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Lifehack Deals: Stack Your Mac with the iStack Mac Bundle [Deals]

Lifehack Deals: Stack Your Mac with the iStack Mac Bundle [Deals]

    Some of the greatest deals you can find for Mac apps are from StackSocial and their killer Mac app bundles. Today is no different with StackSocial releasing their newest deal, the iStack Mac Bundle featuring 9 essential Mac apps for $49.99. The entire bundle has a total retail value of $953 (with the included iOS App Development tutorial course), in fact, 5 of the apps actually retail over the sale price.

    I haven’t used all of the apps in the bundle, although I have heard of at least all of them. There are three of these apps that I have used quite extensively, and those three alone are totally worth the $49.99.

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    Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

    If you are a Mac user and want to use some of your old Windows apps, then you can either virtualize or use Bootcamp to install Windows. Using Bootcamp works pretty great, actually it’s pretty surprising how well Windows works on a Mac, but it can be a huge time waster having to switch between partitions on your Mac. To save time you can use Parallels Desktop 7 instead which can virtualize Windows or even a Linux OS “inside” of OS X.

    It’s great to be able to use Parallels and have your Windows and Mac apps running side by side. While using Parallels in its Coherence Mode, you can sometimes even forget what is a Mac app and what is Windows app because they are running side by side and feel pretty fast.

    If you are in need of a good virtualization solution for Mac, then picking up this bundle for Parallels alone is worth the cost.

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    SnagIt

    SnagIt is my favorite tool for creating video demos and taking screenshots on my Mac. I use it every day to create small tutorials for computer users at my current job.

    What I love most about SnagIt is that it’s super fast and easy to create a small video, create some text and effects to go along with it, then share it with whoever I need to. It takes a lot of the configuration and editing time out of the mix and gives you a great looking video with little effort.

    SnagIt is also great for taking screenshots and even can take nice long photos of websites that span more that your screen’s resolution, which is great for taking picks of demo sites in the browser and being able to send them.

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    Clarify

    Yet another tool I use at work to create great image and text tutorials. Clarify can be used to create beautiful documents with photos that can be use to help users and other understand a process or even a piece of software.

    It has some great built in features for managing screenshots and photos and can be used to automatically create how-to documents while you are taking photos in the order of the process.

    What’s in the iStack Mac Bundle?

    So, 9 titles worth $953 for $49.99. That’s a pretty killer deal, not to mention that the software you are getting is high quality and highly usable. Here are the 9 Mac apps that are featured in the iStack Mac Bundle and their retail prices:

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    • $80 – Parallels 7
    • $50 – SnagIt
    • $90 – Disk Drill Pro
    • $50 – Hands Off
    • $30 – Clarify
    • $50 – Elasty
    • $20 – PaintSupreme
    • $40 – TextSoap
    • $20 – iGlasses 3

    So, if you are in the market for 9 awesome Mac Apps (who isn’t?), then check out the deal over at Lifehack Deals within the next two weeks.

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    How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

    How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

    When you become an early riser, you’ll experience a lot of benefits, including feeling more energized and having more time to do what you want.

    If you’d like to join the ranks of those waking up with the sun, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your alarm.

    What exactly do you need to do to learn how to become an early riser?

    Here are 5 tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper or night owl to early morning wizard.

    1. Choose to Get up Before You Go to Sleep

    You’re not very good at making decisions when you’ve just woken up. You were in the middle of a dream in which [insert celebrity crush of choice here] is serving you breakfast in bed, only to be rudely awakened by the harsh tones of your alarm clock.

    You’re frustrated, confused, and surprised. This is not the time to be making decisions about whether or not you should stay in bed! And yet, most of us leave the first decision of our day to be made in a blur of partial wakefulness.

    No more!

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    If you want to learn how to be an early riser, try making your decision to rise at a specific time before you go to sleep the night before. This frees you from making the decision in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Instead of making a decision, you only have to follow through on your decision from the night before.

    Easier said than done? Of course. But only for the first few times. Eventually, your need for raw willpower to get out of bed will diminish, and you’ll be the proud parent of a new habit!

    Steve Pavlina suggests you practice getting out of bed during the day[1] to get a few of the “practice sessions” out of the way without the early morning fog in your head.

    2. Have a Plan for Your Extra Time

    Let’s say you’ve actually made it out of bed 2 hours before you normally would. Now what? What are you going to do with all this time you’ve discovered in your day?

    If you don’t have something planned to do with your extra time, you risk falling for the temptation of a “morning nap” that wipes out all the work you put into getting up.

    To become an early riser, plan a great morning routine.

      Before you fall asleep, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. You could read a book, clean the garage, or write up that work report you’ve been putting off. Make a plan for when you wake up earlier, and you’ll do more than protect yourself from backsliding into bed.

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      You’ll get things done, and those results will fuel your desire to build rising early into a habit!

      3. Make Rising Early a Social Activity

      Your internet or social media buddies just don’t have enough pull to make your new habit stick in the long term. The same cannot be said for the people you spend time with as part of your early morning routine.

      Sure, you could choose to read blogs for two hours every morning, but wouldn’t it be great to join an early breakfast club, running group, or play chess in the park at 5am?

      The more people you get involved in making your new habit a daily part of your life, the easier it’ll be to succeed.

      Consider finding an accountability partner who is also interested in becoming an early riser. Perhaps it’s a neighbor who you plan to go for a run with at 6 am. Or it could be your husband or wife, and you decide to get up earlier to spend more time together before the kids wake up.

      Learn more about finding the perfect accountability partner in this article.

      4. Don’t Use an Alarm That Makes You Angry

      If we’re all wired differently, why do we all insist on torturing ourselves with the same sort of alarm each morning?

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      I spent years trying to wake up before my alarm went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. I got pretty good, too. Then, I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized that different ring tones irritated me less but worked just as well to wake me up. I now use the ringtone alarm as a back-up for my bedside lamp, which I’ve plugged in to a timer.

      When the bright light doesn’t work, the cellphone picks up the slack, and I wake up on time. The lesson learned? Experiment a bit and see what works best for you as you try to become an early riser.

      Light, sound, smells, temperature, or even some contraption that dumps water on you might be more pleasant than your old alarm clock. Give something new a try!

      One final thing you can do is put your alarm at least several feet from your bed. If it’s within arm’s reach, you’ll be tempted to hit the snooze button. However, if you have to get out of bed to turn it off, you’ll be more likely to resist going back to sleep.

      5. Get Your Blood Flowing Right After Waking

      If you don’t have a neighbor you can pick fights with at 5 am, you’ll have to settle with a more mundane exercise. It doesn’t take much to get your blood flowing and chase the sleep from your head.

      Just pick something you don’t mind doing and go through the motions until your heart rate is up. Jumping rope, push-ups, crunches, or a few minutes of yoga are typically enough to do the trick. Here are 10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

      If you’re going to go for a full-on morning workout, remember to give your body at least 15 minutes to get moving before you start[2]. Have a glass of water, stretch a bit, and then get into your workout.

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      If you live in a beautiful part of the world like me, you might want to use a bit of your early morning to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the world around you.

      If you have a coffee shop open within walking distance, dragging yourself out of bed for a cup of coffee to savor on your walk home as the world wakes around you is a wonderful experience. Try it, and you’ll enjoy becoming an early riser!

      Final Thoughts

      Creating a new habit is always a challenge, especially if that habit is forcing you out of the comfort of your bed before the sun is even up. However, early risers enjoy increased productivity, higher levels of concentration, and even healthier eating habits[3]!

      Those are all great reasons to give it a try and get up a few minutes earlier. Try getting to bed a bit earlier and learn how to become an early riser with the above tips and conquer your days.

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