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Best Productivity Boosting Furniture/Computers/Tactics?

Post by TopHatFox » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:42 pm

Relevant to the work ethic thread, what are the best productivity boosting furniture pieces/computers/tactics? Thus far, the ones I found that change the game for me are:

1. Having 3 monitors side by side
2. A SAD light lamp for natural sunlight
3. Caffeine pills (100 mg, real coffee stains teeth :D)
4. A convertible standing desk, but ideally a treadmill desk
5. Smart casual clothes like chinos & a soft-wash button-up instead of suits (no dry-cleaning)
6. Living within walking distance of work, or a 1-3 mile electric-kick scooter ride away
7. A slow-cooker, salad shredder, and minimal cooking equipment
8. Automating all bills, investments, and other personal documentation
9. Live in a room or apartment; minimizes cleaning time
9. Running a paper-less office, with all work-related stuff being uploaded to a secure cloud like Sync
10. Pomodoro technique
11. An ergonomic office chair, a vertical mouse, and an ergonomic keyboard
12. An up-to-date computer with plenty of RAM and a fast processor. Fast internet.
13. Internet blockers. HUGE. No porn, reddit, youtube, random articles, social media, forums, etc.
14. Actually taking vacations (no work) and traveling during 3-day weekends
15. Having a gf, actually a pretty good motivator to work hard (whether it lasts or not)
16. Having control of temperature, hard to focus on work when too cold or hot
17. Probably enabling auto-sign in to the work software used everyday
18. Working at a public place where other people are doing work is a good motivator

What's been a productivity game-changer for you?

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Post by daylen » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:38 am

TopHatFox wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:42 pm
1. Having 3 monitors side by side
Are you a day trader or something? Just use the switch workplace hotkey.

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Post by TopHatFox » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:42 am

Tried that, good for small stuff, demotivating for getting lots of work done quickly.

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Post by Seppia » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:17 am

good sleep is my #1, 2 and 3

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Post by C40 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:31 am

PSA - Taking 100mg caffeine pills is something you should totally not be doing regularly. Only on rare occasions.
  • Ambient music of your liking. Certain soundtracks from certain movies (and in particular extended/repeat mixes of individual songs) may work very well for you. Lately I've been listening to remixes of songs from the recent Blade Runner. Like this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Hyxq7iOwI

    There are various genres of ambient music you can explore, and once you find some types you enjoy, it's easy to get/listen a lot of it for free.
  • Not using any screens an hour before bedtime. Of it you do, use a strong red color cast on your device/computer. Some phone OSs have this built in now, or there are apps. On my computer I use F.lux. Its better to just not use them though. Also limit light in that last hour or two. For some time I had a small lamp and I'd put a red T-shirt over it so the only light coming out was very red. It's easy on your eyes and helps them relax, and likely helps with sleeping patterns and deep sleep
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Post by bigato » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:06 am

Headphones

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Post by C40 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:27 am

If you're working in an office where people interrupt you more than you'd like for un-needed reasons, wear big headphones (even if you have no music playing)

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Post by Dream of Freedom » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:15 am

The classic response is the Pareto principle. Find the 20% of activities which are the most productive and do more of those. Find the 20% of activities which are the biggest waste of time and do less of those.

Know your priorities and ask your boss what her priorities are for your job.

Find the bottlenecks (a situation that causes delay in a process or system) and try to speed that up. So if you can't do x until y is complete and y is slow the process will be slow.

I would also recommend the book Getting Things Done
by David Allen. It is a horribly boring book but worth it.

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Post by Scott 2 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:42 pm

^^^ This, way more important than the tactical stuff

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Post by Smashter » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:14 pm

TopHatFox wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:42 pm
A SAD light lamp for natural sunlight
Bright light makes a big difference for me, too. I recently decided to string like 50 LED's from the ceiling of my home office and I love it so much. These are the instructions I followed. This setup is way brighter than the best SAD light light on the market, and cheaper. It's part of how Eliezer Yudkowsky's wife beat her seasonal affective disorder.  

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Post by Ego » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:02 pm

I've found that most of the important shit that needs to get done is best done by simply doing it. Analyzing the optimal monitor height or formulating the ultimate anti-distraction habits are usually nothing more than distractions from doing.

I'm not necessarily against looking for productivity boosting tricks and tools. I just find it more productive to look for examples of people who can get shit done in the most challenging circumstances. They help me broaden my perspective on what is good enough.

I look for the guy who can sleep soundly in the web seats of a C130 Hercules or the woman who can concentrate on her night school textbook while riding a chaotic subway or the girl who can get her homework done while curled up in the corner of the single room home she shares with her whole family. They rejigger the stories I tell myself about the challenges I face.

The quest for optimum has the potential to turn into an excuse factory.

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Post by C40 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:29 am

@Dream of Freedom is dead on.

At both work and for personal life - the most important "productivity boost" is to do the most important/beneficial things - and - to find out what things you can simply not do.

There is a bit of an art and of risk management when it comes to learning what is ok not to do. Often, if you ask, the answer is that you must do everything. But some things are not important. The most effective method is to just not do some things and see what happens. But to do it that way, you need a good reputation, tact, ability to read the situation, etc.


Another HUGELY important skill for work is communication with your boss. I've advised my friends and family so many times about this when they complain about having a lot of work. The main point I try to make to them is that it is your own responsibility to manage your workload NOT (just) your boss. YOU need to learn how much you can do, and YOU need to communicate this stuff with your boss. The most basic/common statement I can make about how to do this is: when your boss tells you to do something, especially when you are otherwise busy, you need to tell them things like:
1 - Ok, here's how much work that is. While continuing all my other current workload, here's when I think I can have it done by

2 - If you need it sooner, here are some ways I can accomplish that:
2a - Not doing these other things (or just show them a list of your work items and ask them for prioritization)
2aa - sometimes when your boss tells you to put off other tasks that you do for other people, it is useful/needed to ask your boss to let those people know there will be delays.
2b - Getting [such and such specific] help from other people
2c - Flex time - or only temporary high workload. Don't ever allow yourself to make a habit of working long hours unless it truly is a short term workload, and ideally if you will also work less in the future because of it. If you work too much, it is YOUR fault. You are the one responsible for your working hours.

3 - Give your boss updates on your progress. If you're getting behind schedule, tell your boss as soon as you know, and if needed do things in step 2 again.

By being a good and realistic manager of your own working time and workload, you make your bosses job much easier. It might seem like always saying yes and just trying hard to get things done is being a good employee, but that is not true. Your boss needs to manage the work being completed, not just to be said yes to. When you give him realistic timeline estimates, updates, and fulfill them, it makes your boss successful. It also makes it clear that you could be promoted and manage other people.



After I had advised my mom on the above things, and had shared with her examples of what I did over my years of working, she read the book: "Essentialism" and said that it is about exactly what I'm talking about here, and that it is very good.

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