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5 Cool Things You Can Do With The Free Cloud Storage Space

5 Cool Things You Can Do With The Free Cloud Storage Space

These days, you can easily download a collection of books, movies, TV shows, and music from the Internet. However, if you keep up with this practice, you’d have eventually amassed so much to the point where your computer suffers, especially if all the files are stored there. This is where cloud storage and cloud drives come in.

In terms of storage, the cloud drive is the cyber mega version of a USB flash drive. It is considered a mammoth version because it provides storage space way beyond the capacity of a regular flash drive.  You access it through client-side software over the Internet, thereby allowing businesses to store or sync documents and other material without the use of hard drives.

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Some popular cloud drives are Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, and SugarSync. Now here are some of the cool things you can do with free cloud storage space, which prove that it is more than just backup:

1. Share your photo albums.

Nowadays, it’s easy to take and share pictures using your smartphone or digital camera. With just a few clicks, you can share these pictures on Facebook or Instagram and have everyone you know (and even total strangers) like these snapshots in a flash. However, if you want to share these immortalized memories to a select few, you can use cloud storage to synchronize your files across multiple computer and create photo albums you can share with anybody.

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2. Organize your list of to-dos.

Many people are able to go about their daily routines when they have a list handy. Lists can help organize and prioritize one’s day, provided the list is not cluttered with too many to-dos. Fortunately, there are some tools for creating a list of to-dos that you can synchronize with your chosen cloud storage, and in turn, the cloud storage automatically synchronizes your list across your different gadgets.

3. Share your music with iTunes.

By enabling the Home Sharing or Music Sharing feature of iTunes, you can make your personal iTunes library available; thus, you can access your music from anywhere.

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4. Store your passwords.

People who use the Internet day in and day out know how important security is. Sadly, some people don’t take security issues to heart, so they end up using just one password for all their accounts because thinking up a bunch of different password combinations is confusing. However, hackers are very resourceful these days, and they can crack passwords in a snap. To prevent this from happening, you can use a password management program, which will generate and store unique passwords for you either in your cloud storage or locally.

5. Manage your documents.

Do you have several spreadsheets and documents for work and home use saved in your computer? Well, you can organize these documents in different folders and even share these with the teams or people you’re working with. That way, if any one of your team members needs to edit a document, they can easily access the files and everybody else sees the changes in real time.

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These are but a few cool things you can do with free cloud storage, so if you haven’t tried it yet, now’s your chance.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

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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