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4 Places To Find Motivational Wallpapers for Your Desktop

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4 Places To Find Motivational Wallpapers for Your Desktop

Everyone has one of those days now and then when they can’t seen to get motivated to do anything: work, study, or even going out. You just feel “blah”, and your productivity suffers in every way. Unfortunately, the things you need to do that day don’t just disappear, so you end up playing a frantic game of catch up once the feeling passes. Or you have to compensate for not having done something that was crucial to your life.

It might seem like a really small tool, but motivational wallpapers can actually help. No, really. They are always there on your screen, and the right one can really push you to get moving. Making your desktop motivate you is one of the best ways to optimize it. It can even help draw you out of the apathetic state that may be causing your lack of motivation in the first place. That is the power of the human mind.

Here are five places to create motivational wallpapers to help you get past your rut.

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1. Turn Your Favorite Quote into an Image

Turn Your Favorite Quote into an Image

    There’s always a phrase that works on you. For me, that’s “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. What if I could turn my favorite quote into a desktop wallpaper and see it each time I feel tired?

    There are a variety of tools allowing you to turn your own text into an image. Those include just plain text on solid color backgrounds, and those meshed with images. One of the newest and the best tools is QuotesCover. It has “Wallpaper maker” built in; just select your resolution:

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    QuotesCover

      You can use your own photo as the background (or you can buy one; here’s a good list), play with fonts and image effects until you feel it can motivate you!

      2. Try Quoto‘s Picture Quotes

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      Quoto's Picture Quotes

        This is technically a quotation site, rather than a wallpaper site. But they have a whole section dedicated to pictures with quote overlaying them, and most are incredibly inspirational. Some came from anonymous users, but most are famous quotes from political and religious leaders, books, celebrities, songs and other sources that still resonate with us no matter how much time has passed.

        You can search through these or the other quotes, and then just save the images and place them as desktop backgrounds. There aren’t that many available yet, but the number is growing.

        3. Try These Collections

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        TekSocial Wallpaper
          1. Lifehack’s own wallpaper collection: This one contains 30 hand-picked wallpapers and you are sure to find something that gets you going.
          2. TekSocial Wallpaper: This is the user-created collection of desktop wallpapers but this is what makes it unique! Most are rather simple, and quite a few are really geeky. Some are even just visual, with no words but still conveying a message. If you like more minimalist styles, but still want something that makes you feel good and inspired, this is a great set of wallpapers.
          3. Primer Magazine {iPhone / iPad}: These are technically made for the iPhone or iPad, but they could be placed on any brand you owned. More text heavy than the ones on Lifehack, they are definitely motivational in a way that is meant to get you pumped for life. Quotes like “If you want a million bucks, you have to work like a million bucks”, and “It’s better to live one day as a lion than a thousand days as a lamb” are all over these 28 wallpapers. My favorite is a background in the form of a text message that just says “Don’t order that pizza”. A nice reminder for all of us who are trying to drop a few pounds.
          4. Addicted2Success. Is success your main objective? Whatever it is you are trying to succeed in, this page probably has a wallpaper for you. There are 35 memorable quotes placed on equally memorable images for your motivation. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, KRS-One and Douglas Adams are some of the people featured.

          4. Google Images

          Google is still going to be your best source for finding motivational wallpapers, or pretty much anything else. My favorite feature for Google Image Search is “Color search” when you can target your choice to your favorite color:

          Google Images

            When you do a search for these backgrounds, you will get a ton of results. Luckily, you can narrow things down further by including a couple of keywords for what you are looking for. For example, “motivational wallpaper fitness” will limit your results to only those related to improving your body.

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            Do you have a place to find motivational desktop wallpapers you want to share? Let us know in the comments!

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            Last Updated on November 25, 2021

            How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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            There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

            Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

              What Does Private Browsing Do?

              When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

              For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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              The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

              The Terminal Archive

              While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

              Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

              dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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              Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

              Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

              However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

              Clearing Your Tracks

              Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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              dscacheutil -flushcache

              As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

              Other Browsers and Private Browsing

              Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

              If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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              As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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