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A Light That Can Instantly Increase Your Productivity by 50%

A Light That Can Instantly Increase Your Productivity by 50%
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Distractions at work by coworkers is one of the biggest culprits for loss of productivity for many businesses. This is especially true when it comes to a business that has work areas that put a large number of employees in an open area. While most people do not intentionally look to interfere with a coworkers ability to get their job done, but unfortunately, not everyone knows what everyone is doing all the time. Unscheduled meetings with coworkers can be annoying and especially if they just pop up at your desk. A company called Luxafor has come up with a simple solution, the Luxafor Flag.

Notify Your Co-workers Your Working Status

The Luxafor Flag is a unique signaling system that can easily alert someone who could be looking to approach a coworker for small talk or any unscheduled meeting that the person is potentially busy. The system includes a lighted indicator that is attached to each computer monitor in the room and a control application that changes the color of the indicator light on the flag. Each person in the room is trained on how the system works and each of the colors of the light is explained.

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Allows You To Stay Focus With Your Work Without Being Distracted 

    Selectable Timers – For Windows users only you can use a timer that is included in the application to set a timer for when you will be working and it will automatically change the color of the flags LED to indicate that you are busy and cannot be disturbed.

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    Easy installation – The Luxafor Flag is an extremely easy to install an operating system that consists of downloadable software and a tiny monitor mountable LED indicator light. It is powered by plugging in the micro USB cable to any open USB port on your computer.

    Application with Windows and Mac OS – The Luxafor Flag control application is fully compatible with all of the current versions of Windows and Mac operating systems.

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    Let Yourself Stay On Top Of Your Schedule 

    The Luxafor Flag is a passive interoffice notification system that is designed to reduce or eliminate the loss of productivity in a busy business environment. By using a simple lighted LED to let others know that you work status so that everyone knows whether you can be approached or not. Here is what one user has said about using the Luxafor Flag:

    “A few of my office mates tested out the Luxafor devices and found them so helpful that we ordered more. Our productivity has increased because we feel more comfortable approaching one another and can quickly tell when others are free to chat.

    When working on a writing project with a tight deadline, the red indicator light is a lifesaver, but I found the green light to be even more helpful. Now I can interrupt my colleagues free of guilt!”

    If you are looking for a way to make an improvement to the productivity of your business you really need to look into Luxafor Flag, it will help your employees figure out when their coworkers are too busy to be interrupted. To find out more about and where to get them, just click here.

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    Last Updated on July 21, 2021

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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    No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

    Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

    Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

    A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

    Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

    In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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    From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

    A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

    For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

    This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

    The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

    That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

    Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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    The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

    Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

    But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

    The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

    The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

    A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

    For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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    But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

    If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

    For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

    These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

    For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

    How to Make a Reminder Works for You

    Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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    Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

    Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

    My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

    Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

    I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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    Reference

    [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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