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10 Workstations That Not Only Look Good, But Will Boost Your Productivity

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10 Workstations That Not Only Look Good, But Will Boost Your Productivity

Have you ever heard the phrase “a workman is only as good as his tools”? No matter how good you are, if you aren’t working with the right things, in the right space, and in the right mindset, your productivity will be affected. It is natural. A study conducted Genstler shows a real and measurable impact between the physical space in which you study, and your overall productivity.[1] So a good workstation is absolutely vital.

You shouldn’t think of your desk as merely a desk, as a piece of furniture. Instead, it is important to make your desk your own, something distinctly yours. Working at a place you are comfortable with, a place you regard as yours will affect your productivity and the quality of your work there.

What you need is a workstation that is well built, comfortable, and well designed. With that in mind, here is a list of ten of the best for your consideration.

1. The Grovemade Desk Shelf

    The Grovemade Desk Shelf is fabulously spacious and well designed. The raised shelf for monitors (as the photo shows it can fit two gives it a great ergonomic quality. But my favorite aspect is the small spaces underneath the shelf, allowing for smart and subtle storage.

    One thing that needs consideration is that it needs to be placed on a table to be of use. However, with one, it has an immediate effect, transforming and improving your desk space. The storage spaces are great for de-cluttering a messy desk, and the raised area and for monitors places them at a more comfortable height for looking at for long periods of time.

    The Grovemade Desk Shelf, $275 

    2. Modulos Adjustable Desk

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      The Modulos Adjustable Desk is incredibly inventive, bordering on revolutionary. With the Modulos, you can modify the desk entirely to suit your wants and needs.

      Normally, with desks and workstations, the main part is based on a single piece of wood that is impossible to adjust. The Modulos revolutionizes this idea by having the desk formed out of a number of adjustable modules. Because of this, you can change the core shape of it at will.

      If one day you want the desk to fit in a corner, and another day you want it to be flat against the wall, this is no problem with the Modulos, but with almost any other desk design in history, this simple change would be impossible. It is for this reason the Modulos stands out, it presents true customization.

      Modulos Adjustable Desk, Pre-order on Kickstarter

      3. Unicoo-height adjustable Laptop Cart

        The Unicoo is built for multi-functionality, you can adjust its height to work as a standing workstation, a desk, a bedside table and more.
        In addition, the Unicoo is wheeled so you can move it around with ease to be placed where its most needed.

         Unicoo-height adjustable Laptop Cart, $59.99

        4. The Foundry Portable Work Desk

          The Foundry desk is height adjustable, so you will be able to suit it around your needs. What makes the Foundry desk special is that it is built and designed around being portable. It is designed to be assembled and disassembled quickly and easily, without tools. As such, if you are likely to be moving around often and want to take your work station with you, it is ideal.

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          5. OneSpace 50-JN110505 Ultramodern Glass L-Shape Desk

            OneSpace desk has an extremely sleek and modern design. Its L shape makes it ideal for fitting in the corner. What it lacks in potential for customization, it gains in spaciousness. It is quite a large desk and not an inch of it is wasted, and thanks to its smart CPU stand for desk top computers, there is even more space for you to work on.

            It is built around an incredibly strong steel frame which can withstand significant weight and pressure. The glass itself is tempered safety glass and such it is incredibly strong. The desk’s modern appearance means no loss to structural integrity or strength.

            OneSpace 50-JN110505 Ultramodern Glass L-Shape Desk, $86.20

            6. Soges Office Desk Workstation

              The Stoges workstation is a fantastic all rounder. It has a large surface providing you plenty of space to work on, and this can be improved with a raised layer at the back of the desk giving you the opportunity to add extra items, for maximum space efficiency.

              It’s built from high quality, scratch resistant wood, which provides you a strong and clean surface to work on. The fittings are equally high quality, so you will have no problems with strength or stability, ensuring your desk will stay in good condition for a long time.

              Soges Office Desk Workstation, $79

              7. Soges L-Shaped Computer Desk

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                This Stoges L-Shaped computer desk, is great for corner placement. Its large surface area gives you plenty of space to work, with more than enough space for one or more computers as well as space for notebooks. Like the above Stoges desk, it is made from high quality materials, meaning it will last you a long time.

                Beneath the desk there is a platform for your computer CPU, this is a great feature, as it not only frees up more space for you to work, but allows air to flow more freely around your CPU which might help prevent overheating.

                Soges L-Shaped Computer Desk, $125

                8. Stoges Home Office Desk

                  This desk has impressive space efficiency, the main area is large, with more than enough space for your computer or notebooks. This is improved upon thanks to the numerous raised shelving areas at the back with enough room to store several books, folders, or any other item you may need. It is made out of the best materials and fitting ensuring it will last as long as you need it.

                  Stoges Home Office Desk, $119

                  9. The Varidesk Cube

                    The Varidesk is designed to be placed on a desk or table to be of use. However doing so, will utterly revolutionize your workstation. It has an inventive two tier system that allows space for one or more monitors at the top, and your keyboard, mouse or anything else on the lower tier. The raised platform encourages ergonomic and comfortable viewing of your monitors. This is entirely height adjustable, allowing you to have it at a height most comfortable for you.

                    This desk comes fully assembled right out of the box. Meaning all you need to do is place it on your desk and enjoy.

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                    The Varidesk Cube, $495

                    10. Customize-It Project Trestle Desk

                      This desk has an inventive and spacious design. It has a large surface area which ordinarily would provide you great space for you to work on. This is improved further by the shelves on the trestle desk’s stands.

                      What makes this desk unique Is that each section of the top desk are on hinges and can open up allowing for massively increased storage pace. With it, you will be able to neatly and smartly hide and store a multitude of items. Some of these sections have cork board on one side allowing you to pin and display notes or any other important pieces of paper that you may need. There is even a built in slot to comfortably hold your tablet computer.

                      All these features are wonderfully subtle and are almost unnoticeable behind its simple and nicely rustic facade.

                      Customize-It Project Trestle Desk, $709

                      Featured photo credit: Picjumbo via picjumbo.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Genstler: 2013 US Workplace Survey

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                      10 Effective Ways To Make You a Fast Learner

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                      10 Effective Ways To Make You a Fast Learner

                      The importance of learning cannot be underestimated. Learning empowers us to fulfill our ideas and realize our full potential. The speed of gaining new knowledge is practically as important as its volume. Who wouldn’t love to remember tons of information as quickly as possible?

                      If you want to start learning faster, you need a new approach towards the process which would enable you to comprehend the essence of the matter and relate it with new concepts you encounter.

                      The following 10 tips will help you become a fast learner:

                      1. Analyze Your Learning Style

                      Before you can start experimenting with different studying methods, you need to understand what type of learner you are:

                      Is your memory associated to sound?

                      Maybe you can remember what you were reading when a particular song was playing? If this is your case, then you fall into the category of auditory learners.

                      If you want to start studying more efficiently, then it would be wise to record the lectures and listen to them instead of reading textbooks.

                      Do you relate information to visual content?

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                      If you are a visual learner, you should implement images, graphs, charts, infographics, colorful lists, flashcards, and other types of visual content when you study.

                      Are you a physical learner?

                      If your learning style is not auditory or visual, then you might be a physical learner. Some students have too much energy; they tap their feet or play with a pen during lectures.

                      A walk before a lecture will calm your nerves down. You can try studying or listening to audio lectures during a walk. That will help you remember the information more quickly.

                      2. Use the Right EdTech Tools

                      Technology has the power of making everything easier. There are plenty of websites, online tools, and smartphone/tablet apps that will boost your skills of planning, writing, time management and brainstorming, etc.

                      One way of improving your productivity is using flashcards. You can make your own cards, but you can also download pre-made kits online:

                      • StudyBlue is one of the best online destinations when it comes to creating and discovering flashcards from all areas of study.
                      • If you are looking for a tool that makes the process of brainstorming more effective, then you should try PapersGear.
                      • You also need the SelfControl app, which will eliminate all distractions when you need to stay focused.
                      • Quizlet is another website you should bookmark; it offers study tools that will transform the learning process into a fun activity.
                      • Notella is an app that will help you take quick notes at any time.
                      • Brainscape is an educational platform that makes complex subjects easy by relying on cognitive science.
                      • You can also try Dragon Dictation, especially if you are an audio learner.

                      3. Train Your Brain to Accept New Information

                      Efficient studying is a habit. Your brain needs constant training if you want to improve your focus and complete complex tasks without taking breaks.

                      One way to achieve this goal is to create a private learning space in your home. You’ll also need a specific time of day that you’ll devote to studying. That will make your brain ready to accept the information it gets, so you’ll notice you’re starting to learn much faster by the day.

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                      4. Get Some Exercise

                      You are aware of the fact that physical activity is good for your body, but your brain needs it too!

                      Light exercise, such as yoga, can help you learn much faster. If you are inactive throughout the day, your body will want to move, so it will be difficult for you to stay focused.

                      If, on the other hand, you canalize your energy through light training sessions, you will be ready to study productively.

                      5. Work on the Ambiance

                      If you have a noisy neighborhood or a working environment full of distractions, you won’t be able to learn or study no matter how hard you try.

                      If you want to learn quickly, you need a quiet, distraction-free environment that won’t disturb the mind in any way. Such a peaceful place will set you in learning mode as soon as you find yourself in it.

                      6. Take a Lot of Notes

                      Only few people are capable of remembering information as they read it. If you don’t belong to this category of privileged learners, then you absolutely need to start taking notes.

                      This simple learning method will force you to think about the essence of the material. It will also give you a nice framework that will help you review the things you’ve learned.

                      Write down only the most important information. That will help you remember all the other things you’ve learned.

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                      Here’re some tips to take notes effectively: Why Successful People Take Notes And How to Make It Your Habit

                      7. Make Mind Maps

                      Mind maps are among the best tools to speed up the learning process. Your mind will process information effectively if you create a visual representation of the things you’re about to learn.

                      You can create a nice mind map in the old-school way: take a large sheet of paper and organize all facts and explanations. Use pictures, note-cards, and other symbols you can think of. Group similar items together and connect them with colorful pens.

                      Some tips mind-mapping here: How to Mind Map: Visualize Your Cluttered Thoughts in 3 Simple Steps

                      Of course, you can also use an online mind mapping tool if you want to save yourself some time.

                      8. Experiment with Memorization Methods

                      Memorizing is often misused in the process of studying. Some people memorize whole sentences, paragraphs and lectures without grasping their essence.

                      However, memorization can be useful when you need to learn definitions and classifications really quickly. Don’t avoid this technique if you want to fill your brain with information without wasting any time.

                      Try this if you want to memorize more and faster: How to Memorize More and Faster Than Other People

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                      9. Find the Right Context

                      Memorization works solely in times of urgency. If you want to learn in the most effective manner, then you need to have context for information.

                      Find an aspect that’s interesting for you; try to research for related information, and you’ll discover the joy of learning.

                      The first step? Jot down as much information and as many ideas as possible: How Simply Jotting Down Ideas Can Make You Smarter

                      With time, this practice will make you a faster learner.

                      10. Study Every Day

                      It will take some time before you get used to a daily studying routine, but your mind will eventually grasp the habit.

                      The more frequently you study, the less time it will take for you to remember the things you read.

                      If you start studying as soon as possible after you have learned some new concepts, it won’t take long at all for you to get ready for an exam. Now that sounds really good, doesn’t it?

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