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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 May 21, 2019

                      How to Be More Creative and Come up with Incredible Ideas

                      How to Be More Creative and Come up with Incredible Ideas

                      Regardless of how creative you already consider yourself to be, there’s a good chance you would like to level up your creative abilities.

                      You might want to write a better song, think of better solutions to problems at work or around the home or maybe paint a picture.

                      In any case, the good news is that creativity is not born: it’s made, and each one of us has the potential to be more creative and come up with incredible ideas.

                      “Creativity is any act, idea, or product that changes an existing domain, or that transforms an existing domain into a new one.” — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

                      The definition of creativity is broad, and reminds us that creativity is not limited to artists or musicians. It does however require that we have some kind of impact on the domain in which we create.

                      Creativity also emphasizes values.

                      “The process of having original ideas that have value” — Ken Robinson

                      This makes up for what Csikszentmihalyi misses out. For instance, we can make a change in the world without adding significant value. Any destructive act, like smashing a window, creates change, but it doesn’t necessarily create valuable change.

                      In short, there isn’t one single definition of creativity It’s up to us to find a definition that feels true and useful. When you know what your standard is, It’s much easier to embrace creativity and start to cultivate it.

                      And in this article, you will learn how to be more creative and take a good look at what goes into the creative skill:

                      1. Cultivate Focus

                      In order to create, there needs to be a focus on creating something, whether it’s a song, a theory, a product, or a sculpture.

                      You could also call this “drive” – it’s the initial spark that drives the solution to a problem, or the will to get on your laptop and start typing.

                      However, it’s worth noting there are different stages to the creative process: the divergent stage and the convergent stage.

                      In the divergent stage, we want a broad focus – we want to be willing to let in lots of different inputs, ideas and insights. This is the time for brainstorming all possible ideas and solutions.

                      In the convergent stage, we start to narrow our focus, like a camera lens. At this stage, we start to drill down to a handful of ideas or solutions, discriminating throughout the process.

                      How to cultivate focus?

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                      Take a 20 Minute Walk

                      Walking away and getting your heart rate up is the best free tool you have in regaining your focus.

                      I know it might seem counterintuitive to take a break right when you’re at your busiest, and especially when you’re drowning in your massive to do list, but the effects it will have on your clarity and ability to focus are undeniable.

                      Walking is physiologically proven to release stress, and clear your mind. In fact, most of my most brilliant ideas (and some pretty terrible ones too) have occurred on my daily walks.

                      If you give this technique a try, what you’ll find is that you’re much more productive than you were before you took a breather.

                      Over time, if you do these walks daily, you’ll quickly find that your to-do list starts to feel a lot less significant, and a lot more doable. It’s all about keeping razor focused, and that’s what short daily walks will gift you.

                      2. Build a Structure

                      When I wake up in the morning, I start the day with a structure in mind. I know that 15 minutes will be dedicated to meditation, 30 minutes to coffee and reading, 20 minutes to yoga and so on.

                      The structure of this morning routine might be boring, but the act of each task in itself has the potential to be, on some level, “creative.”

                      The point of structure is that it gives you the space to make time for something you want to do. It helps you carve out the time to do your creative work. Once you begin that thing in itself, you are free to go about it however you’d like.

                      Without structure, we can lose focus and can feel overwhelmed with possibility. If you’ve ever looked at a blank page and felt too overwhelmed with possibility to make a mark on it, you’ll know what I mean. How much easier it gets when you are given some guidelines or a deadline?

                      The trick is finding the right amount of structure for you and your creative needs. Too little structure and we feel overwhelmed. Too much structure, and we risk feeling limited and stifled.

                      Again, it’s worth thinking about creating in those two stages: divergent (less structure) and convergent (more structure.)

                      How to build a structure?

                      Create a Morning Routine

                      Your morning routine doesn’t have to be rigid or so arduous you dread waking up. In fact, it should feel like the opposite. When you get a routine that works for you, you’ll look forward to starting the day.

                      We all have different needs and preferences which can shape our ideal routine. In the book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey, you can be inspired over 160 different creators’ daily routines, from Charles Darwin to Pablo Picasso.

                      Experiment with any that take your fancy, and see how you feel with a bit more structure to start your day.

                      You can also take a look at this article about morning routine for inspirations: The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day

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                      3. Find Motivation

                      There is a theory that suggests: people will be most creative when they feel motivated primarily by the interest, satisfaction, and challenge of the work itself — not by external pressures. This is also known as intrinsic motivation; a drive that comes from within.

                      Think of a time when you did some of your best work — chances are you were totally absorbed in what you were doing, to the exclusion of everything else. You were completely focused on the work itself, barely noticing time flying by.

                      Now think of a time when you felt under pressure to perform. Maybe it was an exam, or a commission for an important client, or maybe your boss had told you “there’s a lot riding on this.”

                      Notice the difference? In the first memory, you were driven by intrinsic motivation, which made it relatively easy, even enjoyable, to be highly creative.

                      In the second memory however, extrinsic motivation was breathing down your neck, distracting you by whispering about the rewards for success and the horrible consequences of failure: likely making it harder to focus on the task at hand.

                      For this reason, intrinsic motivation, if you can find it, is what separates the good from great creative work.

                      This isn’t to say only internal motivators help. I personally get motivated by luring myself to work with a good cappuccino at my favourite cafe. That will get me ready to write or edit or whatever I’ve been avoiding.

                      How to find motivation?

                      Connect to Your “Why”

                      Your “Why” is your fuel: the thing that drives you forward, that gives you a reason to do what you’re doing.

                      ‘He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.’ — Friedrich Nietzche

                      When you have a reason to do something, a purpose or a goal that matters to you, you can connect your daily actions to it. Then, each act becomes infused with meaning and you find that intrinsic motivation comes naturally.

                      The trick is to remember your “why” and connect with it on a regular basis.

                      Think about how you want to feel on a daily basis. What would you like to accomplish in the next year? What would you like for yourself in the next five years? How about in your lifetime?

                      Ultimately, the tasks you face on a daily basis, or at least some of them, will connect to a greater purpose if you follow this path and you will find you feel more motivated to create and less resistance.

                      If you aren’t sure where to start looking for motivation, this will help: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

                      4. Be an Expert in a Chosen Domain

                      Research has shown that just as expertise in one domain does not predict expertise in other unrelated domains; creativity in one domain does not predict creativity in other unrelated domains.[1]

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                      So just because you can paint a pretty picture, doesn’t mean you can creatively solve a mathematical problem.

                      If you’ve taken one of those tests like the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, which will ask you to think of a bazillion uses for a pencil, and scored well, unfortunately this is only an indicator of divergent thinking skills. It is not a predictor for creativity all round.

                      The good news is, you can train your creativity in your chosen domain. Much like a muscle, you can isolate exercises to strengthen it.

                      Of course you can still do a total body workout – or atotal creativity workout – but it means your creativity-training exercises need to come from a wide variety of domains; not just thinking up uses for a pencil.

                      How to become an expert?

                      Make a Mastery Training Plan

                      Following our physical workout analogy, it’s worth applying the habits of great athletes to your chosen creative domain. For example:

                      1. Decide what area/s you want to work on

                      Much like a tennis player who decides they need to improve their serving technique, you can decide what area within your creative domain you want to improve at. Get specific.

                      2. Decide how much time you can dedicate

                      Most of us don’t have all day to train like a pro tennis player might, but you can likely squeeze 20 to 30 minutes in a day, if you want to. Whatever the time you can allow is, decide to dedicate yourself to it.

                      3. Review your progress

                      Finally, in order to check your progress, you can take regular reviews. Decide what your metrics are, and take time each week to check in with yourself.

                      How many days did you practice? How did you compare to the previous week? This kind of review can help you stay on track, and actually creates more intrinsic motivation as you see yourself develop.

                      5. Create a Conducive Environment

                      A psychologist in 1943 proposed that behaviour is:[2]

                      “a function of both the person as well as the physical environment they are in.”

                      I would suggest that the act of creating is a behaviour and that, even though it begins as an internal process, it’s very much affected by and even dependent on the environment we are in.

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                      I started noticing how environment affects me when I worked in an office. Over time, I realized that the more people who were in or who were talking, the more distracted I was. If I got to the office early before my coworkers arrived, I was twice as effective.

                      I was even more effective if I was at home. Now that I work from home, I know I’m even more effective when in certain coffee shops. Ideally, places that have high ceilings, gentle lighting, some barely noticeable background music – and excellent coffee.

                      It’s these little variations in our environment that can really shape our creative output.

                      If you’re an introvert, you probably do your best work alone. If you’re an extrovert, you probably do your best work in the company of others.

                      This isn’t to say you should find one way of doing things and stick to it: in fact, varying your environment from time to time is a great way to stoke the creative fire too, which we’ll touch on more later.

                      How to create a conducive environment?

                      Add or Subtract Stimuli

                      Novelty in our environment has been shown to stimulate the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that increases our desire to seek out reward.[3]

                      If you’re looking for creative motivation, adding some novelty into your environment can be just what you need.

                      On the other hand, some people are highly sensitive and when it comes to having too much stimulation in their environment, they find it difficult to focus.

                      Experiment with working in different environments. Note how you feel. Note whether you do better creative work or have more interesting ideas when you’re alone or with others.

                      Try listening to music, people chatting or try being in complete silence. Try a dimly lit room, try working in bright sunlight.

                      In each case, note how you feel before, during and afterwards and rate the quality of your work.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Creativity is not one particular skill or talent one can have. It comes in as many broad and unique flavors as there are people on this earth.

                      To be more creative, take little steps each day. Acknowledge where and when you feel most inspired, motivated and original and spend more energy in those areas.

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