4 Game-Changing, Productivity Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Technology To Help Us Get Back More Time

Time is our most valuable asset and yet we never have enough of it. The root of the problem is we allow ourselves to become distracted by our phone, apps and push notifications. We can also get lost in habits that do not benefit us. Then we wonder where the day goes.

Making a decision not to allow these things to distract us is the first step. The second step is changing the way we work and using technology to stop distractions as opposed to becoming one. Here are four game-changing gadgets that help improve focus and increase productivity.

Datexx The Miracle TimeCube

Yes, you have a timer on your phone, but having your phone on your desk is an open invitation for interruptions. Investing less than $20 in this time cube will pay for itself the first time you use it.

The Miracle TimeCube lets you set a timer for five, ten, fifteen, or twenty-five minutes. All you have to do is put the minute side up and the countdown will begin.

Called the Pomodoro Method, research shows that allowing yourself to focus intensely for 25 minutes at a time and taking a five-minute break will help you get more done. There are endless uses for this time cube, not just for work, but for fitness, cleaning, and organizing. You will wonder how you ever lived without it.

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Ring Video Doorbell

If you work from home, a Ring Video Doorbell can be life-changing. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a major project and being interrupted by a package delivery, someone with an agenda that isn’t yours, or worse, someone who has confused your address for a neighbor’s. Your workday is your time. Don’t let these distractions rob you of your focus.

The Ring Doorbell minimizes interruptions by allowing you to speak directly to the person at your door through an app, so you don’t have to get up from your desk. This means losing seconds of time as opposed to minutes, so your brain can get back into work mode faster.

Ruggie Alarm Clock

You snooze, you lose. Hitting the snooze button is one of the biggest wastes of time and one of the worst habits. Getting out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off will give you more minutes in a day and more hours in a week. If you have a tendency to hit the snooze alarm more than once, the Ruggie Alarm Clock can be the fastest way to get out of bed.

This device has an incredibly loud sound that will only stop if both feet are standing on the mat.

One thing I like about the Ruggie, in particular, is that it comes with motivational MP3s that will reward you for getting out of bed, helping you replace a negative habit with a positive one.

Moleskine Smart Writing Set Ellipse

We all like to take notes on our computers and phones, but they can also provide an incredible amount of distractions.

Furthermore, while it’s easy for most of us to type on a smartphone, it’s not always the best format for detailed note taking. Smartpens really have the best of all worlds, so we can work free of distractions. The Moleskine Smart Writing Set has a notebook and smartpen. It transcribes your handwriting into a digital document that can be shared, edited, etc.

If you can’t see yourself using a smartpen, another way to avoid digital distractions is to put your phone on Airplane mode during a meeting or turn off the Wi-Fi on your computer. This will prevent notifications from coming through.

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