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9 Awesome Internet Hacks That Will Simplify Your User Experience

9 Awesome Internet Hacks That Will Simplify Your User Experience

There are literally thousands of websites packed with information that offer great advice on easy-to-use tools and shortcuts that we can use on the Internet in order to make our lives easier. However, for every useful tool, there is one that is completely useless. So, how do you find out which ones are real and which ones have been rendered incapable? Being able to track flights, learn a language, or even shop for our favorite items, are but a few luxuries we can enjoy at our fingertips, and most of us know how to utilize those tools. Read on to find out a number of other tried and trusted internet hacks, plus some incredibly useful tips you may not know about to make your whole Internet experience much more enjoyable:

Calculate with your favorite search engine

Google can be used to search for almost any information. If it is on the Internet, it is somewhere on Google. But did you know that Google can also help you with any math equation? Simply type in “Google calculator” and right in front of your eyes you will be presented with a calculator as large as you like – no fiddling with little buttons on a calculator that can lead to big mistakes. Better still, it calculates as quickly as your Internet allows, which is usually much faster than trying to locate your calculator!

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Conversion made easy

Wondering how much butter you should use to bake a cake or what the temperature is in Fahrenheit? The same formula can be used with Google. Just type the value (e.g. 30 meters in feet) and voila! Use Google to find official metric conversion charts like this one.

The magic K button

Pausing a YouTube video can be done with your mouse or by using the space bar, but this method does, on occasion, cause it to skip the page instead. If you use your K button instead, you will be able to pause and restart a video easily on YouTube. Simple and effective!

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Entertainment in one click

Entertainment isn’t just limited to videos anymore, and can actually refer to online gaming. Online gambling entertainment sites like bet365 can be played for endless hours at your leisure. You will be able to enjoy free bonuses for poker, slots, or other table games. You can test the games and find the ones that you like best. This is a great way to indulge in your favorite guilty pleasure with state-of-the-art software.

Research instantly

It takes time to find the right website for research work and sometimes we don’t feel like browsing through endless amounts of information to read about one thing that we need to write a paper on. By pressing Ctrl and F at the same time you can easily search for what you need online and find it right away.

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Definitions galore!

It’s good to learn a new word every day and you can easily get definitions for words that you don’t understand. Just type the word “define” along with the word you wish to look up (e.g. define hospitality) in Google, and you will receive an accurate definition, plus synonyms. If the synonyms the search has to offer aren’t good enough for you, try taking a look at an alternative online thesaurus resource.

Zooming in and out easily

If you don’t have your glasses on hand and you would like to see what you are doing online, you can easily adjust the size of the text simply by pushing Ctrl and using the + or – button.

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Get rid of annoying cookies

Slow performance and endless loading periods are usually a result of cookie clutter in your browser. Simply clear them with your browser settings to get back to browsing more quickly.[1]

Flight tracking

As mentioned at the start of the article, you can track flights with Google. Simply have the flight number ready and type it in the search engine box. You will instantly have all the information you need in order to keep track of your flight.

You can try any or all of the internet hacks provided above. They are all designed to make your life easier and the experience of using the Internet a breeze. Good luck and happy surfing!

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Reference

[1] What are Cookies? Computer Cookies Explained

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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