As a productivity coach, I like to look at productivity holistically. There’s a lot more to it than just managing a ‘to do’ list. To keep it easy to think about, I break it down into three areas, in my model, Productivity CPR™. In this case, CPR stands for:
- COMPASS – Setting your direction and defining where you’re aiming. Simply put, setting intention.
- PERFORMANCE – How to take care of your body and mind to make sure you have energy to get there. Think of this as managing attention.
- RITUALS – Choosing routines, systems, practices, tools and technology, to efficiently and effectively accomplish want you want to do. Call this execution.
All three elements are necessary to achieve not only maximum productivity, but peace of mind. The goal is to accomplish things, yes, but more importantly to pace yourself for the long haul, and to help make sure you enjoy the ride.
Here are three products which can help your both your attention and execution.
Organization plays a critical part in getting things done. We need systems to offload the burden on our brains of finding things. For optimal success, organizing systems should keep items visible – easy to spot, accessible – easy to reach, and manageable – easy to manipulate. Naturally it is also important to keep things protected, as well as pleasing to interact with, so we increase the likelihood we will actually engage with them.
Often overlooked are storage areas, which when structured carefully, can make life much easier. Think of your garage, mud room, and basement.
Ideal for such spaces is the wall-mounted, modular, GearTrack system from Gladiator. The system helps keep your favourite sports gear, toys or even cleaning, craft or wrapping supplies easy to see and access. Mount the track on the wall of your garage or storage area then flexibly add components based on what you need to store. As kids grow or activities change, the system can be adjusted to keep up with you. And the neutral colour palette will work in any space.
Our tools needs to be easy to work with as well. Nowhere more so than your home office. Have you ever felt the frustration of running out of ink in the middle of a project? So unproductive!
What if it actually took two years to run out of ink? Epson’s EcoTank printers have evolved to offer exactly this. The Expression ET-2750 All-in-One EcoTank printer from Epson is not only reliable, with the supertank and its capacity to print over 5,200 colour, or 6,500 black and white pages, you don’t have to think about refilling ink for a long time! While the printer costs more than cartridge printers upfront, over the lifetime of the printer, you’ll save money on the cost of ink, plus time and energy because you won’t have to purchase ink for up to 2 years.
To sustain maximum performance, comfort is critical. You’ve probably heard “sitting is the new smoking” and may be concerned about the impact of a sedentary lifestyle, but let’s take a closer look.
Canadian company CoreChair tackles challenges with sitting from the bottom up! Combining an aggressively contoured seat and low, supportive back the chair keeps the pelvis more vertical, preventing “slumping” which in turn promotes spine extension and a balanced head and neck. The extension of the spine helps ensure vertebral joints are spaced more evenly thus reducing uneven pressure on the vertebral discs.
In addition, the chair design facilitates motion while you’re seated. It stimulates glucose regulation, circulation, and cerebral blood flow. Studies reveal an increase in caloric consumption, improved blood flow in the lower extremities and greater cognitive function.
You will likely find the lack of arms a plus in positioning yourself correctly to keyboard. The low profile also means it takes less space, which is a real plus in my small home office. The chair will disappear right under my sit/stand desk when I’m not using it. It’s so easy to manoeuvre, I roll it into my kitchen when I want a change of scenery and work at my kitchen table.
I have been living with the chair for a few weeks now, and am so impressed with it I will be doing another post on my experience in the future. If you’d like to experience the chair, CoreChair offers a 60 day trial. Apply code STREAMLIFE for your discount.
To see Patrick Harrison, president and creator of CoreChair explain how the seat works, watch this video:
I’d love to about hear your favourite productivity boosting tools. To having fun while getting things done!
- This is a sponsored post. I am very selective in choosing brands and products to support. I hope you find the above information valuable.
- By using the CoreChair discount code, I will also be compensated. If you have any questions about my experience, please reach out!
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