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10 Essential Tech Products That Are Always a Good Investment

10 Essential Tech Products That Are Always a Good Investment

Gadgets have become an essential part of our busy lives. And just like everything else, those get outdated and need to be upgraded. But whether those upgrades are necessary is a little subjective. Sometimes they’re worth it. But mostly, you don’t actually need it and it’s a waste of money. So, instead of spending big bucks on gadgets you might not use or which can easily be replaced in the future, save your money for these truly essential tech products. They’ll last a long time and are worth every penny.

1. A good smartphone

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    A smartphone is very essential nowadays. Gone are the days when a phone was meant only for calling and texting. Yes, every few months a new iteration of the previous model comes on the market, but don’t be tempted to buy every upgrade. Make a list of all the features you require, stick to your budget, and you will probably find the perfect smartphone for you.

    2. A laptop

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      You can find a variety of models at a variety of prices. It’s portable and very important to conduct day-to-day businesses. Invest money in a good laptop according to your usage, and you won’t regret it.

      3. Headphones

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        You think that you don’t need a quality pair of headphones until you use one. Then you can never go back to the cheap ones. A must-have item to put on your list.

        4. Mechanical keyboard

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          Yes, we have super-thin membrane keyboards, touch keyboard, and so on. But a quality mechanical keyboard (one which has separate switches for every key) is definitely more durable, easier to use, and will make you commit less typing mistakes. And though the technology is old, it’s a product which is going to last a lifetime.

          5. A portable charger for your smartphone

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            You never know when your smartphone might run out batteries and you have to make that urgent call. Your phone is on all day long, after all!

            6. USB 3.0 Cable

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              They cost a little bit more but are totally worth it. They can transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps, which is roughly more than 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

              7. An external hard disk drive

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                It’s very important to save your data. Especially when the capacity of your computer is not high. Drives range from 250 MB to 6 TB! Get a good one in your budget.

                8. A DSLR Camera

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                  You might feel that the camera in your smartphone is more than sufficient to take nice pictures but you will be surprised when you start using a DSLR with a real lens. The pictures are way better and you will not look back.

                  9. Portable Wi-Fi Router

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                    This will ensure that you can connect to internet anytime, anywhere from your phone/tablet/laptop. It’s essential for those who need to be connected to the net everyday. Be it for business or personal uses, investing in a router will be very helpful to you in the long run.

                    10. A good quality bag

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                      Last, and maybe most important of all, is a good quality bag. It might not be a gadget but it will definitely help you carry your other gadgets around safely. Invest in a waterproof, durable bag which can easily carry your laptop and other gadgets without any issues. It will definitely last for a very long time.

                      Featured photo credit: Jesse Schexnayder via flickr.com

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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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