Staying productive is not only a matter of attitude and correct time management but also having great tools that help us achieve that status. Not being able to focus, difficult tools to use and being incapable of doing what you planned can make your productivity decrease.
These 3 cool items are, from my experience so far, the ones that can make a change from being stressed to being efficient in our day to day work. Also, the coolest fact is that most people don’t even know about this!
Yes, most people use a mouse nowadays, but why you need to pay attention to the mouse you use? well, because if you use it regularly, a bad mouse can kill little by little your productivity without you knowing. First, bad quality mouses create a lot of noise. Studies show that background noise can impact your ability to focus on a task, leading to a stress response in return. In addition, if your mouse is not good enough, you will be forcing your hand to get accustomed to it. This leads to a possible repetitive stress injury, thus affecting your daily work.
To avoid all these issues, I recommend using a mouse that has good ergonomics and is well built, such as the one that gamers use. For professional use, the best one I have used is Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse. It’s ergonomics, design and features make him the best right now. If you need a low budget mouse meanwhile, I recommend the Redragon M601, which is very good for the value and has a quiet design to be a gaming mouse.
Are you in a noisy environment? You need an extra boost to focus? this is your magic gadget then. Headphones are proved to help you be more productive, depending on the music you are playing (this is highly important). For example, if you are making a repetitive task that requires focus but no immersion, familiar music or the ones you like the most are good enough. If you need to immerse in your task, such as writing for example, or you want to be extremely creative, then ambient music is for you.
The message is still clear: headphones can make you better at what you are doing. Recommending ones is a very difficult task because this is a personal decision depending on what you like and what you are looking for. That said, I will recommend depending on my experience and what has brought more satisfaction to people I have recommended them:
Over-the-ear: IF you want to go premium, get the Bose QuietComfort 35. They have tremendous sound quality and are noise cancelling. The other one is the Sony MDR-XB950BT/B. These have been the best headphones I have used, from a money/quality relation standpoint.
In-the-ear: Panasonic ErgoFit. Good quality, great price and durable.
And the third item is…
3. Extra cable!
Yes, I am serious. An extra cable is a must nowadays although you don’t think about it. You forgot your cable at home and your battery is dead. There’s an information you want to pass to your phone or tablet, but you don’t have the cable on hand. These and many more situations generate stress for you, which means going out of focus and not being productive. All because you don’t have that plan B cable. Can you relate now?
For tablets and phones, I recommend Anker cables in general. Why? Because they are durable and have high quality, which means faster charging and less time to be productive again. (See what I did there?).
Tools are an important part of what we do every day, and that’s why we must pay attention to what we use. Just as the famous quote says: “you are only as good as your tools”.
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