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5 Useful Tips for Gaming Like a Pro

5 Useful Tips for Gaming Like a Pro

Have you ever heard the quote “fake it till you make it”? Well, we will see if that’s true with these tips for becoming a pro at gaming. If you are here it’s because that’s something you want to try , we will help you make it.

First, you must be surrounded or get involved with the gaming community. There are several blogs and forums to inform yourself about the subject. This list of the best blogs about gaming will give you an idea of all the new stuff and games around the world.

1. Make your own gaming computer

For this, you better have some cash saved because you are going to need it. PC gaming computers may be a little bit expensive depending, of course, on everything you want to get and more importantly, you can afford. There are several blogs that will help you define which computer suits you best.

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These will show you what you need and what you don’t need. Or if you are into all of the  DIY stuff, try out Pcgamer.com to help you with a build guide.

2. Choose the right desktop

Another thing to consider is the desktop you’re going to be using. One may think is not as important, but trust me, it actually is. You can find the importance of having the best gaming desk from the moment you start playing (it doesn’t mean you will become the best gamer automatically but yeah, it will improve your skills and development while gaming).

Having a high-quality desk will assist in better posturing and prevent all those awful back pain. So what if you’re seated hours in front of your screen, at least you’re doing it the right way.

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3. PC gaming

When you are playing on a PC instead of a console, there’s no guarantee that the game will run, most of them do it well. Here is one of the most common problems while PC gaming and how to fix it:

Artifacts or glitches, can be easily identified by a graphical weirdness. The image will look pixelated or colored, if you have these problem chances are that the video card is cluttering the information that has been receiving from the game, check if you have an outdated driver, and nevertheless check if other gamers have had the same problems you did and the possible solutions to it.

4. About lag while gaming

Another one and this one is particularly annoying because it can be really subtle, YES, we are talking about the online lag, for example, you are fighting and you start pushing the buttons and nothing happens, right after a moment everything starts to happen but your opponent is no longer there, this is call online lag. The main reason for this one is the internet connection. How fast is your broadband? If you know you will have a low connection while you are on the WIFI, try connecting on Ethernet.

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5. Screen Tearing

The last one on the list is when you faced with screen tearing – you can detect if you are having this problem because the screen will look like the bottom part of it has split leaving you with the bottom and top half. The principal reason for  this situation is that you had played too much. Most of the computers refresh their images 60 Hz per second, if you don’t want to encounter this kind of problem, think of buying a PC gaming monitor that are usually around 120hz per second (these are the number of frames per second).

Be careful while buying gaming stuff online. There are many sellers that don’t offer quality products (like video games, used consoles, controllers, PC’s, bad deliveries, etc.) You need to check the seller’s reputation, maybe reading some reviews from his old clients or checking his profile. There are many websites and tools that can help you to avoid this issues like ShipDig that will track your order’s postal service, location, addresses, hours, phone numbers, etc.

And finally, if you are a gamer or you just want to have fun, enjoy it! There are many reasons why gaming raises your happiness levels and reduce the stress. Hope you found it useful and now just star gaming like a pro.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

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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