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Amazing Uses For Your Tablet You Probably Never Realized

Amazing Uses For Your Tablet You Probably Never Realized

So you got a sweet tablet, but now what’re you going to do with it? Sure it’s great for checking e-mail or checking in on social media like Facebook or Twitter, but did you really shell out all these bucks just for that? Or did someone get it for you as a great gift and now you’re just not sure what to do with the thing? Never fear—LifeHack is here with tips on some rather amazing things you can do with your tablet. In fact, you may start to wonder how you ever got along without it.

1. Second Screen

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    Use a tablet as a second screen to increase productivity at work and home. Keep text notes handy with Simplenote for Apple or FlickNote for Android. These apps keep information at the ready. Use bookmarks to quickly look up needed webpages. This tip saves time by avoiding going back and forth between screens. Simply tap on the screen to make quick calls via Skype or shoot off a quick message with e-mail.

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    2. Control Electronics Remotely

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      Certainly larger than a regular remote and easier to find, tablets can be used to control the television. The TV Sideview app is available for Apple and Android for the Sony Smart TV and Sony Blu-Ray player. The app controls the television and related electronics, while also providing program information. The apps can “learn” to recognize other televisions, DVD, or Blu-Ray players, as well as, stereo systems.

      3. Alarm And Digital Picture Frame

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        This may be far from the coolest or most exciting use for the tablet; however, it’s a good idea for making the device work for you during its downtime. Use the Daydream app for either Android or Apple to display favorite pictures when the unit is not being used. The Daydream app can be used for sharing and other sweet features. For example, the time line view can show pictures from family and friends from around the same time.

        4. A Pet’s Best Friend

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          Even Spike and Fluffy can get involved in the action with a tablet. Interact like never before with your fine, furry friends. One app allows a photo to be taken by tapping anywhere on the screen. Another answers every question with a yes or a no. Another app allows pets or their human companions to doodle or draw. Most apps are freely available for download or sponsored by pet food companies. Apps are also available to easily train the pooch to do simple tricks.

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          5. Use As A Phone

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            Both Android and the iPad support the use of Skype to stay close to family and friends. The app is free, although there is a cost for international calls. Talk face-to-face, via chat, or voice-chat through the free application. Using a tablet is a fantastic way to stay close to those who are far away. Another way to use a tablet as a phone is through Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) networks that are compatible with the tablet you own.

            6. Co-Pilot and Car Radio

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              A variety of music apps are available for tablets, such as Pandora, Spotify, and I Heart Radio. These apps allow for searches by artist, band, or genre. Apple iTunes is also a great way to find music you like. You can find your favorite music or explore new artists and bands. Listen to any type of music as you travel. Equally important is finding your way to where you want to go. A tablet makes a very convenient and reliable co-pilot. A GPS will certainly get you going. A tablet is a great travel companion when traveling alone or with family and friends.

              7. Stress Reliever

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                Think you don’t have time for meditation or time to relax? Think again. A tablet conveniently brings meditation stress relief videos or music or both right to you. Try Meditation Oasis for Android or Calm to relax after a stressful day or to prepare for the day ahead. Meditating regularly eases mental and emotional stress and has been found to relieve physical pain, as well. Regular meditation also helps improve mood and may present a better world perspective. Meditation also relieves anxiety and soothes distracting inner chatter.

                8. More Unusual but Creative Ways to Use Your Tablet

                 

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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

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                    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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