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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 September 18, 2019

                    15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                    15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

                    You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

                    Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

                    A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

                    Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

                    So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

                    1. Purge Your Office

                    De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

                    Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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                    Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

                    2. Gather and Redistribute

                    Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

                    3. Establish Work “Zones”

                    Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

                    Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

                    4. Close Proximity

                    Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

                    5. Get a Good Labeler

                    Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

                    6. Revise Your Filing System

                    As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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                    What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

                    Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

                    • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
                    • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
                    • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
                    • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
                    • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
                    • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
                    • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

                    Learn more tips on organizing your files here: How to Organize Your Files for Better Productivity

                    7. Clear off Your Desk

                    Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

                    If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

                    8. Organize your Desktop

                    Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

                    Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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                    Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

                    9. Organize Your Drawers

                    Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

                    Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

                    10. Separate Inboxes

                    If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

                    11. Clear Your Piles

                    Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

                    Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

                    12. Sort Mails

                    Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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                    13. Assign Discard Dates

                    You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

                    Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

                    14. Filter Your Emails

                    Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

                    When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

                    Take a look at these tips to achieve inbox zero: The Ultimate Way to get to Inbox Zero

                    15. Straighten Your Desk

                    At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

                    Bottom Line

                    Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

                    Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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                    Featured photo credit: Alesia Kazantceva via unsplash.com

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