Three Simple Hacks That Have Always Worked For Me
#3: Keep an extra supply of new, unused SIM cards. Over the years, extra SIM cards have saved me countless time, effort, and headaches.
#2: When watching something, and when they’re available, always turn on subtitles for a language you’re learning (or willing to learn).
#1: I use an unorthodox financial transaction scheme that helps me stay on top of everything more easily.
Whenever I have to manually pay a bill online, and it requires me typing in a certain amount by hand that is not copy-and-pasteable, I don’t type in the exact amount. I type in the next dollar up, plus a penny.
The reason for the rounding is it removes almost all possibility of human error. I helps me think less, and the overpayment is meaningless and gets accounted for in the next bill.
But there is actually another reason for the scheme beyond even that. I custom code the following types of financial transfers by the trailing cents:
*.02 bank transfer
*.03 ??? (haven’t used in a long time)
*.04 ??? (also haven’t used in a long time)
At one point I had up to four coded transaction types. I can’t remember what the last two were, but the first two I still use. When I check my bank account balances, I can see and verify what’s going on, at a glance, with a high degree of confidence.
Sure, there’s a 1 in 100 chance that a different type of transaction might end in the same number of cents, but this has happened to me maybe once in all the years I’ve done this. Plus, the odds drop even further once you systematically adjust other transaction types as part of the same scheme.