Loading... Please wait...
Join Ergonomics Insider News

Ergonomics Blog - mini keyboard

Free Tips, Tools, & Resources for Boosting Your Productivity

Posted


Productivity Boosters

Getting it all done, and on time, has become increasingly more complicated and therefore challenging. With the advent of great new technology {I shiver when I think of the pine system of email I logged into for college just 12 years ago} comes a new era of distractions. Besides the typical office noise we all face, we're distracted by our own gadgetry as well. While I love being productive and crossing tasks off my to-do list, I can always tell when I'm in a mood for distraction by how frequently I refresh my email, Pinterest, blog stats, or Facebook. I don't think I'm the only one either. Guarding ourselves from ourselves can be just as difficult as protecting our time from office time sucks, such as seemingly pointless meetings and co-worker chatter.

Thus, in case you are not totally tech-savvy like me {meaning I'm not at all}, here are some productivity boosters you may not be aware of. I have broken them into several categories: free Firefox add-ons, a free white noise online generator, and some ergonomic products known for efficiency.

First, check out these great Firefox add-ons.

  • LeechBlock: a Firefox add-on that allows you to block sites so you can avoid their distraction.
  • Customize Google: CustomizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhance Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo, Ask.com, MSN etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam). All features are optional and easily configured.
  • FlashGot: Download all the links, movies and audio clips of a page at the maximum speed with a single click, using the most popular, lightweight and reliable external download managers.
  • StatusBar: View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar - without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing.
  • Flashblock: Flashblock is an extension for the Mozilla, Firefox, and Netscape browsers that takes a pessimistic approach to dealing with Macromedia Flash content on a webpage and blocks ALL Flash content from loading. It then leaves placeholders on the webpage that allow you to click to download and then view the Flash content.
  • URL fixer: URL Fixer is an extension for Mozilla Firefox that corrects typos in URLs that you enter in the address bar. For example, if you type google.con, it will correct it to google.com (asking first, if you enable confirmation).
  • Tab Mix Plus: Tab Mix Plus enhances Firefox's tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager.
  • ScrapBook: Helps you to save Web pages and organize the collection.

And, a final productivity booster for any browser:

Now, take a look at these ergonomic products that maximize on comfort and minimize movement, thus making any workspace more efficient.

  • Ergonomic Mini Keyboard: a smaller, more compact design helps minimize movements for faster typing
  • Ergonomic Mouse: a handshake grip like this Evoluent mouse offers is much more comfortable and prevents straining; pair it with a slim-lined ergo keyboard that lets you pull it in close, and you have an efficient little typing space!

Finally, be sure to take a look at these productivity tips for mousing and a mini keyboard.

Check out these free productivity add-ons, a free white noise generator, and efficient ergonomic equipment to get a little boost at work.


On the Market for an Ergonomic Keyboard?

Driving a Different CarTrying out a new keyboard or laptop is a lot like driving someone else's car. You have to get used to where everything is and how it works, not to mention how it feels. Every car shifts and brakes differently and just reacts to your touch in a unique way. [...]

Read More »


What Not To Do: Part 6

What Not to WearHave you ever seen What Not to Wear with Stacy London and Clinton Kelly? It's a reality show in which some unsuspecting person is singled out by friends and/or family for her fashion faux pas. It may be that she is unaware of her body type and wears clothes that [...]

Read More »


Gesture Key Pad

Switching to a Mini?Ergonomists say that it's essential for typists to keep their keyboards and mice right next to each other. However, the average worker in the cubicle farm doesn't exactly have tons of desk space to spare which is why they often separate the two. So, a simple solution has been to [...]

Read More »


Switching to an Ergonomic Keyboard

As you continue to type on the work-issued keyboard, the idea of switching may have entered your mind. There are a variety of ergonomic keyboards to choose from, so you'll need to assess your specific needs as you decide which keyboard will work best for you.Why Go Ergonomic?Ergonomic keyboards are designed with you, the [...]

Read More »


Easy Ways to Increase your Productivity

Just Google "increase your productivity" and you'll see how many people are interested in getting more out of their 8 or 9 hours at work. Some tips are fairly obvious and others are helpful, so I thought I'd throw out some good ones you might not immediately think of...Tips for Increasing Productivity Try white noise, [...]

Read More »


How to Survive in a Cubicle

Office Sardines Whoever decided that more people in the same amount of space (or even less space) would save money never worked in a cubicle a day of his life. Office sardines is not exactly the most productive plan in that most workers report alarmingly high levels of distraction, which lead to loss of productivity [...]

Read More »


Better Ergonomics and Productivity for Laptop Users

The advent of the laptop has transformed our ability to work anywhere, any time. The problem is that using our laptops literally on our laps is not ergonomically sound and ends up causing us a different kind of stress: repetitive stress injuries. Check out these tips for maximizing ergonomics and productivity with your [...]

Read More »


iPads are the New Business Must-Have

iPads at WorkMany businesses have started appreciating the usefulness, savviness, and portability of iPads, even if their forerunners were somewhat of a professional no-no not too long ago. In fact, unlike iPods and iPhones (which were frequently banned from the office), iPads have been celebrated by business managers worldwide as an integral part of [...]

Read More »


Mini Keyboards & Why You Should Use One

One of the most common injuries computer users report is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), and a main contributor to it is an ill-fitting or poorly designed keyboard. Standard keyboards encourage poor ergonomic habits that injure your hands, wrists, and even fingers, but most frequently leads to CTS. Thus, whether you're a software engineer [...]

Read More »