4. Squeeze More Out of Your Wi-fi
Turn your router into a shouter with these three no-cost tweaks from Aaron Weiss, Wi-Fi guru at bordella.com:
• Set it free: If the router is in the basement, on the ground floor, or in a closet, it’s imprisoned. Moving it to the top floor and to the centre of the house will enable its signal to avoid more obstacles as it radiates downward.
• Change the channel: Although routers can communicate over 11 channels, most choose No. 6 by default-which means everyone else in the neighborhood is on the same frequency, causing interference. Refer to your router instructions, and switch to No. 1 or 11.
• Flip up the antenna: If your router has one, make sure it’s vertical. “Many people have them down or at an odd angle,” says Weiss. “It’s a common mistake that really compromises range.”
5. Squeeze More Out of an Auditor
Auditors are human, and they have a lot of discretion over how they handle cases.
• Never show up late or miss a deadline: It’s guaranteed to upset them. Book the last appointment before the weekend or an extended holiday, when auditors will be in a better mood, or grab the last slot before lunch. “This may produce a shorter audit, especially if the auditor has another appointment at one,” says Scott Estill, a former IRS auditor in the U.S.A
• Dress conservatively: “Never give the impression that you’re making more than your tax return shows,” he notes. Also, call the auditor Mr. or Ms.-everybody enjoys respect.
• Get ’em talking: Instead of instigating small talk yourself, wait for the auditor to cr eate an opportunity for it. For instance, if he says “I see you made a donation to a college,” follow up with “Yes. I like supporting my alma mater. Where did you go to school?” According to Estill, “The more an auditor likes you, the better the result in many cases.”
6. Squeeze More Out of the Gym
Instead of counting up to your workout goals, count down. According to fitness trainer Joe Vennare of The Hybrid Athlete.com, counting up while exercising reminds you of how many repetitions you’ve done (tiring!), while counting down emphasizes how few you have left (inspiring!). “If I’m doing 20 reps, I’ll count down from 10 and then down from 10 again,” says Vennare. The tip can be used for just about anything that involves counting, whether it’s frosting 100 cupcakes or signing 100 letters.