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4 Interesting Ways to Use Your New Christmas Drone

4 Interesting Ways to Use Your New Christmas Drone

Drones were expected to be one of the top-selling products this holiday season and beyond. The drone market is also expected to explode by 2020 and, by then, drones will likely become a part of of our everyday lives. Currently, however, they are new and exciting and millions of people received some sort of drone for Christmas.

One thing that many kids (and adults) will find with drones is that once the initial excitement and joy of flying one wears off, there is not a lot to do with them. This can lead to drones getting packed into a closet, never to be seen again. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of unique and interesting ways to utilize a drone besides just flying around. Here are four drones that have taken the internet by storm in the past:

Drone Racing

This works great as long as there is at least two drones present. Drone racing takes an incredible amount of skill, especially if done in a Star Wars-like manner like these kids did on YouTube last year. Flying through obstacles, like natural mazes the woods creates, with drones can be incredibly exhilarating and can feel like real-life racing.

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Because it is competitive and based on a contest, kids will find themselves doing it over and over again. It is more fun than video games, and gets you outside and active as well!

Drone Party

This is a good way to use your drone to impress a lot of people. The first step is to get a drone big enough to hold lights and speakers. Next, set the drone to hover over a large open area, such as a field or a backyard. Then, invite everyone you know to come for a dance party.

When they show up, they can add a few songs to the Spotify or Pandora list that is playing, creating an interactive and collaborative party experience. The drone will hover above and belt out music while flashing lights. Some drones can be set to move slowly around the crowd as well. There is a great video of someone doing this here.

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Star Wars Drone

What can we say? Star Wars is a hot item right now. Note, this activity requires a well-built drone, or an extremely cheap drone that you don’t mind taking a beating.

The concept of the game is simply to shoot the drone out of the sky. You give one person control of the drone and give them some tasks to do. Then you give slingshots, or something similar, to the rest of the group. Everyone will try to take down the drone as it completes its mission.

If you are worried about the drone staying in tact, you can use something soft like marshmallows to aim at it. But, it is much more fun with something hard!

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Drone Delivery

Sure, Amazon has drone delivery locked and loaded, and almost ready to go.[1] However, if your best friend lives next door, or just a few houses down, drones can make a great delivery system.

There are obviously limits to what a drone can do, but the drone can definitely be used to send messages, food, prizes, and more to locations nearby. Many drones can be set to use a GPS to go to a location and then come back. Think of your drone as your own personal carrier pigeon.

For Those Of You Without Drones

For those without drones, making the right decision on which drone to buy is obviously very important. Each of these activities will do better with some drones than with others. If you want your drone to carry speakers, or something similar, then you will need a large drone with those capabilities.

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If your drone will be used for fun activities like racing and shooting, then you will likely want to tone down the price and go with a drone that can be replaced easily. You can find pretty good cheap drone guides online. Make sure to do your research when buying because drones are not cheap and it is important to know exactly how you will be using yours before making the decision.

If drones currently feel out of the budget, just know that that will not be an issue much longer either. With drones becoming such a main part of people’s lives, they are expected to increase in value and decrease in price in the coming years. Keep an eye on the drone market and a drone will eventually come about that is just right for you.

Reference

[1] Dogonews: Amazon Drone Delivers Popcorn And Fire TV To Its First Customer

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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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