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16 Secrets of Google Drive You’ll Never Know If You Don’t Read This

16 Secrets of Google Drive You’ll Never Know If You Don’t Read This

If you’re a Millennial or an avid Gmail user, chances are you’ve heard of Google Drive. If you don’t know what Google Drive is, it is one of the apps that Google provides. Google Drive allows for collaboration with your peers on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. It allows peers who are collaborating to edit the same document at the same time and it also has a chat feature, for team members to converse on the topic.

I found this really useful and cool article that goes in detail how you can fully utilize Google Drive. Below are 16 secrets of Google Drive provided from Mac World. This is a fantastic resource for college students and teams who need to collaborate in remote locations.

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  1. One really cool feature (which I wasn’t even aware of until I read the article!) is that Google Drive lets you sync the documents onto your Mac so that you can access your Google Drive files from anywhere. It’s like Google’s version of Dropbox for Mac users.
  2. You can share your documents on Google Drive through social media sites. Need feedback? No problem, share it on Facebook. Want to show off your blood, sweat and tears through your work? Tweet it.
  3. Want to whip up some holiday gifts? Use your Drive documents and photos at Cafepress to create mugs and T-shirts. The Spreadshirt Designer for Google Drive in the Chrome Web Store is also full of possibilities. You can fax documents directly from Google Drive with HelloFax, or use Wappwolf Automator for Google Drive to sync your drive with Dropbox, Evernote, Kindle, and Picasa, among others (Source).
  4. There is actually a list provided on the MacWorld article for keyword shortcuts to help you navigate through Google Drive in a faster and more efficient manner.
  5. Google Drive doesn’t just do English. Actually, it provides 65 languages, so you have the ability to choose your desired language on Google Drive. Need to spruce up your French skills? Change your Google Drive language to French.
  6. Need to collect data with a personalized form? Google Drive has a feature called “Google Forms”.
  7. Simple version of Table of Contents
  8. Like to use JavaScript or want to hone those JavaScript skills? Google Drive has a feature called Google Apps Script. According to the MacWorld article, “For example, you can customize the behavior of spreadsheets, automatically email personalized Calendar invites to people who fill out Google Forms, or even create a monthly statistics report and chart of your Gmail activity.” Pretty cool, huh?
  9. Google Drive has a “Slides” section, where you can go to edit your presentation slides.
  10. Need to work with someone who doesn’t have Google Drive? No problem. Google created a solution to this problem by obtaining QuickOffice, which is on both Android and iOS.
  11. Going to be somewhere with no Internet? That also isn’t a problem. The MacWorld article gave instructions on how to take advantage of this feature.
  12. Need to find a document on Google Drive faster? No problem, search by the person’s name. As the MacWorld article puts it: “When you can’t remember a document’s name, but you do remember who shared it, search by the person’s name.”
  13. You can also search by the document creator’s name in your Gmail since it is linked to your Google Drive account.
  14. If you have Google Chrome, there is an extension feature that enables you to save anything you find to your Google Drive. I just downloaded it… thanks MacWorld!
  15. The MacWorld article says that “When you’re working in a document, it’s a pain to open a new tab or webpage to see source documents. Instead, try the Tools > Research menu option to open a research pane right inside a document. Not only is this convenient, but the pane presents tools that let you easily cite and source content, and you can drag-and-drop images straight over into your document.”  I don’t really have a lot of experience on this section, but it is definitely beneficial for those research papers that college students have to collaborate a lot on with ensuring proper citations. Also makes it MUCH easier for that person who is assigned to check the “quality of the document” before sending it to the professor.
  16. Google Drive has a chat feature so team members who are collaborating can talk to each other within the document. Much easier than having to text or e-mail each other or using a separate program to talk to the team.

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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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