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How To Prolong Your Battery Life

How To Prolong Your Battery Life

Short battery life of modern smartphones has long ago become a byword. Manufacturers seem to be fixated on making their devices thinner, and battery capacity is one of the first things that gets sacrificed. There are dozens of ways to improve your battery life, and while most of them won’t make dramatic changes, their effects add up, so it is always helpful to read more tips on how to save battery charge.

1. Dim the Screen

One of the primary culprits is also the most mundane one. The worst consumer of your battery charge is none other than the display of your smartphone – when set to maximum brightness, it chews through your battery at a really alarming pace without your realizing what causes it. Most phones have a function that changes display brightness depending on how strong the ambient light is, which already improves energy efficiency when compared with the always running top-brightness mode. You can further improve it by manually setting brightness at the lowest tolerable level.

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2. Shorten the Screen Timeout

In most cases, you need the screen to work for as long as you keep your phone in hands. Once you lay it down, it continues to shine in vain, eating up precious battery charge. Consider setting its timeout to a minimum, and then experiment to see which timeout is still comfortable while being shorter than you are used to.

3. Cancel Automatic Email Checks

If your phone constantly checks your mailbox for new messages, it wastes a considerable amount of energy. Do you really need these notifications that urgently, or can they wait a little bit? You may either cancel them altogether and only check for new emails manually (which is a good way to save your time as well), or set a more reasonable interval between checks, like 30 or 60 minutes. Most likely, it won’t drastically hamper your ability to react to events in time.

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4. Turn off Vibration

If you regularly turn your phone to vibro (e.g., to prevent it from blaring at a full voice during an important meeting), consider changing your habits. The reason is simple – vibration eats up much more energy compared to playing a ringtone. It may not seem like much, but if you are constantly receiving calls when set to vibro, it adds up.

5. Use Black Wallpaper

If your phone has an AMOLED display, you may noticeably improve its battery life by opting for a black wallpaper. As a matter of fact, AMOLED displays only illuminate the colored pixels, which means that the more black or dark pixels are displayed, the less energy is being used.

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6. Set a “Do not Disturb” Schedule

Most phones have a “Do not disturb” function or something similar that blocks incoming calls and turns off the Internet and Wi-Fi. In addition to eliminating a fair percentage of your daily distractions, this mode conserves battery charge, so if you have periods when you don’t or cannot use your phone anyway (at work or during sleep, for example), it may be a good idea to create a habit of using this mode.

7. Cut Down on Widgets

Look through your phone and ask yourself: do I really need this widget? And this? And this? If you don’t absolutely need a widget, better get rid of it, especially if it is always connected to the Internet (like weather widgets). If you have multiple widgets that constantly update their info, it will severely hit your battery.

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Tired of charging your phone every night or even more often? Take matters into your own hands! I hope these tips were useful for you and now you will know how to save your battery life. Good luck!

Featured photo credit: iPhone Plugged Into Laptop On Wooden Desk/ Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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