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Every group of friends has their token flakey friend. You know the type. They’re the first ones to say “YES!” to a social event and the last ones to say they aren’t coming. Sometimes they thoughtfully tell you they aren’t coming 12 hours after the fact.

I’m that friend.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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You could be walking down a city street, taking a stroll at your local park, or begrudgingly commuting to your grandparent’s place on the off chance you’ll be rewarded with cash. You’re vulnerable. You’re socially naked. You’re a lone gazelle waiting to be devoured by an overly outgoing lion.

So how do you avoid becoming the unwilling target of a stranger’s attention?

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Going to an event where you don't know anyone sucks, but sometimes you have to, like for networking events or work functions where you need to "be seen". Set a 20 minute timer on your phone when you arrive. Knowing there's a clock running will make you more comfortable and give you an out if you're still uncomfortable when your phone vibrates in your pocket.

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Whether you're headed to your office's Christmas party or attending your neighbour's BBQ -- both of which should be fun -- also come with all sorts of awkward moments and stressful situations attached. Here are 10 ways to work those parties like a champ.

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Whether you're hosting a dinner party or just having a group lunch with your coworkers, it's easy to fall into the trap of only talking about work. It is a common thread, after all. But The Kitchn points out that you can learn more about everyone at the table and have a better time by planning a jumping off topic.

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If you've always felt a compulsion to meet everyone else's needs before your own, it's hard to imagine being different. People-pleasing is not only what you do, but a strong part of who you believe you are. If this sounds like you, before you can move forward in your time management habits, you need to realise you don't have to be so vulnerable to these attacks on your schedule. You can maintain appropriate boundaries.