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4 Simple Methods to Promote Productivity With Your PC

4 Simple Methods to Promote Productivity With Your PC

We live in a time that demands the ability to multitask, but not many of us are capable of doing so efficiently, especially when it comes to running a business from home or online. One of the biggest problems I once faced was not being able to keep everything in order and running proficiently, which is what inspired me to write an article to share with you 4 simple methods of improving your productivity:

Online and Offline Storage

You never have to face the predicament of not being able to access your most important files again. It’s best to compose your work on your PC and have a copy stored there, but also keep a copy online with cloud storage such as Dropbox or Google Docs. If there ever is a time in which you’re out or on vacation, you still have access to your most valuable files easily. You could work on the go and still have all the updated work synchronised with the stuff on your PC at home.

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Scheduling and Planning                        

Regardless of what your intentions are for using your PC, professionally or socially, you have complete access to plan and have a schedule set up. It’s fairly easy to lose track of time when you’re either hard at work or at play, but all the available software makes it absolutely easy to be reminded that you have other appointments and tasks to get to. Aside from being caught up using your computer, other things like family responsibilities or household chores keep a person busy and with so much going on, even the best multi-tasker may need the odd reminder of tasks and plans pending.

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Lifestyle and DIY pickups

When speaking about productivity, we’re not just talking about being able to do a lot in a day, but also being able to learn new things that promote productivity. Lifehack is packed with articles that literally teach you things that can make life so much easier and make you more self-efficient. You don’t need to look up massive books in the library or invest your money in products when all you need to do is get on your PC and browse through hundreds of articles just waiting to be read.

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Ebooks, Software and Learning New Trades

If you don’t have internet really available, that’s okay—you have countless ebooks that could be purchased with your mobile phone; a lot of them are even free, and with them you can learn amazing stuff to promote productivity when using your PC. For instance, if I wanted to do a side gig to earn extra cash and I felt like I had a good eye for design, I could get ebooks that teach me design principles instead of actually going out and spending money I don’t have. I get to use software that speeds up my process, and on top of that I get to learn a new trade that could earn me money. That is productivity right there and you’re getting all of this done with your PC. PC Clean Up to Assist You Of course, there are some things to be kept aware of: Your pc could easily get swamped with content, and before you know it, you’re searching aimlessly through a ton of folders and documents. If that’s the case, I recommend you use a scheduled pc clean up software to aid a balanced, clutter-free and clean set up for yourself to speed up your PC significantly. Free PC Cleanups Scheduler  – CNET Download(Windows)

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

Can I Be Creative?

The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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How Creativity Works

Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

What Really Is Creativity?

Creativity Needs an Intention

Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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Creativity Is a Skill

At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

Start Connecting the Dots

Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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