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5 Things To Do Before You Sell Your Old MacBook

5 Things To Do Before You Sell Your Old MacBook

If you have decided that you want to sell your old MacBook, so you can upgrade to a new one, you need to make sure that you prepare the laptop for sale.

You likely have a lot of files, passwords, and other information stored on the device, and you need to make sure that none of that information will be available to the person who buys your MacBook to decrease the risk of identity theft. Also, the more you clean up the device, the more attractive it is going to be when it comes time to sell it.

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1. Back Up Your Files

The first thing you need to do is back up all of your files. You can go into OS X to learn how to back up all of your files before you erase them from the device. The last thing you want to do is lose anything important from your laptop. By backing up your files, you can be sure that you will have saved everything that you need, including precious memories such as photos and videos.

2. Sign Out of iTunes

The next step is to open iTunes and sign out. You will need to go to the menu bar and click on Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer. You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password. Once you have entered the information, click on Deauthorize. This will completely sign you out of iTunes, and no one will be able to log in under your account.

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3. Sign Out of iCloud

Now you will need to sign out of iCloud. It is important to archive all of your iCloud data first, including features like Find My Mac. Then, click on Apple Menu > System Preferences. Next, click iCloud, and then click deselect on Find My Mac. Now you can sign out of iCloud. Go to System Preferences, click iCloud, and then Sign Out. You will be asked if you want to remove your data from Mac. As long as you are using the same Apple ID, your iCloud data will stay on other devices that have this ID.

4. Sign Out of iMessage

You should sign out of iMessage, if you use OS X Mountain Lion or later. Go to the Messages app, select Preferences > Accounts. Next, click on your iMessage account, and click on Sign Out. It is important to do this so no one else is able to access your messages, read them, and send messages out that are not from you personally.

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5. Erase and Install OS X

The final step is to reformat the hard drive and reinstall OS X. There are instructions on Apple that will help you reformat the device easily. Once the hard drive has been reformatted the MacBook, you will need to reinstall OS X. The computer will restart and you will see a welcome screen, and be asked to choose your country or region. You can choose to do this now, or let the new owner do it later.

Where to Sell Your Old MacBook

Once you have your old MacBook cleaned up and ready to sell, you need to find a place to sell it. In addition to getting rid of your personal information, you should also get the laptop cleaned up on the outside so it looks as good as possible. If you are curious about where to sell your old MacBook, here are some of our top picks.

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If you have any accessories, the original box, etc., include them in the sale, because you will get more money for the device.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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