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Lifehack Deal: 8 Free Mac Apps To Improve Your Productivity

Lifehack Deal: 8 Free Mac Apps To Improve Your Productivity

Lifehack Deals presents  – 8 Mac apps for you to improve your productivity in 2013. Enjoy! They are only free for a limited time so get it quick!

IconBox 2

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    It’s Like iPhoto For All of Your Icons

    Highlights

    • Helps designers keep all their icons easily accessible
    • Easily and efficiently organize and manage all of your icons
    • Find icons online and drag them into IconBox
    • Works like iPhoto for all your icons

    Ondesoft Screen Capture for Mac

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      Easily Take & Organize Awesome Screen Shots

      Highlights

      • A powerful screen capture tool with endless possibilities
      • Grab any screen shot with this intuitive piece of software
      • Personalize your shots with arrows, text, boxes, and more
      • Organized interface allows you to find and share screenshots quickly and easily

      VidConvert

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        Video Conversion Made Easy

        Highlights

        • Quickly create video for your iPhone, iPad, for your Mac or TV, or other formats are just a click away
        • Simple and intuitive interface allows for quick video conversions
        • No expertise in video conversion required
        • Has received 5 star reviews around the web

        Image Smith

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          Easily Scale, Reorient, Recolorize, Convert, & Flatten Images

          Highlights

          • Simply scale, reorient, recolorize, convert, and flatten images
          • Scale or stretch images down to formats suitable for web banners, e-mailing photos, backups, and more
          • Professionally manipulate your photos to look like they were done by a pro

          Wallpaper Wizard

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            The Best Wallpaper Application For Your Mac

            Highlights

            • Unlimited access to thousands of beautiful wallpapers
            • Personalize your screen savers by adding your own images
            • Razor-sharp images that will get you dreaming

            ClipBuddy

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              The Most Comprehensive Clipboard Manager for Your Mac

              Highlights

              • Easily save and organize all of your cut and copy contents – text, image or both – from any app
              • The super paste function allows you to paste multiple clips in a loop without any pesky punctuation
              • Quickly find qualified clips from THOUSANDS of clips with the built-in search function

              Type Fu

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                A Powerful & Fun App That Will Help Improve Your Typing Skills

                Highlights

                • Thousands of exercises to increase your typing speed
                • Intuitive software that will get your fingers typing before you know it
                • Believe it or not – it’s fun

                Sweetie

                A Cool Mac App That Will Turn Your Photos Into Text Art

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                  Highlights

                  • Turn your photos into text art
                  • Easy-to-use interface
                  • Facebook and Flickr integration so you can easily share your pieces of art

                  Get The Mac Freebie Bundle Here

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                  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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