LPT Request: How to quickly heal cracked lips in the cold, dry winter?

LPT: Getting the smell of smoke out of a car.

LPT: How to use a condom correctly. NSFW!

LPT: In addition to having a weekly date night with your husband/wife/partner, have a weekly business breakfast.

LPT Request: Easy way to train yourself to have good posture?

LPT on job searching: link here

LPT: When responding to advice, say "You're right" instead of "I know". This thread was interesting and although it falls under common courtesy, many users enjoyed this particular LPT.

LPT: Sign up for a service contract you no longer want to be in? Request to see a copy of the agreement you signed. If they're unable to produce it, you're out and possibly entitled to a refund.

Computer Shortcuts/Tips

Please note: MOST keyboard shortcut based tips tend to be removed under the 'recommending product/service for its intended use' category currently

LPT: If you hold down Alt while hovering over a link, you can select the text without clicking/moving the link.

LPT: When selecting a text with your mouse, double-click on the first word, hold down the mouse on the second click and then select your text. It will now select text by words, not characters.

LPT: Ctrl + Shift + V pastes as plain unformatted text in most applications and systems. (Cmd Shift V on Mac)

LPT: Rather than using Ctrl Alt Delete, Use Ctrl Shift Esc to go straight to task manager.

Use Ctrl+Backspace and Ctrl+Delete to remove words at a time when typing

LPT: Use the extension "/html5" at the end of any youtube video to make it load as HTML5 instead of Flash! Much more efficient at loading videos and plays back more effectively! Or use "https://www.youtube.com/html5" to automatically make ALL videos HTLM5!

LPT: You can access pinned programs on the taskbar using the Windows Key + 1 through 0

LPT: Hold the "shift" key when adjusting the volume on your Macbook to eliminate the annoying bubble noise.

LPT: Never vacuum any electronics/computer parts to remove dust.

LPT: Middle click a hyperlink to open it in a new tab (Chrome).

LPT: Ctrl+shift+T will open the most recently closed tabs in Chrome.

LPT: When highlighting/formatting vertical text such as on word/notepad, holding ALT enables you to highlight vertically like this.

LPT: In Excel, the F4 key repeats the previous action (e.g. You added a border around one cell? Press F4 on another cell and the same border appears.)

LPT: Do not stick anything metal into a device charging port to clean it out - use a toothpick, or better, compressed air


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