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29 Inspirational Wallpapers for Your Desktop

29 Inspirational Wallpapers for Your Desktop

Take a quick look at your computer’s desktop. Do you feel inspired yet?

If you’re still rocking the pre-installed desktop wallpaper, probably not. Inspiration’s a tricky thing. Some people find inspiration in pithy quotations; others see it in landscapes, abstract art or a pile of cute kittens. Here are 30 desktop inspirations every Lifehacker will treasure:

1. Stop Asking for Permission

If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission

    This Banksy-style wallpaper is perfect for artists and other creative types.

    Source: Wallbase

    2. Simplify (Just Enough)

    Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler

      Einstein is single-handedly responsible for a huge number of inspiring and insightful quotes. This is one of his best.

      Source: Wallbase

      3. Work Outside the Box

      Think outside the cubicle

        An inspirational desktop wallpaper to live by, for entrepreneurs and freelancers.

        Source: Freelance Switch

        4. Shine

        Inspirational wallpaper: Shine

          Look at the bokeh on that! Keep the sparkle in your life with this warm, happy image on your screen.

          Source: Inkdryer Creations

          5. Design Your Life

          Design your life

            Use this one to remind yourself just how much fun creativity is.

            Source: MyGFX

            6. Be Original

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            Be original

              As if you needed telling.

              Source: Wallpapers Room

              7. Don’t Give Up

              Don't give up

                If you like to keep your desktop clean and simple, how about this nifty Edison quote?

                Source: Wallbase

                8. Make Time Your Own

                June 2013 Calendar

                  A wallpaper with a built-in calendar lets you stay in touch with time, but prevents you tweaking your schedule to put off getting things done. Here’s one for June 2013.

                  Source: The Tasselflower Blog

                  9. Never Stop Learning

                  Inspirational wallpaper: Learn

                    If you’ve ever needed a reminder to learn from every moment of your life, grab this school-style inspirational wallpaper to nudge you back on track.

                    Source: Inkdryer Creative

                    10. Stand Up for Your Values

                    No, YOU move

                      More wordy than most of these examples, this inspirational wallpaper’s ideal for activists.

                      Source: Wallbase

                      11. Abstract Your Mind

                      Inspirational Wallpapers: Flow

                        Sometimes, you just want to stare at something beautifully abstract and let it clear your mind.

                        Source: Bartelme Design

                        12. Challenge Your Limits

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                        Challenge your limits

                          It’s the cheerful font as well as the inspiring message that make this one a winner.

                          Source: DeviantART

                          13. Keep on Truckin’

                          Every exit is an entry somewhere

                            Change is unstoppable, and so are you.

                            Source: KnightsTavern

                            14. Have Fun With Fonts

                            Periodic Table of Fonts

                              Choose the perfect font for your next inspirational quote.

                              Source: Squidspot

                              15. Stand for Something

                              Stand for something

                                In the Inspirational Quotes Hall of Fame, MLK hangs out with Einstein and Gandhi. For sure.

                                Source: Desktop Nexus

                                16. Live Your Message

                                Live your message

                                  Take inspiration from Gandhi’s life and stay true to your message in everything you do.

                                  Source: World HD Wallpaper

                                  17. Stay Healthy

                                  Healthy Living Inspiration

                                    Inspiration doesn’t have to be purely cerebral. Use inspirational wallpaper to remind you of your health goals.

                                    Source: Smashing Magazine

                                    18. Resist Illusions

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                                    There's No Wallpaper

                                      There is only your perception of wallpaper—and your perception of inspiration.

                                      Source: DeviantART

                                      19. Go All the Way

                                      Go all the way

                                        Use this to keep you moving until you get where you’re going. Apparently this isn’t a real Buddha quote, but it’s still a good one!

                                        Source: Wallbase

                                        20. Find the Right Words

                                        Love life

                                          Life is a big adventure with a wide vocabulary. Know how to name your experience.

                                          Source: Desktop Nexus

                                          21. Follow Your Own Path

                                          Follow your own path

                                            This desert landscape is beautiful, but it’s the tiny footprints that make it an inspiration to blaze your own trail in life.

                                            Source: FreeHDWallpapers

                                            22. Add a Touch of Zen

                                            Add a touch of zen to your desktop

                                              This composition of interesting textures is calm and contemplative—exactly how you want to feel when you’re at your computer.

                                              Source: Wallpapers Wide

                                              23. Turn Pirate

                                              Inspiring wallpaper for desktop pirates

                                                You don’t have to own a boat or steal anything. Borrow the cut-throat pirate mindset to pinpoint your priorities and find hidden opportunities.

                                                Source: Desktop Nexus

                                                24. Change the World

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                                                Change the world

                                                  This one doesn’t really need an explanation.

                                                  Source: Inkdryer Creative

                                                  25. Change Your Thinking

                                                  Change your thinking

                                                    Yes, it’s Einstein again with more epic wisdom to help you solve problems.

                                                    Source: Desktop Nexus

                                                    26. Explore Everything

                                                    Inspirational wallpaper for desktop

                                                      Whether you’re a backpacker travelling the world or an entrepreneur designing your own business, exploration is a Lifehacker’s driving force.

                                                      Source: Inkdryer Creative

                                                      27. Live in Permanent Beta

                                                      Live in permanent beta

                                                        This dark, minimalist desktop wallpaper reminds you that life is an unfinished project.

                                                        Source: Inkdryer Creative

                                                        28. Look Everywhere

                                                        Inspiration hides in the strangest places

                                                          I made this one myself. Feel free to download it.

                                                          Source: Be a Freelance Blogger

                                                          29. Know Yourself

                                                          Huge inspirational quote

                                                            If you don’t think you’re the “inspirational wallpapers” type, try this instead for a dose of sarcastic humor.

                                                            Source: Desktop Nexus

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                                                            20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                            20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                            Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                                            There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                                            This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                                                            What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                                                            Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                                                            • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                                                            • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                                                            • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                                                            1. Todoist

                                                              Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                                              Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                                              If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                                              Download: Todoist

                                                              2. 1Password

                                                                You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                                                1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                                                You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                                                Download: 1Password

                                                                3. Bear

                                                                  Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                                  It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                                                                  Download: Bear

                                                                  4. Hazel

                                                                    Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                                    For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                                    Download: noodlesoft

                                                                    5. Alfred

                                                                      Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                                      For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                                      It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                                      Download: Alfred

                                                                      6. TextExpander

                                                                        TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                                        For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                                        An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                                        Download: TextExpander

                                                                        7. Backblaze

                                                                          If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                                          Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                                          Download: Backblaze

                                                                          8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                                            Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                                            Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                                            9. Snagit

                                                                              There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                                              Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                                              10. Bartender

                                                                                Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                                                If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                                                Download: Bartender

                                                                                11. Otter

                                                                                Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                                                Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                                                Download: Otter

                                                                                12. Flux

                                                                                  Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                                  Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                                                                  Download: Flux

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                                                                                  13. PDFpen

                                                                                  If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                                  PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                                  Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                                  14. OmniFocus

                                                                                    OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                                    It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                                    A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                                    Download: OmniFocus

                                                                                    15. Franz

                                                                                      It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                                      Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                                      Download: Franz

                                                                                      16. MindNode

                                                                                        If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                                        The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                                        Download: MindNode

                                                                                        17. Focus

                                                                                          The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                                                                          This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                                          Download: Focus

                                                                                          18. CleanMyMac

                                                                                            Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                                            Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                                            19. Grammarly

                                                                                              A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                                              This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                                              A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                                              Download: Grammarly

                                                                                              Focus To Do

                                                                                                Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                                                                There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                                                                Download: Focus To Do

                                                                                                The Bottom Line

                                                                                                These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                                                Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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