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6 Brilliant Ways To Prepare Your Gadget For The Beach This Summer

6 Brilliant Ways To Prepare Your Gadget For The Beach This Summer

This article identifies 6 brilliant ways to prepare your gadget for the beach this summer. By following these tips you will ensure that your gadget is well looked after so that you can concentrate on having fun.

1. Know What To Take

It’s worth taking time out to think long and hard about whether you should be taking particular gadgets to the beach. Whilst there a lot of lifestyle business books that suggest you can work from the beach, taking a $1000 laptop is probably going to be more hassle than it is worth. Get sand anywhere near the inner workings or smothered all over your screen then it (and you) will not be too happy.

Smartphones and digital cameras are likely gadget for the beach candidates. This is because they enable you to capture the precious moments but also can keep you in touch with the wider world – if you want that of course. Heavy or particularly delicate devices may be not best suited to the rough and tumble of beach activities so leave these at home.

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2. Pick Your Accessories

Once you’ve decided on what to take you should have a think about the accessories that might go with it. Make sure that your accessories don’t need a dedicated source of power. They should either have their own batteries, draw from a another gadget or not need juice at all.

You might want to take a portable speaker to enable you and a few friends to listen to some tunes or simply headphones to listen alone. Whatever you pick make sure that it is going to stand up tp the rigours of being by the sea and enjoy.

3. Protect it Well

If you are taking something of value (such as a Smartphone) then it makes sense to take precautions. Keep your gadget in a protective (ideally splash proof) case and consider screen protectors for touch screens. At least this way if you have an incident with the sea or sand then you stand a better chance of not having a disaster.

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For slightly larger gadgets with a series of accessories then a dedicated carrying case is a sensible investment. The amount of accessories that you can plug into digital cameras make them perfect candidates for this type of protection.

4. Keep it Safe

As an extension of protection you should consider how you keep your gadget for the beach safe. If you are parading around using a top of the range phone and then pop it in bag whilst swimming it might attract thieves. Don’t get paranoid, instead have a plan of who is looking after what to avoid potential loses.

5. Clean It Before Hand

Before you head out make sure that your gadget is clean. This way you do not run into the temptation of trying to clean your gadget whilst idling away the hours. If you find yourself attempting to clean a gadget you may end up with issues as sand and salt are more likely to be introduced if you conduct a cleaning on the beach. By avoiding this temptation you ensure that the life expectancy of your device isn’t going to be compromised.

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6. If You Have to Clean…

Keep the cleaning to a bare minimum whilst at the beach for reasons mentioned above. But if you do happen to encounter an issue it’s best off cleaning with a very small amount of water on a paper towel. Take care not to use too much water. The water should be used to help encourage the dirt away from your gadget and not leave your gadget wet.

If you get you gadget very wet then switch it off immediately, wipe off any excess liquid with a paper towel and leave to dry. Do not use whilst it is drying out. Depending upon how wet your gadget gets depends upon how long to wait. If you’ve dropped a camera in the sea (and I hope you don’t) then you may need to wait for over a month before the water is gone. Even then there is no guarantee that your gadget will work but you may be pleasantly surprised. Just don’t try and run the gadget wet as it will definitely die.

Your Gadgets

Please get in touch if you have any further tips around how to prepare your gadget for the beach. I’d love to hear about what works well for you or if you’ve fallen foul of not being properly prepared.

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Featured photo credit: Mentone Beach / Christian Haugen via flickr.com

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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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