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9 Apps Unrelated to Black Friday That Are Helpful

9 Apps Unrelated to Black Friday That Are Helpful

When you are out shopping on Black Friday, you may feel pressured beforehand to download and try out all of these special applications specifically made for Black Friday. However, there are many individuals who don’t want to add more applications to their iPhone that they will only make use of for one time a year. Below, we have 10 applications unspecific to Black Friday that can help you on the special day.

Evernote

If this is your first Black Friday, you’d be surprised at how many lists you’ll create throughout your Black Friday experience. There are shopping lists, gift lists, store lists, and so much more. What better way to keep these lists better organized than with Evernote? This free note-taking application allows you to create audio, text, and photo notes. Plus, with it’s collaboration features, gift giving lists can be updated instantly.

    Alarm Clock 4

    Your best preparation for Black Friday is getting enough sleep beforehand. If you get sleep during the day of, it doesn’t hurt, unless you don’t wake up for that amazing sale. A good, stable alarm clock app is all you’ll need. Alarm Clock 4 (free) is an app that allows you to wake up to in-app sounds or your own iTunes music. With the application’s weather information, you’ll be prepared for the cold pre-dawn chill.

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      Decide Shopping & Price Predictor

      Not all sales occur on Black Friday. There are even times when the item you are getting a deal on Black Friday for may be due to the fact that it’s about to be updated. Decide’s iPhone app makes it easy to check and see if it’s a good idea to buy now or just hold it off until a later time. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to take it off the list. Many times, the deals can occur on Cyber Monday or a significant time before the holidays.

        Mint for iPhone

        When you are out shopping for the television or other electronic that is on your shopping list, having your payment methods in order is always wise. Some have said that it’s always a lot faster to pay with a debit card than cash. If you are following this tip, Mint allows you to get a detailed view of each account added to your application. You’ll then be able to see how much you’ve spent and from which account. Mint ensures that embarrassing situations are prevented on the most hectic shopping day of the year.

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          Repeat Timer Free

          Alarm Clock 4 is a great app for those who want to ensure that they awake on time. However, Repeat Timer Free allows you to have multiple alarms for all of the things you have to get done during Black Friday and Thanksgiving. If you are taking a nap between sales, Repeat Timer allows you to have alarms in intervals. If you want to ensure that you are alerted when cooking, Repeat Timer can come in handy when reminding yourself to wake up in intervals (every hour, every two hours, etc).

            eTodo

            The key to a successful Black Friday is having a plan of action. However, if you are using a ton of applications, it can become a bit tiresome to know which one holds what you need for getting things done. eTodo is a great, well designed to-do application that allows you to keep all of your Black Friday tasks all conveniently in one place. From knowing where to go when to making shopping to-do lists, eTodo is quite a Black Friday accessory.

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              Kindle for iPhone

              A book application may not be what you’d go to when you need help on Black Friday, but it can be a lot more helpful than you think. Kindle for iPhone is the perfect way to curve boredom while waiting in the lines for store openings or when purchasing in the checkout lines. Carrying a Kindle everywhere only adds to your haul, and many times they aren’t friendly in the dark or at night. Kindle for iPhone allows you to view all of your Kindle books on a bright screen – anywhere.

                Apple Maps

                Apple Maps has gotten a bad wrap since it’s birth in iOS 6. While it still has some kinks it must work out, the application does have a couple of features that can come in handy on Black Friday. First off, the navigation tools allow you to get to the stores you have to get to in a timely manner. Plus, the application makes it easy to find locations throughout the city that are nearby to you.

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                  Amazon Mobile

                  Amazon is a one-stop shop for Cyber Monday, however the application is still quite useful on Black Friday as well. Amazon Mobile comes in handy when you want to compare prices that are found in-store with what is found online. Yes, you won’t be able to get it instantly online like you do in store, but if you are able to save a significant amount of money, it may be worth it.

                     

                    Your thoughts: What are the apps you use for Black Friday Shopping?

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                    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                    Joe’s Goals

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                      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                      Daytum

                        Daytum

                        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                        Excel or Numbers

                          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                          Evernote

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                            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                            Access or Bento

                              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                              Conclusion

                              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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