TECHNOLOGY AND APPS GEARED TOWARDS IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY

TECHNOLOGY AND APPS GEARED TOWARDS IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY

Technology has entered every sphere of our lives and it is clear that it’s here to stay. Technology adds almost another dimension to our existence, expanding the scope to include infinity and beyond.

While humans turning into cyborgs in the near future is a possibility, for now, let’s focus on technological advancements which may help you be more productive in the work environment.

Treadmill Desk

There is a long-standing debate about sitting and standing for prolonged periods. It is found that both are equally bad if indulged in for

long durations. Most posture and physical problems that people have are due to the lack of exercise. A treadmill desk is one solution to the problem.  It’s a great way to work and get some exercise simultaneously.

Pip Stress Management Device

Work-life is stressful. Not just work, but day to day life can put us under a lot of stress. What if you could measure the level of stress throughout the day? As the manufacturers put it, “The skin pores on your fingertips are extremely sensitive to changing levels of stress. Pip accurately captures these changes and through biofeedback, allows you to visualize them.” Now you can know how stressed out you are and when it’s time to take a break.

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AppKettle

Speaking of breaks, coffee is a great companion to get us through our day and helps make the breaks feel that much more deserved. AppKettle is, as the manufacturer puts it, “The world’s smartest kettle.”   It can be controlled via mobile application and voice command, even when you are away. So no more waiting to brew a perfect pot – Start when you say.

USB Coffee Warmer

Speaking of coffee, no one should have to drink theirs cold. With the USB coffee warmer, you can plug in the coffee warmer to the computer or laptop. Its sleek and elegant design adds a little spark to your work table as well.

LVL Hydration Monitor

Drinking water is the easiest health tip anyone can give you. But in practice, it is not so simple. Most of us forget to do so.

LVL simultaneously senses your hydration, heart rate, and activity to help you optimize every workout. It prompts you in real-time, alerting you to exactly how much fluid you need and what type of performance boost you can expect.” The device will help you keep track of your hydration levels and remind when it’s time for you to refill.

TimeFlip

A very different and innovative time management gizmo, TimeFlip includes a motion sensor, a 12-sided foldable plastic case and a mobile app. Each of the 12 sides are marked with icons indicating various activities, such as bulb, social media icon, etc.

Whenever you are indulging in an activity, you place the icon facing on that side. TimeFlip, using the motion sensor, records the time the side has been facing up and then records it via the app. The app can show you how much time you spent indulging in a specific activity.

Fidgi Pen

A pen can be much more than just a tool used to write. With Fidgi Pen it can be a tool for stress relieving. If you are ready for less stress and more relaxation and focus in your life, then you are going to love the Fidgi Pen.

The Fidgi Pen has 7 unique features embedded in it to help you stay calm, focused and in the moment. From home to work and school, you can take the Fidgi Pen anywhere without anyone knowing that you are fidgeting.

Window-Mounted Solar Charger

With so many electronic devices in our lives, it is hard sometimes to find a port to plug one in to keep its battery alive. However with one certain tech device you at least will not have to worry about your phone. A window-mounted solar charger is a simple gadget that helps you charge your phone using solar energy. Just place and plug and you are good to go.

Lumo Lift Posture Coach

Posture is an important but often forgotten part of our daily lives. With plenty going on in our hectic and busy schedules, it can be a real challenge to practice the mindfulness needed to identify and correct poor posture.

With Lumo Lift, you get gentle vibrational reminders for your posture whenever you slouch. Track your posture hours, steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned through the companion iOS, Android or Windows Desktop Lumo Lift app.

Desk Organizer

Being organized is a direct stimulant to being productive. A simple, yet sometimes trivial tip to follow. With a desk organizer, your work may become easier. There’s a wide variety of organizers in the market and you are free to choose the one with your specifications. Cannot handle your files or unable to find those meeting notes? An organizer will help keep things in place and saves you time looking for it.

R2-D2 USB vacuum cleaner

Get a little help from everyone’s favorite astromech droid and keep your desk in tip-top condition. A miniature version of the popular Star Wars character R2-D2, this desktop vacuum cleaner is perfect for staying on top of all those small tabletop jobs. At

13.5 cm tall, R2-D2 will vacuum up dust and crumbs through his front leg and he even has a screw-top lid, making him easy to empty once full. USB powered, the R2-D2 Desktop Vacuum comes with a micro USB cable that can be plugged into any standard laptop USB port or USB mains adapter. The vacuum is activated by pushing an easy-to-find button situated on R2- D2’s head. This droid mini tech maid is best used for small cleaning jobs, such as small crumbs and pencil shavings.

Applications

Better productivity is not just limited to hardware. There are many applications and softwares which might help you with your daily work. These applications do not require any additional hardware and are employed using your phone, desktop or laptop. As a matter of fact, due to a huge boom in the Technological industry, many companies are trying their luck in the industry. For this reason, there’s an app for almost everything. Here is a list of apps that can be best used to improve productivity.

Brain.fm

Sounds and music have a profound effect on our brain waves. With the right kind of music, we may be able to sleep better and perform to the best of our ability. This application helps you find the right music for you to sleep, work, meditate or do any other activity.

Coach.me

Procrastination is one of the biggest vices of the modern world. Coach.me is an application that helps you add customized tasks and makes completing them seem like a sort of game. A better sense of accomplishment may be just the push that you need to complete your work.

Sleep Cycle

Traditional alarms are programmed to do just one job: Ring on time. However, with smartphones replacing traditional alarm machines, we can expect more. Sleep Cycle is a smart app that takes into account the various phases of sleep and wakes you up at just the right time, making sure you don’t wake up prematurely and feel tired or grumpy.

RescueTime

As a time tracking application, RescueTime runs in the background of your devices and records how you spent your time digitally. At the end of your session it produces a comprehensive report of the time spent, allowing you to see exactly where you can save some time.

Focus booster

The app functions alongside the Pomodoro technique, which simply means that work sessions are divided into chunks of 25 min of work and 5 mins of rest. You simply start the timer and when you hear the ring, it means that it is time to rest. This method helps you keep focused and improves quality in work.

Lift

This app is a goal tracking application. Lift helps you keep track of your goal and motivates you to not quit and break the chain essentially. The in-app features include calendars, multi-habit tracking, progress tracking, active reports, coaching, sharing and a whole lot more.

Noisli

The background noise in your work environment may cause unwanted distractions. With the Noisli application, it can all change. The app provides background sounds that can help you focus while working. While helping to cancel out the distracting sounds in the environment, it allows you to really concentrate on your work.

Google Keep

One of the easiest apps to create a list, keep notes or just save information, the Google Keep app syncs your google account and helps you manage all your information.

Headspace

Meditation is more than just closing your eyes and breathing. It is easy on some days and hard on others. With headspace, you don’t have to worry about meditation anymore. Just plug in your earphones and Namaste. Headspace offers guided meditation sections which will help you get the most out of the meditation process.

People often complain about technology, citing it as a distraction that takes your focus away from the real world. It may be true to some extent, but we must also understand that we are the creators of technology and it works as we want it to work. It can be a distraction or it may be a tool for productivity.

As the proverb goes, the sharpest sword is useless in the hands of the unskilled. We must decide and control how to wield the technology we have at our disposal. Whether we waste our time or make the most of it; this is all up to us.

–Arjun Chauhan