10 Productivity Hacks to Improve Your Life

Do you feel like you are putting in all this time and effort with no results to show?

 

Are you the type that gets the most out of their day? You most likely don’t. Let’s be honest, no one does. Everyone wants to be more productive, but is it easy to do?

I used to try to cross lines through my to-do list as fast as I could. I quickly realised how unproductive I was. You need to train the brain to hit your peak performance.

 

Your lifestyle is key to increasing your minds healthy and productiveness. To make your brain work at its peak, you need to be healthy. A healthy body is a healthy mind and vice versa.

 

Healthy Eating

How do you feel eating healthy compared to junk food? I certainly feel a massive difference. You will never function the same way. A healthy diet is key to high performance. You truly are what you eat. My breakfast every day is fruit and a green smoothie, and I feel fantastic.

Keep Hydrated

People forget how important water is in the workplace. Are you frowning at your screen with a headache? Are you yawning more than once or twice in your workday? Or more importantly, are you staying adequately hydrated at work? You may not understand the connection between these questions, but the link between hydration, mood, and workplace performance is an important one. You are a desk athlete. I’m sure you forget to drink water. Your brain needs to be hydrated. Substitute a cup of water for your coffee. Sit a bottle of water at your desk. You are a lot more dehydrated than you think. This is a quick and easy way to improve mental performance.

 

Exercise

Easily my favourite part of the day is exercising. I am not myself without physical activity. Could be something as simple as a walk around the block. If you hate the exercise you are doing, it’s time for a change. You need to find something that you love. Exercise will become effortless. For example, I love my runs and boxing and my mum loves yoga. We do exercise for the same reason. To release stress, increases energy and ultimately, have fun. Being a couch potato will not help your productivity.

 

 

Once you train your body to be healthy, your brainwill simply follow. You will think more clearly, positively and be happier.

Training your brain is not as easy as training your body. Training your brain takes baby steps and more focus. Find a system that stops distraction so completing important tasks is easy.

 

Night time planning

Plan your day the night before. Make your tomorrow morning easy. Write a small to-do list with important tasks for the morning. Complete them first, when your mind is most fresh. Remembering tasks from yesterday is a waste of brainpower. You only have so much mental energy in a day before you are affected by decision fatigue. The morning is the best time to complete those important tasks.

 

Your Morning

Before work, use the morning for yourself. You need to find what makes you most productive. Stop looking at your phone first thing in the morning and ignore your emails and calendar when you start your day. Exercise, have a healthy breakfast and read the newspaper. But avoid reading depressing news articles. It can negatively impact your day’s productivity.

 

Email Exclusion

Are you an impulsive email checker? That needs to stop. Email is a productivity destroyer. Breaks your train of thought. Emails almost always distract you from important tasks. Having set times for email will improve your productivity.

 

Break time

Have you ever caught yourself staring into space? Are you in a daze, your brain aching? Throughout the day, you can be your worst enemy. Take a break, get up and go for a walk. Having breaks is not a crime. It can be a highly beneficial productive move. You will come back recharged and ready to go.

 

Multitasking

A productivity crime that every person is guilty of is multitasking. Simply you cannot be at your productive peak doing two (or more) things at once. Focusing on one task will increase the quality of work. Your best work will not be when you are on the phone completing a task.

 

To-do List

How big is your to-do list? Is your to-do list scarier than the actual tasks? This means your list is way too long. Cut it in half. The less important tasks don’t need to be on that list. Your to-do list needs to focus on the things that matter.

Fresh Air

Do you struggle in the afternoon? Are you eating at your desk or in your office? Break that habit. Being in the office all day with no fresh air can derail you. You should eat lunch outside of your workspace, or go for a lunchtime walk. This will help declutter and refocus your mind. Your afternoon is bound to become more productive.

 

Are you stressing about cleaning your house or keeping up at work? Being productive is key to less stress and will change your life. It’s all about baby steps. Being more productive can be one walk around the block away.

 

Do you feel like you can be more productive with your life? Maybe an app will help you increase your productivity. Contact Launchpad for a free quote and get an understanding of how productive we are.

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App innovation and opportunity with the iPhone X.

What do Instagram and Snapchat have in common?

 

They are apps that only exists because of developments in mobile technology. Just by adding a camera to a mobile phone. So what does the iPhone X change?

 

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Apple has just held their annual keynote event. During which, they announced 3 new iPhones, a new Apple smartwatch and Apple TV. But today, I’m going to talk about the iPhone X. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, it’s “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone”. So I’m going to talk about its features and what you can hope to see coming on the app store.

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New Screen Applications

 

The iPhone X boasts Apple’s super retina display. A 1125×2436 OLED screen with HDR10 and Dolby Vision for video. These improvements to the screen and video display could mean more developers start creating iPhone Virtual Reality games and applications.

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Virtual Reality Applications

 

Compared to the HTC Vive, which is solely a virtual reality headset. It has 2 similar size OLED screens. One screen for each eye. The iPhone holds up in comparison. Which means that VR can be used without VR sickness, as low resolution and screen density causes VR sickness. Which unfortunately a lot of other phones have. Just imagine the games and apps you love on the app store. All turned into virtual reality. Could you see yourself using this?

 

However, if Virtual Reality is a bit too much. What about Augmented Reality?

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Augmented Reality Applications

 

The new TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X can track more than ever. Along with the Apple ARKit, an Augmented Reality Framework. Which uses Visual Inertial Odometry to track the world around it. This means it can detect lighting in the room. Then match the augmented object to it. It can also find horizontal planes in the room.

 

If you’re confused as to what this means, remember Pokemon GO?

For the Pokemon to appear if they are on the ground, that is horizontal plane detection. Which will be improved, thanks to the Apple ARKit and the new camera.

 

Along with that, the Facial Recognition has new application features. The Facial Recognition technology will be used to unlock the phone.  But it will also be used for much more. Like the Apple Animoji, which is a new way to use emojis. Using face-mapping, the face you pull will change the emoji. Similar to the Snapchat app.

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New Camera Applications

 

If you aren’t interested in augmenting or changing your reality. There is more that can be done with the camera. The new camera offers 4K video recording capability. And 240 frames per second slow motion recording. It will increase the quality of the video being produced. Which will bring video editing apps. Video editing on mobile can be quite power demanding. This likely won’t be a problem to the new six-core A11 processor.

 

You can now take slow-mo videos of your food! Welcome to the future.

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Internet of Things Applications

 

If you haven’t heard of the Internet of Things, I’d recommend reading our blog. The changes in the iPhone increase Apple’s depth in the IoT.  Apple already has a few IoT applications. Like connections to the Apple watch and Apple TV. As well as the ability to pay with your iPhone using Apple pay.

 

However, new to this iPhone is wireless charging. This technology allows wireless charging on tables everywhere. Imagine if you had a charger built into your desk at work. Your phone would never go flat again. Or you’re at a cafe and your phone goes flat. You can just charge your phone right there. No need for a cable or to plug anything in.

 

What are you most looking forward to from the iPhone X?

 

Will you buy one?

 

If you want to have a unique app developed for the iPhone X. Please visit our quote page for more information.

 

Also, check out our blog while you’re here. If you’re curious about apps and startup innovation.

 

Amazons Internet Jungle

Amazon has a complex internet “jungle”. Curious to explore it?

Amazon and their Internet of Things.

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Amazon is one of the biggest players in the IoT. This is because Amazon is creating devices, platforms and ways to connect. Amazon seems like they aren’t going to miss a beat on the IoT. If you are unsure what the Internet of Things is, please check out our other blog.

 

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Amazon Echo

Let’s start with Amazon devices that you can buy today. Devices like Amazon’s Echo device. Amazon’s Echo device is a home assistant. I have no doubt you’ve heard of these home assistants. Google has one and Apple is working on one. These devices listen for your voice. So, whenever you say something, it listens and responds accordingly.

 

Much like Apple’s assistant Siri, Amazon named their assistant, Alexa.  You can ask Alexa anything. Well, almost anything. Alexa can answer your questions through the Google search engine. She can read you news, books and information like the weather. She can play music on request, message or call through your phone. Amazon’s Alexa can connect to all your smart devices, like your TV and lights. It’d be as simple as saying “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights”. Or “Alexa, open the pod bay doors”.  Very futuristic.

 

Amazon has partnered with businesses to take this even further! Through Alexa, you can order a pizza or an Uber. However, the Echo’s reach is limited. Amazon has realised this and has released the Echo Dot. The Echo Dot adds the Echo to whatever room it is in. So, walking around the house, Alexa can help.

 

Additionally, Amazon released Echo devices with cameras. To be used for videos calls and more. Like being used get a visual representation of your requests. For example, “what does ‘X’ look like?”. The newest Echo device was created just for Fashion. It was made to take daily photos of what you’re wearing. With those photos, it rates the outfit for you.

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Amazon IoT Platform

 

Amazon connects all these products and services using their IoT platform. According to Amazon, it can support billions of devices. And from those devices, trillions of messages!

 

The messages come from your devices and go to the cloud, then to a connected device. The messages are like signals, or instructions. Messages like button presses from the Amazon Dash. Or messages from the Echo telling your lights to turn on. These messages are sent safely and securely. Stopping people from hacking into your home!

 

Think of what an IoT hacker could do, control your lights, fans and order you food!

 

Personally, I think this sounds like a great way to live more efficiently. Just don’t let Alexa know you’re going to disconnect her.

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Amazon Dash

 

The next Amazon device is the already mentioned Amazon Dash. The Amazon Dash is a button when pressed fulfils an order. It’s as simple as that.  You press a button and it’s added to your shopping list and sent to you.  

This could be dangerous for animals and children, so I’d keep this out of reach. As it could be pressed out of curiosity or accident. It’d be a dream to have an unlimited chocolate button as a kid. So maybe keep the Amazon Dash to boring stuff. Or don’t, whatever, it’s your money.

 

What’s cool about the Amazon Dash, is that you can buy pre-made ones. Buttons that are made for a certain product. But you can also create programmable Dash devices. You can place buttons around your home that serves a certain purpose. For example, a button to call or alert someone. A button to order a service like a standard pizza order. A button to turn something on or off, like a light. Revolutionary!

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Amazon Connections

 

As the IoT grows, it will need connections beyond WiFi. This is because WiFi has a limited range. Amazon is reportedly partnering with the Dish network. The aim of the partnership is to create a 5G network. This network will connect anything and everything.  The network gives Amazon drones the ability to go anywhere in the network’s range. Potentially littering the sky with drones.

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Do any of these devices interest you? Or do you already own one or more?

 

Have you got an app idea that can integrate into the IoT?

 

Please visit the Launchpad quote page. Where we can turn your idea into a unique, successful app.

 

For more information on drone covered skies and having your home hacked. Read our other blogs on the Internet of Technology.

Or read our blog on tech trends, like the Internet of Things.