|Productivity Hack: If there is an obstacle to seeing a screen clearly, remove the obstacle.|
All my life I’ve had this notion that if I could only devise an excellent system, I could be tremendously productive.
Earlier these thoughts expressed themselves in experimenting with different notebooks and pens, now it is about computers, tablets, and phones.
I used to thrill to read the website Lifehacker to learn what tech high-level people used to be productive. Some liked to hang out on the couch with a laptop, while others enjoyed the latest in mobile technology.
I must admit that for all my deep thinking my setup resembles a workspace from 20 years previous. I use MS Office for most of my tasks which makes a high-powered gaming desktop PC the tool of choice. Double screens make things easy on the eyes. And as of 2020, a Logitech webcam with built-in microphone is a convenient way to Zoom without looking too shabby.
Other gear includes child-made mug for holding pens, a stand for my phone so I can talk hands-free, and the ubiquitous Pilot G2 Limited gel ink pen with 0.7mm point.
Legal pads and post-it notes are used—some habits are just too hard to break.
For the special note, I use ramen-themed post-it notes when the message really counts.