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

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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                      How to Take Advantage of the 80 20 Rule to Succeed in Life

                      How to Take Advantage of the 80 20 Rule to Succeed in Life

                      The world of productivity has several hacks or tricks to help you manage your time: to-do lists, the Pomodoro Technique, Parkinson’s Law… All of these strategies are great strategies in their own way, but one strategy stands above all the others: the 80 20 rule.

                      This particular strategy has been used the most and is regarded as the most helpful in developing time management and other concepts in life.

                      But what’s so special about this rule? How does it give you success and how do you use it? Let’s explore the specifics.

                      What Is the 80 20 Rule?

                      Many people regard this rule as the 80 20 rule, but it has a proper name: the Pareto Principle[1]. The principle was named after its founder,  the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in society were divided into two categories:

                      • The “vital few,” which consisted of the top 20 percent with respect to money and influence.
                      • The “trivial many,” otherwise known as the bottom 80 percent.

                      As he researched this further, he came to discover that this divide didn’t apply only to money and influence, but other areas, too. Virtually all economic activity was subject to his previous observation.

                      He observed that 80% of Italy’s wealth at the time was controlled by only 20% of the population.

                      Since the development of this rule, humankind has used this particular ratio in all kinds of situations. Even if the ratio isn’t always exact, we see this rule applied in many industries and in life. Examples are:

                      • 20% of sales reps will generate 80% of your total sales.
                      • 20% of customers account for 80% of total profits.
                      • 80% of the revenue will stem from 20% of the workers.

                      Either way, I’m sure you can piece together why people call this rule the 80 20 rule over Pareto’s Principle[2].

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                        In terms of how this particular rule will be able to work for you, it’s a matter of applying this rule to how you spend your time. For us to see success, the goal is simple.

                        We need to set it up in such a way that 20% of our input is responsible for 80% of our results.

                        Another way to think about it is we use 20% of our time on activities that give us 80% of our results in a given area of life.

                        How Does the 80 20 Rule Work?

                        To best explain this, let’s visualize a bit.

                        In an ideal world:

                        • Every employee would contribute the same amount of effort to work.
                        • Every feature that’s released for an app or product would be equally loved by users.
                        • Each business idea you come up with would be a hit.

                        In that scenario, planning would be a breeze. There wouldn’t be any need to analyze anything so long as you put in the effort.

                        But that’s not reality.

                        Yes, the effort is certainly an element, but what the 80 20 principle states is that everything is unequal. Invest in 10 start-up companies, and you’ll find only a few will pass year two and make it big. You’re in a team of five, and there’ll be one person doing more work than others.

                        We wish our lives were always one-for-one in terms of input and output, but that’s simply not true. Understanding this is key to understanding how the 80 20 rule really works.

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                        So how does it really work?

                        It’s a matter of focusing on what’s giving you the most in your life for little of your time.

                        Going back to the few examples I’ve presented above, consider this:

                        • If two start-ups you invested in are making it big, focus on having a more direct hand, and see if you can help them prosper more.
                        • If 20% of sales reps are giving you 80% of your sales, focus on rewarding those and keeping their spirits high and motivated.

                        These scenarios can go on and on, but the idea is to place your efforts on the 20% that is actually making the difference in your life. Another term that’s good to know is the diminishing marginal utility[3].

                        Pareto didn’t come up with this one, but the law goes as follows: each extra hour of effort or worker will add less “oomph” to your finished results.

                        Eventually, you’ll hit a point where you will spend a lot of time on small and unimportant details, similar to perfectionism.

                        So before hitting that point, you want to have a laser focus on the most important details, from family and relationships to your work or business. Prioritize the activities that are going to move you forward the most, and be wary of adding extra time, effort, or more hands into those particular tasks moving forward.

                        How to Take Advantage of the 80 20 Rule

                        So now that you have an understanding of the 80 20 rule and how it works, what is the best way to take advantage of it?

                        Depending on where you are applying this rule, this can be used in all kinds of fashions.

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                        For example, you can apply this rule to goal setting, as demonstrated by Brian Tracy in this video:

                        Or you can apply it in terms of general productivity as explained in this article: What Is the 80 20 Rule (And How to Use It to Boost Productivity)

                        The core of this rule is that it forces us to ask ourselves the questions we wouldn’t consider otherwise. It helps us to place our focus in the right places with regards to all things in life.

                        In short, the 80 20 rule places us in charge of our lives and helps us set out on our goals and dreams. With this in mind, here are some things you can consider concerning this rule.

                        1. Focus on Your Big Tasks First

                        While this is the essence of the 80 20 rule, it’s still worth mentioning. Why? Because so many of us feel intimidated by the biggest task. We instinctively avoid it and opt for smaller tasks first.

                        We think that if we complete enough small tasks that we will feel motivated to finish that really big one later. But that’s really false hope at work.

                        Once we finish off a lot of small tasks, we either feel drained, or we tell ourselves we’ll do this the next day.

                        Instead of doing all that, bite the bullet and tackle the largest task first.

                        If you need help with prioritization, check out this article.

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                        I argue this by challenging you to ask yourself this one question:

                        “Is the task I’m about to do the top 20 percent of my activities or the bottom 80 percent?”

                        I’m sure you’ve seen time and again you or other workers spending a lot of time on one task for most of the day. In those kinds of grinds, you’re barely getting ahead and have next to nothing to show for it. That’s because they’re putting all their attention on work that’s in the 80 percent.

                        It’s normally the big tasks that are part of the 20 percent.

                        Another way to think about this is that everything we do starts a habit. If every day we spend our energy on low-value tasks, we will always prioritize those.

                        2. Stretch This Into Personal Life

                        While I’ve been talking about business and setting goals, remember you can use this in other areas of your life, too.

                        Take your personal life and ask yourself some of these questions:

                        • How much TV do you watch on a regular basis? What sort of shows are you legitimately into? These questions can help you in recognizing what shows you are watching purely for consumption. By applying the 80 20 rule, you can cut back on Netflix, TV, or YouTube video consumption and prioritize other areas of your life.
                        • What does your wardrobe look like in terms of colors? Are there specific colors that you like? Knowing what you wear most times will help you in sorting out your wardrobe significantly. It also saves you time to come up with what to wear every morning.
                        • How many newsletters do you actually read? This question can help you in figuring out which newsletters to unsubscribe to and can clear up a lot of space in your inbox. It can also relieve pressure from having to check your emails constantly.
                        • How much time do you spend on your phone every day? How much of that time is actually doing something meaningful? These questions can help you in clearing out various apps that aren’t helping you with your goals. In fact, this can curb the need to check your phone constantly.

                        Final Thoughts

                        The 80 20 rule is the productivity hack that many of us need, and for good reason. As you can tell, it’ll help you to focus and prioritize the more important aspects of your life.

                        Not only that, but it’ll maximize those outputs at the same time and ensure you’re not spending too much time working on them. All you need to do is start asking questions and taking action.

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