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Search, Add & Organize with Firefox Smart Keywords

Search, Add & Organize with Firefox Smart Keywords

Firefox has a handy feature that allows you to use your address bar as a dialog box to a search. When you find yourself repeatedly searching a particular site you might as well just search in your address bar from any page, right?

For instance, by default, Firefox uses the address bar to search Google’s I Feel Lucky search, but you can create your own.

add keyword for this search

    At a search dialog all you need to do is Right-Click and hit Add A Keyword for this Search. Then fill in what keyword you want to use. For Wikipedia I use “wiki”, which means when I type “wiki lifehacks” into my address bar, I get the Wikipedia article on Lifehacks.

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    But why stop at searches? You can use this as a basic input to a text input for any page. The possibilities are almost endless. Here’s a couple I use:

    1. Google Image Search

    I am always looking for images for posts, this cuts straight to Google’s image search rather than loading regular web results and then navigating to the Images tab.

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    eg. “image scarlett johansson”

    2. 30Boxes

    This is where you can get interesting. 30Boxes have a simple Add Item input box where you can add events for your calendar. Because 30Boxes also provide some handy shortcuts like tagging, this process can be quite useful.

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    eg. “add meet meg at lounge tomorrow at 8pm tag meg”

    3. Google Reader

    In Google’s online feed reader there is a Quick Add feature you can use to add a feed, quickly. Well why not put that in your address bar? Now when you click on a feed [or the feed icon in the address bar] you can just add your keyword before the address.

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    eg “feed http://www.lifehack.org/feed/”

    It’s a simple hack that essentially just eliminated the ‘middle man’ in certain scenarios. Do you have some clever Smart Keyword hacks?

    What Are Smart Keywords? – [Mozilla]

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    Last Updated on August 12, 2020

    How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them

    How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them

    Where do you want to be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, or even this time next year? These places are your goal destinations and although you might know that you don’t want to be standing still in the same place as you are now, it’s not always easy to identify what your real goals are.

    Many people think that setting a goal destination is having a dream that is there in the far distant future but will never be attained. This proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy because of two things:

    Firstly, that the goal isn’t specifically defined enough in the first place; and secondly, it remains a remote dream waiting for action which is never taken.

    Defining your goal destination is something that you need to take some time to think carefully about. The following steps on how to plan your life goals should get you started on a journey to your destination.

    1. Make a List of Your Goal Destinations

    Goal destinations are the things that are important to you. Another word for them would be ambitions, but ambitions sound like something which outside of your grasp, whereas goal destinations are certainly achievable if you are willing to put in the effort working towards them.

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    So what do you really want to do with your life? What are the main things that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is it that you would really regret not doing if you suddenly found you had a limited amount of time left on the earth?

    Each of these things is a goal. Define each goal destination in one sentence.

    If any of these goals is a stepping stone to another one of the goals, take it off this list as it isn’t a goal destination.

    2. Think About the Time Frame to Have the Goal Accomplished

    This is where the 5 year, 10 year, next year plan comes into it.

    Learn the differences between a short term goal and a long term goal. Some goals will have a “shelf life” because of age, health, finance, etc, whereas others will be up to you as to when you would like to achieve them by.

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    3. Write Down Your Goals Clearly

    Write each goal destination at the top of a new piece of paper.

    For each goal, write down what is it that you need and don’t have now that will allow you achieve that goal. This could be some kind of education, career change, finance, a new skill, etc. Any “stepping stone” goals you removed will fit into this exercise. If any of these smaller “goals” have sub-goals, go through the same process with these so that you have precise action points to work with.

    4. Write Down What You Need to Do for Each Goal

    Under each item listed, write down the things that you will need to do in order to complete each of the steps required to complete the goal. 

    These items will become a check-list. They are a tangible way of checking how you are progressing towards reaching your goal destinations. A record of your success!

    5. Write Down Your Timeframe With Specific and Realistic Dates

    Using the time frames you created, on each goal destination sheet write down the year in which you will complete the goal by.

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    For any goal which has no fixed completion date, think about when you would like to have accomplished it by and use that as your destination date.

    Work within the time frames for each goal destination, make a note of realistic dates by which you will complete each of the small steps.

    6. Schedule Your To-Dos

    Now take an overview of all your goal destinations and make a schedule of what you need to do this week, this month, this year – in order to progress along the road towards your goal destinations.

    Write these action points on a schedule, you have definite dates on which to do things.

    7. Use Your Reticular Activating System to Get Your Goal

    Learn in this Lifehack’s vlog how you can hack your brain with the Reticular Activation System (RAS) and reach your goal more efficiently:

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    8. Review Your Progress

    At the end of the year, review what you have done this year, mark things off the check-lists for each goal destination and write up the schedule with the action points you need for the next year.

    Although it may take you several years to, for example, get the promotion you desire because you first need to get the MBA which means getting a job with more money to allow you to finance a part-time degree course, you will ultimately be successful in achieving your goal destination because you have planned out not only what you want, but how to get it, and have been pro-active towards achieving it.

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