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Use “Trackr” So You Will Never Waste Time On Finding Small Items Again

Use “Trackr” So You Will Never Waste Time On Finding Small Items Again
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Forgetting where we put something can be frustrating. With the amount of essential items we carry around with us daily, the increase of inconveniently losing something we desperately don’t want to lose comes with it.

Losing our phone, for example, isn’t ideal but at least we can ask someone to call it and usually that’s all it takes to discover it under a pile of papers. However, our wallet, house keys or car keys are another story. If we lose these then we’re going to be spending a large amount of panicked time trying to backtrack our movements, doubting our ability to remember anything and convincing ourselves we’re going mad. Not to mention the thought of what we’re going to do if we never find them again.

Imagine it’s the middle of winter. You’re stuck outside the house fumbling for your house keys. The baby is crying and everyone is cold and getting agitated but you just can’t find the keys. Maybe you left them in the car? Maybe you left them at your friend’s house after having dinner? Maybe you dropped them somewhere outside? Whatever happened you can’t get into the house, you feel helpless and nothing feels more frustrating.

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Lost That Essential Item? This is The App That You Don’t Want to Be Without

Trackr Bravo is a cool way to bring peace of mind when you realise you’ve lost those keys, your phone, your wallet, your bag or even your wandering dog. The tag easily attaches to your keys, slim enough to fit into your purse or wallet, safely into the pocket of your bag, or even on the collar of your pet.

With the help of the Trackr app on your phone, the tag will send a signal to it indicating where the item is and if it’s your phone you’ve misplaced, then simply hitting the button on the tag will cause your phone to ring and alert you to its location.

Quick Guide on How to Use the Bravo Trackr

It’s simple to use. Once you’ve purchased the Trackr, it connects up to your phone using bluetooth and can be easily attached to any item you want to track.

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    If, for example, you realise you’ve misplaced your keys, the mobile app will locate the keys using the GPS locator. You then have the option to get the device (attached to your keys) to make a noise in order for you to easily locate it.

    The beauty of this option is, if you happen to lose your phone, you can use a Trackr device to allow your phone to make a noise even if it’s been switched to silent mode.

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      Reassurance also comes with their Crowd GPS Network. This means if you’re having trouble locating your lost item, it can also be found if another person’s Trackr comes within 100 feet of your item. If this happens, the Trackr will instantly alert your phone to its location.

      So, if you never want to fear losing your valuable items again, purchasing this handy tracker will reassure you in finding them quickly and easily. Not only that, but you’ll be joining a growing community that works together to locate them safely, minimising inconvenience and maximising peace of mind.

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      Get Your Trackr at Amazon for $24.99 

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      Last Updated on July 21, 2021

      The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

      The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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      No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

      Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

      Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

      A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

      Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

      In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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      From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

      A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

      For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

      This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

      The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

      That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

      Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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      The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

      Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

      But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

      The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

      The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

      A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

      For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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      But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

      If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

      For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

      These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

      For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

      How to Make a Reminder Works for You

      Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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      Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

      Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

      My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

      Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

      I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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      Reference

      [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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