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Ditch Your Bucket “List” and Create Your Own Bucket “Map” Now

Ditch Your Bucket “List” and Create Your Own Bucket “Map” Now

When you wander around your city, you might find interesting places you’d like to try. Perhaps you’re travelling, and your friend gives you lots of recommendations for your destination. It’s common practice to bookmark the restaurants and attractions you want to check out in the future.

As you plan your next adventure, you may have a list of must-try places on your phone. Unfortunately, having the addresses for these places in list form makes it hard to visualize your route. You need a map of places you want to go. Instead of making a bucket list, you need a “bucket map.”

You need a personalized adventure map

    Instead of spending all your time trying to sift through notes with recommendations, you can use Mapstr to make a map of attractions for yourself. Mapstr allows you search for places on your bucket list and pin locations that interest you. You can categorize the places to make them easy to find.

    This app not only helps you stay organized, but you can also share maps with your friends.

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    Why Mapstr is a must have on your phone

    Whether you’re going on a trip and want to make the most of your time, or you’re exploring your city, Mapstr makes it easier than ever to decide where to go next.

    1. Add places that you want to visit

    To add a new place, click the plus sign at the bottom of the page. You’ll have the option to search a location’s name or drop a pin. For this example, my friend has just recommended a place where I can buy comic books and gaming items. If I know the location, I can pin it. Otherwise, I’ll need to search for the name.

      After typing in the name of the location, Mapstr took me to a page with the address and some pre-existing information about the location, such as pictures and a phone number.

      The space below the address allows you to tag this business as a specific type of service. I categorized this as a shopping location and included the brief description so that I could remember my interest in the location.

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      2. Create custom tags for faster search and organisation

      In addition to the preset tags, “shopping,” “friend,” “hotel,” “restaurant,” and “to try,” you can use the space below those options to create your own tag. For example, if I loved going to comic book stores on the weekends, I might want to create a “comic books” tag so that I can find similar stores quickly.

        Type the name of the custom tag where it says “create a new tag.” You can even select a color to distinguish your custom tab from the presets. As you can see, I have tagged this place as an area that is good for shopping and comic books.

        When you’ve settled on the tags you want to use, hit the check mark in the top right corner to save your location.

        After you’ve added locations, you can search them by either clicking on the map, or checking the list. In the top left hand corner of the app’s home page, you will notice a menu button. Clicking on the menu button gives you a list of categories.

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          You can select one or more of those categories to display the places of interest. If I wanted to go hiking, I could filter my map to only show locations I have labeled as hiking trails. This is so much easier than searching through pins.

          3. Share your map with friends

          One of the coolest features of Mapstr is that you can share your maps with your friends. You can also make custom maps to share with your family when they come to visit so that they know where to find the best spots in town.

          To share your map, click on the icon that looks like two people in the top right corner of the screen.

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            This opens the “My friends” tab. You can add new friends by clicking on the plus sign icon to find people, share your profile with others, or invite friends.

            You can also share your map on social media by clicking on the sharing icon with the arrow on the bottom right.

              Using Mapstr makes planning easier

              When it comes to creating a personalized map of places you want to see, Mapstr offers a much better interface than Google Maps.

              Mapstr lets you tailor and share maps from Google to meet your needs. The customizable tabs and photos make it so much easier to sort through attractions and plan your trips.

              Download Mapstr to organize must-see locations

              Mapstr has the functionality you’ve been wanting in Google Maps but didn’t realize you were missing. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting an amazing recommendation again. Now you just have to make time to try all the places on your map.

              Mapstr is available for free for iOS and Android devices. Get it today and start planning your next outing.

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              Last Updated on January 13, 2020

              7 Simple Brain Training Habits to Boost Your Brain Power

              7 Simple Brain Training Habits to Boost Your Brain Power

              Throughout the ages, there have been many beliefs in various tricks to boosting brain power, yet when held up to scientific scrutiny, most of these beliefs don’t add up.

              When I was a child, for example, my mother told me if I ate fish it would make me more intelligent. Of course, there’s no scientific proof this is true.

              Today, there is a myriad of games you can download to your phone that claims to improve your brain’s cognitive skills. While we are still waiting for a conclusive scientific verdict on these, recent studies by neuroscientists at Western University in Ontario[1] and researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia appear to contradict these claims.[2]

              So, how can we really boost our brain power? Well, it turns out there are a number of simple things you can do that will improve the function of your brain. Here are seven to get you started.

              1. Do Your Most Difficult Tasks in the Morning

              Our brains work at their best when they are fresh and energized after a good night’s sleep.

              If you have a task to do that requires a lot of thought and focus, the best time to do that task would be first thing in the morning when your brain is at its freshest.

              This is one of the reasons why checking email first thing the morning is not a good idea. You are wasting your brain’s best hours on a simple task that can be done when your brain is not at its freshest

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              Throughout the day, you will find the amount of time you can focus for will fall. Your decision-making abilities will also begin to weaken as the day progresses. This is called “decision fatigue” and that means the decisions you make later in the day will not be as good as the decisions you make earlier in the day.

              It’s far better to do your most difficult, creative tasks early taking advantage of your brain’s higher energy levels.

              Try to avoid meetings first thing in the morning and schedule work that needs higher creative energy and concentration.

              2. Get Enough Breaks

              Our brains are not very good at maintaining concentration and focus for much more than an hour. Once you go beyond a certain amount of time, doing focused work, you will find yourself making more and more mistakes. This is a sign your brain is tired and needs a break.

              Taking the right kind of break is important. Switching from working on a complex spreadsheet to checking your social media feeds is not going to give your brain the right kind of break. Instead, get up from your desk and head outside. If that is not possible, go to the nearest window and look outside.

              Your brain needs a break from the screen, not just the spreadsheet, so leave your phone behind so you are not tempted to look at it and just savour the view.

              3. Read Books, not Social Media Feeds

              There are no shortcuts to improved knowledge and you are certainly not going to improve your general knowledge about anything useful by reading social media feeds. Instead, make reading books a regular habit.

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              When you read good quality books, you increase your ability to use the knowledge you learn to solve problems as your brain will apply the knowledge you learned to existing situations.

              Learn about economic theory, history and psychology. All these topics have real practical applications for us all today.

              4. Exercise Regularly

              Humans did not evolve to be stationary animals. You need to move.

              Had our ancestors spent their days sat around, they would not have survived very long. To survive and find food, our ancestors had to keep moving. Our brains have evolved to function at their best when we are exercised.

              In his book, Brain Rules, Prof.John Medina explains when we exercise, we increase the amount of oxygen in our brains and this helps to sharpen our brain’s functions.

              In studies, when a previously sedentary group of people began a light exercise programme, their cognitive skills improve as well as reaction times and quantitive skills.

              This is why you are more likely to find the solution to a problem when you are walking somewhere or exercising rather than when you are sat at a desk in front of a screen.

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              5. Get Enough of the Right Food

              You probably have experienced the afternoon slump at some point in your life. This is when you feel tired and fatigued in the mid-afternoon. This is a result of the carbohydrates you ate at lunchtime, stimulating your body to produce insulin which then causes a drop in your blood sugar levels.

              When you go into an afternoon slump, concentrating for long periods become almost impossible and you just want to curl up and go to sleep.

              To prevent the afternoon slump, try to eat a protein-rich lunch such as a tuna or chicken salad without pasta, rice or bread. Keep some healthy snacks such as mixed nuts and dried bananas around your workspace and when you feel a little peckish, eat a few of these.

              Not only will you avoid the afternoon slump, but you will also improve your overall general health and feel a lot more energetic.

              6. Drink Enough Water

              Your brain is made up of about 70% water, so without enough water, your brain will not function at its best.

              When you are not drinking enough water, you will find your ability to concentrate, make decisions and stay alert will reduce. You will feel sleepy and lack energy. Your brain functions at its best when it is properly hydrated.

              The solution is to keep a large bottle of water at your work station and sip regularly from it throughout the day. This will increase the number of trips you need to make to the bathroom which is a good thing. It will keep you moving and taking regular breaks from your screen.

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              7. Don’t Deprive Yourself of Sleep

              You probably don’t need a long scientific study to convince you that if you are not getting enough sleep, you are not going to function at your best.

              You just need to go a couple of days without getting enough sleep and you feel your abilities reduce. Your decision-making skills become erratic, your energy levels drop and your ability to stay focused on your work diminishes.

              If you want to improve your brain’s ability to function, then start with getting enough sleep. The number of hours you need will depend on your own circadian rhythms, so find what works best for you.

              Six to eight hours is usually enough for most people so make sure you are hitting that number of hours per night as a minimum.

              The Bottom Line

              Improving our brain power is not difficult. All we need to do is develop a few simple habits such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and eating the right foods.

              These seven tips will go a long way to helping you to become more alert, able to focus longer and make decisions. All simple common sense tricks anyone can use.

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