Monday, June 9, 2014

Day 9: Key Productivity Hacks You Do Every Day

A life hack refers to something you do as a shortcut, trick, skill, or novel method of doing something that essentially makes your life easier. Interestingly enough, the term "life hack" was coined in the 1980s from hacker culture. It was first used by computer programmers who dealt with information overload and were looking for a way to organize their data. The term later became popularized in the blogosphere in the mid-2000s, and is now used more commonly to refer to life's little shortcuts.

Similarly, a productivity hack is something that you do in a work setting that increases productivity and keeps you on track. Productivity hacks may seem insignificant but they can really make a difference in the long run. They could be any number of things, such as using a standing desk or letting some natural light come in the window. So today we are discussing some of the key productivity hacks that we do every day that help keep us focused and sane.

#1: Take a screen break

Believe it or not, looking at a computer screen for a prolonged time is very damaging to your eyes and can lead to dry eyes, headaches, neck pain, and blurred vision. It's called Computer Vision Syndrome and in our screen-obsessed culture, is affecting a lot of us.

Do yourself a favor and take short screen breaks. For this, try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and look at a physical object roughly 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.

#2: Use a standing desk

Just like looking at a computer screen for too long, sitting idle in a chair for several hours a day is not good for your body. We are currently sitting up to 13 hours a day. 86% of Americans sit all day at work and 96% would be willing to stand more to improve their health or life expectancy.

Counteract this by using a standing desk, or take short but frequent breaks to stand up and stretch your legs.
#3: Set a timer for one hour

Try setting a timer for 1 hour and work for that entire hour with no interruptions and no distractions. Don't check your email, don't check Facebook, just work on one or two tasks wholeheartedly for that hour. At the end, see what you got done. You might be surprised!

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