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These 10 Websites Will Instantly Upgrade Your Life

These 10 Websites Will Instantly Upgrade Your Life

Want to 10x your life? There are amazing websites or apps available today that can improve the quality of our lives. But with so many websites and apps to choose from, it’s hard to differentiate signal from the noise.

We’ve written extensively about increasing your levels of productivity, and the one takeaway is to focus 20% of our time and efforts that will deliver 80% of our desired results, also known as the Pareto’s Law.

In this post, we’re going to cover the top 10 websites that will boost your life in the areas of health, education, and wealth. Hope they’re helpful!

1. 7-min Workouts

Category: Health & Fitness

This website will help you get in shape in just seven minutes a day. In seven minutes, you’ll be taken through a series of exercises including jumping jacks, wall sits, sit-ups, and more.

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    You can also take your workouts on-the-go by downloading the mobile app.

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    2. Mint.com

    Category: Personal Finance

    Taking control over your personal finances is the first fundamental step to grow your wealth. Trying to grow your wealth without your personal finances in order is like trying to write an essay without learning the ABC’s.

    Mint.com automatically updates your expenses, income, and budgets by integrating your bank account with their software. Say goodbye to excel spreadsheets!

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      3. Rype

      Category: Language learning

      Ever wanted to learn a new language, but figured you were “too busy?” You haven’t met Rype yet. Rype offers unlimited private Spanish lessons with professional native speaking teachers, where you can book lessons 24/7 around the clock. Lack of time will never stand in the way of learning a new language again. You can even try Rype 100% free for 14 days.

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        4. CreativeLIVE

        Category: Design, Photography, Business

        CreativeLIVE offers free live classes from world-class entrepreneurs, authors, and artists, in the areas of business, design, marketing, and more. While the broadcasting is free, you have the option to purchase the full class if you want to watch it on your own time.

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          5. Scribd

          Category: Books

          Scribd is Netflix for books. You pay $8.99 and gain access to hundreds of thousands of books, documents, and audiobooks on-demand. It used to offer unlimited books, but they’ve recently changed their model to offer up to 3 books per month.

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            6. Ted.com

            Category: Ideas

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              Want to know what the top leaders across the globe are talking about? Check out TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. You can watch inspiring talks from people like Bill Gates, Tony Robbins, Simon Sinek, and many more influencers of this generation.

              7. Audible

              Category: Audiobooks

              If reading isn’t your cup of tea, maybe you should try audiobooks. You can actually speed up your learning with audiobooks by increasing the listening speed to 1.5x or 2x, going through more books in less time.

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                8. edX

                Category: University courses

                edX is a non-profit organization that streams courses from the world’s top institutions like Stanford or Yale University. If you ever wanted to learn what goes on inside the classroom’s of these Ivy league Universities, then check out edX for free.

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                  9. Headspace

                  Category: Meditation

                  Meditation has shown to increase your levels of focus, enhance your happiness, and decrease your anxiety levels. The problem is, there’s no go-to solution to learn how to Meditate, until Headspace came along. Headspace provides guided meditation practices on-the-go in just ten minutes a day.

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                    10. Chesscademy

                    Category: Chess

                    Chess has been long known to be one of the best ways to improve our cognitive functions. It can improve your decision making skills, your IQ, and teaches you planning skills. Chesscademy is a go-to place to learn how to play Chess and master your skills.

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                      Over to you

                      Which of these apps will you try today to 10x your life?

                      Want to learn how to speak Spanish? You may want to check out Rype and fit it into your busy lifestyle. Want to take control over your mind? Give Headspace a go. Or maybe you want to learn about business, then you can check out Skillshare or CreativeLIVE.

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                      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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