When you start analyzing productivity, you’ll see that it’s a complex matter, affected by a number of factors, ranging from motivation and distractions, all the way to the efficiency of tools used in the work process. What this means is that you can’t boost your productivity significantly by just doing that one thing. Sure, a raise or a promotion can provide one with extra motivation but, remember, motivation is just one of many factors (albeit one of the most important ones). One of the aspects that not a lot of people take time to consider is the influence of adequate hardware (in terms of gadgets) to overall office productivity. It can drastically improve your office productivity, and it doesn’t need to drain your funding – with proper maintenance all these gadgets can last a lifetime. Here are some examples of how this works.
The ergonomic trend of standing desks has been a huge hit for years now, yet, it was about time for this trend to evolve, as well. This concept went one step further (literally) when the idea of a treadmill desk was born. First of all, health benefits that come from working behind a standing desk have doubled and tripled, not to mention the increase in your productivity. Other than this, there’s the fitness challenge that boosts both your physique and your health, yet, it requires you to take 10,000 steps each day. Needless to say, for all those who don’t walk to work (which is not that close), this is an unattainable goal. With a treadmill desk, this is no longer true. Most importantly, you can always turn the treadmill off and get a regular standing desk.
Even though the office of the 21st century is digital, it’s not necessarily static. Some tasks can be performed on a smartphone or a tablet, while most offices use laptops as their hardware of choice. The flexibility within most modern offices is such that it’s nothing strange for people to work from the balcony, roof or lazy-bag in the hallway. As long as they get the job done, right? Well, the problem with this is the fact that all these apps and collaboration tools tend to rapidly drain the battery on whatever device you’re currently using. This leaves you in a situation where you need to position yourself next to the nearest power outlet, which brings you back to square one. Fortunately, with the help of a Wi-Fi charger, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Dual screen setup
Perhaps the simplest boost can be achieved with the introduction of an additional screen. Some tasks require you to work in more than one program at the time, unfortunately, while your CPU can handle this, there might not be enough room on the screen for such a thing. Sure, you can always switch between tabs but this takes time and still keeps the same limitation of one program at a time, even if it only takes several seconds to switch between them. You can make a dual screen setup for your PC or, alternatively, you can get a portable laptop such as Asus Zenbook and add an extra monitor which will not only help you boost productivity while you’re at the office but also be enable to work remotely on your laptop.
Previously, we talked about mobility in the workplace and with the help of high-quality wireless headphones, you can achieve it much easier. Not only can this help you cancel out outside noises but it can also provide you with an opportunity to do so while working on your feet. If you install a work-related app on your tablet, there’s no reason for you to stand behind a desk (even standing or a treadmill one). Sure, these headphones range from $20 to several thousand dollars, depending on the brand and performance. In these scenarios, it’s usually advised that you go for quality but if you’re still unsure if this work style is right for you, you can always go for a cheaper model and try it out.
In some fields, reading is a major part of what you do, day in and day out. So, getting a Kindle Paperwhite might end up being a massive boost to your productivity. Regardless if it includes a lot of research in the form of e-books or a scenario where you get to read a ton of manuscripts, getting this device is a smart move. The display is sharp and with the new font and advanced typesetting, it really makes reading much easier. You can even use a parental control option in order to protect your work from those without proper authorization. Needless to say, this feature fits the business world so much better, even if it wasn’t meant for it, in the first place. The latest version comes with expanded storage, which is the thing you lacked from the very start.
These hardware trends save your time, boost your productivity and allow you to use your office like it was never used before. In other words, this improvement cannot only be measured in numbers and percentages, due to the fact that liberties and flexibility that come from them may affect people in different ways.
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