Doing things differently
Sometimes people carry on doing things the same way they have always done even although circumstances change and times move on.
These people are splitting my chicken!
What do I mean by this? Read this short story that one of my old bosses told me and it has always stuck in my mind…
There was a woman, cooking chicken. Her daughter was watching her, and asked her why, before she put the chicken in the oven, she split it up by cutting the legs off of it and put them into the oven separately.
“I don’t know,” replied the woman. “My mother always did it, and I just picked up the habit from her. We’ll ask her.”
So, the next time they took the daughter to see her grandmother, they both asked the grandmother why she cut the legs off a chicken before cooking it. The grandmother thought for a while, and said, “It’s just a habit of mine; I do it because my mother did it.”
Fortunately, the great-grandmother was still alive, in a nursing home. So, the next time they visited, the three generations of women asked her why she cut the legs off a chicken before cooking it, as it was a habit that had been passed on without them knowing the reason why.
The old woman laughed, and told them that when she was young, and just starting out in the world, she cut off the chicken’s legs because otherwise it was too big to fit in her oven.
Basically, ovens have changed – as has everything else in our daily life – and most of the time it’s for the greater good. So, I say – embrace change!
What about you? Do you do things because that’s just how it’s always been done? Do you like change? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014
How do you cope under pressure?
Think of a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright.
It just goes with my job that things don’t go as planned and the s**t goes down always at the least appropriate time. For example, in the middle of a presentation on how to manage email, my Outlook crashes. You know the kind of thing that never ever happens to you until people are watching.
There are lots of ways to deal with this kind of situation and I’m sure everyone has their own coping strategy.
I discovered mine a few years ago and I call it “Rule Of 10”.
Basically, when something is not going quite right i.e. very wrong, use the “Rule Of 10”.
All you need to do is start counting backwards from 10 down to 1 and more often than not the problem decreases in size in line with the numbers.
For example, a computer application goes belly up when you are showing a group of people – start at 10 and, from my experience, it’s fixed itself well before you get to 1 but if it hasn’t it’s given you time to think of an alternative or prepare what to say to “wing it”.
Outwardly calm, inwardly calm.
I apply this everywhere not just at work.
The traffic lights are red when you are late – count from 10 and they are always changed before 1.
Someone in the queue in front of you in the shop is taking ages “rule of 10” it and they’ll be out the door with their shopping bags before you reach 1.
The TV box won’t boot up and your favourite tv show is about to start. 10…..and I’m lying on the sofa before 1.
Try it. It might just save your life. Haha, well, reduce your blood pressure anyway…
What about you? Tell me how you cope under pressure in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014
How do you make the best bacon sandwich?
Do you like a good bacon sandwich for your Sunday morning breakfast? Well, we’ve been doing it wrong…
Here’s a tip for making the best bacon sandwich…
I’ve previously mentioned the wonderful CrazyRussianHacker’s Life Hacks and how awesome I think his YouTube channel is so here’s another one of his videos.
If you ever wanted to know the correct way to cook bacon – check this…BOOM!
Do you have any hints and tips you would like to share? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014
Have you ever downloaded a free trial version of software, loved it but then be either too tight or poor to buy the full version when the time limit expires? Me too but…
Here’s a tip…
If you are using a PC and the trial version of some software only lasts 30 days simply go into your settings and change the date on your computer clock!
I had heard of this before but didn’t think it would in any way work until the other day when I actually tried it and guess what? It works!
I can’t say it will work with everything but it’s surely worth a try, right?
So, over to Cher!
Do you have any hints and tips you would like to share? Leave me a comment or tweet me @stevesays2014
Following the very sad news that the great comedy magician, Paul Daniels , another one of my childhood celebrities has passed away – I have decided to dedicate a special “life hack” or productivity hint & tip to him! Here’s the tip…
Do you keep an untidy desktop on your PC? Are there lots of files saved there? We all do it – it’s really convenient. However – how many times have you had to do a last-minute presentation and you don’t want anyone to see the files saved on your desktop. Do you then manically delete things, create a folder called “desktop” and move everything into that? Now, how many folders called “desktop” inside folders called “desktop” do you have?
Of course, the solution to this is really to have good housekeeping and keep your desktop tidy at all times but let’s just say you need a quick, clean desktop – use the “Paul Daniels Magic Desktop” feature…
All you have to do is right-mouse click anywhere on your desktop, select View and untick the show desktop icons option…
All of a sudden all your desktop icons vanish – a clean desktop! Or as Paul Daniels would say – “now, that’s magic!”
I am hoping that Microsoft will read this post and rename the feature in tribute to the legendary magician! Let’s remind ourselves of his talent and his humour. Thanks entertaining us so well Paul!
What about you? Do you have any hints and tips you would like to share?
Once again, the idea for this post came courtesy of my shower.
Have you ever had a document that is full of words and phrases that you really don’t understand? This happens to me all the time!
I used to have to copy and paste the text I didn’t understand into Google and try and learn about it that way. Thankfully, those days are gone and with the release of Office 2016 I have just become smarter than I’d ever hoped.
This is all thanks to the Smart Lookup feature…
Firstly, here’s the long way of using Smart Lookup before I share my way of doing things – which are usually quicker and always smarter.
You can highlight the text and either use the Smart Lookup option on the Review Tab of The Ribbon or alternatively you can access it from the right-click menu.
I had no idea what “angiography” was before I used Smart Lookup!
Now I know what it is, how to pronounce it and see any related images or articles – genius!
You might think that’s smart but let’s make it smarter…
Put your cursor anywhere within the word and use the brilliant KeyTips shortcut of pressing, in this sequence, ALT R R
Alternatively, add it to the Quick Access Toolbar and make sure it is in position one and then, still with your cursor in the word, use the KeyTips shortcut of pressing, in sequence, ALT 1
I guarantee you will be smarter within minutes!
I love hints & tips – what’s your favourite? Share it with me, leave it in a comment below or tweet me @stevesays2014
Do you want to see crazy solutions to lots of life’s little irritations? Like me, do you love a pack of chips and a bottle of wine on the weekend but find eating out of the bag frustrating?
Here’s a tip…
I’ve previously mentioned the wonderful CrazyRussianHacker’s Life Hacks and how awesome I think his YouTube channel is so here’s another one of his videos. How to eat chips…like a BOSS!
Do you have any hints and tips you would like to share?
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