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10 Cool Office Gadgets That Will Make Your Work Desk Organized And Boost Your Productivity

10 Cool Office Gadgets That Will Make Your Work Desk Organized And Boost Your Productivity

You spend the majority of your waking hours at work. In fact, 80% of your time is spent in front of your work desk!

So, what can you do to make that time more enjoyable? Get comfortable! Having a comfortable working environment has a huge impact on your happiness. “Who can be comfortable at work?”, you ask. Anybody can! It just takes a little organization.

An added benefit of being organized is that you increase your productivity as well. You see, your brain has to work overtime just to ignore the disorganization surrounding you. Get rid of that clutter and your brain can focus on other things, like work! Read more about How Clutter Drains Your Brain, And What You Can Do About It.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. Lifehack has handpicked 10 cool office gadgets to help you freshen up your work desk and boost your productivity.

1. Base Magnetized Wood Cable Tidy

    Most computer cables fall off the desktop and onto the floor easily, or you may find yourself crawling under your desk more than once a week to retrieve your charger. All that is over with one of many cool office gadgets, the Base Magnetized Wood Cable Tidy. This visually appealing accessory has a magnet inside to hold your cables in place, keeping them off the floor.

    The Base Magnetized Wood Cable Tidy is a stylish addition to your desktop. The product is made of beautiful walnut wood and offers you a choice of shapes: circle, triangle, pentagon, or square.

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    Base Magnetized Wood Cable Tidy, $35

    2. Flat Panel Monitor Riser with 3 Drawers

      You may find a lot of loose paperclips, post-its, pens, and highlighters around your work desk. Hide that clutter away in the Flat Panel Monitor Riser Stand Space Saving Workstation. These cool office gadgets raise your computer monitor to a comfortable height, preventing you from hunching forward to see the screen correctly.

      The Flat Panel Monitor Riser has a minimalist, modern design that makes your desk look sleeker. Its 3 drawers are the perfect place to store the bits and ends that make their way onto your desktop everyday. This accessory is also stackable if you need more than 3 drawers.

      Flat Panel Monitor Riser Stand Space Saving Workstation & Multi-Purpose Organizer with 3 Drawers, $45.99

      3. DeskView Lightweight Standing Desk

        The unique design of the DeskView Lightweight Standing Desk allows you to set up your workstation along any window in your office. If you’re tired of sitting at the computer all day with a boring office view, move your workstation with this lightweight standing desk. Just carry the standing desk to the window and attach it to the glass with suction cups. Voila!

        The desk surface is small and lightweight, making it perfect for travel. Its surface is large enough for a laptop, a few pens, and a notepad.

        Deskview Lightweight Standing Desk, $170

        4. Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand with Four USB 3.0 Ports and Headphone / Microphone Extension Ports

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          The tekbotic USB 3.0 Monitor Stand Hub lifts your computer monitor up off your desktop, freeing space underneath to store your keyboard. Raising your monitor up to eye level provides you with a more ergonomic workstation, reducing neck strain and back pain.

          This gadget is also equipped with a por for 4 USB connections and microphone ports.

          Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand with Four USB 3.0 Ports and Headphone / Microphone Extension Ports, $47.99

          5. Standing Desktop Converter with Monitor Shelf

            It could be tiring when you’re sitting all day in front of the work desk. When you feel the need to get up and stretch your legs while you’re at work, this Standing Desktop Converter with Monitor Shelf helps you do just that. This accessory can be assembled in less than 5 minutes. Just set it on top of your current workstation, lose the chair, and get to work.

            The Standing desktop Converter with Monitor Shelf lifts your workspace surface and comes with an additional tier for computer monitor placement. It’s a sturdy, yet lightweight, addition to your office.

            Standing Desktop Converter with Monitor Shelf, $84.99

            6. Surpahs Natural Bamboo Monitor Raiser Stand

              Having good posture at the office is one of the biggest battles you have to face. Fortunately, the Surpahs Natural Bamboo Monitor Raiser helps you do just that. This product lifts your monitor up off your desktop, making room for keyboard storage underneath.

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              The Surpahs Natural Bamboo Monitor Raiser helps bring a little bit of the outside in, giving your desk an outdoorsy and relaxing feel. Made of strong bamboo board, this accessory can support up to 100 pounds.

              Surpahs Natural Bamboo Monitor Raiser Stand, $19.98

              7. Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac

                The Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad works up to a range of 30 feet from your workstation. It is compatible with Mac devices and has a comfortable glass top that makes multi-touch control easy. Its low-profile design brings a modern look to your desk and blends perfectly with your Mac computer.

                If you prefer using the trackpad at your desk, just connect it to your computer so it can charge while you work!

                Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac, $90

                9. YOUMI Multi-Function Stereo Bluetooth Wooded Environmental Speaker Wireless Charger

                  If you prefer the look of wood in your office, the YOUMI Multi-Function Stereo is the perfect gadget. This bluetooth wireless speaker has the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology, giving you a range of 33 feet.

                  The YOUMI offers several functions, including: a thermometer, clock, alarm, and Qi wireless charger. Additionally, it has built-in sensory touch buttons that let it maintain a clean line to keep your office looking modern and organized.

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                  YOUMI Multi-Function Stereo Bluetooth Wooded Environmental Speaker Wireless Charger, $65.99

                  9. Wood Headphones Stand – Genuine Walnut Finish

                    If your headphones just sit on the side of your desk in a disorganized heap of cables and earpieces, your problem is solved with the Wood Headphones Stand.

                    This gadget has a beautiful, genuine walnut finish and adds a little style to your desk, while keeping your headphones neatly organized. Its design is complete with a rubber base that prevents it from slipping all over your desktop.

                    Wood Headphones Stand/Hanger/Holder Genuine Walnut Finish, $19.99

                    10. Multi-Use Everyday Dusting Brush

                      One of the best ways to achieve an organized look is by keeping everything in and around your desk clean. The Multi-Use Everyday Dusting Brush is the perfect gadget to help you achieve a dust-free workstation.

                      The Multi-Use Everyday Dusting Brush has 2 sides to serve multiple purposes. On one side of the brush are loops of microfiber that make cleaning vents and window blinds easy. On the other side is a small brush, perfect for brushing the crumbs out of your keyboard.

                      Multi-Use Everyday Dusting Brush, $17.31

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                      Last Updated on July 17, 2019

                      The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

                      The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

                      What happens in our heads when we set goals?

                      Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

                      Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

                      According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

                      Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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                      Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

                      Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

                      The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

                      Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

                      So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

                      Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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                      One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

                      Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

                      Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

                      The Neurology of Ownership

                      Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

                      In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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                      But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

                      This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

                      Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

                      The Upshot for Goal-Setters

                      So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

                      On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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                      It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

                      On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

                      But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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