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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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                                                            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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