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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 December 30, 2018

    How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic Throughout the Day

    How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic Throughout the Day

    This article is the 2nd in the 6-part series, Lifehack Challenge: Become An Early Riser In 5 Days.

    If you’d like to become an early riser, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your oft-ignored alarm clock.

    So how to become an early riser?

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    Here are five tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper 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, angry, 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! If you want to be a consistently 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 have only 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!

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    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.

    What to do? Before you go to bed, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. Do you have a book to write, paper to read, or garage to clean? Make a plan for your early hours 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!

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    3. Make rising early a social activity

    While there’s obvious value in joining a Lifehack Challenge in order to get you started as an early riser, your internet 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.

    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 ring tone alarm as a back up for my bedside lamp plugged in to a timer.

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    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. 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!

    5. Get your blood flowing right after waking

    If you don’t have a neighbor you can pick fights with at 5am 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. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

    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!

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