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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

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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                                    Published on September 20, 2018

                                    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                    In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                    Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                    In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                    Minimizing Tabs

                                    Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                    Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                    Incognito Mode

                                    Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                                    1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                    2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                                    3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                                    This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                                    Save Webpages as PDF Files

                                    Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                    Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                    Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                    Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                    One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                    The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                                    Solve Mathematical Problems

                                    Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                    For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                    Play Media Files

                                    Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                    In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                    Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                    With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                    Stay Focus(e)d

                                    Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                                    Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                                    With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                    This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                                    Grammarly for Editing

                                    Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                                    You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                    Loom

                                    There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                                    There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                                    With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                                    Chrome Calendar Extension

                                    No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                    Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                    Final Thoughts

                                    Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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