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7 Helpful Online Services That Make Your Life Easier

7 Helpful Online Services That Make Your Life Easier

There are so many things that we as a students, workers, business owners, freelancers or even housewives have to manage, and we are constantly looking for tools and services to make our lives easier. Whether that be a tool or service to cope with your workflow, to change your profile picture – or even something as basic as an online service that helps you write – finding the best and most useful services can be difficult.

I have listed some of the best tools and online services you can use to make your life easier trough the most useful websites that you may not know about.

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1. IFTTT

Pronounced as “gift” without the “g,” IFTTT (free) is a very useful online service that simplifies many troubles of modern life. It enables you to synchronize your online experience without any programming knowledge. The service works with more than 100 channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn by involving actions called “receipts” that can be published and shared.

It’s an easy to use website that “makes the internet work for you” by synchronizing your channels, such as; inviting any new phone contact to connect on LinkedIn, updating your Twitter profile picture when your Facebook profile picture changes and saving Gmail messages to Evernote. If your favorite team scores a goal, have IFTTT send you a text alert so you can celebrate.

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2. ManualsLib

Have you recently bought a product and lost it’s manual, or need to fix your washing machine but have misplaced the instruction book? Finding it online can be really easy with ManualsLib. This useful web application can save both time and effort for you by offering a massive collection of PDF files for all types of products. The service is quite easy-to-use with an option of entering your query in the search field. Search results include the product name, model number, description, date, size and the number of pages. It also gives you an option to either read it online or download it to your local system.

3. TED

Definitely, the most well-known addition to this list, the reputation, and fame of TED talks is astonishing in recent years, and they now invited some of the leading successful leaders in the world, including Bill Gates, Richard Dawkins and Elon Musk. TED hosts inspiring talks all over the world, covering pretty much every aspect of human experience and you can find all the videos of these talks on TED website. A useful place to gain more knowledge about any subject that grasps your attention.

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4. Print Friendly

Does exactly what it says. Print Friendly styles any WebPage appropriate for perfect print experience, eliminating the need to formatting and tweaking sites to fit your office or home printer. This website does it all for you, without any stress. It also removes online Ads, website navigation and junk files, so you save paper and ink when you print. It’s free and easy to use.

6. Pikkup

Pikkup is an on-demand moving service that allows you to book a moving truck on-the-spot or schedule to move goods now or later. Users are able to make the background-check and select insured drivers to transport goods to a chosen drop-off spot at their leisure. The smartphone app camera feature helps users to share the size of the load to select the best driver and truck for the job and to give estimate pricing. A live GPS feed provides users with the facility to track the route taken for the destination.

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5. Homestyler

A must visit free Web app intended for anyone in the midst of moving or shifting home, or anyone considering a home remodel. Homestyler is an interactive website that allows you to design a room layout by building it for you, without having the hassle of moving all the furniture multiple times in advance. Numerous other features such as printing the design or sharing it with others in Homestyler will make your life easier.

7. AdvancedWriters

It’s an online site that helps students, writers, teachers, and authors to get unique content, check plagiarism and offers freelance writing jobs. This online service helps people from academia by offering writing services for papers and assignments that students may need assistance with. It also has a messaging system that provides timely information on the jobs available for writers in their areas of knowledge and provides guidance to connect with customers on the go.

Featured photo credit: Stanley Zimny via flickr.com

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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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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