to improve your personal productivity.
Which gadget is best for you?
If you happened to see George Clooney in the film Up In The Air, then you might already know that George Clooney portrayed a character who is professionally a great success and uber-organized. He has his workflow down to an exact science, and he knows a good gadget when he sees one!
Can Choosing the Right Gadget Help You to Get More Done?
I’m not as organized as the Bingham character in Clooney’s movie, but I did find the film inspiring. Like Bingham, I’ve learned that particular gadgets and tools can help you to create better and faster workflow.
Here are 3 tools — with photos — to help you perform optimally throughout the day!
Gadget #1: Smartphone Stand
This little tip is the most affordable of the three, coming in at under five dollars! Stop fumbling for your smartphone — it’s so unnecessary! Just prop the little guy upright next to your workstation so that you can always see it at-a-glance. This little trick alone, will save you oodles of time and angst!
Gadget #2: The Portable Mini-Office
Next, I have found it helpful to have something like a “portable office” that I can roll with me from home, to work, to the cafe, to the airport, to… wherever. I use a stackable system from Tumi. The top half is a smaller day pack that slides right up and off, so that I can grab my wallet, sunglasses, keys, smartphone, etc. The bottom half is for my papers, clipboards, and laptop.
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Gadget #3: The Standing Desk
If you work on your computer all day like I do, it’s helpful to have an adjustable desk, so that you can periodically stand, and sit, throughout the day while you work. Mine happens to be robotic (I know, I work at a pretty hip company), but you don’t need fancy or expensive equipment, just have more than one place to work during your day.
Important: if you decide to recline with a laptop, use one of those laptop desks they sell at office supply stores. Don’t just set the laptop directly on your lap where your vital organs can get zapped with EMFs! Maybe it’s not harmful, but the thought of it I find irksome. Don’t use a pillow, either, because it will cover the vents your laptop uses to breathe and it can then overheat.
Here’s a photo of my desk and, when possible, the way I like my desk to look when I arrive on Monday morning! Notice the Rain stand for my laptop, and the cordless keyboard and mouse — it’s all ergonomic.
Bonus Gadget Gift Ideas for Men!
If you ever need to get a gift for a man and you’re not sure what to get, I can assure you that most men love gadgets. Don’t ask me why. They just do. It’s a guy-thing, I guess. In addition to the 3 ideas listed above, I can also highly recommend Rain products. They make lapdesks and laptop stands that are über cool and have sleek designs — James Bond style! The dudes in your life will probably love these gifts and use them daily. Plus, these are ergonomic gifts that help to improve health and posture!
2013 Gadget Update!
Instead of a separate iPhone stand, I obtained a new cover that also has its own pop-out stand. That’s right, the stand is built right into the cover! How cool is that!? Check out the 10-second video:
What tricks for improving workflow have you found that help you get stuff done better, faster, and more enjoyably?