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How To Turn Your Printer Into A Cloud Printer

How To Turn Your Printer Into A Cloud Printer

Google currently offers a cloud printer service through which anyone can make just about any printer accessible via the web. If you need be able to access a printer from anywhere on any of your devices, this post will tell you what needs to be done to get it set up. You will be able to print from anywhere in the world, and from any device that has an Internet connection.

Now, why would you be interested in a cloud printer? There could be occasions where the option to print from anywhere and from any device could come in handy; businesses, especially, could benefit from cloud-enabled printers. Let’s imagine you’re away from the office and you need to print a document for a co-worker. You can just pick up your smartphone and have it printed in the office thanks to the cloud.

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The fact that you can print directly via the Internet also means that you don’t even need to install potential software on your computer or your smartphone. You can just use your browser, which all computers and smartphones already have in the first place.

I could mention many other examples of why a cloud-enabled printer could be a good thing, but let’s keep it down to one example. You may very well end up in a situation one day where you wish you could just print a document or image via the cloud, but you don’t have your printer set up for it.

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Many newer model printers come standard with Google’s Cloud print built right in, and they’re capable of taking commands directly over a web connection. It’s really not that difficult to get one of the older printers connected, though. If the printer that you’re going to be using is not capable of accessing the Internet, what you’ll have to do is leave the computer it’s attached to running. That makes the printer connected to the internet via the computer, which is a requirement for this to work.

Before going any further, you should connect the printer to your main computer, the one you’ll be accessing it through. Consult your owner’s manual or your manufacturer’s support team whenever you need to, and particularly if you don’t know how to connect your computer to your printer.

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Step 1: Connection

The first step is basically to have the printer and computer connected. Once you’ve set the printer up so that it is recognized by your computer, you will then be able to add it to Cloud Print.

Step 2: Installation

The next step is to get Google Chrome installed if you don’t already have it. To bring up the list of devices on your computer that Chrome can currently work with go to the address bar and enter chrome://devices then click the Add Printer button that appears, making sure the printer you wish to connect is ticked. Note that you can also manage any of your printers from this same screen.

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Step 3: Access

From here, simply click the Manage button next to either printer that you see listed in order to add a new printing job, remove or rename a printer, or share your printer by assigning someone access to it.

Other Options

You can also print from your mobile devices as well; to do so, you’ll need to open the Cloud Print app on your Android device and the print option will appear. This option is not quite as simple, but you can still set the cloud print up so it prints from Google’s iOS apps. As an alternative, you can also use PrintCentral Pro. This setup will also work fine with Chromebooks.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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