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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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    Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

    Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

    Procrastination is very literally the opposite of productivity. To produce something is to pull it forward, while to procrastinate is to push it forward — to tomorrow, to next week, or ultimately to never.

    Procrastination fills us with shame — we curse ourselves for our laziness, our inability to focus on the task at hand, our tendency to be easily led into easier and more immediate gratifications. And with good reason: for the most part, time spent procrastinating is time spent not doing things that are, in some way or other, important to us.

    There is a positive side to procrastination, but it’s important not to confuse procrastination at its best with everyday garden-variety procrastination.

    Sometimes — sometimes! — procrastination gives us the time we need to sort through a thorny issue or to generate ideas. In those rare instances, we should embrace procrastination — even as we push it away the rest of the time.

    Why we procrastinate after all

    We procrastinate for a number of reasons, some better than others. One reason we procrastinate is that, while we know what we want to do, we need time to let the ideas “ferment” before we are ready to sit down and put them into action.

    Some might call this “creative faffing”; I call it, following copywriter Ray Del Savio’s lead, “concepting”.[1]

    Whatever you choose to call it, it’s the time spent dreaming up what you want to say or do, weighing ideas in your mind, following false leads and tearing off on mental wild goose chases, and generally thinking things through.

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    To the outside observer, concepting looks like… well, like nothing much at all. Maybe you’re leaning back in your chair, feet up, staring at the wall or ceiling, or laying in bed apparently dozing, or looking out over the skyline or feeding pigeons in the park or fiddling with the Japanese vinyl toys that stand watch over your desk.

    If ideas are the lifeblood of your work, you have to make time for concepting, and you have to overcome the sensation— often overpowering in our work-obsessed culture — that faffing, however creative, is not work.

    So, is procrastination bad?

    Yes it is.

    Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re “concepting” when in fact you’re just not sure what you’re supposed to be doing.

    Spending an hour staring at the wall while thinking up the perfect tagline for a marketing campaign is creative faffing; staring at the wall for an hour because you don’t know how to come up with a tagline, or don’t know the product you’re marketing well enough to come up with one, is just wasting time.

    Lack of definition is perhaps the biggest friend of your procrastination demons. When we’re not sure what to do — whether because we haven’t planned thoroughly enough, we haven’t specified the scope of what we hope to accomplish in the immediate present, or we lack important information, skills, or resources to get the job done.

    It’s easy to get distracted or to trick ourselves into spinning our wheels doing nothing. It takes our mind off the uncomfortable sensation of failing to make progress on something important.

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    The answer to this is in planning and scheduling. Rather than giving yourself an unspecified length of time to perform an unspecified task (“Let’s see, I guess I’ll work on that spreadsheet for a while”) give yourself a limited amount of time to work on a clearly defined task (“Now I’ll enter the figures from last months sales report into the spreadsheet for an hour”).

    Giving yourself a deadline, even an artificial one, helps build a sense of urgency and also offers the promise of time to “screw around” later, once more important things are done.

    For larger projects, planning plays a huge role in whether or not you’ll spend too much time procrastinating to reach the end reasonably quickly.

    A good plan not only lists the steps you have to take to reach the end, but takes into account the resources, knowledge and inputs from other people you’re going to need to perform those steps.

    Instead of futzing around doing nothing because you don’t have last month’s sales report, getting the report should be a step in the project.

    Otherwise, you’ll spend time cooling your heels, justifying your lack of action as necessary: you aren’t wasting time because you want to, but because you have to.

    How bad procrastination can be

    Our mind can often trick us into procrastinating, often to the point that we don’t realize we’re procrastinating at all.

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    After all, we have lots and lots of things to do; if we’re working on something, aren’t we being productive – even if the one big thing we need to work on doesn’t get done?

    One way this plays out is that we scan our to-do list, skipping over the big challenging projects in favor of the short, easy projects. At the end of the day, we feel very productive: we’ve crossed twelve things off our list!

    That big project we didn’t work on gets put onto the next day’s list, and when the same thing happens, it gets moved forward again. And again.

    Big tasks often present us with the problem above – we aren’t sure what to do exactly, so we look for other ways to occupy ourselves.

    In many cases too, big tasks aren’t really tasks at all; they’re aggregates of many smaller tasks. If something’s sitting on your list for a long time, each day getting skipped over in favor of more immediately doable tasks, it’s probably not very well thought out.

    You’re actively resisting it because you don’t really know what it is. Try to break it down into a set of small tasks, something more like the tasks you are doing in place of the one big task you aren’t doing.

    More consequences of procrastination can be found in this article:

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    8 Dreadful Effects of Procrastination That Can Destroy Your Life

    Procrastination, a technical failure

    Procrastination is, more often than not, a sign of a technical failure, not a moral failure.

    It’s not because we’re bad people that we procrastinate. Most times, procrastination serves as a symptom of something more fundamentally wrong with the tasks we’ve set ourselves.

    It’s important to keep an eye on our procrastinating tendencies, to ask ourselves whenever we notice ourselves pushing things forward what it is about the task we’ve set ourselves that simply isn’t working for us.

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