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Lifehack Challenge: 24 Hour Digital Fast

Lifehack Challenge: 24 Hour Digital Fast

Are you too connected? Have you handed too much time over to ever-present technological marvels that offer charming reasons to take up every moment of your life? If you,

  • Reach for your phone the moment you wake up
  • Check your email while still working on a reply
  • Have ever silenced your child or ignored a loved one’s voice so you could pay attention to “internet friends”
  • Can’t go more than 30 seconds of silence without breaking out a mobile device

There’s a good chance you might be suffering from over-connectedness. What’s the solution? For many, a little time away from the madness is all it takes to regain a healthy perspective and jump back in with a smile.

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    That’s where this Lifehack Challenge comes in.

    This is a challenge for you to go on a 24 hour digital fast. What’s that? You take 24 hours and spend it completely free of the electronic devices that take up your every waking moment.

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    Unlike the Early Riser challenge that lasted for 5 days, the digital fast is only 24 hours. This will work best because most people can disappear for 24 hours without a remote contact even wondering about them. You’ll be able to take 24hrs for yourself and not even worry about going through all the work of letting your contacts know what’s happening.

    Why would you want to do such a thing? Because you’re wondering if you can. Even better, you’ve already decided that you can and simply needed a little push to make it happen. That’s what the community here at Lifehack can provide for you: a little push. We’ll be here before and after, but during your digital fast it’s just going to be you and the people you spend time with face to face.

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    Still interested?

    Here’s how it works.

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    1. Choose either the 10th, or 11th of this month (April) as the day for your digital fast.
    2. Tell some of your friends what you’re going to do. The social pressure of telling others can often prove helpful in bringing about change. Want a little extra pressure (and encouragement)? Join us on Facebook or leave a comment below saying you’re in!
    3. Plan ahead for what you’ll do with all the extra time you’re going to have. It’s important that you stay busy when you’ve been accustomed to checking your iPhone constantly!

    So, pick your day, let us know one of the things you plan to do with your digital-free day, and come find us on Facebook where I’ll be sharing extra tips and thoughts from my experience with breaking free of the need to be constantly on.

    Welcome! Now it’s time to set you free, at least for a day, from all those devices that drive you nuts.

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    Last Updated on May 14, 2019

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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