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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 October 16, 2019

                    Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                    Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                    Do you like making mistakes?

                    I certainly don’t.

                    Making mistakes is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be at ease with them?

                    Perhaps there is a way to think of them differently and see their benefits.

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                    Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

                    Mistakes often feel dangerous. Throughout human history, our errors have often been treated as dangerous for a variety of reasons:

                    • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
                    • Real dangers. Nature can be dangerous, and making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
                    • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoats someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. Scapegoating can be serious and deadly.
                    • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat difference and non-conformity as a mistake. Even our brains flash an error message whenever we go against prevailing social norms.

                    We have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. Since each of us carries our human history with us, it can be a challenge to overcome the fear of making mistakes.

                    If we can embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives and dig up some interesting insights.

                    Why We Can’t Avoid Making Mistakes

                    Many people operate under the notion that making mistakes is an aberration, a mistake if you will. You can call it perfectionism but it is a more substantial problem. It is really a demand for order and continuity.

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                    When we think we can eliminate mistakes, we are often working from a perspective that sees the world as a fixed place. The world, however, is not so obliging. Like it or not, the world, and everything in it, is constantly changing.

                    Change is more constant and pervasive than we can see with our own eyes which is why we often miss it. Our bodies are constantly changing. The natural conditions of the earth change constantly as well. Everything, including economic and cultural systems have life cycles. Everything is in a constant state of flux.

                    We cannot see all of the changes going on around us since rates of change vary. Unfortunately, when we try to create a feeling of certainty and solidity in our lives or operate from the illusion of stability and order, we are fighting reality and our natural evolution which is built on adapting to change.

                    It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. Finding the benefits in change can be useful and help us minimize unnecessary mistakes.

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                    Lessons Learned from Making Mistakes

                    Life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable. Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making mistakes.

                    Here is a list of ways to harness the mistakes you make for your benefit.

                    1. Point us to something we did not know.
                    2. Reveal a nuance we missed.
                    3. Deepen our knowledge.
                    4. Tell us something about our skill levels.
                    5. Help us see what matters and what does not.
                    6. Inform us more about our values.
                    7. Teach us more about others.
                    8. Let us recognize changing circumstances.
                    9. Show us when someone else has changed.
                    10. Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work.
                    11. Remind us of our humanity.
                    12. Spur us to want to better work which helps us all.
                    13. Promote compassion for ourselves and others.
                    14. Teach us to value forgiveness.
                    15. Help us to pace ourselves better.
                    16. Invite us to better choices.
                    17. Can teach us how to experiment.
                    18. Can reveal a new insight.
                    19. Can suggest new options we had not considered.
                    20. Can serve as a warning.
                    21. Show us hidden fault lines in our lives which can lead us to more productive arrangements.
                    22. Point out structural problems in our lives.
                    23. Prompt us to learn more about ourselves.
                    24. Remind us how we are like others.
                    25. Make us more humble.
                    26. Help us rectify injustices in our lives.
                    27. Show us where to create more balance in our lives.
                    28. Tell us when the time to move on has occurred.
                    29. Reveal where our passion is and where it is not.
                    30. Expose our true feelings.
                    31. Bring out problems in a relationship.
                    32. Can be a red flag for our misjudgments.
                    33. Point us in a more creative direction.
                    34. Show us when we are not listening.
                    35. Wake us up to our authentic selves.
                    36. Can create distance with someone else.
                    37. Slow us down when we need to.
                    38. Can hasten change.
                    39. Reveal our blind spots.
                    40. Are the invisible made visible.

                    Reframe Reality to Handle Mistakes More Easily

                    The secret to handling mistakes is to:

                    • Expect them as part of the process of growth and development.
                    • Have an experimental mindset.
                    • Think in evolutional rather than fixed terms.

                    When we accept change as the natural structure of the world, our vulnerability and humanness lets us work with the ebb and flow of life.

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                    When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.

                    It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is an organic natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.

                    When we adopt an evolutional mindset and see ourselves as part of the ongoing human experiment, we can appreciate that all that has been built up over time which includes the many mistakes our ancestors have made over thousands of years. Each one of us today is a part of that human tradition of learning and experimenting,

                    Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt the experimental, evolutional frame, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.

                    Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.

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