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10 Best Google Drive Add-Ons You Should Be Using

10 Best Google Drive Add-Ons You Should Be Using

Google Drive is a great alternative for individuals who don’t have a word processor or any form of an office suite. It allows them to make documents, powerpoint presentations, excel documents and more without the added memory being eaten up or having to load a software on your computer. For those who do have a word processing suite, Google Drive is a great way to have collaborative documents on your computer.

For example, it is the office software that I make use of whenever I have a group presentation that needs a couple of extra hands. While it is already a great service, add-ons make it even better. Here are ten Google Drive add-ons that we love.

1. Hellofax

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    Despite all of the advancements in communication technology, there are still some individuals who use fax machines. While many people don’t have fax machines, Hellofax allows individuals to send faxes to and from other people through Google Drive. This is all done online; it just takes a few clicks and their fax number. Click the link above to download Hellofax.

    2. UberConference

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      UberConference brings conference calls to Google Drive. One of the features I mentioned liking most about Google Drive is the collaborativeness of many of the word processing features. UberConference brings this collaborativeness to another level by allowing you to add voice to the conversation. You can also save conversations so that you are able to refer back to them later. Click the link above to download UberConference.

      3. PandaDoc

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        In this era of everything being digital, there are still a couple of relevant communication elements that can be difficult to manage digitally. A great example of this issue is the signature. The act of putting pen to paper to certify your agreement to the terms of a document is something that still hasn’t gone out of style. PandaDoc allows this to be possible online. You can add your digital signature to documents in a snap. Click the link above to download PandaDoc.

        4. Maps for Docs

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          This add-on allows individuals to add Google Maps to their documents. This can be useful when you need to show a specific location to an individual. You can toggle Maps for Docs by simply typing the address that you are looking to add to the map into the application. From there, it will spit out an image of the map that you need to add into your Google Drive document. Click the link above to download Maps for Docs.

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          5. DriveTunes

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            DriveTunes allows you to add music directly into your Google Doc. This is also useful when you need to add other audio documents as well. Drive Tunes works by allowing you to upload mp3 and m4a files into the application. From there, you are able to attach them into your document, making them playable for those who view your document. Download DriveTunes by clicking the link

            6. Google Slides

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              Google Slides allows you to bring to your presentations to life. Through simple but stylish templates and amazing animations, you are able to spice up a presentation all in Google Drive. Google Slides is accessible anywhere and even offline. This is all possible without the need of any special software to download. Click the link above to see what Google Slides has to offer.

              7. Mail2Drive

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                If you have ever received an email that included important information, like instructions or directions, you might have decided to make it into a word document of some type. Mail2Drive does this for you by allowing you to create word documents out of the text of emails. It is a very simple application with a minimal design. This is automatically done for all email messages. Click the link above to download the program.

                8. EasyBib

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                  One of the most annoying parts of a research paper is having to add a bibliography or other form of source citations. However, they are necessary as a way of preventing plagiarism accusations. EasyBib allows you to cite your sources the easiest way you can all in Google Docs. You can have sources cited in MLA, Chicago, and APA format. Click the link above to download EasyBib.

                  9. MindMeister

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                    Bullet points are helpful when you need to concisely describe the important points of a broad idea. Being able to visualize this, especially when studying for a big test or final, is a great way to retain the information for some people. MindMeister allows you to visualize bullet point lists by making the header the main topic and each bulletpoint a root of the mind map. You can check out this amazing program by clicking the link above.

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                    10. IFTTT

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                      IFTTT is a website that allows individuals to connect some of their favorite websites and web applications together to get tasks done automatically and repetitively if needed. This is done by creating connections. For example, you can connect Facebook and a certain date together so that a status update is created whenever that date occurs. IFTTT also has a ton of formulas, also known as “recipes” for Google Drive. I recommend checking them out to have Google Drive work for you.

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      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

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                          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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