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15 Super Smart Tricks To Help You Search For What You Want On Google

15 Super Smart Tricks To Help You Search For What You Want On Google

Google search need not be complicated. Google search is very efficient, when you know what you’re doing.For example, simply type in the word ‘weather’ followed by a zip code and the weather in any area will pop up. That is only one of the top ways to simplify your search in seconds. Google search really does make searching easier, especially when the user knows how to make the search more efficient.

1. Movies

movies

    A comma goes a long way in Google search  Just type in the word ‘movies, separate with a comma, enter a zip and the local movie list pops up for you.

    2. Search A Specific Site

    search

      Skip all the ads and do a site specific search. For example, I typed in site:lifehack.org “recipes” and every recipe article on our site popped right up.

      3. Reverse Image Search

      images

        Reverse Image search allows you to search with any image. Simply drag an image into Google search and find out what you’ve been missing.

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        4. Check Out The Competition

        vs

          Use vs to compare products or applications or products. Al kinds of reviews will pop up in seconds. For example, the search above was for apple vs pc.

          5. Widen Image Search

          line

            Once at Google Images click search tools and a menu will drop down. Then click type and check face, photo, clip art, line drawing, or animated. This is a great tool, especially when searching for something a little different.

            6. Filter Results In Real-Time

            time

              Google search lets you search up to within the hour or the year or customize the dates. All you have to do is click search tools and then the time window will drop down. You can search up to the past year for a search term.

              7. Define A Word

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              surgery

                Scrabble players need argue any more about whether or not a word is a word. Google search can define a word in mere seconds. Just type in define and the word you need defined will be displayed.

                8. Find The Exact Origin Of A Quote

                quote

                  You can find the exact origin of a quote with Google Search. All you have to do is put the phrase in quotes and hit enter.

                  9. Omit Words From Search

                  bread

                    Use the minus sign before a word to delete from a search. For example, we did a search for “bread recipes – yeast.”

                    10. Search For A Product Within A Price Range

                    rocker

                      Google search makes it easy to find the right product for the best price. Type in the name of the product and then the range with (. . .).  Our example was a rocking chair between $50…$100.

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                      11. Search Using Blanked Terms

                      house

                        Use an * to blank out specific words for a more refined search. Google search will pull up the search term without all of the words. Our example was how to * a house.

                        12. Find Items By File Type

                        file

                          Google search lets you find anything by file type. All you have to do is type in the search term followed by file type doc or ppt or pdf or doc or any type of file.

                          13. Timer

                          timer

                            Need a timer? Perhaps, you have something baking in the kitchen and don’t want to forget about it? Google search can help. All you have to do is enter the search term, set a timer, and a timer automatically pops up.

                            14. Convert Currency

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                            money

                              Planning a trip abroad? Simply type in the currency you have, add the word to, and your destination. Google converts the money equivalence in seconds.

                              15. Web Title Search

                              gree

                                Type the words, intitle: along with the word or person you are searching for. All sites with that particular word will pop up.

                                 

                                 

                                 

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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

                                    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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