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Why Has Television Made Such An Impact On Our Lives? Will It Change?

Why Has Television Made Such An Impact On Our Lives? Will It Change?

Many people today still going to consider television to be mind numbing, brainwashing drivel. And if you look at some of the reality programming that is on, you might agree. But there are also a lot of wholesome, good quality entertainment and informational programs that can be used to educate, inform and excite individuals and families . With a large assortment of basic cable options available, there is no shortage of good programming to be found at nearly any time of the day or night.

Good quality television also helps to bring families and communities together. From learning about historical events on the History Channel to new breakthroughs in science on the science channel and being introduced to new types of traditions and family lifestyles on shows on other channels that showcase other types of families and lifestyles across the globe, the ability to learn is more widespread through television than ever before.

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Informative news channels also reach millions of viewers, alerting them to events and incidences around the world that might not have otherwise been known. Sporting events have also gained a lot of popularity thanks to the broadcast international events such as the world cup or European bike racing events.

And with the introduction of free Internet TV and live TV channels streamed over your mobile devices, the ability to tune in to any program you desire is more prevalent and easy than ever before.

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Televisions stirs the emotions and offers you new experiences
Whether a program is experienced by a group of people together or by a single individual by his or herself, a good program can stir the emotions. It can make one laugh, it can inspire, it can help you learn about a cause or subject you may be more interested. It can introduce you to new things and make you feel better about yourself, and it can improve your knowledge and expand your mind.

Television is also useful for cooling down
After a long, stressful day, sometimes the best way to wind down is simply through watching some television. Watching a good movie or some shows that you enjoy is often an excellent way to end the day and reboot your mind for the next one.

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Television for the masses and for individuals
For every good, informative, or quality entertainment program available on television, there is bound to be one or two that are less than stellar. But everyone has their own tastes and opinions as to what types of shows they wish to watch, which is why watching tv online is the most convenient way for everyone these days to enjoy the television they like most. It also enables you to watch what shows you want, when you want, so that you don’t have to miss anything if you aren’t near a television.

Will television as we know it change?
There is a vast amount of cable television options to choose from today, but selecting a lot of different cable TV packages can get expensive. However, an alternative to that is online streaming, which affords people the ability to stream, view and watch their favorite movies and programming on their computers, mobile devices or smart TVs with ease. From watching live TV channels to the wide variety of free Internet TV that is available, there really is no shortage of good programming that can be steamed through the Internet these days, with more and more options being added constantly.

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In fact, regular cable companies are a bit worried about the popularity if Internet TV, and some have taken advantage of the potential and offered their own streaming packages so as to retain customers. One of the advantages of free Internet TV is that you don’t always have to sit through a lot of commercials, which has been a big deterrent for many, and one of the main reasons people are making the switch.

Affordability is also another prime reason people are making the switch to Live TV channels streamed over the Internet. You don’t even need a television anymore if you have a laptop or mobile device that is suitable for viewing video. Television has certainly evolved greatly over the years, and while many still enjoy gathering around a large television screen to watch a blockbuster movie, many are also realizing that the conveniences of Internet TV is a strong alternative.

What do you think about television has shaped our lives and played an important role? What do you think about the evolution of television? Please feel free to share your thoughts on the subject and offer any insight into how you think television might continue to evolve in the future.

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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

      Daytum

      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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