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6 Useful Gadgets Every Proud Workaholic Should Own

6 Useful Gadgets Every Proud Workaholic Should Own

If you love your job, and if you love to be up-to-date with all the latest work-related developments, if you like to be highly organized and always prepared to take action, then you are a workaholic.

Like anything, being a workaholic has its pros and cons. You get to be absorbed in what you do, which helps you turn attention away from stressful things you can’t do anything about. You have a greater sense of purpose than many people, and you are more likely to advance in your career. A lot of people will admire your ability to organize and manage projects, and you will have a strong sense of achievement.

On the other hand, you might not have enough time to be around those you love and who love you back. You might be labeled as a bit cold and detached, but we can’t have it all. Now, we will discuss how to embrace your passion for work by listing a few helpful gadgets that will come in handy.

1. A selection of smartphone apps

Today, most people are avid smartphone users, and this is not something that is specifically aimed at workaholics. However, if you do wish to be better at your work, then a good selection of smartphone apps will definitely come in handy.

You can find apps that will help you organize and track your daily schedule and remind you of the things you need to complete. For busy people, smartphones are lifesavers. You can also find various alarm apps that will ensure you are never late or that will monitor your sleep so that they can wake you up at the right moment.

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With a smartphone, you have access to the internet and your email at all times, so you can be instantly updated on the latest work-related happenings. Moreover, you are probably using some sort of knowledge management system at work for task assignments and updates. There are also smartphone versions of many of these systems.

So, with the right apps by your side, you can check your work performance so you always know whether everything is going as planned. Some apps will help you plan out a new strategy, which is incredibly useful for managers, or will allow you to update others and communicate more effectively.

2. Wi-Fi extender

Now, we’ll get down to more concrete suggestions. Wi-Fi extenders are a must for workaholics. Your other gadgets that allow you to access your work necessities all need Wi-Fi, and if the signal is weak and the connection breaks all the time, you can’t really use them to their full potential.

A Wi-Fi extender can fit in your bag, is really easy to set up, and will boost your Wi-Fi reception so that the connection is stable. You should read some online reviews to find the best Wi-Fi extenders based on specifications and user experiences, then pick one for yourself or for your friend who works all the time.

3. Portable hard drive

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    Work usually means a lot of sensitive data, and people are not always comfortable knowing that their documents can be accessed online. After all, hackers are not some creature from a fairy tale, they are real people, and information theft is a viable fear. If you have a lot of documents that you need to work with, you should have a portable hard drive in order to store them.

    Much like the other gadgets on this list, a portable hard drive can easily fit in your bag, and you can access its data base or increase it if needed. A portable hard drive is also a great place to keep your backup versions of documents in case your computer or main hard drive crashes.

    Just remember not to put all of your eggs in one basket; your portable drive has a limited lifespan, and you should get a new one every year or every two years to be sure it doesn’t malfunction, causing you to lose valuable data.

    4. Portable battery charger

    Your precious phone and your computer run on batteries, and if there is no electrical socket nearby to plug them in, they won’t last long. Today, we use these gadgets constantly, but their batteries can keep them powered for 4-5 hours at best. There are things you can do to prolong battery life, but you can only push your smartphone so far before it just gives up.

    Luckily, you can purchase a portable battery charger, which is a battery itself. It usually has USB plugs, and you can charge it at home so that you can use it when needed. It can store a lot of juice for your phone, so for long distance trips, it is a really useful item to have.

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    Again, the item can easily fit in your bag or in your pocket, so it will always be nearby when you need it.

    5. Pedometer

    Workaholics are all about maintaining an organized lifestyle. So, they should not forsake their health and fitness. A pedometer is an awesome gadget for workaholics, since it will allow you to measure your daily activity and organize your day accordingly. It will help you get a healthy dose of daily physical activity and make sure you maintain your tempo.

    A pedometer can track how much exercise you get in a day. It can help you stay healthy, so be sure to check out some of the best available pedometers and find an option you can have on you at all times.

    6. USB cup warmer

      Anyone who is a workaholic knows just how valuable coffee is; workaholics are practically working at half capacity without their morning cup. Since they are absorbed in their work, their coffee tends to get cold, losing most of its flavour and diminishing that refreshing feeling.

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      With a USB cup warmer, you can keep coffee near your computer and ensure it is always warm. The way that this gadget works is quite simple. All you need to do is plug it in your USB port, and the surface will be warmed up. You can place your coffee cup on it and enjoy, since the coffee won’t get cold even after hours of just sitting on the table.

      I am pretty sure there are lots of other gadgets that could fit on this list, but these are the ones I found most valuable. If you have any cool gadget suggestions, I would really like to hear them.

      A word of advice: don’t work too hard to the point of exhaustion. Many who do this end up regretting it. If you work all the time, you will eventually have the impression that your days simply pass you by and that you’ve missed out on a lot of important life experiences.

      Featured photo credit: https://unsplash.com/@reddangelo16 via unsplash.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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