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Five Ways Smartphones to Search Smart

Five Ways Smartphones to Search Smart

The future of search engine optimization is coming soon. When people think of the future of cars, they think flying cars and driverless cars. Internet searches could undergo similarly radical changes. According to experts, phones may be doing the searching for us in the future. New technologies called “context searching” will allow this. We won’t have to ask for what we want. It will happen for us automatically.

Much of this is already happening. Think of the last time you bought something on Amazon. At the bottom of the order page, Amazon writes “Those who purchased X also bought Y and Z.” Similarly, Google uses your history to show you locations you might want to visit.

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Here are five ways your phone will be able to “search smart” for you in the future.

1. Scanning emails

Imagine this: Google scans your emails to find messages about flights and your travel itinerary. When a flight is delayed, you get a text alert letting you know it was delayed. The airlines also send text alerts, but in the future, your phone will search without you telling it to and will find out if your flight is delayed. Google will scan emails for other things too. For example, it might see that you have purchased books and therefore suggest other books in the same genre that you might like to read. It might find you coupons based on your coffee preferences. In the future, Google might search for coupons that could be used at the airport while you wait for the flight. It could find you a hotel if you are planning an overnight stay.

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2. Pinpoint locations

Waze and Google Maps could check your search history to determine where you might want to visit next. They could make predictions based on your past to suggest locations you should visit. If you just stopped at a coffee place, they might give you suggestions for restaurants for lunch, bookstores for relaxation, or bars for social gatherings. It might tell you to go to a supermarket when you need to. The possibilities for what your phone might search for in the future are limitless. Your phone’s guesses might not be correct all the time, but they could be a way to predict your movements.

3. Wear the latest searches

Wearable technology is a trend in itself. It can tell you how much you walked, your sleep habits, your heart rate, your calorie intake, your nutrition or lack of nutrition, and other health and wellness data. If you have had a bad night’s sleep, future phones might search for coffee places near you to help you become alert. If you have been eating poorly, your phone might search for the nearest pharmacy or vitamin store to supplement your poor nutrition. Your phone might also give you promotional offers for health and wellness facility memberships. Advertisers will have to find a way to capitalize on this trend of context searching. The data will feed into your phone, and your phone will answer your questions without your even having to ask.

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4. Help save your marriage

You might be playing a song on your phone. This song might trigger the need to send flowers to your spouse because it is Valentine’s Day or your anniversary. The phone will locate florists or go online and order them for you. The phone might add chocolates or other helpful hints that would save your marriage. If you do make a purchase from the florist, you might then receive future promotions for Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc. throughout the year when flowers are usually purchased. The flower purchases might trigger advertisements for cards, music, getaways and more to help you look good to your spouse. Search data might show that you need to apologize. You could purchase a gift to say you’re sorry. That data will trigger more options to buy.

5. Plan your outings

Imagine that you have planned a trip outdoors with your family, but the day of the event, it is raining, and you don’t want to go. Your phone could search for indoor outing possibilities, such as Laser Tag or museums. You might be given promotions for indoor activities, such as free bowling tickets. Or, you might have planned an indoor activity but want to be outdoors because the weather is so nice. In that case, your phone might search for suitable activities that are available, such rafting, paddle boats, dolphin watching, or bike rentals for exploring a park. Or, you might be on a trip and need to find something to do. The phone could anticipate your needs based on your location and send you compatible promotions.

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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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