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Lifehack Deals: Hack Your iTunes Library with TuneUp

Lifehack Deals: Hack Your iTunes Library with TuneUp


    The app known as iTunes can become a big “timesuck” — whether you’re using a Windows machine or a Mac. As it grows in size, so do the problems that can creep in. That means you end up with a ton of “Track 1” songs, two or more instances of the exact same song and missing album cover art all over the place. Getting them out of iTunes manually is a real chore — and will take you away from the stuff you’re supposed to be doing while simply listening to your music. If only iTunes could have a little extra “magic” added to it. Then you could spend more time listening and less time fiddling.

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    Thanks to TuneUp, you can do just that.

    Cleaning up your iTunes Library has never been more robust and yet still easy to use. TuneUp hooks up with iTunes to organize and categorize your music from top to bottom. And for a very limited time, Lifehack Deals has it all queued up…and for only $30!

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    Here’s what you’ll get as part of the TuneUp Bundle:

    • Clean: Accurately fixes mislabeled or missing song information (like “Track 01” or “Unknown Artist”) using cutting-edge waveform recognition.
    • Cover Art: Scans your entire music collection in seconds and automagically™ fills in missing album artwork.
    • DeDuper: Intelligently finds and removes duplicate music files from your music library using waveform recognition.
    • Tuniverse: Delivers music videos, artist bios, concert alerts, social network integration and more.

    I’ve been using TuneUp since its early days, and not only did it replace other tools I had in place beforehand — it has those little bit of extras that save me time where I didn’t expect. For example, one of my favourite bands — Switchfoot — can be found throughout my iTunes Library. Thanks to having TuneUp installed, while i played one of the band’s tracks I was able to find out that they were going to be playing near my city in just a few short weeks. I’ve never had the chance to see them live before, so I was thrilled at knowing how close they were going to be. Because of TuneUp, the only time I had to enter my web browser was to buy my tickets. TuneUp made sure I didn’t miss out on an opportunity to see Switchfoot live. That’s pretty remarkable.

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    Tuneup has received rave reviews from a variety of media outlets, where it’s been called “quite possibly the most important piece of software any music lover can buy” (Uncrate), along with other testimonials from Wired, MTV and TechCrunch.

    TuneUp works with both Mac OS X (10.5+) and the Windows (XP SP2 +), so both Mac and Windows users can get the benefit of a cleaner, leaner, and meaner iTunes experience.

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    This Lifehack Deals offer is for the TuneUp Bundle – which includes all four TuneUp products (including cleaning up incorrect song information, adding missing cover art, removing duplicate songs, and integrating real-time information like upcoming concerts, links to music videos, and artists bios). But this latest offer has a short shelf life.

    you have until March 31 to pick up this Lifehack Deals offer, so get moving on that now so you can get grooving sooner. Hack your iTunes with the TuneUp Bundle and you’ll save yourself a ton of time — and headaches — in the future.

    (Photo credit: Profile of a Man with Earphones via Shutterstock)

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    20 Quick Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

    20 Quick Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

    Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

    If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

    1. Create a daily plan

    Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

    2. Peg a time limit to each task

    Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

    3. Use a calendar

    Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

    Google Calendar is great – I use it. It’s even better if you can sync it to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are.

    Here’s more tips about how to use calendar for better time management: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

    4. Use an organizer

    An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

    Check out these Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools and pick the ones that fit your needs.

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    5. Know your deadlines

    When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

    But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

    6. Learn to say “No”

    Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

    Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

    7. Target to be early

    When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

    For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

    Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

    8. Time box your activities

    This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

    You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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    9. Have a clock visibly placed before you

    Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

    10. Set reminders 15 minutes before

    Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

    Find out more here about how reminders help you remember everything.

    11. Focus

    Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

    Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

    Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

    12. Block out distractions

    What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

    I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

    When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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    Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

    13. Track your time spent

    Egg Timer is a simple online countdown timer. You key in the amount of time you want it to track (example: “30 minutes”, “1 hour”) and it’ll count down in the background. When the time is up,the timer will beep. Great way to be aware of your time spent.

    But besides Egg Timer, you can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that fits yourself the best.

    14. Don’t fuss about unimportant details

    You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

    Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

    15. Prioritize

    Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

    Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    16. Delegate

    If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

    When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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    17. Batch similar tasks together

    For related work, batch them together.

    For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

    1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
    2. coaching
    3. workshop development
    4. business development
    5. administrative

    I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

    18. Eliminate your time wasters

    What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

    One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

    While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

    19. Cut off when you need to

    The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

    Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

    20. Leave buffer time in-between

    Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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