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20 Mac Dashboard Widgets That Are Still Worth Installing in 2013

20 Mac Dashboard Widgets That Are Still Worth Installing in 2013

When you think of the applications that you use on your Mac, your line of focus is directed at your Mac doc and the programs within your application folder. However, one aspect that you may have overlooked are the programs in Dashboard known as widgets. The key to a useful Mac Dashboard is ensuring that you download widgets you’ll make use of regularly without cluttering up the screen. Discovery is the biggest thing that impedes the use of Mac Dashboard widgets, so hopefully our list of the top 20 Mac Dashboard Widgets can help you out a bit.

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    DashNote – Making use of Simplenote, DashNote allows you to access your Simplenote notes from your Mac Dashboard. If you are unfamiliar with Simplenote, the service allows you to make small notes, from grocery lists to packing lists, all made accessible over multiple platforms.

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      Dashkards – Keyboard shortcuts are a great way for you to navigate your Mac more efficiently. Without having to toy around with the menu bar at the top, shortcuts can get you to where you need to be in a snap.

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        Dropbox Droplet – Dropbox is an easy way to share files with others. The Dropbox Droplet allows you to share files in a snap: simply sign in once, then drag and drop the file you’d like to share.

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          Reminder – Sticky notes are considered one of the best productivity tools out there, but their downfall lies in the lack of adequate notification. Reminder is the widget that reminds you about the small things that are easy to forget about.

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            Milk the Cow – No, not the fun iOS game we know of. Milk the Cow is the Mac Dashboard implementation of Remember the Milk—the popular to-do list application. Add, edit, and complete Remember the Milk tasks with this helpful Mac widget.

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              MightyMonitor – MightyMonitor is the main tracker of the aspects of Mac that we normally ignore—the wireless mice, keyboards, etc. This widget monitors their battery lives and allows you to know when one requires your attention.

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                Time Machine Buddy – When Time Machine is automated, it can be a bit of a mystery knowing what is going on during the backups. Time Machine Buddy demystifies Time Machine.

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                  Eject Volume – One day, you may have your movie in while your external hard drive is backing up and your jumpdrive is plugged in doing its thing. In other words, there are days when a lot of things are connected to our Mac. EjectVolume allows you to eject all of the connections with a click of a button.

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                    iStat Pro – A widget I make use of quite often is iStat Pro, which allows you to know everything about your Mac both inside and out. From your WIFI connection’s strength to the current temperature inside your Mac, iStat Pro keeps you informed.

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                      AnalyticsWidget – In short, this is the iStat Pro for Google Analytics. Stay informed about how your site is performing right from your Mac dashboard.

                      Social and Lifestyle

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                        Delivery Status – Expecting a package in the mail? Delivery Status allows you to track any package with a tracking number from the major postal carriers.

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                          Twidget – View your timeline and update your Twitter status with this useful Twitter widget for Mac Dashboard.

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                            Tumblr Widget – This newly updated Tumblr widget is barebones while still allowing you to do the basics of the site, including text and multimedia posts.

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                              GitHub Widget – The social network of developers, GitHub allows you to view the progress of your collaborative projects and read the latest from your feed in this simply-designed widget.

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                                Digg.com Widget – The design of the Digg.com widget is very similar to the desktop website, with the ability to check out the latest news in various categories—from technology and entertainment to business and sports.

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                                Calculators and Counters

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                                  Currency Converter – The traveler’s ultimate calculator. Need the most up-to-date exchange rate for a specific currency? This calculator is the one for you.

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                                    Color Converter – From HTML developers to individuals just trying to discover their favorite color’s code, Color Converter provides this as an easy-to-understand interface.

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                                      BMI Calculator – Still working on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight? The BMI calculator can help you notice your improvements and stay informed on whether or not you’re on track.

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                                        Word Counter – There are times when essays may call for a specific number of words. Word Counter helps you to stay within the rules.

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                                          Countdown X – This countdown widget has helped me to know about the anticipated aspects of my life from the end of my contract that allowed me to get my iPhone 5, to my upcoming trip to Costa Rica, Countdown X helped me countdown, build anticipation, and it can help you as well!

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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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