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10 Cheap But Smart Home Applications Everyone Needs

10 Cheap But Smart Home Applications Everyone Needs

Remember when that big TV was a trend and every home had one and small stereo radios were an absolute must-have? Well, these TVs are gone forever, replaced by smart, clearer and energy-efficient flat HD TVs. Technologies are getting revolutionized and updated, and you’ve got no reason to keep using old, obsolete devices when cheaper, better-performing, and futuristic ones are here.

Smart gadgets not only make our lives better, but offer what other products never did. Here at Lifehack, we have picked 10 smart products that the editorial team thinks you need at home.

1. Friday Smart Lock

    Smart, good-looking and futuristic locks with remote capability belong to the future. If you need an intelligent lock that can be relied on, look no further. Here’s no other smart lock, battery-run to offer Bluetooth, WiFi, and HomeKit – the world’s smallest retrofit lock. Installation is simple, and it is made to work with your existing lock. Choose from the six different colors; order one today!

    2. Ring Spotlight Security Cam 

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      Imagine having to stealthily and conveniently see, hear and speak to people monitoring your premise right from your PC while on the road?

      Wired to guarantee greater intruder detection and protection by sounding a 110-decibel siren and available in black and white, Ring Spotlight Cam wired replaces your conventional CCTV cams. Installation is a breeze and comes with iOS, Android and Windows apps. Place your order today!

      3. eero Home WiFi System

        Finally, a device to reliably replace your outdated wireless router, WiFi repeaters or WiFi extenders and expands your home’s WiFi connection, is here. eero Home WiFi System is built with the most intelligent WiFi technology, a full-fledged access point and hardware you can trust. For ultra-fast WiFi that cover 2-4 bedrooms of your home, look nowhere and place your order today.

        4. Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum

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          Dyson is a reputable name in the world of vacuum cleaners, regularly manufacturing vacuums with super-powerful suction power. This Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum is small enough to fly around the house to clean dirty areas, generate powerful suction and has a Radial Root Cyclone technology to separate dirt from dust. Comes with iOS and Android apps for convenient monitoring – a product you can trust!

          5. First Alert 1036469 Onelink Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

            Worried about smoke or carbon poisoning at your home? 

            Because if yes, here’s a product made for you – First Alert 1036469 will release instant notifications in emergencies and comes with a fantastic 10-year battery. Easy installation, iOS, and Android apps – a perfect replacement for those hardwired alarms!

            6. iDevices Socket – WiFi Light Bulb Adapter

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              With voice control, remote access, and dimming capability, what more would you need from a device that you can use to monitor power and brightness of any standard light bulb in your home?

              Perfect with standard Edison style bulbs, 60watt halogen, LED, CFL, incandescent bulbs and you will control it from anywhere. Convenient scheduling and easy setup make it a great choice!

              7. Philips Airfryer, The Original Airfryer

                Gordon Ramsay uses it; the fastest for the evenest results, no wonder it is the world’s bestselling Airfryer with over 7 Million units sold. Fry your fries or other food fast, with ease and convenience. Place an order online!

                8. Fitkeeper Smart Body Scale

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                  Keeping fit just got a lot easier and enjoyable, thanks to a device to monitor your health index at any time and tracks your body’s wellness at any given moment. It is the best body health monitor and comes with a Fitkeeper Warranty and a Fitkeeper Bluetooth scale among other features. Place an order online today!

                  9. Greater Goods Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale

                    For nutritional data of up to 2000 different foods, accurate measurements and everything in-between, here’s a smart and perfect kitchen food scale. It is durable and easy to clean and comes with a 2-year warranty. Buy it, and you will always have direct personal support from its manufacturers.

                    10.Feed and Go Smart Pet Feeder

                      Feed your little furry friend with swag and class with a smart pet feeder. Wi-Fi operated, comes with a webcam and you can run it remotely using iOS or Android device, it feeds, offers medication and can be useful for your dog and the cat. Buy this smartest pet feeder in the world for your pet, and you will never have to look elsewhere!

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                      How to Measure a Goal? (With Examples of Measurable Goals)

                      How to Measure a Goal? (With Examples of Measurable Goals)

                      Everyone sets goals. Whether they are daily goals like completing a project, personal aspirations like traveling the world, or even workplace targets, setting a goal isn’t enough to get you over the line unfortunately. This is why only eight percent of people achieve their goals.[1]

                      So how do the high achievers do it?

                      By setting measurable goals, keep track of them and progress towards these goals.

                      To help you out, I’ve put together a simple guide on measuring goals. I’ll show you a SMART framework you can use to create measurable goals, and how you can track its progress.

                      To begin, let me introduce you to the SMART acronym.

                      What Is a Measurable SMART Goal?

                      SMART stands for Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. They help set clear intentions, this way, you can continue staying on course.

                      When you’re writing a SMART Goal, you need to work through each of the terms in the acronym to ensure it’s realistic and achievable.

                      It’ll help you set specific and challenging goals that eliminate and vagueness and guesswork. It’ll also have a clear deadline so you know when you need to complete it by.

                      Here’s what SMART stand for:

                      Specific

                      Your goals need to be specific. Without specificity, your goal will feel much harder to complete and stick to.

                      They should also have a specific outcome. Without the outcome, it will be hard to focus and stay on task with your goals.

                      I can’t stress this enough. In fact, two researchers Edwin Locke and Gary Latham, found that when people set specific yet challenging goals, it led to increased performance 90 percent of the time.[2]

                      Here’s an example of a specific goal:

                      Increase sales by 10% in 90 days. 

                      Measurable

                      You need to be able to measure these goals.

                      Examining a key metric and quantifying your goals will help track your progress. It will also identify the mark at which you’ve completed your task.

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                      Measurable can mean many different things, but generally speaking, you want to be able to objectively measure success with a goal.

                      Whether it’s via analytical data, performance measures, or direct revenue, ensure your goal is quantifiable.

                      Achievable

                      Why do you want to reach this goal? Is it important for you or your organization?

                      Once you identify the key benefit, add that into your goal, so it helps your team members understand the importance of the goal and how it contributes to the bigger picture.

                      Relevant

                      Why do you want to reach this goal? Is it important for you or your organization?

                      Once you identify the key benefit, add that into your goal so it helps your team members understand the importance of the goal and how it contributes to the bigger picture.

                      Timely

                      This is one of my favorite parts of SMART goals….setting the deadline.

                      The timeframe will create a sense of urgency. It functions as a healthy tension that will springboard you to action.

                      Examples of Measurable Goals

                      Now that we know what a SMART goal is, it’s time to help you make your own SMART goal.

                      Let’s start with the first step: specificity.

                      Specific

                      A specific goal should identify:

                      • What’s the project or task at hand?
                      • Who’s responsible for the task? If you’re breaking the task down, who is responsible for each section?
                      • What steps do you need to do to reach your goal?

                      Here’s a bad example:I want to have a better job.

                      This example is poor because it’s not specific enough. Sure, it’s specific to your work, but it doesn’t explain whether you want a promotion, a raise, a career change, etc.

                      What about your current job do you want to improve? Do you want to change companies? Or are you striving for more work-life balance? What does “better” really mean?

                      Let’s transform this into a good example.

                      I want to find a new role at a Fortune 500 company that improves my current salary and work-life balance.

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                      If you’re not too sure what the specific outcome should be, you can use mindmaps to brainstorm all the possible options. Then choose a few or one from the mindmap.

                      With the example above, to become a better growth marketer, I have to explore different learning options like online courses, blogs, books, or in-person courses before I made a decision.

                      Measurable

                      Goals need to be measurable in a way where you can present tangible, concrete evidence. You should be able to identify what you experience when reaching that goal.

                      Ideally, you should go for a metric or quantity as quantifying goals makes it easier to track.

                      Here’s a bad example:

                      I will get a promotion at work for improving quality

                      Here’s a good example:

                      I am going to land a promotion to senior VP by improving my work quality. When I say work quality, I will measure this by projects completed, revenue earned, and success factors important to my superiors.

                      If you’re having difficulty measuring your goals, you can use a goal tracking app. They’re a great way to measure your progress, especially if it’s time-based.

                      In addition, I love to use the following strategy to keep myself accountable and ensure I’m hitting goals:

                      Reminder emails.

                      I schedule emails to myself asking for measurable data on my goals, and even CC others to hold me accountable.

                      For example, if you work with a team, CC them on your email to keep yourself honest and on-track.

                      Here are five methods you can use to measure your progress towards the goal:

                      1. Keep a record – Have you recorded all your actions?
                      2. Assess your numbers/evidence – Are you breaking your commitments?
                      3. Create a checklist – Can you simplify your tasks?
                      4. Stay on course – Are you moving forward with your plan smoothly?
                      5. Rate your progress – Can you do better?

                      Achievable

                      When it comes to being able to achieve your goals, you should stick to Pareto’s principle. If you’re not too sure what it is, it’s the 80/20 rule.

                      Don’t just attack and go for everything at once! Pick things that give you the most results. Then, work on the next objective or goal once you’ve completed your first ones.

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                      Here’s a bad example:

                      To get more work-life balance, I will examine all factors of my work and how to trim down the time I spend on them.

                      Here’s a good example:

                      This week I will record my time spent on projects to analyze the amount of revenue or success they generate. Projects that fall short of production will get less time and resources than others. 

                      Relevant

                      It’s always important to examine your goal to ensure it’s relevant and realistic to what you’re doing.

                      This is where the bigger picture comes in.

                      Here’s a bad example:

                      I want to be promoted to CMO because I need more responsibility.

                      In this case, it’ll be unlikely for you to receive a promotion if the purpose and reason behind your goals are not strong.

                      Here’s a good example:

                      I want to be promoted to CMO because I enjoy digital marketing. I’m currently excelling in X, Y, and Z digital marketing practices, and I believe that via a promotion I can further grow the business via X, Y and Z.

                      The why will help you grind out in moments when you just want to throw in the towel, and also provide more purpose for your goals.

                      Timely

                      And…finally we’ve hit the deadline.

                      Having a due date helps your team set micro goals and milestones towards the goal.

                      That way, you can plan workload throughout your days, weeks, and months to ensure that your team won’t be racing against the clock.

                      Let’s start with a bad example:

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                      I’m going to land a new promotion this summer.

                      Now, let’s turn this into a great example:

                      Within the next month I will increase marketing revenue by XX%. Then, within three months I will expand the digital team, hire two new employees and scale it. Within five months I will leverage this success into a new role.

                      So that’s how you create a measurable goal.

                      Here’s a summary of the example above in the order of its acronyms.

                      Overall Goal: I want to transition into a new role with a reputable company.

                      • S: I want to find a new role at a Fortune 500 company that improves my current salary and work-life balance.
                      • M: I am going to land a promotion to senior VP by improving my work quality. When I say work quality, I will measure this by projects completed, revenue earned, and success factors important to my superiors.
                      • A: This week I will record my time spent on projects to analyze the amount of revenue or success they generate. Projects that fall short of production will get less time and resources than others.
                      • R: I want to be promoted to CMO because I enjoy digital marketing. I’m currently excelling in X, Y, and Z digital marketing practices, and I believe that via a promotion I can further grow the business via X, Y and Z.
                      • T: Within the next month I will increase marketing revenue by XX%. Then, within three months I will expand the digital team, hire two new employees and scale it. Within five months I will leverage this success into a new role.

                      But before we finish off, I want to leave you with a note:

                      If you want to ensure you reach your goals, make sure you’re accountable. Ensure that you will stick by the goal and deliver the results that you want. Because sometimes, the goal might not just be for you. It could be goals for your clients, customers, and even loved ones.

                      For example:

                      Here, Housecall Pro promises customers that they grow up to 30% in one year.

                      By placing that statement on their landing page, they’re keeping themselves and their goals accountable to their customers.

                      For personal goals, tell your friends and family.

                      For professional goals, you can tell your peers, colleagues, and even your clients (once you’re ready).

                      Bottom Line

                      So to wrap things up, if you want to measure a goal, be SMART about it.

                      Start with a specific outcome in mind; make sure it’s measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely to your existing schedule.

                      While 92 percent of people fail to reach their goals, you can be the exception.

                      Reach your goals by setting targets and objectives together.

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