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17 Free Websites That Will Improve the Quality of Your Life Today

17 Free Websites That Will Improve the Quality of Your Life Today

In the past decade, there has been a rise of amazing (and free) websites that can dramatically improve the quality of our lives.

Not all of these websites are equal however. The best always rise to the top, and we don’t want to waste your time with websites that won’t deliver maximum results. From improving your health, learning a second language,[1] to saving you more time, we’ve curated the top 17 free websites that will enhance your quality of life.

Here they are…

1. MyFitnessPal

What you’ll get: Ability to easily track calories

MyFitnessPal is a free personal assistant to help you get in the best shape possible. It tracks your calories, gives you tips and in-depth analytics about your health performance.

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    2. Appear.in

    What you’ll get: Instant, high quality video meetings

    Skype is amazing, but it can get trickier when you have more than one person you’re chatting with. Appear.in helps you create instant virtual rooms for group meetings and more. It’s fast, efficient, and easy.

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      3. Rype

      What you’ll get: Start speaking a new foreign language in seconds

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      Rype was created to redefine what it’s like to learn a language.[2] Compared to a language school, Rype offers private language lessons for 1/10th of the cost, with fully-vetted professional teachers that are available 24/7. It comes with a full 14-day free trial so check it out for yourself.

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        4. Calm

        What you’ll get: Peaceful mind through meditation

        Calm offers peace of mind on demand. The meditation app now includes breathing exercises and sleeping stories to help you maintain the best quality of mind possible.

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          5. Evernote

          What you’ll get: Organization of thoughts and projects

          Keeping track of everything you’re working on takes a lot of mental space. Evernote keeps everything organized in one place. You can take notes, save articles, and share them with whoever you want.

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            6. CreativeLIVE

            What you’ll get: Free education

            CreativeLIVE offers free educational classes from premium teachers around topics ranging from photography, business & money, design, and more.

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              7. Investopedia

              What you’ll get: Better understanding of finances

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              Investopedia is the leading community for learning everything you need to know about finance. They have free tools (that allow you to invest $100,000 of simulated money), dictionary, articles, tutorials, and much more.

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                8. X.ai

                What you’ll get: Personal assistant for scheduling

                They say that artificial intelligence is around the corner, but it seems to be already making way. With X.ai, you get a free personal assistant named Amy, who will help you coordinate all of your scheduling according to your preferences via email. All you have to do is cc her, and voila!

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                  9. Coach.me

                  What you’ll get: Community and accountability for goal setting

                  Sometimes all we need to achieve our important goals is a community that keeps us accountable. With Coach.me, you get that and more. Their free app offers reminders to help you stay up-to-date with your habits, communities that you can interact with, and even offer coaching for those who need it.

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                    10. Spritz

                    What you’ll get: Enhance your reading speed by 2x

                    Spritz was created to help us read faster. The technology scours through whatever you’re trying to read, and displays it for you word by word based on how fast you want to read it — i.e. 500 wpm, 400 wpm, etc.

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                      11. Pexels

                      What you’ll get: Free stock photos to use in any way you want

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                      Free, high quality stock photography is on the rise. What pexels offers is an accumulation of all the best stock photography websites in one place.

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                        12. stickK

                        What you’ll get: Accountability to meet your important goals

                        If you’re not exactly the type of person who’s shown a track record of hitting your goals, stickK can help. How? By putting your money where your mouth is. You set your own stakes if you don’t hit your goal, as you’ll never see that money again. Talk about pressure.

                          13. Momentum

                          What you’ll get: Beautiful wallpaper to look at everyday

                          Momentum is a simple, free browser extension that displays beautiful photos whenever you open a new tab. What you see often can affect how you think and feel, and this is a easy-to-implement hack to improve your life.

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                            14. Freedom

                            What you’ll get: Removal from Internet distractions

                            Freedom blocks distractions from the web (literally) by preventing you from going online for a period of time.

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                              15. Bodybuilding.com

                              What you’ll get: Advice on getting fit and healthy

                              Bodybuilding.com is the go-to place for learning about nutrition, training, and fitness programs to get into the best shape of your life.

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                                16. ProductHunt

                                What you’ll get: Curated list of the best, new products online

                                If you enjoyed this post, as well as discovering new products, then you’ll love ProductHunt. Everyday, there’s a new curated list of products, books, podcasts, games, and more that you can discover online.

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                                  17. Memrise

                                  What you’ll get: Tool to memorize new things

                                  Memrise helps you memorize new words in the easiest way possible. It’s perfect for anyone learning a foreign language, studying for an exam, and more.

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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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