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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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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

            Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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