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10 Google Map Tricks You’ll Never Know If You Miss This

10 Google Map Tricks You’ll Never Know If You Miss This

Google Maps has replaced virtually all other navigation services as the best out there. It comes packed with features and many of them aren’t obvious or known to the average person. Here are some Google Map tricks that you may not have known about.

1. Multi-stop routes

Google Map tricks - multi stop routes

    Sometimes life isn’t as simple as going from point A to point B. Sometimes there are stops between those points that you also need directions to. Instead of re-doing directions for each stop you can actually plan for multi-stop routes. Just click on the plus sign below the directions to add another stop!

    2. Look at upcoming events

    Google Map tricks - upcoming events

      A lot of venues have events that are coming up that are way more interesting than events they have going right now. Concert halls, movie theaters, and pretty much any other place that hosts events can be searched by Google Maps. When you search for a venue, a list of upcoming events will appear. This makes it much easier than searching on Google Search half the time and you may find events you wanted to go to that you didn’t know were happening!

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      3. Save maps for offline use on mobile

      Google Map tricks - offline maps

        Of all the Google Map tricks on this list, we anticipate this one being the most popular. Thankfully it’s also among the easiest to do. Here’s how it works. You search for the directions you need. When they pop up, go into the search bar and type in “Okay Maps”. This will save the maps in your cache and you can access them without a web connection.

        4. Search for flights on long trips

        Google map tricks - flights

          Are you going on vacation? Google Maps can make it easier. Search for directions from your current location to your destination wherever it may be. In the directions there will be a link that will let you search for flights.

          5. Make your mark on Maps

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          Google Map tricks - mapmaker

            You can actually help organize and perfect Google Maps! All you need to do is head on over to Google Map Maker. Here you can make corrections to addresses, add more places on Google Maps, and otherwise help improve Google Maps for everyone. If you plan on goofing around on it then we recommend you don’t. Each thing you submit is approved or denied by a team of moderators and your joke will probably never make its way to Google Maps.

            6. Use the smart search

            Google Map tricks - smart search

              If you’re at a loss for what to then Google Maps can help. Using the search, you can search for general things like family fun, movie theaters, restaurants, and plenty of others. Google Maps will then show you everything in your area that fills that criteria. This is a great way to discover new places close to you or help give you an idea if you don’t know what to do.

              7. See everything in an area that Google Maps knows about

              Google Map tricks - asterisk

                If the intelligent search mentioned a moment ago isn’t good enough, then you can always just pop and asterisk (*) into the search. This will show you literally everything Google Maps knows about on the screen so you can see what is around. This is also a great way to discover new places or find something to do!

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                8. Alter your course

                Google Map tricks - change route

                  There are a hundred ways to get almost anywhere and Google Maps knows all about it. When you search for directions you can change which course you take. This can be handy for avoiding high traffic areas, construction areas, or routes you would otherwise prefer not to travel. It’s easy to do. Hover your mouse over the blue line in the route you wish to change. Click and drag the white dot to the road you’d rather travel. Google Maps will then create a new route based on that information.

                  9. Make Google+ useful!

                  Google Map tricks - Google+

                    Google+ is getting more and more popular but there are still a lot of people who can’t justify using it. Google Maps may help with that. When performing any search you can select to see what people in your Google+ circles think of places nearby. Of course this requires you have people in your Google+ circles that have reviewed nearby areas but aside from that it’s a useful feature. You can activate it by checking the “your circles” button when you run a search or you can type “by:circles” minus the quotes to get the same effect.

                    10. Use Waze

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                    Google Map tricks - waze

                      Even though it made headlines in the tech community, not a lot of people know that Google actually bought Waze last year. They’ve been slowly integrating the social-based navigation site into Google Maps. Until they’re done, you can always check out Waze for its unique range of social-based features and see what the future of Google Maps may look like!

                      Wrap up

                      With the near-constant slew of updates and added features, we assume Google Maps is going to remain a top contender for a long time. It’s best to learn the tricks now because they’re only going to get better and there are going to be more of them soon!

                      Featured photo credit: Google Blog via 2.bp.blogspot.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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