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10 Workplace Gadgets That Will Make You Work Happily and Productively

10 Workplace Gadgets That Will Make You Work Happily and Productively

A good portion of your life is spent at work, it’s between 50-60% of your waking time. Shouldn’t the goal be both comfort and productivity, then? Much of the discussion around employee engagement, morale, and productivity tend to be about office perks (free food, ping pong, etc.) or managerial improvements in terms of communication. A workplace survey conducted by a design company Gensler showed a great correlation between the interaction of physical space and employee productivity.[1]

This is valuable for companies and individual employees to listen to. You may never get free tacos, ping pong tables, or an amazingly empathetic boss, but this list of workplace gadgets handpicked by the Lifehack team can make you love work more and boost your productivity.

1. Sitts Posture Back Support Wedge Cushion

    This back support cushion helps reduce tailbone pressure, which makes your head and shoulders feel lighter and favors healthy weight distribution and posture. This is great for people developing lower back issues because of their posture throughout a work day. You’ll also gradually build balance and core strength.

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    Sitts Posture Back Support Wedge Cushion, $50.98

    2. Pleson Wireless Charger

      No more cords! This is extremely thin (0.25 inches), generates 50% less heat, and the LED indicator will turn off when you’re charging successfully (no added distraction). It has universal compatibility with iPhone and Android. It’s also the most human-designed of the wireless chargers because it takes into account how you like to sleep.

      Check the Pleson Wireless Charger at Amazon

      3. NanoPad Nano Suction Smartphone Pad

        With this, you can attach your phone to any smooth surface without a problem. The NanoPad itself is a thin pad that sticks to smartphones or their covers. Physical and chemical reactions make it possible to attach your phone to a white board as a meeting is being run. You could also attach it to a conference room wall, leave a food app open, and have everyone put in their order before it’s placed.

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        Back the NanoPad on Kickstarter

        4. Sony Digital Paper e-Ink Tablet

          Say goodbye to scroll and zoom. Documents can be in full-letter size and you can use the stylus to write fluidly and directly on the panel, quickly highlight text, and erase notes. Because the surface actually rejects your palm, functionality is never disrupted — which is a problem on some regular tablets.

          e-Ink tablet, starting from $799

          5. Homesky Inflatable Pillow

            Yes, sleeping at work is encouraged. A 20-minute work nap can super boost your productivity, read more about this in our other article here. The homesky Inflatable Pillow is a head travel pillow that provides great neck support and allows people to sleep facing forward for greater comfort.

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            homesky Inflatable Pillow, $11.99

            6. Stood Laptop Stand (made of wood)

              A great travel companion (and easy to move around), it works with all laptops under two centimeters thick. It’s also eco-friendly.

              Stood Laptop Stand, $29

              7. Artifox Magnetic Organizing PEGS

                Rare-earth magnets that still are strong enough whereby you could bookend/bracket an entire encyclopedia set. There are almost a myriad potential of combinations, so you can organize a good chunk of your office. They also come packaged in a solid wood container that can be turned into a pen/pencil cup.

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                Artifox Magnetic Organizing PEGS, $40

                8. Patu Aluminum Alloy Rotating Desk Extension Pad Armrest

                  The main goal here is to reduce stress on eyes, shoulders, wrists, and neck areas. This product was especially designed for computer-heavy professions such as IT, designers, cubicle-based employees, and more. You can extend the range of motion and comfort level at every sitting position through using this, which comes off as a bit of a precursor to the robot arms increasingly soon to be normative.

                  Patu Aluminum Alloy Rotating Desk Extension Pad Armrest, $29.99

                  9. JmGO P2 Portable 3D Projector

                    It’s actually shaped like a water bottle (very cool), meaning you can hold it in one hand. It can provide five hours of continuous video play in energy saving mode (also 10 hours Bluetooth music). It’s suitable for work presentations, with a 1280 x 720 resolution and projection best up to 100 inches. It’s a fully rechargeable cinema for that next work pitch.

                    JmGO P2 Portable 3D Projector, $769.99

                    10. Magnetdabbles Dual-Tip Magnetic Gel Pens

                    Magnetdabbles have some of the same appeal as fidget spinners. They’re fun, well-designed, and consistently easy to find. You can pin them right to the refrigerator. Magnetdabbles are the only pens where you can have one image/logo/phrase across more than one pen for a full image which will be the talking point for many conversations and bring your event, business or organization great publicity.

                    Magnetdabbles Dual-Tip Magnetic Gel Pen on Kickstarter

                    Featured photo credit: Stocksnap via stocksnap.io

                    Reference

                    [1] Gensler: 2013 US Workplace Survey

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                    Last Updated on May 24, 2019

                    How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

                    How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

                    If you’ve ever wondered how to be productive at home or how you could possibly have a more productive day, look no further.

                    Below you’ll find six easy tips that will help you make the most out of your time:

                    1. Create a Good Morning Routine

                    One of the best ways to start your day is to get up early and eat a healthy breakfast.

                    CEOs and other successful people have similar morning routines, which include exercising and quickly scanning their inboxes to find the most urgent tasks.[1]

                    You can also try writing first thing in the morning to warm up your brain[2] (750 words will help with that). But no matter what you choose to do, remember to create good morning habits so that you can have a more productive day.

                    If you aren’t sure how to make morning routine work for you, this guide will help you:

                    The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day

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                    2. Prioritize

                    Sometimes we can’t have a productive day because we just don’t know where to start. When that’s the case, the most simple solution is to list everything you need to get accomplished, then prioritize these tasks based on importance and urgency.

                    Week Plan is a simple web app that will help you prioritize your week using the Covey time management grid. Here’s an example of it:[3]

                      If you get the most pressing and important items done first, you will be able to be more productive while keeping stress levels down.

                      Lifehack’s CEO, Leon, also has great advice on how to prioritize. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                      How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                      3. Focus on One Thing at a Time

                      One of the biggest killers of productivity is distractions. Whether it be noise or thoughts or games, distractions are a barrier to any productive day. That’s why it’s important to know where and when you work best.

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                      Need a little background noise to keep you on track? Try working in a coffee shop.

                      Can’t stand to hear even the ticking of a clock while writing? Go to a library and put in your headphones.

                      Don’t be afraid to utilize technology to make the best of your time. Sites like [email protected] and Simply Noise can help keep you focused and productive all day long.

                      And here’s some great apps to help you focus: 10 Online Apps for Better Focus

                      4. Take Breaks

                      Focusing, however, can drain a lot of energy and too much of it at once can quickly turn your productive day unproductive.

                      To reduce mental fatigue while staying on task, try using the Pomodoro Technique. It requires working on a task for 25 minutes, then taking a short break before another 25 minute session.

                      After four “pomodoro sessions,” be sure to take a longer break to rest and reflect.

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                      I like to work in 25 and 5 minute increments, but you should find out what works best for you.

                      5. Manage Your Time Effectively

                      A learning strategies consultant once told me that there is no such thing as free time, only unstructured time.

                      How do you know when exactly you have free time?

                      By using the RescueTime app, you can see when you have free time, when you are productive, and when you actually waste time.

                      With this data, you can better plan out your day and keep yourself on track.

                      Moreover, you can increase the quality of low-intensity time. For example, reading the news while exercising or listening to meeting notes while cooking. Many of the mundane tasks we routinely accomplish can be paired with other tasks that lead to an overall more productive day.

                      A bonus tip, even your real free time can be used productively, find out how:

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                      20 Productive Ways to Use Your Free Time

                      6. Celebrate and Reflect

                      No matter how you execute a productive day, make sure to take time and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. It’s important to reward yourself so that you can continue doing great work. Plus, a reward system is an incredible motivator.

                      Additionally, you should reflect on your day in order to find out what worked and what didn’t. Reflection not only increases future productivity, but also gives your brain time to decompress and de-stress.

                      Try these 10 questions for daily self reflection.

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                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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