Sunday, July 12

From Public Toilets to Being Heard - Life Hacks for the Day-to-Day Dilemmas

We've all got a few tips up our sleeve which make our lives a little easier - things we've read in a random magazine, a tip that a friend gave you, or a happy accident; things that have stuck in our mind and become a vital part of our day-to-day lives. One of the most recent useful tips I picked up from...somewhere (???) is how to make sure you get the cleanest public toilet cubicle. When you gotta go, you gotta go - but go in a clean toilet!

1. When you want to be heard by a chatty group or room full of people, lower the pitch of your voice. Subconsciously people listen to a deeper tone and will give you their attention immediately. Don't think Barry White, just slightly drag queen -  I have used this so so so many times, always works.

2. In public toilets the cubicle nearest the door is used the least often and is therefore cleanest and probably best stocked with toilet paper - pick that one.

3. You can take two different types of painkillers at once as long as they have a different active ingredient and you stagger them i.e. 10am Ibuprofen, 12pm paracetamol, 2pm Ibuprofen, 4pm Paracetamol.

4. To appear confident, move slowly and don't fuss when you enter a room; stand still for a moment before deciding where to go. Don't fidget or dance around because people might look at you; stand still, look for your friend etc and then purposely go on your way. Think of the opposite - fidgeting, shuffling feet, eyes darting around, twisting fingers, repeatedly touching hair --- not confident at all.

5. If you find it impossible to get up in the morning, drink up to half a pint of water right before sleep. As soon as you open your eyes to push snooze your body will force you to get up.

6. Never let your anger get the better of you - shouting in the street is self indulgent and reaps no positive results. rise above it and be classy.

7. Take care of your teeth.

8. Always rinse anything that has had oats or cereal in it immediately or it sets like cement.

9. Buy dresses - a whole outfit done!

10. always know exactly what's in your bank account - yes I know its scary.

11. When videos won't play and photos won't load clear your cache.

12. If you've got a sneeze stuck that won't come out, look into the light - best advice I've ever been given.

13. Add butter to make anything tastier.

14. Lead with your hips when you walk; the position is more flattering to your body, it makes us  look more confident and is more elegant than that leaning forward hangdog walk that we usually have if we're in a rush and its raining!

What kind of day-to-day life hacks make your life a little easier? Share them below! Life's hard enough so any tips to smooth the path, I'm sure, are appreciated by all!
Are you having a good July? Boyfriend has a very defined T-Shirt tan, I love it! :-D

Seriously, try the low voice tip, especially for women - we tend to raise the tone of our voice and people switch off - it really really really works!! Particularly good for all the teachers out there ;-)

Ciao for now

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