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8 Products That’ll Help You Be More Productive at Work

These deskside essentials and productivity tips can boost your mood, brain, and environment—setting you up for success at the office and beyond.

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Get Comfortable

“The ultimate status symbol at The Wing, a women’s social club and co-working space in New York, isn’t a pair of Gucci loafers or even an iPhone X,” writes Sierra Tishgart for New York Magazine. “It’s an ergonomic laptop stand.” What’s so great about it? This portable stand raises your laptop to eye level, a height that helps to relieve strain on your neck and alleviate back and shoulder pain, keeping you in good shape to get your work done.

Roost Laptop Stand, $75 USD, therooststand.com

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Learn How to Prioritize Tasks

In Essentialism, author Greg McKeown explains the best tip for being more productive—prioritize the most essential tasks first. Learn about why you should focus on getting not more things done but the right things done and how to say no to dealing with issues that are less important.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, $30, indigo.ca

(Also, check out the ways to train your brain for success.)

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Utilize the Health Benefits of Plants

Adding greenery to your workspace can improve your performance. A Harvard study found those who worked in green-certified offices had a 26 percent boost in cognition compared to those who worked in non-green offices. Our plant pick? A snake plant, as it’s said to have the ability to remove harmful toxins and provide a defense against airborne allergies.

Editor Planter MD, $18, vdevmaison.com

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Zone Out

Have a loud talker in the office? Try Apple’s new AirPods Pro feature “Active Noise Cancellation” to remove the background noise. Use them while listening to music or a podcast to completely drown out the chatty Cathy/Calvin. Or use them as earplugs to quiet their voice so you can concentrate.

AirPods Pro, $329, apple.ca

(Speaking of listening to music, did you know tunes can help improve your workout performance?)

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De-Clutter

A recent study shows a work environment and its tidiness can influence a worker’s performance. Use an organizer, like this lime mesh version, to help sort the papers covering your desk to declutter and get organized.

3-Tier Mesh Desk Organizer, $19, honeycando.com

(Also, you may want to keep these snacks in your desk drawer, so your concentration doesn’t falter when hunger pangs strike.)

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Highlight Your Goals for Each Day

Use this weekly to-do pad to write down the three most important tasks you need to complete each day. How do you decide which tasks are the most important? Do like tech entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den investor Michele Romanow: “I prioritize things that only I can do (not tasks that I can delegate) and tasks that have the potential to really move the needle on my business,” she told us. “I start with the hardest task—once you’ve started with something hard, everything else feels easier.”

Need Supply Premium Stock Desktop Notepad, $18 USD, needsupply.com

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Boost Your Brain

Citrine is a type of quartz that is said to attract prosperity and success, stimulate the brain, encourage creativity and enhance concentration. Add a citrine crystal to your workspace, or cover your desk with a bunch of them, for a woo-woo antidote to a lack of motivation.

EarthstreasureFinds Citrine Crystal, $32, etsy.ca

(New to crystals? Here’s a beginner’s guide.)

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Power Your Brain

Research shows when you haven’t consumed enough water, you have a harder time staying focused. Keeping a water filter on your desk acts as a reminder to stay hydrated while making it convenient to do so. (Here’s what else happens to your body when you get enough water.)

Soma 6-Cup Water Filter Pitcher, $50, amazon.ca

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Make It Personal

Your productivity at work may depend on the productivity of others. How do you get them to complete the work? One of the most effective ways is by adding a sticky note to your request, a study found. A handwritten note on a sticky offers a personal touch and gives the impression that you’re asking for a favour—which can entice the recipient to complete it sooner than later. Use this colourful sticky note set, which is sure to capture their attention.

Sticky Note Set – Assorted, $10 USD, bando.com

Next, learn why one entrepreneur believes you shouldn’t aim to be perfect to succeed.