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If You’re Planning To Just Sell Away Your Outdated iPad, Read This First

If You’re Planning To Just Sell Away Your Outdated iPad, Read This First

The new iPads from Apple are better than ever, but just because you have a new model doesn’t mean that you can’t do something with the old one that still works perfectly well. After all, you spent enough money on it, so you may as well get as much out of it as you can. Here are some things you can do with your old Apple tablet.

1. Make it a Radio

You can turn your old iPad into a radio system by only using it to play music. If you have guests, they can play all of their music through your new radio system that didn’t cost you anything. All you need is a set of speakers, and you can get a pretty decent set for a reasonable price. An added bonus is that you get loads of great music, without having to find a place in your home for a bulky stereo system.

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2. Home Security

When you use your old iPad with AtHome Camera Free or a similar app, it becomes a video surveillance system. Just point the iPad at a specific spot, such as the front door. As soon as any movements at the area are detected, you will be notified by the iPad.

3. Your New Recipe Book

Recipe books or loose papers with recipes written on them can be a real pain, and they get lost easily. Your old iPad can hold all kinds of recipes, shopping lists, etc. You can attach the iPad to a wall, and it is always there when you need it. Big Oven organizes your recipes, automatically generates shopping lists, and offers 200,000 additional cooking projects online.

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4. Music Effects

If you are a musician, an old iPad can be an extremely useful tool. Use it with a MIDI interface and your favorite amp emulation app, and you will have all kinds of fun guitar effects to play with.

5. A New Clock

If you get the QLockTwo app, which only costs $0.99, you can turn your iPad into a clock. The fun part is you don’t even have to look at the time, because it will speak the time to you in words.

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6. Give it to Your Kids

Take any adult-oriented apps off and add kid-friendly apps, books, etc., and turn the old iPhone into a way to entertain your kids. Make sure that you put it in a strong, durable case. Also, make sure that you set the parental controls so the kids don’t see anything they shouldn’t, and that they don’t accidentally buy anything online.

7. Television Remote

You can get iOS apps from many television firms such as Sony that will allow you to control your television, using your old iPad as a remote control. Or, you can use an S-video, VGA cable, or Apple TV to watch programs from the iPad on your television.

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8. Donate It

There are many charities that would love to receive your old iPad. The devices are donated to veterans, seniors, special needs children, etc. who can make good use of them.

9. Keep it in Your Car

There are many ways you can use your old iPad in your car. It can be a navigation system, a messaging system, or even entertainment for the kids. Get a mount such as a RAM Mount or a ModulR to keep it in a handy location.

Featured photo credit: Leon Lee 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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