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Top 5 Tools To Optimize Your Life

Top 5 Tools To Optimize Your Life


    Save time, be more efficient, simplify, and generally improve your life with these top 5 tools to optimize your life.

    1. Use A Smartphone to Know on the Go

    These days we think a smartphone is a given but there is a large segment of the population that doesn’t use a smartphone. Whether you choose an iPhone, Android phone or some other option, a smartphone can help optimize your life. It can always be with you and it is many tools in one.

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    Just a few things your smartphone can be used as: a phone, a camera, a music player, a navigation system, an electronic calendar…the list goes on and on. Most people use their smartphone for much more than simply talking.

    How can you start using your smartphone to optimize your life today?

    2. Organize Digitally with Evernote

    This application allows you to save information in the form of a text file, PDF, picture, voice note, or audio note and access it online, from your desktop, laptop, iPad or iPhone (among other platforms). Your note will sync amongst all of these devices and is easily accessible and searchable. Evernote is considered a top tool in efforts to go paperless, which is also part of why it is one of the top 5 tools to optimize your life.

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    In Evernote you can create as many notebooks as you like and tag the notes to create your own virtual filing system. Simply save items into Evernote by dragging it to the app from your desktop, clipping it from the web, forwarding it by email or creating the note directly in the app via one of your devices.

    3. Electronic Calendars for Appointments (and More)

    Electronic calendars make it easier to keep track of our many commitments. You can, for example, share a calendar with a family member and access is from your mobile devices. There are many ways to use your “e-calendar” to optimize your life.

    Electronic calendars are great in that you can add as much information about the appointment as you might want. No searching around later for the relevant email for more details — just enter in the address, contact person’s info and a relevant link. Access the appointment via your smartphone and bring up a map with the directions as you head to the appointment. There’s no longer a need to print out directions.

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    Your e-Calendar can also be used to hold tasks, reminders, and important dates. Never forget an anniversary or birthday when you use an e-Calendar to remind you that they are coming up.

    4. Save Time in the Kitchen (and Eat Healthier) with a Crock Pot

    Feel like you have no time to make dinner? A healthy, quick homemade meal is still accesible. Simply put a few ingredients into a crock pot in the morning, let it cook all day long, and come home to a wonderful home-cooked meal. For busy folks, a crock pot can save a lot of time and hassle. Your health, waistline, and wallet will thank you for skipping the drive-thru.

    5. Wireless All-in-One Printer

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    Use a printer that does more than just print.

    An all-in-one printer generally has three (or more) functions and will take up less space than dedicated devices. A wireless all-in-one printer can be connected to many mobile devices, which is a huge time-saver and helps simplify your home office setup by getting rid of unsightly cords.

    Use your printer to print your own photographs, make your own Christmas Cards, posters, and more. Better yet, use the scanning capability to go paperless. Scan old documents, reduce clutter and simplify your life as a result.

    What are your top tools you use to optimize your life? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

    (Photo credit: Spanner on Wooden Board via Shutterstock)

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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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