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Lifehack Deals: The Mac Designer Bundle

Lifehack Deals: The Mac Designer Bundle


    The latest of our Lifehack Deals is one that offers our Mac-using readers a chance to add some stellar apps to their Mac that will help them create more effectively and efficiently. And that’s exactly the kind of thing we want to bring to our Lifehack readers.

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    This time around, we have 7 Mac apps for only $50 – a savings of 86% – that will make your machine more productive than ever. And it won’t put a huge dent in your pocketbook, either.

    The Mac Designer Bundle has some serious efficiency packed right into it. Starting with the truly awesome calendar app Fantastical.

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    Fantastical has been touched on here briefly before, and it is one of the best calendar apps out there – for any platform. The ability to enter your appointments using real language and knowing that Fantastical will parse it out into your calendar so that you don’t miss a beat is a marvel to behold. It supports syncing across popular calendar apps like GCal and iCal, and allows for editing right from within the app as it sits on your menu bar as you work away on the task at hand. It does what it does exceedingly well, and gets out of your way when you don’t need to have it right in your face. The fact it is is such an inexpensive app to begin with is another amazing thing about it, but being part of The Mac Designer Bundle means you get even more great apps along with it – like RapidWeaver 5.

    If you’re not a web designer, have no interest in using anything that isn’t native your Mac and are familiar with iWeb, then RapidWeaver 5 is perfect for you. It is what I would describe as “iWeb on steroids”, allowing you to create and design elegant and effective websites right on your Mac. It’s simple to use, and the results are as professional as they come. And it does all of this very quickly – after all, it isn’t called RapidWeaver for nothing.

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    There are 5 more apps that make up this incredible Lifehack Deals offer, including:

    • ExpanDrive
    • FX Photo Studio Pro
    • IconBox
    • KeyCue
    • MotionComposer

    The Mac Designer Bundle is only available for a limited time, and at a savings of 86% off the regular price you’re not going to find a better deal on 7 apps that will improve the performance of your Mac – and yourself in the process.

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    Pick up The Mac Designer Bundle while you can…and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

    (Photo credit: License Plate with the Letters GR8 DEAL via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on November 25, 2020

    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?

    Before I dive into the 5 tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper or night owl to early morning wizard, let’s start with this video about staying awake in the morning:

    And here’re my 5 tips:

    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.

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    No more!

    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.

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    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.

      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.

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      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?

      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.)

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      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.

      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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