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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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                                                            40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                            40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                            Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                                            There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                                            Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                                            It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                                            Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                                            1. OmniFocus

                                                            This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              2. Forest

                                                              Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                3. Things

                                                                Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  4. 30/30

                                                                  Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                                                  , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    5. Any.Do

                                                                    A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                                      This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        7. Asana

                                                                        We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                                        , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                                        Download it here.

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                                                                          8. ToDoist

                                                                          This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            9. FlowTasks

                                                                            From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              10. Calendars 5

                                                                              This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                                                A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  12. Due

                                                                                  A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    13. Checkmark 2

                                                                                    I use this app

                                                                                    for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      14. TeuxDeux

                                                                                      Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        15. Wunderlist 

                                                                                        Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                                        Download it here.

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                                                                                          16. Nirvana

                                                                                          For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            17. Priorities

                                                                                            An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                                              18. Productive

                                                                                              With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                                                You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  20. Streaks

                                                                                                  This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                                    Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      22. Day One Journal

                                                                                                      When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                                        23. Evernote

                                                                                                        Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          24. Pocket

                                                                                                          You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

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                                                                                                            25. Sync.Me

                                                                                                            This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              26. Droplr

                                                                                                              One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                27. Dropbox

                                                                                                                Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  28. iDolly 

                                                                                                                  In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                                                  Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    29. Soulver

                                                                                                                    It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                                      30. Captio

                                                                                                                      A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        31. Drafts

                                                                                                                        A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                          32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                                          This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                                          Download it here.

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                                                                                                                            33. Doodle

                                                                                                                            This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                                              34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                                              I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                                35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                                                A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                                  36. GoodReader

                                                                                                                                  This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                                    37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                                    Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                                      Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                                      38. 1Password

                                                                                                                                      There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                                        39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                                        You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                                        All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                                          40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                                          Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                                            There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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