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Lifehack Deals: Win The Mac SuperBundle!

Lifehack Deals: Win The Mac SuperBundle!


    Looking to power up your Mac — and to do it for free?

    Well, Lifehack Deals has another great giveaway lined up for you — as in we’re giving 1 lucky winner The Mac SuperBundle!

    The apps in this bundle can help you in a wide variety of activities, from converting and managing digital media with Roxio Toast to searching for files more efficiently and effectively with Houdah Tembo to keeping track of your home inventory easily with Compartments.

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    All 9 apps would normally retail for $453 on their own!

    Here’s what’s in this latest Lifehack Deals giveaway:

    1. Roxio Toast 11 Titanium

    Completely redesigned from the ground up, the best-selling Roxio Toast 11 Titanium features a new user interface that’s up-to-date, innovative and intuitive! With newly refined workflows, built-in video tutorials and much more, Toast 11 is the ultimate digital media toolkit for newcomers and experienced users alike. From capturing audio and video to converting media to copying, sharing, burning and more, Roxio Toast 11 quickly and easily gets you the media you love…wherever you want it! Regular price: $100

    2. RapidWeaver 5

    RapidWeaver 5 gives you the easiest yet most powerful tools available to create stunning websites on your Mac! With Code-Free creation, 11 built-in page types, 45 flexible design themes, including 6 new themes from world-renowned designers and built-in support for FTP & SFTPuploads, you’ll be creating and publishing an incredible website in no time at all. Whatever your website needs, a slideshow, company site or personal blog, RapidWeaver 5 lives up to its name – fast, fun and complete! Regular price: $80

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    3. Panorama Maker 5 Pro

    Whether you’ve got landscape or city skyline digital photos or nature or vacation experiences on video, Panorama Maker 5 Pro offers a simple and easy way to turn your photos and videos to amazing panorama masterpieces. With a complete set of auto stitching tools, five different stitch modes, powerful media file management, photo editing and a built-in online print service; Panorama Maker 5 lets you produce stunning panoramas photos just like a pro! Regular price: $80

    4. Disk Drill Pro

    Designed by Mac users for Mac users, Disk Drill PRO is the way to recover important lost data in almost any situation. With patented technology that deep scans your hard drive; Disk Drill PROfinds files you thought were gone forever. Disk Drill PRO is the data protection and recovery app you need to protect your music, photos, import files, presentations and more. Offering Quick Scan & Recovery of HFS/HFS+, FAT and NTFS and Deep Scan & Recovery for any or no file systems, Disk Drill PRO is the perfect investment in your data’s safe and secure future. Regular price: $89

    5. Hallmark Card Studio

    Great for all occasions including birthdays, holidays, weddings – or just to say hello. You also get 10,000+ clip art images to complement your cards and projects. Hallmark Card Studio for Mac makes selecting photos for cards and projects easy. And, there’s no better way to personalize than by importing your own photos from iPhoto or an iSight camera. Regular price: $40

    6. Houdah Tembo

    Make finding files as easy as possible with Houdah Tembo – the efficient search tool that’s based on the Spotlight engine! Get search results grouped by categories and then drill-down for real search power – up to 2500 search results within each group! Context filters, including subject, sender and recipient, help you refine your results. With Tembo you’ll get more than just a file search tool – it even works as an extension to Apple Mail to locate messages or to Safari to search browsing history, bookmarks and more. Regular price: $15

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    7. Musicbox

    It’s easy to download songs from your favorite music websites with Musicbox! Just paste or drag a URL with an audio or video player onto Musicbox for fast download and conversion into a native mp3 format that can be imported into your iTunes library. With Musicbox you can listen to your favorite web audio on your iPod, Mac or iPhone — anytime and anywhere! Regular price: $15

    8. Font Explosion 500 Volume 1

    Font Explosion includes five hundred 100% royalty-free, sensational TrueType® fonts for home, school and office. Each font is fully-scalable to any point size and easily integrates with your favorite applications like Microsoft Word, Pages, Keynote, Adobe® Photoshop® and more. With each font family fully compatible with all popular inkjet and laser printers, the Mac SuperBundle Font Explosion software makes print jobs a breeze! Regular price: $20

    9. Compartments

    Compartments is fast and effective home inventory app for Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. Its beautifully laid out user interface ensures that you don’t have to spend hours entering your home inventory information. Access every category with keyboard shortcuts, enter dozens of your personal items in seconds with the Quick Add feature or select multiple items and tag them with Quick Apply, plus add photos and generate PDF reports. With Compartments you can even keep family members up-to-date with automatic data syncing via a free DropBox or MobileMe iDisk folder. Keep your valuables organized and protected with the easiest to use home inventory software available today. Regular price: $15

    How to Win

    The contest ends on April 30th at 11:59PM PST, after which we will select the lucky winner (The winner will be notified directly). To check out all of the official rules and regulations, head over to this page.

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    Once you’re done that, go here and enter and give yourself a chance to win a bundle that will stack your Mac!

    Best of luck!

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    Last Updated on February 20, 2019

    How to Get Promoted When You Feel Stuck in Your Current Position

    How to Get Promoted When You Feel Stuck in Your Current Position

    Are you stuck in the same position for too long and don’t really know how to get promoted and advance your career?

    Feeling stuck could be caused by a variety of things:

    • Taking a job for the money
    • Staying with an employer that no longer aligns with your values
    • Realizing that you landed yourself in the wrong career
    • Not feeling valued or feeling underutilized
    • Staying in a role too long out of fear
    • Taking a position without a full understanding of the role

    There are many, many other reasons why you may be feeling this way but let’s focus instead on getting unstuck.

    As in – getting promoted.

    So how to get promoted?

    I’m of the opinion that the best way to get promoted is by showing how you add value to your organization.

    Did you make money, save money, improve a process, or some other amazing thing? How else might you demonstrated added value?

    Let’s dive right in how to get promoted when you feel stuck in your current position:

    1. Be a Mentor

    When I supervised students, I used to warm them – tongue in cheek, of course – about getting really good at their job.

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    “Be careful not to get too good at this, or you’ll never get to do anything else?”

    This was my way of pestering them to take on additional challenges or think outside the box, but there is definitely some reality in doing something so well that your manager doesn’t trust anyone else to do it.

    This can get you stuck.

    Jo Miller of Be Leaderly shares this insight on when your boss thinks you’re too valuable in your current job:[1]

    “Think back to a time when you really enjoyed your current role. I bet there was a time when this job was a stretch for you, and you stepped up to the challenge and performed like a rock star. You became known for doing your job so well that you built up some strong “personal brand” equity, and people know you as the go-to-person for this particular job. That’s what we call “a good problem to have”: you did a really good job of building a positive perception about your suitability for the role, but you may have done “too” good of a job!”

    With this in mind, how do you prove to your employer that you can add value by being promoted?

    In Miller’s insight, she talks about building your personal brand and becoming known for doing a particular job well. So how can you link that work with a position or project that will earn you a promotion?

    Consider leveraging your strengths and skills.

    Let’s say that project you do so well is hiring and training new entry level employees. You have to post the job listing, read and review resumes, schedule interviews, making hiring decisions, and create the training schedules. These tasks require skills such as employee relations, onboarding, human resources software, performance management, teamwork, collaboration, customer service, and project management. That’s a serious amount of skills!

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    Is there anyone else on your team who can perform these skills? Try delegating and training some of your staff or colleagues to learn your job. There are a number of reasons why this is a good idea:

    1. Cross-training helps in any situation in the event that there’s an extended illness and the main performer of a certain task is out for a while.
    2. In becoming a mentor to a supervisee or colleague, you empower then to increase their job skills.
    3. You are already beginning to demonstrate that added value to your employer by encouraging your team or peers to learn your job.

    Now that you’ve trained others to do that work for which you have been so valued, you can see about re-requesting that promotion. Be ready to explain how you have saved the company money, encouraged employees to increase their skills, or reinvented that project of yours.

    2. Work on Your Mindset

    Another reason you may feel stuck in a position is well explained by Ashley Stahl in her Forbes article. Shahl talks about mindset, and says:[2]

    “If you feel stuck at a job you used to love, it’s normally you–not the job–who needs to change. The position you got hired for is probably the exact same one you have now. But if you start to dread the work routine, you’re going to focus on the negatives.”

    In this situation, you should pursue a conversation with your supervisor and share your thoughts and feelings. You can probably get some advice on how to rediscover the aspects of that job you enjoyed, and negotiate either some additional duties or a chance to move up.

    Don’t express frustration. Express a desire for more.

    Share with your supervisor that you want to be challenged and you want to move up. You are seeking more responsibility in order to continue moving the company forward. Focus on how you can do that with the skills you have and will develop with some additional projects and coaching.

    3. Improve Your Soft Skills

    When was the last time you put focus and effort into upping your game with those soft skills? I’m talking about those seemingly intangible things that make you the experienced professional in your specific job skills:

    An article on Levo.com suggests that more than 60 percent of employers look at soft skills when making a hiring decision.[3]

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    You can bone up on these skills and increase your chances of promotion by taking courses or seminars.

    And you don’t necessarily need to request funding from your supervisor, either. There are dozens of online courses being presented by entrepreneurs and authors about these very subjects. Udemy and Creative Live both feature online courses at very reasonable prices. And some come with completion certificates for your portfolio!

    Another way to improve your soft skills is by connecting with an employee at your organization who has the position you are seeking.

    Express your desire to move up in the organization, and ask to shadow that person or see if you can sit in on some of her meetings. Offer to take that individual out for coffee and ask what her secret is! Take copious notes and then immerse yourself in the learning.

    The key here is not to copy your new mentor (think Jennifer Jason Leigh in “Single White Female.” Just kidding). Rather, you want to observe, learn and then adapt according to your strengths. And don’t forget to thank that person for their time.

    4. Develop Your Strategy

    Do you even know specifically WHY you want to be promoted anyway? Do you see a future at this company? Do you have a one year, five year, or ten year plan? How often do you consider your “why” and insure that it aligns with your “what?”

    Sit down and do an old-fashioned Pro and Con list. Two columns:

    Pro’s on one side, Con’s on the other.

    Write down every positive aspect of your current job and then every negative one. Which list is longer? Are there any themes present?

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    Look at your lists and choose the most exciting Pro’s and the most frustrating Con’s. Do those two Pro’s make the Con’s worth it? If you can’t answer that question with a “yes” then getting promoted at your current organization may not be what you really want.

    The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

    Mel Carson writes about this on Goalcast that many other authors and speakers have written about finding your professional purpose.[4]

    Here are some questions to ask yourself:

    • Why is it that you do what you do?
    • What thrills you about your current job role or career?
    • What does a great day look like?
    • What does success look like beyond the paycheck?
    • What does real success feel like for you?
    • How do you want to feel about your impact on the world when you retire?

    These questions would be great to reflect on in a journal or with your supervisor in your next one-on-one meeting. Or, bring it up with one of your Vital Work Friends over coffee.

    See, what you might find is that being stuck is your choice. And you can set yourself on the path of moving up where you are, or moving on to something different.

    Because sometimes the real promotion is finding your life’s purpose. And like Mastercard says, that’s Priceless.

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