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7 Things You Should Know About Your Smartphone

7 Things You Should Know About Your Smartphone

If you have your smartphone within arm’s reach most of the day, then it’s officially time for the two of you to get to know each other better. There are options – not-so-hidden options – that you probably don’t know about your smart little gadget, which is quite unfortunate, because it means that you aren’t using its full potential. Read on to find out what you may be missing out on!

Control Other Devices

This one is quite practical because it helps you get a lot of things done faster. Using various apps, the built-in infrared, or Bluetooth – all depending on your smartphone – you can control lighting in your home with ease, feed your pet, control your TV, check your motion security system, and even make yourself a cup of coffee.

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Block Contacts

Block

    This one’s an oldie but a goldie, and I was quite surprised to know how many people are not familiar with this convenient option. In most smartphone software, this option is placed in “Call Settings”, and you’ll probably be able to find it in the “Reject Calls” section. So, if you have any annoying contacts bothering you, this option will make your life a lot easier.

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    Identify Songs

    Have you ever heard a song and you were so confident that you would remember the lyrics or the melody at least, and then you forgot all about it it in a matter of minutes? Well, I believe we’re all happy that this annoying problem can now go away. No matter which smartphone OS you prefer – Android, iOS, or Windows – there are Shazam, Siri, and Cortana to assist you when figuring out the name of your potential new favorite song.

    Monitor Heart Health

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    Heart

      Most people expect to get certain popular features with their new smartphone. Unfortunately, not a lot of smartphone users out there have their health in mind. However, you should know that you can monitor your heart rate with ease using a built-in option or a smartphone app, depending on the platform and model you’re using.

      Translate Easily

      Other than the obvious way – using dictionary apps – there are two new and quite interesting ways to translate foreign languages with no trouble whatsoever. Google Translate can now translate signs via camera thanks to the World Lens’ technology. On the other hand, there are apps that can translate entire sentences into another language – all you need to do is make a voice recording. After that, kick back, and let them do all the work.

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      Turn Your Phone Into A Console

      Gaming

        Unfortunately, Windows Phone users are currently excluded from this trend, but Android and iOS enthusiast have a lot to look forward to. Thanks to PhoneJoy technology, you can now turn your smartphone into a gaming console and enjoy over 400 games. I bet gamers worldwide are really psyched about this option.

        Digitalize Documents

        Having some sort of text on a piece of paper that you needed transferred into digital form used to be a real drag because of the time necessary to retype and format the whole thing, but that’s all a thing of the past now. Each of the most popular smartphone platforms has their own app for this. By using Genius Scan or CamScanner, you can transfer any type of document into a digital format in a matter of seconds.

        These aren’t all of the hidden conveniences you’ll find within your device – they’re just some of the many smartphone options I found interesting and very handy. If you take your time and do some research about your own smartphone, I’m sure you’ll be surprised by just what it can do for you.

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        Last Updated on September 24, 2020

        11 Things You Should Minimize for a Better Life

        11 Things You Should Minimize for a Better Life

        Ever heard the statement less is more? Is that a reality in your life or is that an area you are struggling with? Below are 11 different areas you can look at in your life to start to reduce as you focus on building a better life.

        Let’s get to it:

        Your Stuff

        I call it stuff vs possessions. Stuff is what adds clutter in your life. It could be shoes, curios from the cute store in your town or excess appliances you need to throw out but never do. What is it that is overtaking your house that if you moved away you wouldn’t need it at all? Plan a Sunday afternoon throw out session. If throwing out doesn’t sit right then give it away to goodwill.

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        Your Acquaintances

        How many people are you interacting with throughout the week that don’t leave you feeling good about yourself? Who inspires you? Spend time with those people. Too often we keep people in our lives that we are no longer a fit for. Having too many old acquaintances adds to the excess in your life. If the relationship isn’t a win-win for you both then take a step back and focus on those that do.

        Your Goals

        Motivated to write out your list of goal for the next month or 3 months? That is awesome. Just a few works of caution. Don’t write down too many. Often people write down over ten goals. The brain can only remember so much and the reality is you won’t get to them all. I suggest you look at your goals with the mindset of single digits. No more than ten, but ideally less than five. Keep the list focused and realistic.

        Your Commitments

        A new favorite buzz saying in the self-help world is “No is the new Yes”. Take a moment to think about that saying. If you started saying no more how would your week and life look? Would you have more time to commit to the important goals and people in your life? Start to practice saying No when a request comes your way that you don’t want to do. If that feels too harsh try responding with these words “Let me get back to you”. Go away and come back with a no when you are in stronger mindset to say that.

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        Your Multitasking

        I am giving you permission to stop multitasking. We used to be told that multitasking was a good practice. We look so busy and aren’t we getting a lot done? In fact, no. Multitasking isn’t possible with the way our brain is wired. We need to focus on one key thing and keep our attention on that item until it is complete.

        Your Newsfeed

        I consider all the information from the Internet that is being feed into our smartphone, laptop and brain as “the newsfeed.” It doesn’t add to having more knowledge, it adds to information overload. Build time in your day or week when you are completely offline. I recommend turning your wireless off or setting your smart phone to airplane mode.

        Your Cards

        Open up your wallet and take a look inside. What is in it? For most of us it is more than one store, charge or loyalty card. Too many cards add to extra spending, bills and lack of clarity of where our money goes. Look at what cards you truly need and use. Get rid of the rest (scissors work!).

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        Your Mail

        Both the old style (postal) and your email inbox are areas to minimize. Look at ways to get off catalogs or reduce the magazine subscriptions as you never read all of them anyway. Figure out what mail, e.g. bank statements, can be changed to digital mail only. Try the same with your inbox. Sites like unroll.me can tell you how many email newsletters you are subscribed to and you can take your name off the list that you know longer need.

        Your Sitting Time

        Too much time in front of the screen is not good for the posture and health of your body. Try setting a timer so every 50 minutes you get up and stretch or go for a five minute walk. We don’t realize how bad our posture is when we sit for long periods of time. The studies on sitting disease are what led to standing and walking desks to be invented. If your office doesn’t have that get into a regular habit to stand and walk often in your day.

        Too much time by yourself can led the mind to wander. When the mind wanders it will often return with negative thoughts and beliefs. While a walk by yourself and some downtime is rejuvenating take notice if you start to feel un- inspired or a little sad and make sure you aren’t spending too much time in your own company. This is especially important for those of us who work from home. Make sure to have people interaction throughout your day.

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        Your Lack of Belief

        If you want to make a change or achieve a goal in your life you need to truly, 100 percent believe you can. If you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else?

        The difference between a successful person and someone struggling can be as simple as a mindset switch to believe that they will succeed.

        What areas can you minimize to create more happiness, focus and productivity in your life? Implement just a handful from the list and you will find that the mindset of ‘Less is More’ will be what leads you on the path to a better life!

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