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7 Insanely Clever Ideas on Kickstarter

7 Insanely Clever Ideas on Kickstarter

Have you ever heard of Kickstarter? It is a website where aspring entrepreneuers go to get their creative ideas funded by people on the Internet called “backers”. Kickstarter is the place to go when you want your idea to get noticed, have full copyright ownership of your idea/product and to get the funding that you need to bring it to life. Below are 7 really creative ideas/products that I found on Kickstarter- check them out!

  1.  Jorno — the pocketable, folding, bluetooth keyboard by Scott Starrett: 
      This was a successful Kickstarter project, but I found this a fantastic idea since I sometimes get sick of having to text everything on my phone. Having a keyboard connected to my iPhone by bluetooth would enable to me to type things instead.
    • SmartThings: Make Your World Smarter by SmartThings: 
        This open platform technology device just blew me away with its ability to control your air conditioner, weather watcher, preprogram your lights to change themselves when you are away (so if you’re worried about burglars breaking in when you aren’t home, this is the solution to your problem!). You can also protect your belongings by having one of the smart apps track your drawers containing the most valuable items. Instacube and SmartThings have just created a partnership to make their impact in the business world much stronger, dynamic and integrated. Instacube, called the “A Living Canvas” is this really cool Kickstarter idea which is a giant and physical Instagram that shows pictures from your Instagram feed in a much bigger and clearer format. Instacube is a great thing for Instagram lovers.
      • Barbell Denim: Functional denim has arrived by Barbell Apparel: 

          Many people complain that jeans never can quite fit them… and someone created a potential solution to that problem. Have muscular legs and a smaller waist? No problem, they have jeans designed for that type of body. Goodbye, frustration from trying on a million pairs jeans and never finding the correct fit!

        • lift — the easy way to open your garage door by John Wei: 

            Only have one garage door opener in your family? Do you sometimes get annoyed not having a garage door opener? This smartphone app actually is programmed to open your garage door for you. I think it’s a great idea- the only concern I have about it is just how secure your garage and house would be if your smartphone ever got stolen.

          • Pawda™: Pet GPS Tracking System with Apple and Android App by Ross Lambert:  

              Ever get worried that your dog or cat will go missing and you won’t be able to find your furry loved ones? Pawda is a small GPS tracking device that fastens to your pet’s collar and you can track your pet’s location via smartphone.

            • The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer by ZUtA Labs Ltd.: 

                Imagine this: Pocket-sized robotic mobile printer that works its own way across a page. Pretty cool, right? This printer can print anytime, anywhere, with the command of any device: your smartphone, tablets, and laptops. Check out this really cool video demonstrating how the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer works.

              • RECAP C- Record iPhone calls in iPad, Android mobile/tablet by Igor Ramos: 

                  Do you ever find yourself wishing you could go back to a certain phone call and taken detailed notes on it? Fret not, there’s the RECAP-C, which records your phone calls from your mobile device to whatever technology device it is hooked up to, like your laptop.

                I have listed 7 cool ideas on Kickstarter, but there are many other cool ideas that you definitely should check out by visiting Kickstarter’s website.

                Featured photo credit: IMAGE/ ZUTA LABS via rack.0.mshcdn.com

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                Last Updated on September 17, 2018

                How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

                How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

                Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

                Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

                All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

                Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

                How bad really is multitasking?

                It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

                Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

                This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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                We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

                So what to do about it?

                Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

                Now, forget about how to multitask!

                Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

                1. Get enough rest

                When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

                This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

                When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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                2. Plan your day

                When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

                When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

                Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

                3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

                I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

                I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

                Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

                4. When at your desk, do work

                We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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                Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

                5. Learn to say no

                Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

                Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

                By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

                6. Turn off notifications on your computer

                For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

                Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

                7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

                Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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                You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

                The bottom line

                Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

                Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

                Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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