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9 Basic Mac Hacks To Make Your Life Super Easy

9 Basic Mac Hacks To Make Your Life Super Easy

Have you always been a Windows person and now have recently switched to a MacBook Pro?

Do you find the Apple interface confusing?

Are you a Mac user, looking for tips to use your computer efficiently and make your work easier?

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If you’ve answered YES, at least once, then it’s time to check out a useful Mac guide. But read on, for these super simple Mac tricks will make you a MacBook Pro in no time!

1. Share or Tweet Any Text Immediately

Are you working on something important and you realized you need to mail the boss? Or you have typed something important to share but feel too lazy to open your inbox or Twitter feed? Then try this trick. Right click on the highlighted text to share it via email, iMessage, Facebook and Twitter and get your work done in a jiffy!

2. Paste Text Without Formatting:

Did you copy paste some information from Wikipedia but the formatting is all off and now you have to waste time fixing it to Times New Roman font size 12? Next time simply press Command + Shift + V to stop that from happening.

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3. A Very Handy Calculator

SpotLight is practically every Mac user’s favourite feature. But it’s not just a search feature. It has plenty of tricks hidden under its sleeve. You can even use it to do quick calculations and not open the Calculator. Simply type in the search bar and the answer will crop up. For instance, if you want to know what 569 + 731 is, simply type 569 + 731, and the answer 1300 will instantly appear below.

4. Turn Your Laptop Into a WiFi HotSpot

Does your friend need to download something important or answer an emergency work email? In that case you can share your MacBook internet with your friends. Turn on your device’s WiFi and follow these simple steps: System Preferences>Sharing>Internet Sharing (click, not tick)>Ethernet>WiFi
Your friend can now use your WiFi to browse the internet on his/her device.

5. Invert Colours and Save Your Eyes

Are you working outdoors and the weather’s too sunny? Or do your eyes just hurt too much from an all-nighter? Either way, you can invert the colours on the screen and save the eye strain. First ensure that the ‘Invert Colours’ option is turned on by going to Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Accessibility and then pressing command+ option + control + 8 and voila!

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6. Free Up Memory When Your Computer Gets Slow

Sometimes computers can get sluggish and we all hate those times. However there’s a quick fix for this. Just open the Terminal Application and type in “purge” in the command line and it will free up at least 500+ mb the first time.

7. Find Information With A Click

Do you want to find out more about something you’re working on but you feel too lazy to Google? Simply place your mouse cursor over the text and press command + control + D and you’ll get a pop up menu displaying the Dictionary, Thesaurus and Wikipedia entries of the same.

8. Get Your Special Character With A Click

Do you often use accented or foreign words in your writing? If yes, then you’ll be using a lot of special characters. To make it easier to type, just press and hold the letter of the special character (I, E, O, U, etc) you want to type and a menu will show up.

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9. Stop Your Mac From Sleeping When It’s Idle

Are you working on something and you are suddenly called? Or perhaps you need to take a quick break? And by the time you’ve come back, your Mac has gone to sleep mode and you have to wake it up again? Then use this fun hack: go the Terminal command line and type in “caffeinate” and press Enter. Voila, your Mac will never go to sleep again (unless you cancel this command, of course)

Not only will these tips save you precious time, but it will also make you more efficient and organized and enable you to finish your work faster. Plus, you’ll discover all sorts of amazing features you never knew your Mac had had! Better yet, share these hacks with your friends and make their lives easier.

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Last Updated on December 30, 2018

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

Let’s dive straight into the list…

1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

    If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

    Download Rescue Time

    2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

      Download Remember the Milk

      3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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        Download Focus Booster

        4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

          This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

          Download Toggl

          5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

            Download Dropbox

            6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

              Download Evernote

              7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                Download Mind42

                8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                  This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                  Download SnycBackFree

                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                    Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                    10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                      This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                      Download 1Password

                      11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                        Download Pocket

                        12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                          Download [email protected]

                          13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                            Download Launchy

                            14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                              This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                              Download Forest

                              15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                Download Trello

                                16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                  Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                  Download Wunderlist

                                  17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                    This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                    Download Time Tree

                                    18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                      Download Todoist

                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                      Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                      40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

                                      More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack

                                      • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                      • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
                                      • Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less

                                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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