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Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Google Could Do

Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Google Could Do

Google has become such an integral part of our lives that we no longer consider other search engines when we are in a bind and need to research something. As a matter of fact, we no longer even say the word “search“, we just say “Google” it! While we all know how to find an address or a website through Google, these following surprising ten examples are tasks that most do not know this genius search engine is able to complete.

1. Calorie Comparison

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    Are you watching your weight and trying to decide what to have for dinner? Try Google’s Calorie Comparison tool. This instrument allows for you to quickly view the differences amongst various foods. Simply include the first option “vs” the second one and hit enter. Google will populate a comprehensive tab including a picture of each option, along with the nutritional values to help you decide.

    2. Wedding Planner

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      Yup, you read this right! If you are planning a wedding and can’t afford a planner but would still like to have all of your information neatly organized, try this amazing Google tool. It will not only help you share your news and keep track of your budget, but you are also able to create your website for the big day and keep track of your memories throughout the event.

      3. Tip Calculator

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        Out to dinner with a group of friends? Google can easily help you determine your share of the tab including the tip. Gone are the days of the server having to draw up separate tabs in order to determine your share.

        4. Translate Symbols

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          If you are trying to figure out what a Chinese symbol means, look no further. Google has made it easy for you to translate! From the regular Google Translate, simply click on the pencil in the bottom of the first box. A notepad will appear giving you the option to draw the symbol. Google will then automatically detect the language and quickly translate it for you.

          5. Download Fonts

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            You can use Google Fonts to download all types of fonts from Arabic to Hebrew. Once you’ve selected your language, you may also alter the thickness, slant, and width of the font before you download it to your own device.

            6. View World Art Galleries

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              You can take a tour of some of the most famous art galleries around the world from the comfort of your own home with the help of The Google Art Project. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can enjoy visiting amazing art, ranging from murals at the Crafts Museum in New Delhi, to the Cassino Museo Arte Contemporanea CAMUSAC in Cassino, Italy.

              7. Explore The Universe

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                If you are an astronomy enthusiast or are simply curious to see what it looks like out in the universe, Google Sky gives you an opportunity to do just that through vivid pictures of various constellations.

                8. Set a Timer

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                  If you are trying to keep a schedule, especially on your computer, you can select the timer option on Google and continue your work in another tab. When your time is up, the Google Timer will sound off. This is a great quick tool for people who spend a lot of time on the computer since you get the reminder right there on the same screen.

                  9. Scores

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                    No matter which sport is your favorite, you simply need to put the name of the league or the competition in the Google search bar and it will automatically populate the scores (or times) for all of the games scheduled on that day.

                    10. Geography Trivia

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                      If you are a geography nut or maybe you’re just overwhelmed at work and need a quick break, Smarty Pins is one of the coolest games you will ever play! It tests your knowledge of various topics, from entertainment to arts and culture to history, all using Google Maps. This game can easily entertain anyone, from a teenager to a retiree. Google can be used for way more than just your typical search or your occasional directions. It has become such an integral part of our daily lives and with various apps like these, it will continually keep us informed.

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

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                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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