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How to Use Automateit to Simplify your Android

How to Use Automateit to Simplify your Android

Browsing through the “productivity apps” section of the Google play store, you’ll come across a few common types of apps.

While there is nothing wrong with these programs and they do (sometimes) offer different features from each other, there are a lot of very similar apps that do very similar things.

What about productivity apps that are different from the usual lot? What about productivity apps that can save you time, speed up your workload, or just simplify things?

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Automateit is a productivity app with a difference. It isn’t the same as these other apps. Instead, you can set it to automatically do tasks for you.

The basics

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        Automateit is basically like IFTTT for your Android instead of across the internet. You can set a trigger (such as a time of day, getting a text message with a subject on it, etc.) and then an action to do.

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        There are 6 sample settings that are automatically built in (to clarify I’ve highlighted the triggers in red and the action in blue)

        • Turn on silent mode after 10:00pm
        • Turn on normal mode after 8:00 am
        • Show a low battery notification when the battery is at 35%
        • Unmute you phone by getting an SMS with the text “Unmute” (very useful if you lose it)
        • Lower volume when you plug in your headset
        • Max volume when you unplug your headset

        You don’t have to keep these rules, and you can customize them (I have changed the time of silent mode and also the volume levels on my phone when I plug in/unplug my headphones).

        What’s more, you can create your own rules as well to really personalize your android to your taste. The simple and easy-to-use user interface helps you to create custom rules without any hassle of programming or other ways to get similar effects.

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        Advanced features

        But that’s not all — once you have set up your own settings, you can upload your rule, or download settings that other users have uploaded. Some of the top rated include sending you the last known position when you text it “find me” as well as getting your phone to tell strangers to leave it alone when they turn it on.

        The difference between pro and basic

        There are certain extra “triggers” you can only get in the pro version such as the calendar, the recurring event, the sensor trigger, and extra events as well like composite events (where you can do multiple actions) and enable/disable the lock screen.

        However in the basic version you can still get triggers based on:

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        • the time of day
        • SMS (when you get an SMS, any SMS)
        • sound mode (if you change from silent to normal)
        • boot
        • usb status
        • wifi status
        • screen on/screen off
        • power connect/disconnect
        • NFC
        • outgoing call
        • location
        • headphone plug in/out
        • GPS status (turns on or off)
        • cell ID (get a call from a certain person or people)
        • bluetooth status (connect or disconnect a device)
        • battery level
        • airplane mode
        • SMS text (text your phone a command)
        • SMS from a contact
        • Application status (turn an application on or off)

        So there are quite a few ways you can activate a service.

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        All of this means you can save yourself time by thinking about the common things you do with your device to save power or rig up a cleaver trick.

        You don’t need to worry about turning notifications off at night, you don’t need to think about turning off your mobile data when you get near your homes Wifi, you can turn on your mobile data when you are away from home, or you can text your phone “where are you” and get a response telling you the last known GPS position of your phone.

        Automateit is a great break from the millions of online notebooks and similar apps, gives you the option to free yourself from all those boring functions you have to do with your phone, and hacks your productivity. Give it a try today (oh, and share your favorite settings below).

        Download AutomateIt [Google Play]

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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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