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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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