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!

1. Mouse

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.

Staying productive is not only a matter of attitude but also having great tools that help us achieve that status.

2. Headphones

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.

background noise can impact your ability to focus on a task, leading to a stress response in return.

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?).

Android: Anker PowerLine, Anker 6-Pack PowerLine.
iOS: Anker 3ft Nylon Braided, Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable.

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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Gregory Pozo

Author Gregory Pozo

Gregory Pozo is a Mechatronics engineer and blogger. He happily shares his technology tips and enjoys a good anime while not. Motto: "Success is before work only in the dictionary."

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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • William Rodriguez says:

    This is really helpful sometimes we are not aware of the thing around our work space can impact directly our concentration and performance. Now do you have any recomendations regarding lighting, space setup and possible organizers to get the best out of an space with a computer but is also use for studying, design, etc?

    • Gregory Pozo Gregory Pozo says:

      Yes, our environment affects us a lot.

      Regarding the setups, that mostly depends on what the space where you are trying to make the task. Although there are multiple ways, my suggestion is to always maintain simplicity, no visible cables if possible, and to maintain just one or 2 sources of light to enlighten the place. In the future, I’ll make posts on that aspect as well :).

  • Anon says:

    Audio technica provides high quality headsets, ath-m50x are really good if you’re willing to invest some bucks. Good tips. What do you think about mechanical keyboards?

    • Gregory Pozo Gregory Pozo says:

      Yes, Audio Technica headphones are really good, with outstanding quality. About the mechanical keyboards, they are normally used for specific tasks, such as gaming, where you look to feel the keyboard as you use it. They are very good, but for a niche looking for it.

      Hope it helps!

  • Marshall says:

    Good headphones for the win.

    I work in a co-working space or at home. In both cases my noise-cancelling headphones isolate me from distractions.

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