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5 Tips for Making Your Cell Phone Last Longer

5 Tips for Making Your Cell Phone Last Longer

Cell phones can be a pretty hefty investment, which is why it’s important to keep them in the best condition possible to ensure they last long. Not many people have the means to go out and buy a new phone to replace a broken phone, especially if the phone isn’t insured.

Cell phones are lifelines, there for emergencies and to provide a way to stay connected with family and friends. It’s a good idea to handle them with proper care so they’ll be there when you need them the most.

1. Get a Good Case

One of the best ways to keep your phone in excellent condition is to buy a good case for it. A good case will have the impact-absorbing technology to provide ample protection.

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It’s important to make sure the case is designed specifically for your type of phone to ensure it fits snugly. A case with a screen protector is a must because screens are fragile and often shatter with impact. Other features to look for in a good phone case is a comfortable grip design and a slim and sleek profile, such as BodyGuardz iPhone 6 cases.

2. Protect the Battery

Batteries on smartphones are typically the first to go. Constantly charging your phone is bad for the battery, so a good tip is to let your battery get to 1% before charging it.

Charging it too long is also a way to make the battery begin to degrade, so make sure you take it off the charger when it hits 100% or even before then. Letting your battery drop to 0% is also not a good idea because it causes the battery to become unstable.

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3. Keep Your Phone Clean

A cell phone can become extremely gross over time, especially if they’re never cleaned. There are many ports and surfaces that can easily become clogged with dirt and debris, which may lead your phone to malfunction.

The best way to get it cleaned is to buy an air pressure canister and get the debris out of the nooks and crannies. Once you do that, you can wipe down your phone with a cloth. Keeping it clean will also increase the resell value when you want to get rid of your phone for a new one.

4. Keep Your Phone at the Right Temperature

Your phone can’t function properly if it gets too hot or too cold. Avoid leaving it out in direct sunlight because it can easily become overheated. Extreme heat can damage the battery and cause the processor to fry.

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Keeping your phone in extreme winter conditions can also damage the phone, eventually causing the LCD screen to malfunction, lose battery health and you may end up with a device that no longer works properly. Avoid leaving your phone in your vehicle when it’s hot out or when it’s very cold.

5. Recycle Your Old Phone

A great way to recycle your old phone is to sell it and earn some extra cash. There are websites you can go to that allow you to check how much your phone is worth and you can then send it in and get money for it.

There are also many organizations available that take old phones for good causes. Improperly disposing of your phone is harmful to the environment because it causes environmental pollution.

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Conclusion

Treat your phone with care to ensure it lasts as long as you want it to. Avoid keeping it around water or sticky surfaces and always handle it with care.

Phones are incredibly expensive but they are absolutely necessary, so get a good case for them and keep the battery in good condition as far as you can.

Featured photo credit: Public Domain Pictures via publicdomainpictures.net

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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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