Stuff You Should Know How to Do

30 things that college doesn’t teach you, but you should know how to do by the time you graduate:

  1. You should know how to jumpstart a car

    • To all the dad’s out there– wrap up a jumper cable kit and put it under the tree like my dad did. 
  2. You should know how to check your tire pressure

    • Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove box
    • PSI: found on a little sticker inside of the driver’s door
    • Go to the tire, take the air cap off, connect the gauge and see what the PSI level is. If it’s low, put a little air in it, check the PSI again, & repeat till you’re all set!
    • If you accidentally put too much air in, press on the tire valve to release some air
    • Example: Honda Crv ’08 PSI: 31
  3. You should know how to negotiate

    • You could make an entire class out of “how to negotiate”. In order to master negotiating, you have to practice. Here are 4 rules on how to become a better negotiator. 
    • Examples of things you can negotiate: Gym membership fee, credit card, cable, pay, car insurance, rent
    • DO. YOUR. RESEARCH. Save and earn more money.
  4. You should know how to manage your time

    • If you’re really struggling with fitting everything into one day, try using a time management worksheet to start. A simple list is also a great way to put everything swarming up in your head on paper. This usually results in you seeing you actually have less to do than you thought, making your stress levels dramatically decrease. Visuals are a great!
    • Apps: Asana & Trello
  5. You should know how to remember people’s names

    • I really struggle with this one! My trick is when someone tells me they’re name, I’ll say it back to them— Repetition is key!
    • Remember, everyone likes the sound of their own name. This is a critical tool when it comes to sales because people buy from people they like. Just by saying someone’s name, you have a higher chance of them liking you.Image result for forgetting someone's name memes
    • TOOLS: Remember, 7 hacks .
  6. You should know how to say “I’m sorry”

    • Apologies are an indication that someone isn’t right all of the time and that they acknowledgeImage result for im sorry that, which is important because no one wants to be around someone who thinks they’re always right.
    • How To Apologize: 5 Expert Tips To Make It Easier

    • If the apology isn’t enough, take it one step further and work to understand why the other person is hurt by you.
  7. You should know how to write a thank you note

    • Thank you notes: *the gold standard*
    • If a swamped CEO can write 30,000 thank you notes in his career, I bet you can manage 10/year.
    • When to write thank you notes? Post job interview, after meeting with someone giving you career advice, to a helpful and influential professor, to family members, to friends, … I could go on, but here are some tips.
    • Personal gain: Handwritten thank you notes will set you apart
  8. You should know how to treat a burn

    • Run under cool water immediately
    • Apply aloe (plant gel that helps heal burns)
    • Starts to blister: Apply topical antiseptics to prevent infections, but don’t break the blister
    • Burning eyes: flush your eyes to remove toxins– think high school science lab
    • Major burns: call 911
    • Mayo Clinic reminders
  9. You should know how to treat frostbite

    • At what temperature can you get frostbite
    • You can treat the first stage of frostbite by rewarming the skin for at least 30 minutes– but DO NOT rub the skin!
    • Signs: skin turns a pale yellow or white. Itching, burning, needle-like feeling.
    • If the signs progress past these, you need to seek medical attention or there is a high possibility you will have nerve and skin damage. In the meantime, take aspirin to thin the blood.
  10. You should know how to shake hands

  11. You should know how to cast a fishing line

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  12. You should know how to handle a deer running in front of a car

    • Deer breeding season runs from October through early January, and during this time they are highly active and on the move. This is when deer-vehicle collisions are at their peak. –
    • NEVER EVER SWERVE to avoid hitting a deer
    • If it’s dark, turn on your brights and flash your lights. A long honk on the horn will often times scare off the deer as well.
  13. You should know how to dine alone

    • C’mon, don’t be the dude that constantly needs to be around people and is incapable of eating alone. Nothing shows low self-confidence than the inability to enjoy dinner alone sometimes.
    • You will experience solitude and learn to let your brain unwind from the day
    • You will likely choose healthier options
    • Alone time is healthy, too!
    • If you eat at the bar, don’t feel like you have to engage with everyone around you.
    • Be adventurous
  14. You should know how to shut off the electricity in your home

    • Everything you need is in this link 🙂
  15. You should know how to choose a wine

    • Read the back of the label to get ideas about the wine’s flavor, body and potential pairings
    • Consider how strongly flavored or rich the meal is, and match it with a similarly full-bodied wine.
    • Look at wine ratings- Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, and Wine Enthusiast
    • Consumer Reports 
  16. You should know how to set a table

    • Might seem mundane or dated, but this is a simple bit of knowledge you should posses. 
  17. You should know how to find a mentor

    • A mentor is a must. Mentors stimulate professional growth, provide guidance backed by experience, connect you to other experts/ helpful business professionals. There are a countless # of benefits of a mentor
    • “Sixty-one percent of female millennials polled in a recent Pew Research study said they would like to become a boss or top manager some day”.
    • Steps to find a mentor:Image result for linkedin logo
      • Stalk LinkedIn, then reach out
      • Find an organization you’re passionate about, then reach out
      • Find an expert in your place of employment, then reach out
      • You get places because of who you know, so make connections and broaden your network.
  18. You should know how to screenshot on a Mac

    • Press shift – command – 4
    • Then the screenshot goes straight to your desktop
  19. You should know how to assemble anything from Ikea

    • Directions. come. in. the. box.
  20. You should know how to pick a cantaloupe

    • Scratch the circled area and judge off the smell. It should be a sweet, slightly musty scent
    • The stem should yield slightly when you press it with your thumb
    • YUM, eat up!
  21. You should know how to give a compliment

    • **You should know how to give a sincere, genuine compliment
    • If you don’t actually think someone deserves praise, then don’t say anything, because people can sense a lack of sincerity (false compliments)
    • Make eye contact– great form of nonverbal communication that makes you appear more credible
    • Giving compliments makes the other person feel good, but it’ll make you feel good as well by enhancing your own self-confidence
    • Giving compliments is a form of leadership and influence
    • “You’re amazing at baseball, for a girl” <— Absolutely NO NO NO.
    • Daily Happiness Article
  22. You should know how to get rid of a stain

  23. You should know how to use body language 

    • How long does it take someone to make a 1st impression: 3 seconds
    • Body language can help you appear more confident, engaged, powerful, etc
    • This is one of my favorite Ted Talks by American psychologist, Amy Cuddy, on how you can improve your body language:
  24. You should know how to fix a leaky faucet

    • This shouldn’t take longer than 1 hour
    • Follow the Handy Man’s guide
  25. You should know how to unclog a shower drain

    • With the drain wig!! (As seen on Shark Tank)
    • If you have a clogged shower drain and have yet to purchase a drain wig, try:
      • Pouring boiling water down the drain to break the soap & grease
      • Use drain-o
      • Use a hook (This option isn’t ideal…. the smell is usually revolting)
      • Hate chemicals? Try 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar (in that order)
  26. You should know how to look up your credit report

    • Experian
    • Credit Karma  (my favorite)
    • Equifax
    • 700 above = good. Most credit scores = between 600-750.   Very poor = 300-579 (17% of people)
    • Tip: keep balances low on your credit cardsScreen Shot 2017-12-01 at 8.33.06 AM.png
    •  “VantageScore is a credit scoring model that first emerged in 2006 as a joint venture of the big three credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — and now has the distinction of being one of only two scoring models lenders rely on to make lending decisions (the other being FICO)” .
  27. You should know how to hang a picture

    1. Tools: Hammer, NAIL, tape measure, pencil
    2. Find your wall’s center, make a mark
    3. Measure the distance from the top of the frame to the hanging wire or hook
    4. Mark the spot where your nail will go
    5. Hammer in the nail
    6. Hang the frame on the nail
    7. Use a level to make sure the frame is straight. Adjust until the bubble on the level is centered
  28. You should know how to wash LuluLemon 

    • DON’T wash lulu with socks!!! That’s a quick route to pill pants (and this reallllyyyy sucks, guys)
    • LuluLemon care instructions
  29. You should know how to start a conversation

  30. You should know how to get rid of clothes you don’t wear


“If you want to be more powerful in life, educate yourself”


3 comments on “Stuff You Should Know How to Do

  1. Good stuff to know. I didn’t know 18- hoe to screen shot on a MaC. Thanks! One to add might be how to budget personal finances.


  2. Becky Garner

    Grandma Garner
    Loved this one, have read it 3 times and have some notes. May I add that everyone should know which fork to use and how to use a napkin. Please know how to use a napkin….


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