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Harsh Truths The WhatsApp Blue Ticks Reveal About Today’s Relationships

Harsh Truths The WhatsApp Blue Ticks Reveal About Today’s Relationships

In their latest update WhatsApp stepped into the now-you-can’t-ignore-my-messages roster of messaging apps by adding blue ticks to their latest update. In the thick of everyone’s plight against these tiny blue check marks at the bottom right side of your WhatsApp messages, there are some ugly truths uncovered about our modern-day relationships. Here are the four ugly truths the WhatsApp blue ticks reveal about today’s relationships:

Trust issues

In 2000, Linkin Park first released its album, Hybrid Theory. It seems like every song in this album became a hit. Most of us sang to ourselves, “It’s like I’m paranoid lookin’ over my back. It’s like a whirlwind inside of my head. It’s like I can’t stop what I’m hearing within. It’s like the face inside is right beneath my skin,” at the top of our lungs while we brushed our teeth in the morning and in the car on the way to school. The lack of response from your texting buddy sends a message. That does not necessarily mean, “Hey, baby. I’m ignoring you right now because I’m busy dating other people while you’re at work.” It can also mean, “Hey, baby. I’m sorry but there are sudden meetings scheduled at work today. I can’t really pick up my phone right now, but I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.” No matter how hard we try to deny it, we have trust issues. And if seeing the blue ticks also ticks you off every time, chances are you have it too. It may have rooted from unfavorable past relationships or parents who abandoned us as kids. Now that we have welcomed the hook-up culture, it is certainly not an easy-to-break habit.

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The Invisible Earphones We Wear

In grade school, you may have had a teacher tell you, “Listening is the key to loving.” As annoyingly cliché as it may have sounded, she was right all along. Communication used to be a two-way street. Two or more parties that talk and listen to one another equally is supposed to be mutually beneficial. As technology allows us to communicate simpler and faster, we tend to relegate, making it more challenging and frustrating. You may have friends tell you not to apologize when you do not reply on time. Sometimes, some people just do not need any form of explanation. Therefore, you should try to practice listening, even the things we don’t want to hear. This isn’t always easy. There is always another perspective when we ignore other people and their messages.

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In a Committed Relationship with My Cell Phone

“What are you doing right now?” seems to be a question you’re itching to have answered. By the end of the day, you’re worn out waiting for a reply, so you send another text. Save your time and focus your energy on another activity. When we work on the computer for most of the day with notifications constantly bombarding our screen, sometimes you wish you could take a moment to have a break from all of the noise. Instead, save your social media activity for events like music festivals, award ceremonies and sports finals. Have you ever thought to pick up the phone instead of worrying about the notifications on your WhatsApp messages? Phone calls save you time, not to mention the physical strain you put on your fingers. SMS messages can take you five to ten minutes to type and sometime to read.

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Instant Noodles, Instant Coffee, Instant Cash

Millennials are often condemned because we like immediate gratification. You might panic waiting to receive a new message or right after the blue ticks appear on your screen. In this case your relationships might stress you out too much. If your relationships stress you more than bring you joy, reconsider which relationships you should keep and which you should move away from. Relationships require work, commitment and an investment of your time. Determine which relationships are best for you and don’t let the blue ticks on WhatsApp stress you out so much. Make sure to practice patience because good things come to those who wait.

Featured photo credit: WhatsApp, landahlauts on Flickr 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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