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4 Places To Find Motivational Wallpapers for Your Desktop

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.

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

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            To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

            To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

            We are all about doing things faster and better around here at Lifehack. And part of doing things faster and better is having a solid personal productivity system that you use on a daily basis.

            This system can be just about anything that helps you get through your mountain of projects or tasks, and helps you get closer to your goals in life. Whether it’s paper or pixels, it doesn’t really matter. But, since you are reading Lifehack I have to assume that pixels and technological devices are an important part of your workflow.

            “Personal Productivity System” defined

            A personal productivity system (at least the definition that this article will use) is a set of workflows and tools that allow an individual to optimally get their work done.

            Workflows can be how you import and handle your photos from your camera, how you write and create blog posts, how you deploy compiled code to a server, etc.

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            Tools are the things like planners, todo managers, calendars, development environments, applications, etc.

            When automation is bad

            You may be thinking that the more that we automate our systems, the more we will get done. This is mostly the case, but there is one very big “gotcha” when it comes to automation of anything.

            Automation is a bad thing for your personal productivity system when you don’t inherently understand the process of something.

            Let’s take paying your bills for example. This may seem very obvious, but if you can’t stick to a monthly budget and have trouble finding the money to make payments on time, then automating your bill payment every month is completely useless and can be dangerous for your personal finances.

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            Another example is using a productivity tool to “tell you” what tasks are important and what to do next. If you haven’t taken a step back and figured out just how your productivity systems should work together, this type of automation will likely keep you from getting things done.

            You can only automate something in your personal productivity system that have managed for a while. If you try to automate things that aren’t managed well already, you will probably feel a bit out of control and have a greater sense of overwhelm.

            Another thing to remember is that some things should always be done by yourself, like responding to important emails and communicating with others. Automating these things can show your coworkers and colleagues that you don’t care enough to communicate yourself.

            When automation is good

            On the other hand, automation is a great thing for your personal productivity system when you understand the process of something and can then automatically get the steps done. When you know how to manage something effectively and understand the step-by-step process of a portion of your system, it’s probably a great time to automate it.

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            I have several workflows that I have introduced in the last year that takes some of the “mindless” work from me so I can be more creative and not have to worry about the details of something.

            On my Mac I use a combination of Automator workflows, TextExpander snippets, and now Keyboard Maestro shortcuts to do things like automatically touch-up photos imported from my iPhone 4S or open all the apps and websites needed for a weekly meeting to the forefront of my desktop by typing a few keys. Once you open yourself up to automating a few of your processes, you start to see other pieces of your system that can benefit from automation.

            Once again; none of this works unless you understand your processes and know what tools you can use to get them done automatically.

            The three steps to determine if something is “ripe” for automation

            If your workflow passes these three steps, then automate away, baby:

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            1. You can do this process in your sleep and it doesn’t require your full, if any form of attention. It can (and has been) managed in some form prior to automating it.
            2. The process is time consuming.
            3. The process doesn’t require “human finesse” (ie. communicating and responding to something personally)

            Automating your personal productivity systems can be a great for you in the long run if you are careful and mindful of what you are doing. You first need to understand the processes that you are trying to automate before automating them though. Don’t get stuck in thinking that anything and everything should be automated in your life, because it probably shouldn’t.

            Pick and choose these processes wisely and you’ll find the ones that take up most of your time to be the best ones to automate. What have you automated in your personal productivity system?

            Featured photo credit: Bram Naus via unsplash.com

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