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When people think of productivity, tools such as time management, list, mind mapping, and other kinds of apps come up. So most of us who want to be productive end up thinking that we need to download a lot of “get things done” software to help increase our dwindling productivity.
Rarely do we give attention to one of the factors that easily affects how we do our work and at what rate we finish them — our environment.
Here are three ways you can use to increase your productivity without needing to use any kind of apps. All you have to do is to pay attention to your surroundings.
1. Use natural light when you’re working in the morning and early afternoon.
Researchers studying the effects of light exposure on performance discovered that natural light significantly affects cognitive performance of workers.
According to the study, those exposed to daylight in the early afternoon were observed to be more alert as they proceeded to work in the evening compared to those exposed to artificial light, who became sleepier.
Thus, it’s actually preferable to work using natural light as it has a positive impact on alertness, mood, and behavior. In effect, using natural light can improve worker happiness and, well, happy workers tend to produce more results.
So work near windows if you can and enjoy the sunshine. You can also get up early, before sunrise, and soak up as much sunlight as you can to help you get energized.
2. Keep your workplace nice and warm.
An ergonomic study at Cornell University found that warmer temperature in offices results in fewer (typing) errors and higher productivity. On the other hand, decreased productivity and more mistakes were observed when working in colder temperatures.
A cold environment distracts people from concentrating on their work because they’re focusing their energy on trying to keep warm. This isn’t really a problem when you have control over your working environment. You can always turn up the heat.
However, there may be workplaces wherein a cold environment is necessary to “keep the computers cool.” In this case, your productivity may depend on the outfit you wear and whether or not you’re brave enough to tell show your boss this article. Or you can use a personal heating pad!
3. Move a few things every now and then.
The way your workspace is arranged is also a big factor in your productivity.
Are important and often-used documents or equipment within reach?
When was the last time you changed something about your work area?
Do you work at home? When did you last clean your home office?
The fact is most of us become so busy that we begin to neglect our surroundings. We keep putting off cleaning or keeping things away until “we have time.”
Simple things like getting up to look for your laptop charger (and then figuring out which outlet to use) can affect the flow of work. Move a few things around with convenience in mind. Arrange your work area ergonomically. Make sure the things you constantly need and sue are within easy reach.
More importantly, it’ll help to get rid of the things you don’t need anymore because a cluttered environment results in a cluttered mind.
Increasing your productivity doesn’t have to be expensive or totally software-dependent. Warmth, light, and a little rearrangement may be all it takes. And the great things is, you can easily get started on all three right now.
Make the time for these changes and let others know about it too!
Have any tips on productivity that you think very few are aware of? Share them in the forum!
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We all are doing our best to balance work and life, home and office, business and pleasure. Nowadays more people are bringing their work home with them or working permanently from home. Although this is probably the main reason we have entered an age of incredible productivity it has also created a work 24-7 sort of lifestyle. I personally try and find time everyday (usually before bed) to become a “zombie” and just enjoy some good tv. Whether it is a football game, comedy, or drama I really enjoy my popcorn and tv. Right now my favorite show is Breaking Bad. Below is a little run down of the show’s history and why you should be watching it too!
On January 20, 2008 AMC introduced Walter White at what was the biggest turning point in his life. The character was an over educated, straight laced, middle age nice guy high school chemistry teacher who had a pregnant wife, teenage son, and a brand new diagnosis of advanced lung cancer. Realizing he didn’t have much time, and knowing his family would need provision after he dies, he ends up connecting with a former student and they begin making and selling crystal meth.
Over the course of the shows seasons you see the personhood of Walter White disappear into his more villainous alter ego Heisenberg (the name Walt created for his meth dealings). The show does not seek to make a good man bad, but instead it opens up to the world of grey and the reality that none of us know what lurks just below if really pushed to our limits.
Bryan Cranston plays Walt, and his co-lead (former student) Jesse Pinkman, is played by Aaron Paul. Cranston is probably best known for his seven year run on the television series Malcom in the Middle, but also has an impressive background in theatre as well as major motion pictures like Argo. He has won numerous awards for his role on the show, including three consecutive Emmy’s. Aaron Paul is equally notable with previous acting work in movies like Mission Impossible III, as well as the HBO hit Big Love. In addition Paul has won two Emmy’s for his work on the AMC hit show.
Some of the supporting characters include his son Walter jr. played by R.J. Mitt, wife Skyler played by Anna Gunn, her on show sister Marie, played by Betsy Brandt, and Marie’s husband Hank Schrader played by actor Dean Norris. Ironically Hank is also a DEA agent who tends to unknowingly cross paths with Walt’s underworld drug dealings leading to some tense but interesting moments in the show. In addition to the main characters and the supporting roles, Breaking Bad tends to attract some amazing guest talent.
The recent news buzz for folks who like to watch Breaking Bad is the sad reality that it is entering its fifth and final season. With Walt’s terminal illness, and increasing loss of morals Bryan Cranston recently discussed in an interview that the show was coming to an end, and would likely end on a down note. Regardless of the ending, there is no doubt many will be thankful for the journey. Watch Breaking Bad to find out how everything unfolds.
What Exactly is the Cloud – Used by Most Americans Understood by Few
It’s likely that cloud computing is already enhancing your personal and professional life on a daily basis. Whether you use a computer at the office, work from home or just use personal productivity tools, the cloud touches just about everyone.
For many, the term “cloud computing” has become synonymous with the internet. Strictly speaking, cloud computing can be defined as delivery of information technology services over the internet. In most cases, information is stored, processed and shared at a central location that is easily accessible from an internet browser.
Below are just a few of the ways that you may already be using cloud computing to improve your personal productivity:
At the Office
Of course, employees who work in information technology utilize cloud computing in a variety of ways for IT infrastructure, information processing, data management, websites, system development, etc. However, employees who work in other areas are now exposed to cloud computing applications as well:
The expansion of cloud computing applications has facilitated an improvement in work/life balance for many employees who can now work from home either part-time or full-time. This is because many of the business applications that employees typically use at the office are now accessible over the internet. This greatly simplifies the technology required to establish and maintain home offices. In addition, the popularity of smart phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices has further enhanced connectivity. “Work-At-Home” can now mean work at the café, work at the day care center or work at the beach!
Whether businesses like it or not, the accessibility of the internet at the office coupled with the proliferation of cloud based internet applications has resulted in many more employees taking care of personal business at the office. Employees can now check their bank balance, view their personal e-mail, schedule a doctor’s appointment or book a trip from their office computer. As with work-at-home, this too can enhance your work/life balance.
While most of us now take many of these conveniences for granted, the growth of cloud computing in just the last few years has substantially improved our lives. There is almost no limit to the creative ways that individuals will find to use cloud computing technologies in the future. These will continue to shape the ways that we live and work for years to come.
This post is written by Rackspace blogger Jennifer Marsh. Rackspace Hosting is the service leader in cloud computing, and a founder of OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system. The San Antonio-based company provides Fanatical Support to its customers and partners, across a portfolio of IT services, including Managed Hosting and Cloud Computing.
3D technology has long been a part of film and television, but has gone through multiple stages of innovation and decline. From its early development to successes in the 1950s and 1980s, and its revival in the 2000s, 3D has been an important part of film history. 3D television, while experiencing a longer delay in making its technology more widely available, has also experienced a recent expansion in use.
Early Uses and Technological Evolution
The first stages of 3D cinema experimentation came as part of earlier developments in 19th century stereoscopy. This process involved placing two images side by side, which could then be fused by the natural binocular perspective of the eyes through a stereoscope viewer. Stereoscopes were impractical for use by audiences in theatres, however, and experiments with the technology in the 1890s and 1900s turned towards anaglyph 3D.
Using superimposed red and green film strips, and filtered glasses, anaglyph 3D was introduced as an experimental process in the 1910s and 1920s. While still primarily a novelty, 3D technology expanded in the 1930s through light polarisation techniques using filters and screens, which would become more commonly used in the 1950s.
The value of 3D exhibition of films in the 1950s was created by the need for film studios and theatres to distinguish themselves against television. Polarised 3D using a ‘Natural Vision’ process with dual strip projection, and high-quality glasses, was employed for films like Bwana Devil and House of Wax in 1952 and 1953 alongside widescreen and stereophonic sound. However, the cost of the process remained difficult to sustain, as did declining interest in its novelty value.
On-going experiments in 3D did continue in the 1960s and 1970s, albeit on a smaller scale, and primarily as a way to help market low budget horror and science fiction films. A revival of 3D did, however, take place in the 1980s as film studios again looked to the technology to promote horror films and special features like Jaws 3D, as well as films in theme park rides.
In the 1990s, 3D became a key part of IMAX theatre screenings that showcased spectacular documentaries, and led to the development of digital 3D production and projection techniques. These techniques became a key source of experimentation for Hollywood studios in the 2000s.
The particular success of Avatar in 2009 demonstrated that digital 3D using circular polarisation and a single projector could produce high quality images and relative comfort for audiences. The success of Avatar helped set up the last few years of 3D as a standard option for major film releases, and particularly blockbusters.
In terms of television, 3D technology was available as early as 1928 in demonstration formats that used stereoscopic equipment. However, the cost and difficulty of standardising 3D for homes led to only occasional experiments by the 1990s with anaglyph 3D broadcasts that made use of glasses for short periods of viewing. Digital 3D, and the promotion of Blu-Ray 3D films on DVD, has more recently boosted the potential for 3D programming.
New television sets with high definition resolutions have made 3D a key part of their appeal, and have used active shutter and polarised glasses to primarily promote live sports events and special programming.
The future of 3D television, and 3D post production however, may be driven by the development of auto stereoscopic technologies, whereby a lenticular lens is used at the front of a set to split an image for a viewer, creating a 3D effect without the use of glasses. While currently expensive, the range of options for 3D television suggests that it will expand in the future.
The perfect at-home workspace for studying can make a significant difference in a student’s academic success. As many people are obtaining higher education to advance their careers, it is becoming more important than ever for them to have an ideal area within their home that will enable them to complete assignments and study for exams. Therefore, the following ideas will help any student who is studying to advance their career to be successful in their academic endeavors.
Choosing a Space In order to study successfully, it is important for students to assess their learning style and set up an environment that will include the necessary furniture and accessories that will support the way that they learn. For most students, having a quiet space in the home that is separate from the rest of the family’s activities will be important for them to maintain their focus and concentration. It is also essential that the area that is selected should only designated for only studying in order to cut down on clutter and other distractions.
Furniture and Electronics The ideal student workspace will include a desk and a comfortable chair that will support long hours spent studying online and typing up essays and other assignments. Many students will also need a shelving unit that will enable them to store all of their textbooks and other study materials.
Additionally, a computer or laptop as well as a printer will also be important for completing assignments. For online students, a reliable computer will be essential for their academic success. It is important for the computer and other electronics to be able to display a variety of educational formats such as video lectures and online voice chats.
Other Accessories The additional items needed to complete a workspace will vary according to the subjects in which a student is studying. For example, a student who is pursuing studies in the medical field at www.sanfordbrown.edu will need to include space in which they can store notes and post charts such as on a wall or memo board. If a student will be studying in an area where there is a lot of noise, then the perfect at-home workspace will also need to include headphones so that a person will be able to hear their lessons.
Once a workspace for studying has been established, then a student can add furniture and electronic devices as needed in order to bolster their study skills. By establishing a quiet space that is only used for studying, they will immediately be ready for their assignments from the moment that they enter their workspace.
A company newsletter is an integral part that keeps track of all the business information, such as terms and policies, latest updates, brand promotional details, improving performance of employees, and so on. There are many factors that should be taken into consideration at the time of creating a newsletter, like to who to the letter should be sent to, what content to include, information and other topics that should be integrated. Apart from all of this, the basic idea of any company newsletter is to drive traffic, so when you think of creating a company newsletter integrate creative graphic designs into it, this could help you in getting even more traffic. Digital media agency helps in getting target traffic by creating effective and attractive newsletters that suit your business. Here are few ways that explains how graphics are important to improve a company newsletter:
Kate Ford is Tech writer from the UK. Catch her @thetechlegend on Twitter.
Basic powered access equipment guide for businesses
When it comes to maintenance that requires the use of powered access equipment it’s always best to get educated on the pitfalls and dangers associated with dangerous machinery before use. Access equipment provides you with the platform to reach those places that cannot be reached by any set of ladders or scaffolding easily.
But before you can use any access platforms, there are some steps you need to follow to ensure you are adequately trained to ensure the safety of yourself and others working around. You cannot take control of any mobile elevating work platform without having a licence and the training associated with the vehicle you are planning to rent. If you have never used lifting equipment such as a boom lift or a scissor lift before you should follow this guide to help you successfully complete your task without causing injury and or breaking the law:
You may not be aware of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations Act (PUWER 1998) which the industry is regulated by. This act was created due to the potential danger of working at elevated heights with heavy machinery, resulting in the correct training and adequate accreditation needed to operate powered access equipment. Training on one machine does not provide you with the qualification to use others, most equipment is different and without the correct training on each individual machine you will be able to successfully use the machine potentially costing you more money and time.
You will find many training centres around the world offering easy and quick training on all forms of powered access equipment. Many rental companies will offer you discounts on rentals for training in their in-house training centres. Most courses will provide you the required working knowledge of the machinery you wish to operate with a practical and theory test to ensure you can safely and confidently operate the heavy machinery.
Getting the right equipment
Once you have gained your certificate you will need to acquire the appropriate safety equipment and accessories to ensure you are safe while working on your platform. Health and safety rules are very strict so it’s important you protect yourself from any potential dangers at home or on your worksite. You will need to rent or buy a helmet, safety gloves, high visibility clothing and a harness, more often than not your rental company should brief you and sometimes supply you with most or some of the safety equipment.
You need to be aware of the condition of your access equipment whilst it is in use. When you rent any equipment you expect the machinery to be in a good working condition, without the need for repair. If you hire a machine and you feel that it is not working correctly then you need to return it as soon as possible, this may put your project behind schedule but there is no comprising when it comes to safety.
According to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 Regulation (LOLER 1998), aerial platforms such as telescopic booms and the Loxam Skyline’s must be inspected every six months. You will find that any good local rental company will undertake maintenance and safety checks after every rental period, this ensures that your machinery is always in a good working condition.
This content was create by Karl Young on behalf of Loxam Access UK, a powered access rental company providing Europe with working platforms and lifting equipment.
Saw this and wanted to share Laura Frongillo’s tips with you:
You might assume that working 24/7 will help you get ahead, but so often, the opposite is true. It’s important to unchain from work, taking regular breaks to become more productive. You’ll be able to come back with a fresh outlook and do a better job.
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