People Share Advice They Thought Was Useless Until They Actually Tried It

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A lot of people like to believe that they know everything and so they can’t be bothered to actually take any advice. About anything. Ever.

I used to have a boss who would never listen to any of us employees even when we KNEW the things we suggested would save us time (this was in the food service industry). It was enough to drive all of us crazy.

He eventually came around and took our suggestions and guess what? They worked!

Let’s see what folks on AskReddit had to say about advice that sounded useless until they actually tried it.

1. Clean it up!

“Life is really much easier if you clean your workplace/room.

I clean my room often and it makes me feel calm and clears my head.”

2. Get on a schedule.

“Stick to the same sleep schedule on your days off that you follow on days when you have to be somewhere at a specific time (like school or work days).

I spent my whole life sleeping until noon on weekends, thinking I was storing sleep in some imaginary sleep bank. I recently started waking up early on weekends, and now I don’t have trouble waking up when my alarm goes off during the week.

Plus I have all this extra time to do stuff because I’m not sleeping all day.”

3. Drink up!

“You’re not hungry you’re thirsty!

I would eat a big meal and wonder why I still felt hungry.. It is because I wasn’t drinking a glass of water with my meal.

Now if I notice I am hungry after eating normal portions I have a glass of water and wait 5 minutes before I continue eating.”

4. It’s good for you!

“Practice gratitude.

Grateful people are happy people.

This includes just saying ‘thank you’ any time someone does something. Everyone likes to be acknowledged for something, even if it’s something small, and just making other people a little happier makes you happier.”

5. A lifestyle change.

“I suffered severe insomnia for years.

Someone told me I should get up an hour earlier, go for a 30 minute run in the morning, then do yoga for 15 minutes before showering and getting ready for work. Seemed ridiculous, but I decided to try it for a month.

Haven’t suffered insomnia since. Have way more energy, sleep better, feel better. It’s amazing.”

6. Ask yourself this question…

“Before I do anything I ask myself, “Would an idiot do that?”

And if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing.”

7. Good tip from Mom.

“My mom told me to spend good money on the things that separate you from the ground: tires, shoes, mattress.

I finally bought good not cheap shoes and life was SIGNIFICANTLY better. They last so much longer and my back and posture improved too. She’s not wrong about tires and a mattress either.”

8. EVERYONE should go.

“Going to therapy.

I’m a guy. I’m emotionally stable, so I thought it was a pointless idea. Went with my ex-gf, in order to work out problems in our relationship (mostly on her end).

I learned so much about myself and got some amazing life advice. 10/10”

9. They can sense it somehow…

“Stop chasing girls.

Most times now they notice me as an individual, not as someone begging for a girlfriend.

They can smell the desperation coming off you. When I gave up and worked on personal projects, I found a lot more success with women.

That said, you still have to be in an environment that leads to talking with people. Giving up doesn’t mean to sit in your apartment and mope, it means to not have getting a girl as the goal for the day while you’re out and about.”

10. All the good stuff.

“When you are sad eat healthy, do a lot of sports, and try to take in fresh air under the sun.

It works incredibly well.

It probably is something purely chemical, so it is definetly worth a try.”

11. Just get started!

“If you want to write a novel, just start writing.

Don’t plan, just get words on paper.

“You can’t edit a blank page.” Is the best writing advice I’ve ever gotten.”

12. So addictive.

“Drink less caffeine.

I didnt realize how much it affects my mental disorders (anxiety, depression, ADD) until I started drinking less, and realized I function way better when I don’t have a soda or two every other day.”

13. It really does work.

“Changing something about your appearance to gain confidence/self-esteem (getting a haircut, going to the gym).

I thought it was a cop-out piece of advice and then I got a haircut and I felt so comfortable in my skin and at peace that I remember the exact moment it happened.”

14. Baby steps.

“Trying to lose weight?

When going somewhere in your car, try and park as far from your destination as you can, when you can.

I read this tip somewhere else when I was at my heaviest and really trying to lose.

Every morning instead of taking the first spot available at work, I’d take the farthest one back. I had to trek a bit to just get to the door, then through the office and upstairs to my cube.

It felt good whenever I did it, and it put me in this mode where I wanted to do other healthier things throughout the day.

I went from 385+ to 220 in about a year and a half after I started adapting those baby steps (among many other baby steps, of course!).”

15. Don’t put it off.

“If it takes less than 5 minutes, do it immediately

I do so much less housework on weekends because of this.”

16. This is important.

“Show up.

You don’t have to be the best worker or friend. Just being the one that shows up it will mean a lot to everyone.

I got this advice from a Redditor on a post similar to this. It has help me a lot. I never participated in shit because I felt like wasn’t wanted or needed. Turns out a lot of people are self absorbed or flaky and the simple act of just being the one who shows up is monumental.

Show up to the moving party Show up to your kids events Show up to your company picnic Show up to the HOA meeting Show up to your awkward friends open mic night.

When you show up for other people they will start showing up for you.”

17. Do it every day!

“I saw a video of a Navy Commander talk about why making your bed as soon as you get out of it is so important.

The first thing you do when you wake up is stand up and get out of bed. If you make the bed, you have accomplished a task. You have succeeded. The first thing you did today was succeed at a task.

Take that with you and use that success to fuel everything else you have to do for the rest of the day.

Repeat tomorrow.”

How about you?

Have you ever taken some advice after fighting it for a while and it turned out to be great?

If so, please tell us about it in the comments!