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1. Are there any office products that you can not live without?
e.g. an aeron chair, ergo keyboard, particular brand of desk or filing cabinets...
2. Is there anything in particular about the layout of your office space that you feel increases productivity?
e.g. whiteboard close to where you sit, dual LCD monitor setup, playing music, etc...
Dual monitors are one of the biggest productivity boosts I have personally come across.
No particular favourite brands, but quality and contemporary design always me me happy. I think the office has to feel as though it has personality not just be another soulless workspace.
Then I got a white board that makes copies on thermal paper. Best office appliance I ever had except for my computer.
How do you organize and store your information each day? On paper (i.e a big desk calandar, or notebook) or with software (such as Microsoft Outlook)?
I personally agree that the office shouldn't just be a soulless space. I want to create a workspace that thrives. Any other ideas or suggestions?
i'm just curious, how do dual monitors help your productivity? i can see some reasons for myself, but none really are enough for me to justify getting them myself.
I keep open on one screen outlook, our crm software, and our quoting engine. On the other I do pretty much everything else. It lets you watch outlook all day, while quickly being able to reference anything else.
For a programmer, they can look at a mockup or a spec doc on one monitor and code on another.
For a designer, they can put all of their toolbars on one monitor and use the other as their workspace.
It just allows you to view more information at once and makes multitasking more efficient.
My chair. I hurt my back some years ago and I had an ok office chair, but I was tired, grumpy and in pain by the middle of the day. I was able to get a quality ergonomic chair that adjusts all over and I'm now 100% all day long. Not only did that chair improve my productivity, but it improved my life. Even if you don't have back trouble, you likely spend a lot of time in a chair in our business, you might as well get a good one. Same reasoning as putting money into a good bed.
Whiteboard is great but be sure to get all the colours of the rainbow for your markers and a bunch of erasers 'cause you'll lose lots of both and if you're using a whiteboard, you want markers and erasers at your fingertips.
Don't forget the corkboard. Really handy, especially if you're a paper person.