The beige office of the ’90s isn’t quite as popular as it once was. It is being replaced by more open offices with natural lighting, ergonomic desks and a generally more relaxed environment. Being in an environment that fosters creativity helps to improve office morale and makes for a better working environment. But just your surroundings aren’t always enough. Sometimes you need a change of pace, whether it’s how you sit or some different music to inspire you.
Being physically comfortable in your environment means you can focus on the task at hand, not that your back and wrists are hurting from typing all day. With more and more studies showing that sitting at a desk for long periods of time is detrimental to your health, having more freedom to stand and move around might be the way to go in the future. At the same time taking a break from standing desks might be a relief, so finding that balance is important.
Companies like VariDesk and The Human Solution are making desks for the best of both worlds. These desks are able to change their height based on the user’s needs at the touch of a button. These sorts of little pauses during the day can help to refocus your mind and make sure you aren’t getting too fatigued with the task at hand.
Using a paper notebook seems like it would be dated with access to so many cloud-based services. But there is a dedicated faction of journalers who enjoy the tactile feeling of pen and paper because it makes them feel closer to what they are creating. Hybrid devices help you have the best of both worlds — the tactile feeling of paper with the access of digital notes. The collaboration between Moleskine and Evernote is one of the best examples of this. Evernote uses handwriting and picture identification programs to quickly and easily digitize and index your handwritten notes. Each notebook comes with access to Evernote’s premium services as well as stickers that automatically tag the page it is on to the appropriate category, such as travel or business.
With the changes from cubicles to open offices, the ability for co-workers to collaborate is more available. But others need to stay inside their own head to concentrate fully on a project. This is especially true for coders and visual artists who want and need to concentrate on the details of the task at hand. If you’re this sort of worker, a set of noise-canceling headphones is a must. While you could get near the same level of noise canceling from a set of earphones, because they are going to be worn for long periods of time, an over-the-ear set is going to be more comfortable. Another advantage of the over-the-ear style headphones is they have better sound quality. The speakers are larger, so bass and mid tones tend to be clearer. Being larger also has the advantage of having a longer battery life if you go with the Bluetooth enabled models. This way if you need to stretch your legs, you don’t have to worry about unplugging any cords.
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