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9 Handy And Helpful Micro-Tools Everyone Should Have

9 Handy And Helpful Micro-Tools Everyone Should Have

Every conventional handy-person has to be geared up with the best micro-tools. And with your trusty tools put in place, owning a readily accessible range of nuts, bolts, hammers, measuring tape, and multipurpose tools can make any chore or home repair circumstance a lot easier to handle.

Most people know or have a handy friend. If repairing objects simply does not come naturally to you, it’s okay; I’ve provided a list of fasteners and tools it is necessary to have on standby all the time.

Fasteners and fixings come in different sizes and materials. Here are some of the more familiar micro-tools you ought to have available.

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1. Screws

Screws are a simple substitute for nails for plenty of home repair. They are simpler to put in place and also remove, are not as likely to bend, and provide a stronger hold. Be certain that the screws you buy fit the screwdrivers or drills that you have available.

2. Nails

There are a number of various nails. Most can be used for very simple woodworking, while some enable you to mount insulating boards, fix roofing, repair shingles, or install floor boards.

3. Bolts & Nuts

Based on the type of bolt, these are used on things that require further sturdiness. Nuts usually are used with a bolt or screw to lock them down against materials and provide further hold.

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4. Dime Micro-Tool

This should be the most helpful tool on the list. According to a user’s review, the Gerber dime micro-tool doesn’t only come handy, it is 100% helpful and efficient. It is a must-have on the list – your first pick for every option and a perfect keychain for daily use. Gerber is the one you turn to when in need of a sharp knife. It’s easy to carry around, and does all the basics. It’s small and not so heavy, made out of solid stainless steel.

5. Hammer

Believe me when I claim you will have to use a hammer at some stage in your life. It may be to nail up photos or picture frames, pry up old or used nails, or even to strike your broken gutters away from the garage area. A dependable hammer is necessary because will be used eventually.

6. Pliers

Pliers also come in all types of varying sizes and shapes. Some are used to cut wires, while others are used to get a grip on something that your hands or fingers just can’t grip. While it is good to have just a normal pair of pliers in the house, you may want to consider having a few pairs that are made to do different tasks.

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7. Wrench

If you were to get just one wrench for your home, it should be the one and only adjustable wrench. This will allow you to loosen and tighten most nuts that are fastened to bolts. If you have car problems, an adjustable wrench is a handy tool to have. You may also need this to install new items in your home, like a new table or chairs.

8. Measuring Tape

This should go without saying, as you probably already have this in your household, but it must be included on my list. Among other reasons, you can use a measuring tape to center pictures, measure distances for new furniture, or use it to make sure you have room to fit things through doorways and openings.

9. Cordless Drill

This one covers a gambit of tools because you can insert different bits to be used for different tasks. A battery-operated cordless drill can be used to pre-drill holes, screw and unscrew screws, and it will make assembling items much easier. A cordless drill will help you reach those hard to reach screws and make the job much easier since you can be in an area that isn’t near an outlet. Find one that gives you a long battery life, and one that has a bunch of different bits like the Phillips, flathead, auger, and bore.

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Featured photo credit: Brian Lynch via flickr.com

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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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