3 Reasons Why The Way You Dress Impacts Your Productivity
Productivity and procrastination go hand in hand. If you suffer from procrastination then you probably aren’t very productive. So you have to overcome procrastination to become productive. Even a simple change in the way you dress impacts your productivity!
The best way to overcome procrastination is to work hard on becoming productive and your procrastination issue will take care of itself!
Here is an easy productivity tip to implement right away. The way you dress. Here are 3 reasons why the way you dress impacts your productivity.
1. How you feel about yourself impacts your productivity
Believe it or not, the way you dress sets your mindset for the day and impacts your productivity. If you walk around in your sweats all day you feel tired and well…lazy.
You may not be lazy and you may actually get some things done but your mindset is not 100% confident.
When you “dress for success” there is something magical about it and it impacts your productivity in a positive way! You feel good about yourself. Every time you look in the mirror you will see a professional that has confidence and stands up strong.
If every day you wear sweats then when you look in the mirror you will struggle to see a strong individual that is ready to take on the day so that impacts your productivity in a negative way.
Try it for a week and see how much better you will feel about yourself!
2. How others perceive you impacts your productivity
Others will sense the same feelings. Dressing professionally will get you more respect from others. It’s not their fault, it’s human nature and we all do it.
If someone comes to your door dressed in their sweats with stains on the front, their hair a mess, and they look like they just woke up, you would be taken aback.
Thinking what in the world does this person want?! I would be scared to open the door!
However, if someone that looks clean cut and dressed nicely (not over the top) then I would feel much more comfortable opening the door.
Now we all know that isn’t always the case. You can’t trust everyone but I’m sure you see my point.
If you are “dressed for success” you will put off the vibe that you are a professional, you are important and intelligent.
I have tested this theory out many times. I have people give me a hard time for always being “dressed up” like I am going somewhere special when I work from home.
But I will say that…
A) It is usually just some makeup, curled hair, and a WalMart dress.
B) It isn’t everyday but more often than not.
C) this way I am always ready for those surprise visits when the doorbell rings.
Just like how if there is someone dressed sloppy on the other side of the door you don’t want to be the sloppy one answering the door. On those days I am working in my pj’s, that always seems to be when someone knocks on the door and I am so embarrassed to answer it.
Another time, I had a friend randomly FaceTime me because she was with a huge group of our friends and she joked saying “Were you ready for my call? You look like you just left the salon!”
But it felt great to get complimented and to be prepared instead of being embarrassed at how I do look sometimes!
Just like when we see a well-dressed mom at school looking like she is rocking her life we tend to be envious and want to be like her.
That is our perception of her. Just like others have a perception of you. Because that mom is dressed nice we assume she has her life all in order. And just like when we see a mom riding the struggle bus looking all sloppy, we assume she doesn’t. Again, it is human nature.
3. The universe goes in your favor and impacts your productivity
Do you ever have those days you just feel like everything clicks and falls together perfectly? Of course, we have the opposite days too where nothing could go right no matter what we tried.
But if you think back to the good days you may realize that those are the days you are “dressed for success”.
That is usually the start of everything falling together perfectly – you found the perfect outfit for the day. This goes all the way back to school days.
Remember when you got a new outfit for school? And how excited you were to wearthe new outfit you just got.
From there everything seems to fall in order. You knew all the answers in class. The boy/girl you liked talked to you at school. The cafeteria served your favorite lunch. It all comes together and it all started with the way you dressed.
It works the same as an adult but with different circumstances. You hit all green lights, traffic is flowing smoothly, you’re first in line for coffee, and you found the best parking spot.
Now I am not trying to push you do go out and buy a whole new wardrobe and make you think that will make everything go perfect for you, but I am trying to steer you clear of wear pajamas all day every day.
If you are rocking at productivity and you wear PJs all day then you probably are reading the wrong post. This isn’t for you.
This is for those looking to improve their productivity right away and stop procrastination from taking over their everyday life.
Tips to improve the way you dress that impacts your productivity
I am not a fashionista. I choose comfort over fashion. Again, if you are a fashionista you too are probably reading the wrong post. You don’t need help dressing to impress. You already know that changing the way you dress impacts your productivity.
If you are still following along then you probably also like to dress comfortably. That’s why most of us choose sweats or our PJs.
Here are simple tips to help you dress better without sacrificing comfort!
1. Paint your nails
I always feel like a million bucks when my nails are painted. I never go without toenail polish (because let’s face it, it stays on longer and is much easier to touch up). But I don’t keep my fingernails painted all of the time because it is more upkeep.
That is why my husband bought me a gel nail polish kit like these. It costs too much to get my nails done and I hated how regular polish came off so fast but I loved my nails to be painted so he got me a kit!
I love that thing! I have had it for years and still have the same bottles I started with. Again I don’t keep my nails painted all of the time because I like to let them heal up since my nails are so weak and gel polish tears them up a bit.
However, gel polish stays on for about 3 weeks!
There are other options out there as well like all those stick-on nails and nail polishes. I just feel much more confident with my nails done!
2. A little bit of makeup goes a long way
If I haven’t made it clear already, I am not one to spend hours on my appearance. I do get my hair colored every 5-6 weeks but other than that I don’t go all out on clothes, shoes, tanning, fake eyebrows or eyelashes, none of that.
Since I live in Coastal Georgia that stuff would just sweat right off if I did.
I do fill in my normally tiny thin eyebrows, put concealer on my dark rings under my eyes, and wear mascara. That is about it. The days I don’t do that are because we are out on the boat or at the pool.
Otherwise, I will do those small steps and it makes a huge difference. I don’t contour, paint, or glue anything on and I still get told all the time how good I look. I am not saying that to brag because I myself don’t see it but hey at least I am not scaring people away.
And it just goes to show that a little bit of makeup can make a big difference and make you feel more confident.
3. Clothes don’t have to be expensive
A new outfit can make all the difference. Not a new outfit right off the runway but a newer outfit works just fine! If you have the finances to buy new fancy clothes and that’s your thing then go for it!
I am trying to help those who can’t but still are looking for ways to increase their productivity by dressing better to improve their confidence.
With that said you can find all kinds of cute clothes at garage sales, on the trader sites, at Goodwill, WalMart, Target, JC Penny, and so many more!
Here are a bunch of cute summer dresses you could have shipped right to your door! I love dresses! They hide flaws (like eating too much pizza the night before), they are very comfortable and flowy, and they definitely make you look professional!
You would be surprised how much confidence you will gain by taking better care of yourself. My husband works so hard that he puts himself on the back burner.
Finally, I got him into the dentist and started getting things fixed and back up to date. In doing that he loved how his teeth looked and has started whitening them and taking better care of himself!
Another awesome product that I love so very much is Spark. It is a sugar-free energy drink. The fruit punch flavor tastes just like Hawaiian fruit punch juice to me. There are a bunch of different flavors though.
I started drinking it in 2012 and I don’t go a day without it! I love it because it gives me motivation, energy, and mental focus to tackle each day.
What does this have to do with hygiene? I added it to this category because since it is sugar-free and full of vitamins I lost weight after starting on it and some of AdvoCare’s other products!
And taking care of yourself and being healthy (losing spare weight) is definitely self-hygiene!
Disclaimer: Just because I and MANY others lost weight by taking AdvoCare’s products does not guarantee you will.
Sometimes just believing in yourself is all you need! Here is a freebie bundle of inspirational quotes for you to print off and tape to your mirror! Read them every day and remind yourself you are professional and productive. And that you will not let procrastination get the best of you!
This will help motivate you to change out of your sweats or PJs to look better and feel better. These tips will for sure impact your productivity in a positive way!
How I went from an always late procrastinator to an on-time organized planner!
How do you schedule out your days? Do you wing it and go off of memory or do you have a calendar or planner? I have a planner that I use to keep track of my life. I used to be in the wing it category but since switching and organizing my time it has really helped me! Especially using the block schedule method. I went from always being late and behind to always being ahead of schedule and prepared!
There are a hundred different planners and different ways to manage your time but I think most everyone can agree that blocking out your schedule is one of the best ways.
When I first went back to work after having my daughter I was a young wife and mother trying to fit everything in. I worked as an independent insurance agent so I was able to manage my own time. My boss was very organized and he walked me through how to organize my days by blocking time frames for certain tasks.
As I have gotten older and wiser, I have learned how to really plan things out and leave room for travel, traffic, breaks, etc. For example, I know that if I block off time for me the clean the house I need to follow that with time for me to get cleaned up before our dinner date and allow time to travel through rush hour traffic.
I am originally from Kansas and we didn’t have traffic to worry about so those are things I had to adjust to when we moved to Georgia. So you will always be adapting and learning new tricks as you go.
Always Late Procrastinator
Block scheduling is for you if you find that you are always running out of time or always putting things off. If you feel like you are behind, running late, rushing out the door forgetting things, and stressed with your time management, then I truly think block scheduling is perfect for you.
I used to be that way. I think it is a hard habit to break being a procrastinator because sometimes you can pull some awesome things off last minute. But I can tell you that it isn’t worth the stress and the anger you have at yourself of waiting until the last minute.
Because truth be told, I believe you (like myself) procrastinate, to begin with, because you aren’t sure what the next step is to do. So you end up stalling until you can’t anymore and you are forced to figure it out.
If you were to stop and map everything out then it all comes so much easier! No more procrastinating or stressing!
What is Block Scheduling?
Block scheduling is when you map out your day or week into time frames (blocks). Or as I read once it is combining your to-do list with your calendar. Which I really like that description because it is exactly like that.
How to Get Started with Block Scheduling?
If you want you can have your calendar go horizontal or vertical. I prefer vertical. I like to see Monday through Sunday from 6am to 10pm. Then I can map out my week. I have seen other layouts that are horizontal and it has each day laid out horizontally for you to add your tasks to each block. See the examples below.
Write down all your unavoidable tasks
Start with a blank calendar of the week or day and write down all the unavoidable tasks first like getting the kids to and from school.
Write out a list of things that have to get done no matter what and the time frames
Next, on a separate piece of paper write out a list of things that have to get done no matter what and the time frames it takes to do those things. Let’s say you have to write a blog post and it takes you 2 hours to do it and you need to do the laundry and it takes two 15 minute blocks to do that. 15 minutes to load and 15 to unload.
Once you have a list of all of the tasks that need to be done and time frames now you can start entering them into your calendar. Of course, if you have appointments then block of not just the appointment time but include the time it takes to travel there and back.
I work from home and we live outside of town so if I have an appointment and I will be away from the house I block out that whole time that appointment is going to cost me.
I can’t work or do anything while driving so I need to include that time as used up for that appointment. Of course, you can use that driving time to catch up on phones calls but let’s be real you should be focusing on driving and not messing with your phone. It can wait.
Fill empty spots
Now that you have the must-dos in your planner or calendar you can see where the wholes are that you can fill with other blocks(tasks). I like to color coordinate mine so I know which tasks are unavoidables that I can not miss or move, which ones are for me, which are for the family, which are for my daughter’s school, etc.
This helps me have a bird’s eye view of my week and see where I have open time to do certain tasks.
Just start filling in your empty spots based off of the time frames you set for each task and fill up your calendar!
Stick to the time frame
Make sure you stick to that time frame you set for that task so you don’t get behind on all the other tasks you have planned out. Now you will obviously use your own judgment on which is more important to get done but my point is don’t let yourself get too caught up in one task that you don’t get anything else done.
I will sometimes set a timer for my tasks to keep me motivated to get done. It is even better when you get done ahead of time and you get to move on to the next task sooner!
Once you finish all your tasks for the day it takes the pressure off because you have already allotted time for the other tasks tomorrow so you can relax guilt-free!
Batch Work vs Daily Tasks
Some people will batch their work and do everything all at once so they don’t have to worry about it the rest of the month. Others, like myself, prefer to do daily tasks. To learn more about which one is right for you, check out this post on batch work vs daily tasks!
Pro of Block Scheduling
Blocks help keep you on task for that time frame and to push you to finish that task within that time frame.
You can even set a time to tell you when to move on to the next task.
Mapping out your day helps you find the time…instead of always thinking “where did the time go?”
It is flexible and easy to move tasks around or to the next day.
It helps you find more time in your day.
Gives you peace of mind when you see a plan of action.
It helps you stay on task and moving productively forward.
It helps break up the day so it doesn’t get boring or overwhelming.
You will be less stressed by seeing your day laid out with realistic goals.
It gives you a bird’s eye view of your day and week.
By seeing your day mapped out it is motivating because you know you need to finish each task in that time frame.
You can organize each task with color coordination.
Your block schedule can be horizontal or vertical depending on your preference.
There are so many benefits to block scheduling and it has truly helped me make my days and goals attainable in ensuring I get all of my tasks done throughout the week!
Ready to get started?
If you are ready to try the block schedule method then here is a template to get you started! You can choose which one works best for you! Bonus! You can even use these as digital planners!
Is it better to batch all of your work or have daily tasks? Personally, I believe it depends on the person. Batching work is like doing a month’s worth of work in one day. For example, some bloggers will write a month’s worth of blog posts all in one day. Then they don’t have to worry about doing one each week. It sounds great in theory but I feel like it depends on who you are and how you work if this method is right for you.
Batch Work Pros
Here are the pros of doing batch work.
It is all done at once and you can check it off the list for the whole month.
It only takes one or two days to complete a month’s worth of content which is a major time saver.
You are able to brain dump and get all of those ideas out and things flow into the next easily.
You can get more done in the month if each day you batched everything.
As you can see there are great pros to this method. You are able to check big things off your list. A month’s work of work can be done in one week. If you batched all of your blog posts one day, your images the next, your social media posts next, your emails the next, and so on!
In the first week of each month you could have all your major work done and would still have three more weeks to work on everything else!
However to me, as great as it sounds it also has some cons that come along with it such as these.
Batch Work Cons
It can be overwhelming.
What if you have a foggy brain day that day.
What if something comes up that day and you can’t reschedule so now your behind.
If you go too long in between working you may feel disconnected.
If you dedicate one whole day to one thing then other things may not get done.
To me, the process seems overwhelming. I love the idea of it all getting done in one day and to schedule one day a month to finish a month’s worth of work sounds great! But at the same time, there are so many daily tasks that I do each day that it kind of feels overwhelming because I would get backed up on those.
Then if I were to write 4 blog posts in one day and then not write any more until the next month I worry I would be disconnected and lost. I would have to go back through what I wrote before to get myself back into the flow.
Also, a lot of bloggers are growing their blogs on the side with only 30 minutes a day to spare. They don’t have this option to batch all of their work. Or maybe this method is perfect so they only have to work a few full days out of the whole month.
This is where I again feel like it depends on the person as to which method fits into their lives. Let’s look at the pros of doing daily tasks.
Daily Task Pros
You are able to check things off daily.
Smaller “bit-sized tasks” are less overwhelming.
You stay involved daily and fresh in your business.
You have the option to move things around or change things.
More things get done each day.
I love checking things off of my list and even if I only put three major things on there a day that makes me feel like I made progress. Then if I have to roll something over to the next day I can do that. With batch work I don’t feel like that would work. Then you would have pushed a large project over onto another day full of another large project.
Life is too unpredictable and I feel like with daily tasks I can knock out a few small projects and feel like I have gotten something done.
Also, this helps me be able to choose which small project I can put into each time frame I have blocked off!
Of course, there are also cons that come with doing daily tasks.
Daily Task Cons
May take up more time than batching per each project.
With a bunch of little tasks, you may feel overwhelmed.
Things could get lost or forgotten on the to-do list.
The list feels like it gets longer and longer every day.
Daily tasks may feel overwhelming to some. Once more it just depends on the person. Seeing a long list full of little projects may be too much for someone. As another person may see small attainable goals.
It is all about your perspective and how you personally handle projects and to-do lists!
What should you do?
The best way to find out which one is right for you is to give each one of them a try! If you have a Saturday that is free then you could try dedicating that whole day to only batching one month’s worth of work. Then you will see if that worked for you or if it was a struggle.
Go through the list of pros and cons of each and get a feel for what you think you can handle.
Then (and this is actually what I think I am going to do) you could even try doing both! Pick the project that seems to be the hardest for you to get done and put that at the top of your list at the beginning of the month.
Batch that work and then you don’t have to procrastinate on getting that project done each week. It will already be done for the whole month!
Now you can focus the rest of the month to getting your daily tasks done!
How to Stay Focused on Your Blog and Create More Content
Do you find yourself struggling to get blog posts written? I know that I do! I have a ton of content ideas to write about but yet it seems to be where I struggle the most! Sometimes it is hard to stay focused on your blog.
I know some bloggers excel in writing blog post but then struggle with the rest of blogging. Me, I can get lost in the busy work. It makes me feel like I am accomplishing more.
If I spend all day writing blog posts I feel like I didn’t get as much done as I could have if I would have done other less time-consuming things.
I know that is dead wrong. Writing blog posts is the most important part! You could have a dull and ugly blog but have amazing content and that is going to do much better than a beautiful blog with no blog posts!
So if you are like me and this is a struggle for you then I am here to help. I am challenging you (like I am challenging myself) to put writing first!
I will think about these amazing things to write about and how I can help my readers but for some reason once I think it then I check it off my mental to-do list.
Or if I don’t have the perfect writing environment then I find excuses to not write. When in reality I know that if I have a spare moment I need to write a blog post. I need to be getting all these ideas and information down on paper and put to use.
Even if I have to write it on a blank piece of paper or in my journal at the park. I need to just do it!
I will tell myself that it is a waste of time to write it all down and then have to retype it later. But doing that would still be better than not doing anything at all!
I find myself sitting down and logging into my blog, checking my emails, my blog stats, my social media accounts and then I think okay I’m done.
When did I really accomplish anything? Nope!
The most important factors of blogging are to write amazing helpful content and to promote it!
If you need some motivation just go check out some other amazing blogs. What really helps is to check out the same one a couple months later. You will see all the new amazing content they have added and realize wow I am slacking!
Victoria is a blogger who doesn’t have a blog about “how to blog” but yet she wrote an ebook to help her readers see how she started and grew her blog.
This gave me a different perspective from the same group of people teaching you how to blog that I usually follow.
She has a blog that teaches you how to homestead. She started a blog sharing what she does to live a homestead life and, after making money and having a successful blog, she wrote an ebook teaching others who want to do the same!
I hadn’t been on her blog in a while and when I went back it was full of all kinds of new videos and information! It was very inspiring to show how important it is to keep adding content!
If you have a business and all you have is one item in your store then the odds of you making a sale aren’t very good. But if you have a store like let’s say WalMart or Target that is full of all kinds of different products then people can’t help but buy something!
We all do it, we go in for one thing and come out with 10 things! And usually, we forget the one item we went there for to being with!
It is important to make time to write blog posts for your blog. To me, it seems like the longest part of blogging. You can commit to making little changes, posting things on social media, watching tutorials, but again none of those help you if you don’t have a “product”(blog post) in your store(blog).
So to think about sitting down and writing for 30 minutes, to an hour, or even 3 hours, it all seems like a big chunk of time to give up.
It is a must and the most important, so make time!
If you map out your day then you can find time to make that time commitment. Maybe you work all day so it is easier for you to write in the evenings. Maybe you are an early bird and you need to wake up before work and write.
Maybe you have downtime at work or maybe you are stuck in traffic and you can record a video while sitting in traffic!
No matter how you find the time it needs to happen. Set a schedule for yourself once you have found your ideal writing time. If you have found the mornings work better for you then set your schedule that you are going to set 30-45 minutes every morning to write.
If it takes you longer than that to write one post then that’s okay you are not alone. That is why you now have scheduled that time for writing. You have the next day to finish it up.
No one expects you to finish one blog post a day at first but if you get into the rhythm of writing every day at that time then you can for sure have one done a week!
Once you are done with writing your post for that week you can use that time to write emails or start on the next blog post and be ahead of the game! Because you never know when life is going to get in the way and you don’t have the time to write for a few days.
Here is another big one for me. I am easily distracted! If my Apple Watch goes off and shows I have a notification I catch myself checking it right then. I will be in the middle of writing and I will stop and check it.
I am horrible about having the T.V. being a distraction. Usually, I don’t have it on at all or it will distract me.
I do better work in complete silence.
So, if you are like me and get distracted. Shut off your notifications and turn off your T.V. and get to writing!
Commit to yourself and your readers.
There are a million excuses we can come up with. There are so many other things that need to be done all the time.
There is a pile of dishes that magically reappear every time I do them, there is always a load of laundry going, the dogs constantly want in and out, and when you do stop to take a break you walk past a hundred other things that need to be done.
Unfortunately, those things are going to just reappear the second you finish them.
I have a hard time focusing when there are chores to be done. So I had told myself that I will do my chores first so I could focus on work.
Well, it was a good theory but it didn’t work. As a mother, you may have guessed why…because as a mother, our chores are never done!
As soon as I thought I was at a good stopping point I would come across something else. Finally, I would just say okay that is enough I need to work.
I would sit down and try and write for just a little bit before the bus would come. I felt like I was just getting a good rhythm going and I would have to stop to go pick up my daughter off the bus.
Then it was time to cook supper and everyone knows what happens after supper. More chores!
After just getting the kitchen all cleaned it lasted only a few hours and I only got a little bit of work done.
So, now I have decided that the chores are just going to have to wait. I may throw a load of laundry in or start the dishwasher but that’s all. Then they can be running and be done when I am done working.
I have decided that I will work in the morning and then do chores in the afternoon.
This way work is for sure done and if I don’t get my chores done then it won’t even be noticeable to anyone because as soon as everyone comes home the house gets all messed up right away anyways!
Clear your mind
When you do find your time to work and you are ready to write. Clear your mind. Focus only on that post you are writing.
Again, it is easy to get distracted and your mind will start to wonder. The next thing you know you are thinking about what you need to buy at the grocery store or that you need to schedule the kids’ dentists appointments.
Try and clear your mind and think about your reader. Think about how this post will help them. How it can make life easier for them.
One thing at a time!
You got this!
Okay now that you have decided on when you are going to work on writing blog posts and you aren’t going to let anything get in your way it is time to get to work!
You will either find a way or find an excuse.
It is much easier to find an excuse (TRUST ME!) but that is not going to get you anywhere!
I am speaking from experience!
For me, it is easier to say well I have all these chores that need to be done. But this blog is also important to me and I want it to be a success!
So those chores will be there later!
Whatever your excuse is don’t let it hold you back!
You can do this!
I believe in you!
Here is a blog post outline printable to help you write your posts easier!
Are you new to blogging? Or have you been thinking about possibly starting a blog? This was me not long ago so I understand your struggles! One of my struggles was my laptop. We had an old desk top and laptop. They worked but all the programs were slow and we just kept getting viruses. As you may know once you get a virus your computer is just never the same!
One time my husband opened something through Facebook and in a matter of seconds our whole computer was locked up with a big skull and cross bones on the front. That was back in 2008 so a lot has changed since then but many people have had similar experiences.
It is a scary thought that you could lose everything like that in an instant and who can afford to go have it all cleaned up and fixed? Then will it ever actually be fully back to normal? It seemed like we were always buying expensive virus protection for our already expensive computer!
Not a tech-savvy person
I myself am not a professional when it comes to computers themselves. All the techy mumbo jumbo is not my strong point but it is my husband’s. I more understand the programs on the computer like Excel, WordPress, Powerpoint, Quickbooks…those different things and those are what he doesn’t get so we balance each other out.
So for my birthday two years ago my husband surprised me with a new apple laptop. This was my first apple computer. I used to be an android person but had made the switch to an iPhone a few years back and I love my iPhone and our iPads so seemed right that I would like my new MacBook Pro…and I DO!
Now, I’m not saying that you need to run out and buy yourself a new laptop but I am saying that if you are already in the market for one then this post will share why I love my MacBook Pro so much! Especially as a mommy blogger!
Why I love my MacBook Pro!
1.) It is small thin and sleek
I can carry it around and it weighs nothing compared to my Toshiba. Let’s face it apple has everyone beat hands down on appearance on all of it’s products. It is the perfect size for me to stick in my bag and feel like I can take it to the park and not be carrying around another 10 pound item.
2.) No expensive anti-virus
Again this falls into the techy stuff but my husband said that apple is protected and we don’t need to buy or install any anti-virus protection. You may want to double check that but I haven’t had to do anything and I have been fine for 2 years now!
3.) Apple loves apple
If you have other apple products then they are all smart and connect to each other. I have an apple watch, two iPads, and my husband and I each have an iPhone. Now my husbands isn’t connected because it has his apple i.d. on his phone but all the others have my i.d. so if someone calls me everything in the house starts ringing! I can answer phone calls on my laptop so I don’t even have to get up and try and run around to find my phone. I just hit answer and start talking while still being able to blog away! Same goes for text messages for people who also have an iPhone. I can answer their texts on my laptop.
4.) Apple Watch
This one is similar to above. If you have an apple watch it will connect with your MacBook Pro and as soon as you open your laptop it will unlock your computer simply by wearing your apple watch. Now don’t worry no one can just take your watch and use it to open your laptop. The watch knows if it is being worn or not and then you have to enter a code you created to unlock your watch. You only have to re-enter the code when you take it off and put it back on. So as long as you are wearing the watch and you have entered your code it will then recognize it is you and when you open your laptop it will unlock your laptop for you.
5.) The battery life
The battery on this thing is awesome! This is another important feature for any device. No one likes to have to recharge things all the time. The battery on the MacBook Pro lasts several days and then when I need to charge it, it charges very fast! I have been super impressed and happy with it.
6.) Multiple Tabs
Here is some more techy stuff I don’t understand but you can have several tabs open on your browser. This one is a big deal for me because when I am researching something I will open several tabs to reference back to an article I am reading. It just seems like I always have several tabs open and I can bounce back and forth between them easily with no delay or reloading.
7.) Stick notes
One of the features on the MacBook Pro is it has sticky notes that you can have up on your home screen. I love this for important things I don’t want to forget. I have a sticky note up on my screen so I don’t forget!
8.) Bluetooth mouse
My laptop came with a bluetooth mouse. I personally don’t use a mouse very often I always use the touch pad on the laptop itself. But my husband prefers the mouse and no one likes cords so that is pretty cool it comes with a bluetooth mouse!
Speaking of the touch pad and mouse…there are different commands you can use on them for shortcuts. To get to one screen to the other you make a certain motion with your fingers. There are several different commands you can do using the motion of your fingers and it works on both the touch pad and the mouse!
10.) Apps and easy downloads
Even though apple doesn’t come with Microsoft programs like Word, Excel, or Powerpoint you can download them. It was very inexpensive as I chose the monthly option of a few dollars a month. I downloaded those programs to my computer and they work perfectly and they have been a wonderful help for my blog! There are also all kinds of apps you can download as well!
These next three are great for bloggers. I started my blog long after I got this laptop and when I was learning how to create images and how to record my screen, I was thinking I would have to buy these programs. But then with a little searching on my laptop I found I already had these options!
11.) Screen shot.
I know other people who have downloaded programs to be able to take a “screen grab” but the MacBook Pro let’s you take a screen shot and it automatically saves it for you. Mine goes straight to my home screen so I can go there and edit it very quickly and easily.
12.) Edit pictures
You can easily edit pictures like I said. I can crop them and edit the size of them so the file is only so big so I can upload it to WordPress or wherever!
13.) Video recording.
This was a great discovery for me. I wanted to make videos and record my screen as I did things to be able to share with my readers and I didn’t want to have to buy one more thing for my blog. Then like I said I did a little research and discovered that I already had that option for free with my MacBook Pro!
14.) Still like brand new
Lastly, I think that the fact that I have had my laptop for two years now and it is still very fast and up to date says a lot right there! It seems like just like cars the second you buy a phone or computer it is out of date and there is something new available. Apple will send me a notification and I can update my laptop and keep it relevant and up to speed. It works just as well today as it did the first day I got it! Maybe even better because now I know way more about it and how to use it!
Again, I am not trying to persuade you to go buy a new laptop but more than anything I just wanted to give a shout out to how awesome mine is! I was shocked when my husband surprised me with it but I use it everyday all day and I love it so much! It just makes things run so much more smoother when you have the proper programs and equipment!
As I have learned more and more about my MacBook Pro I just keep thinking “oh my gosh this thing is awesome!” So I had to share!
Does anyone else have an apple computer and have any more cool tricks they could share with me?! I would love to hear them!