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What can I do to set myself up for success in a work from home job?

I recently accepted a new job that will be completely remote. I'll be staring in about a week. What can I do now and in the first few weeks of the new job to create good habits and organization? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Jul 19, 2016 - 22 answers

Please Help, Packing Wizards!

Seeking a better way to organize my luggage for a trip... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Jul 7, 2016 - 21 answers

New relationship good practices

Please give me your best practices for starting a relationship off on the right foot. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2016 - 10 answers

Bali newbie seeks your best do and don't recommendations and hot tips

Travelling to Bali soon for the first time (2 adults, 2 kids under 10). We're staying in Sanur. What are your top tips please? This could be for places to visit or things to see but could also be around important things to consider regarding health, safety, money exchange, general dos and don'ts etc. I'm sure there are lots of seasoned Bali visitors on the site who've got lots of experience to share, some having learned the hard way. Please pass on your wisdom!
posted by ozem on Apr 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Memory tips for pronouns

I have a terrible memory and I don't want to misgender anyone! Do you have any memory tips for getting correct gender pronouns faster or more consistently? [more inside]
posted by monkeys with typewriters on Mar 4, 2016 - 12 answers

Tips and tricks for working on writing that bores you

I have a paper due tomorrow, which is about 2/3rds done, but I am absolutely bored out of my mind with the topic. I had just about brought myself to accept that I would spend most of the next 48 hours being this level of bored, when I discovered that I have lost the last half-day of work I did on it, so I have to redo it. This will add the tedium of rewriting stuff I wrote already to the boredom of working on a topic I find uninteresting in the first place and feels almost unmanageable. I have perky music, a clock to race against, and snacks, but what other tips and tricks do you have for working on something that bores you silly? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Feb 24, 2016 - 7 answers

Looking for resources re: employer penalties and tip pool violations

I think my employer-structured tip-pool is not in line w/ California law, and I would like to find examples of penalties levied against bars/restaurants and their owners for violations of the relevant laws. YANML. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2016 - 1 answer

Looking to make life as a big person dealing with chronic pain easier

So, I've always been big, somewhere between 180 to 200 pounds, at 5'5". I'm female. My thyroid quit on me about 2 years ago and it's been a struggle. I'm holding steady at 250 pounds. I'm not looking for weight loss tips. I'm looking for tips from people my size on how to make my life easier. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Feb 3, 2016 - 41 answers

I want to buy the car I've been leasing...

... but don't have a ton of experience arm-wrestling dealers. Know any negotiating tactics? Tricks to watch out for? [more inside]
posted by ducky l'orange on Jan 16, 2016 - 7 answers

"Don't come in high on your first day!" yes I think I knew that already.

What do you wish you had known or done before starting a new job? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 16, 2015 - 37 answers

Christmas cards for the super, 2015

How to tip building staff -- not just cash amounts, but the logistics of it. [more inside]
posted by postcommunism on Dec 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Tips for my first real relationship

I am entering what I think could pan out to be my first real, actual relationship. It is so exciting and wonderful and also so scary. Please help me not fuck it up. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Nov 29, 2015 - 19 answers

Vanity, thy name is ME!

I enter the last year of my 30s next week and I have noticed a recent interest in being, well, a little fussy about my appearance. Ladies of MeFi, give me your tips/tricks/suggestions for looking good! Self-centred snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Nov 19, 2015 - 24 answers

Tricks for getting better coverage from silver lipstick

I realize this is slightly similar to the previous question, except it's about lipstick, and less about setting it than getting it to show up in the first place. My silver lip color is just not doing what's advertised on the tin. [more inside]
posted by Superplin on Oct 31, 2015 - 9 answers

Make me a better camper by telling me your favorite backpacking hacks.

I'm looking to up my backpacking game. What tricks, strategies, and indispensable-but-overlooked items do you take with you into the backcountry? I'm looking for little things that cost little or nothing in terms of weight or money, but which make life easier in camp or on the trail. What are some of your most clever solutions? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Oct 2, 2015 - 41 answers

Tips/ideas for low-stress long open house & park party to celebrate baby

Hi! Mrs ManInSuit and I are planning a party to mark the arrival of little six-month-old BabyInSuit. The plan is for an all-day causal open house, with a trip to the park. Looking for tips on how to make this fun and nice for the guests, and minimally stressful for us. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Sep 12, 2015 - 14 answers

Can anyone help me find this article about academic time management?

A while ago I came across an article written by a professor about time management in academia. It was a really great and valuable article but no matter how hard I search, I can't find it again. It was basically him (her? think it was him) detailing his techniques that he uses to manage his time. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Aug 3, 2015 - 8 answers

is it ok for a bartender to not be tipped out on server drinks?

I make a tipping wage at my bartender job, yet I'm not being tipped out on hundreds of dollars of server drinks I make every day. Should I be angry or is that a normal practice at U.S. bars? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2015 - 14 answers

What tips are there for buying a used car?

I've always bought new cars and driven them for 15+ years. Need a car for my teen and have no intentions to buy new. I've never bought a used car. What tips/tricks do you have for the buying process regardless of whether it's from a private party, used car lot, or from a dealership?
posted by teg4rvn on Jun 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Active guy finds out he needs eyeglasses, needs advice on frames.

I just found out I need to wear eyeglasses full-time and I need help selecting frames, purchasing advice, and moral support. There are difficulty modifiers. Very special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2015 - 26 answers

Was I being tested, or am I just being paranoid?

Unsure whether my new boss was testing my integrity, or whether I should take his actions at face value. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2015 - 20 answers

What is the appropriate exchange rate of cash/beverages/snacks to wifi?

Baristas! Bartenders! Bar and coffee shop owners! Other officeless people! I often work in coffee shops, and sometimes in bars. I stay for hours, sitting in chairs, soaking up A/C, using the wifi, and listening to music on headphones. What is the appropriate volume of drink/snack buying &/or tipping to avoid being a jerk and provide adequate compensation? (My current rate is ~ one coffee/two hours.) Is there any kind of consensus about this? [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jun 1, 2015 - 26 answers

Recommend books on enchancing poetry and short story craftmanship?

I'm trying to find some valuable works of advice to improve my craftsmanship on writing poetry and short stories. If you can recommend any advice books, poetry, novels, and short stories that can help contribute to better writing in the genre of: science fiction, southern Gothic literature, classic literature, modernism, and modern ligature works, that would be most appreciated. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on May 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Cooling an urban apartment with a fan?

Experienced urbanites: What is the best method to use a fan to cool an apartment that only has windows on one side of the building? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Apr 28, 2015 - 15 answers

Ultimate Travel Hacks!!

Trying to up my travel game! Looking for your best hacks/tips/etc... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Mar 20, 2015 - 38 answers

Reading between the lines of a recipe

What are things you know to do while cooking that is essential to success yet is not always explicit in a recipe? [more inside]
posted by slipthought on Feb 9, 2015 - 73 answers

Easy yet effective tips for coping with stress better?

I've been hit with a significant number of life stressors recently, and could use some help. I've been working on keeping my stress levels low through healthy eating, exercising, and sleeping well, but my stress is getting to the point where I feel like laying in bed all day. I can't afford to let myself spiral any lower; I'd like some simple-yet-effective stress busters to prop me up, so that I have enough energy to deal with my problems and continue living healthy. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Feb 3, 2015 - 26 answers

Finally getting an iMac, after a bajillion years. Lead me?

So four years ago, I wrote this love letter to Steve Jobs when he died. I admired that man, but the major thing missing was that I didn't own anything made by Apple, apart from an old generation iPod. I said, someday. Well that day has finally arrived. Any tips to make my transition easier? What other accessories/necessities should I buy? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Jan 26, 2015 - 27 answers

I want to talk (and think) about what I read.

I am looking for a system or tips on, basically, how to write a summary of a book that explains its main points. [more inside]
posted by divina_y_humilde on Dec 14, 2014 - 6 answers

As a bartender, how much should I be tipped out by the servers?

I am the first bartender this restaurant has hired and this is also my first bartending job, so both the owner and I are coming up with the tip out policy from scratch. This is in the US -- if you are not familiar with how US tipping culture works, please don't answer. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Nov 7, 2014 - 35 answers

Tip Etiquette, for those being tipped.

About 8 months ago I asked a question about becoming a bartender on the fly, and the answers I received were fantastic, and really helped me become comfortable mixing drinks faster than I would have. But I have a few questions about something I didn't realize I would need help with: Tipping, or receiving tips. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Oct 26, 2014 - 24 answers

Blackboard Jungle

Can this class be saved? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Sep 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Gift to Chinese employee in non-tipping culture: how?

Our cleaning lady is taking her first holiday in a decade to visit her family. I was planning on giving her a cash present in lieu of the money she would have earned at our place, but I don't think she understands tips and I don't want her to feel further obliged to us. This has been a problem in the past because she has very strong views on hard work and duty &c. How should I present the idea (and money) to her in a culturally appropriate way? Am I just overthinking this?
posted by ICanHazQuestion on Jul 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Visiting China for the first time

Ni hao! I will be visiting China for the first time this December. Please share your advice and anecdotes! [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord on Jul 15, 2014 - 12 answers

OK to use alcohol wipes on IEM eartips?

Is it fine to clean my silicone eartips with alcohol-based wipes? I've been doing it for a few years, and even the same tips for quite a while, without noticing any problem. Yet some scant audiophile advice on the Net says don't use alcohol. I'm wondering "Why not?" But I'm concerned if I am doing damage... Sometimes I do soak them in soapy water, but it's so time-saving to wipe them down with these pads from the first-aid aisle; plus, they -- and my ears -- stay pretty clean anyway. (I have standard silicone tips that came with Brainwavz and other brands of in-ear monitors.) Thank you.
posted by noelpratt2nd on Jun 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Tipping full price during happy hour?

Am I supposed to tip on the full, normal cost of meals and drinks during happy hour? [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive on Jun 13, 2014 - 28 answers

Article finder edition

Help me find a blog/article on using Outlook as the email organization/productivity system! My google searches are failing. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jun 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Far from the madding crowd

I pretty much only have time off when everybody else has time off, but I don't enjoy spending my time off with everybody else! What are your general tricks and specific suggestions for enjoying tourist destinations without crowds? I'm especially interested in California (I live in the SF Bay Area), but general ideas and other places are fine too. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on May 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Help Me Have a Lovely Southern Maine Experience

O MeFites of a Maine Persuasion, please recommend to me things and places in Southern Maine in mid-May. [more inside]
posted by julen on Apr 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Photography tips wanted

I need to take an outdoor photograph of a subject standing in front of a large, white, shiny background (a vehicle). The person and the vehicle are equally important elements in the picture. I need to take the photo when both the subject and the vehicle are available, so I have no control over the date or time or weather. Assuming I need to do this on a bight, sunny day (although I'm hoping for a slightly overcast one) where do I position them relative to the sun? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Apr 22, 2014 - 13 answers

How do we get a leash on this dog?

Our adorbs rescue puppy is eating out of our hands, playing fetch and generally charming our socks off. But we cannot cannot cannot get a collar on him. Or a leash. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Apr 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Drawing hacks and tips for beginners?

I'm looking for simple tips and hacks that make a big difference in learning to draw - like "start your drawing at the point of focus" or "start with light colors, then add dark colors". [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Two drifters, off to see the world...

How to have fun with your travel buddy [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Mar 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Color me pretty. Help me learn watercolors!

I'd love to do more urban/travel sketching with watercolors and ink, and I'm pretty new to art. How do I learn to do it better? More inside! [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Feb 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Colour-blind to study aids?

Do you study similarly to me? What else works for you? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Feb 6, 2014 - 15 answers

How I learned to stop worrying and love the workaday life

Any tricks, hacks, tips to get yourself out of bed and to work each day? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Jan 28, 2014 - 27 answers

Traveling the world nervousness, questions, and suggestions

I'm trying to make travel plans, however, the whole situation is changing so rapidly. I have not booked any tickets yet. My rough original intention was to travel throughout Southeast Asia through China (Hong Kong) then up to Europe. I originally planned to start in Singapore and work through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam but the recent situation in Bangkok has made me nervous. I'm trying to stay as safe as possible. I want to do as little backtracking as possible. I have saved up a bit of cash and am using the trip as a personal sabbatical/soul searching. My time frame can be up to a year on the road. What would a typical itinerary look like/do you have any alternate suggestions? What do people generally do when on the road for this long/any suggestions to stay busy during this time?
posted by nathanm on Jan 23, 2014 - 14 answers

How to Get Better at Speed Dating

I've done speed dating before, with little to no success. I know the entire thing is very much a crapshoot, but are there any ways to make the most of it and potentially get a match? [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet on Jan 20, 2014 - 15 answers

I have a 7 year old boy who can't spell- urgint holp neeyded plez ;-)

My son is an above average reader for his age but his spelling is atrocious. He has just finished Year 1 at school in Western Australia. I need help as he's getting upset about this and I'm getting stressed. I just don't know how to help him :-( There must be some good "spelling breakthrough" approaches out there...? More details inside. Any tips are really appreciated! [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jan 6, 2014 - 47 answers

Interview extroardinaire

How to do well in interviews? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 21, 2013 - 6 answers

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