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The iPhone case even Macgyver would covet.

The iPhone case even Macgyver would covet.

There is nothing worse than being stranded somewhere and realizing you do not have what you need to make your situation better. I mean, Macgyver could build a house with string and a paperclip. Well, not really, but you know what I mean.

In our cars we have tire irons, jacks, and spares to help get us back on the road, but what if you get a flat riding your bike on the way to class? We have all seen those cute little multitasking tools, but some of them are not practical when it comes to carrying them every day.

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This is where the MyTask iPhone case comes in. Currently seeking funds through Kickstarter, MyTask gives you something other multitaskers do not: versatility. This Macgyver-like case has an interchangeable sliding tray on the bottom allowing you to take what you need, when you need it, for the day. There are three trays offered during the Kickstarter campaign: Urban, Bike, and Stash. MyTask hopes to release more options after they reach their funding goals.

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    The Bike case with it’s nifty tools.

    The Urban case, weighing only 2.2 ounces, has 12 helpful tools:

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    • full-size 2″ scissors
    • personal mirror
    • dual eyeglass screwdrivers
    • ruler
    • flathead screwdriver
    • 3-mode LED light
    • tweezers
    • black pen
    • touch stylus
    • USB drive (8 GB)
    • bottle opener
    • Phillips screwdriver
    • nail file

    The Bike tray has 18 tools, plus tire patches, and only weighs 2.8 ounces:

    • 3 tube patches and tire roughener
    • flathead screwdriver
    • two tire irons
    • bottle opener
    • pedal and axle wrench
    • Phillips screwdriver
    • 6 Allen wrenches
    • 4 box wrenches
    • 2 spoke wrenches

    The Stash tray does not have any tools, but instead gives you an empty tray to “stash” your personal items. It is 3.5 mm deep, or about 1/8 inch, to store credit cards, keys, memory cards, or cash. The options are pretty endless with the stash tray. MyTask designed the trays to be interchangeable, so if on Monday you ride your bike to class, but Thursday you have to work late, you can swap your Bike tray with the Urban tray and be prepared for whatever life throws at you. Other similar cases on the market currently only offer one option.

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    All the cases are TSA compliant, even the Urban tray, so you can take your case on a plane without worry. All the tools are made from 1.5 mm hardened 440C stainless steel. They are incredibly strong so you don’t have to worry about them snapping or breaking on you.You can view a test video of the Allen wrench tool on YouTube.

    What do you think about these cases? I think they would come in handy. I know some people carry a pocket knife, but there are a few places that will not allow you to carry them, like planes. Sure, this case cannot provide a full supply of useful implements, but I think it does a pretty good job at giving you what you might need in an emergency. Regardless of what life throws at you, you will be ready for it with the MyTask case.

    Featured photo credit: MyTask Kickstarter Page via s3.amazonaws.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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