productivity

How to Sleep Easily for More Happiness and Better Focus

How to Sleep Easily for More Happiness and Better Focus

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Why Do You Need More Sleep?

If you can get to sleep easily during the day, there's probably something wrong

You don’t want to get to sleep that easily!

Sleep deprivation is common amongst many people, proving the difficulty in getting to sleep easily. What’s more, it’s not rare—at all—to come across the person who doesn’t truly understand the importance of sleep.

Sleep is indisputably invaluably important.

And the research shows this. However, our modern world in which we live today does not.

Why is this? It is because our society is ‘always awake’, so to speak; everywhere you go, there will be buzz as well as novelty—i.e. distractions.

Moreover, in a world driven by technology, there is no ‘off’ switch by default. For example, people are constantly dwelling upon countless yet frivolous activities, such as:

  • Exploring social media
  • Managing emails and other communications
  • Consuming information content
  • Otherwise surfing the Internet or using electronic devices

These technological factors contribute massively to people not getting sufficient sleep easily: too many late nights with your preferred source of procrastination! Naturally, sleep should be easy to obtain, right?

Well, in an unmercifully overengineered habitat, it is crucial that we first add to remove. In other words, take extra measures to reverse the effects of an environment promoting procrastination and condemning productivity.

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Should You Have Faith in Online Calendars? [Kill Procrastination]

Should You Have Faith in Online Calendars? [Kill Procrastination]

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Why Would Calendars Avoid Procrastination Effectively?

If you’re not already using an online calendar, I genuinely hope this article will make you think again.

For now, however, we are not going to explore the benefits of specifically online calendars; that comes later. To begin with, why should we all be using any calendar at all?Excessive Confusion

The Problem of Procrastination and Productivity-Deficiency

The battle for productivity and against procrastination is an ongoing, ceaseless effort. That is to say, you will always encounter resistance when you need to get work done.

In order to reduce this friction, we must devise systems within our life. Why? Because your brain is flawed, imperfect, and exhaustible.

In many cases when we are given a decision, we often make the wrong choice. For example, if you have some free time, you may have quite a few options:

  • Send out some job applications because you’re unemployed
  • File your taxes, which you are late to do
  • Clean the dishes
  • Watch television for another ten hours
  • Eat pudding
  • Steal the neighbours’ Wi-Fi

Without an effective system, self-concept, and mindset, you would probably be likely to choose options 4–6. This is due to your natural tendency to gravitate towards easy things.

Consequently, the significantly more important, albeit more demanding, tasks take the back seat.

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Choosing a Monitor: 7 Lessons I Learned That Will Surprise You

Choosing a Monitor: 7 Lessons I Learned That Will Surprise You

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The Dark Side of Choosing a Monitor (for Productivity)

What’s your process for choosing a monitor when you need it?

Big or small? High resolution or low resolution? Astonishing or affordable?My dual monitor setup involving my laptop and desktop side-by-side

Perhaps you do not even give the fine details of that intimidating specification sheet any substantial thought. Nevertheless, there is always something you may have not considered with regards to choosing a monitor.

Considering the scores of opportunities for customisation, the inevitability is that you could enjoy a variety of unique monitor setups; with no doubt, we are likely to find a multiplicity of absurd, dark, and
questionable monitor configurations.

That is—as long as you have the audacity to stride forth and search intensely.

Don’t worry though: thankfully, we will have no need to explore the intricacies of the dark web. Rather, today’s aim is to enlighten all of you avid enthusiasts by presenting numerous inspiring ideas regarding monitors.

Everything monitors.

And who knows? If you’re in the market for a brand-new monitor or something like that, this could open your mind to new potential! Having experienced the peaks and troughs of the rollercoaster of screens, I’m fairly confident I know the choices of monitors.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention—my tremendously tremendous ideas revolve around maximising productivity.

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Are Dual Monitors Worth It? [Don’t Make My Mistakes]

Are Dual Monitors Worth It? [Don’t Make My Mistakes]

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The Question of Dual Monitors

Having seen the innumerable professionals claiming increased productivity with multi-monitor setups, you may be asking yourself one question; are dual monitors worth it for you?Are dual monitors worth it, some think so

Evidently, you must be viewing these words with some form of display, unless you’re listening to them. Perhaps, in some one-of-a-kind scenario, you are feeling these words—spiritually.

Sixth sense and all that, you know?

My point is: you have a monitor, so is it worth your time, money, and energy to go out there and buy a complementary monitor?

Also, if you aren’t already familiar, a dual monitor setup enables you to utilise the screen space of both. This
is from a single computer, too, much like extending your current monitor—to an extent(!)

Therefore, with the assistance of increased screen real estate, you can see more applications, tools, and content etc. Moreover, more stuff to see, in theory, leads to a big boost in productivity.

Or so you thought…

For you see, dual monitor setups may not always help us multitask—likewise—productivity. For this reason, “Are dual monitors worth it” suddenly becomes a substantially more complex, mind-boggling question.

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Your Taskbar Is Wrong: How to Fix Auto-Hide (For Good)

Your Taskbar Is Wrong: How to Fix Auto-Hide (For Good)

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More Screen Real Estate = More Productivity

In a frantic search for utmost productivity—as we all are—once may encounter a complication on their Windows computer. This problem is none other than the thieving taskbar (and auto-hide can’t solve it).

But what does it mean when we talk about ‘maximising our screen real estate’? To be concise, we mean increasing the proportional area of the desktop that can be used for useful tasks.

Multitasking on a monitorMaking more room for all of our windows, as well as their content, in other words.

Typically, this consists of hiding elements from the view such as a toolbar. To exemplify, hiding the ribbon in Microsoft Word (which I am typing into now), so you can see more page.

However, we don’t always miss out on features and functionality, mainly because we can get stuff back into view. (Keyboard shortcuts can be a great alternative for visual elements, too.)

Embracing a maximum-screen-space-little-compromise world, auto-hide is present in various controls across computer software.

In Microsoft Word, to continue that example, the ribbon can be set to ‘auto-hide’ which brings it out of view entirely; one must click at the top of the window in order to resurrect it.

And then, when you click anywhere other than the ribbon area, it auto-hides—useful, right?

That is until we look at the taskbar’s auto-hide.

Get productive: How to Navigate Windows 10: 123 Most Valuable Shortcuts

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7 Online Productivity Tools: Never Waste Your Time Again

7 Online Productivity Tools: Never Waste Your Time Again

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These Online Productivity Tools Make Things Easy (Trust Me)

Indeed, there are copious components creating the perfect, productive life. But computerised, online productivity tools are the most fun for increasing your productivity.

Crazy computer geek using too many monitors

You don’t need 15 monitors to be productive. All it takes is some quality productivity tools!

Not to mention, these fancy, electronic techniques—once mastered—make productivity a breeze.

(That being said, the effort still needs to ultimately come from you. Techniques such as the shortly following online productivity tools will only make things easier.)

Well-built systems can give you the motivation to be productive, without a doubt.

Likewise, poorly-built systems, or—even worse—a lack thereof, brews up the overwhelming enemy of productivity: procrastination.

Not knowing what to do next encourages idleness. By contrast, a detailed, clear, and concise plan keeps you on track (provided the absence of distractions.)

My personal organisation/productivity system relies on a large number of what I’ll refer to as “online productivity tools”.

The reason for this is that they provide a system for me to dump and organise information effectively. In addition to that, they use the cloud, putting the Internet to constructive use.

Accordingly, I am able to access information stored on said online productivity tools from basically anywhere. This certainly helps when I’m using two devices simultaneously.

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9 Effective Windows 10 Productivity Features for Beginners

9 Effective Windows 10 Productivity Features for Beginners

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How to Use Windows 10 Productively, Effectively

Perhaps you’re a beginner to the productive wonders of your Windows 10 computer. Then this is the place to be: there are plenty of Windows 10 productivity features for all of the family to enjoy.

In my eyes, there are two ways one could approach work on a computer of any operating system. That is to say, not exclusively Windows 10.

Increase Your Windows 10 Productivity
  1. Sit down at your computer and use what you know to get stuff done. It doesn’t matter how (even if the method is inefficient), as long as it works.
  2. On the other hand, you could first invest the time learning Windows 10’s productivity features beforehand. As a result, you’ll save time in the long-term, and be happier and more confident in using Windows 10.

Also, you’d be delighted to hear that these 9 Windows 10 productivity features will increase your work output—no doubt.

Even if you feel confident and experienced using Windows 10, I bet there’s something here you’re not exploiting.

After all, productivity is all about exploiting techniques. Thus, if you truly want utmost productivity, you’ll always be in the search for handy little tips and tricks.

The secret is going fast, and when you can go fast, you go productive.

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Having made my pitch that this article truly is relevant—for you—on Cryptic Butter, let’s dive in immediately. Starting with the basics…

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Enough of That, Let Us Commence the Operation!

(Info for absolute beginners. I never know how much knowledge the reader has, you see.)

Just in case, here is somewhat of an overview of the Windows 10 desktop. If you aren’t already, it would be an excellent idea to get yourself familiar with it.

An overview of the Windows 10 desktop

A few of the key components of the Windows 10 interface include:

  • The Taskbar: the bar displaying all open applications, the time, and the Start button (normally at the bottom of the screen).
  • The Start Menu: the resulting display after pressing the Start button (looks like four squares like a window) in the taskbar.
  • The desktop: indeed, it can become confusing when you use the word “desktop” in numerous, distinct ways. In this case, however, I’m referring to the area behind everything, displaying the background image with the icons on top.

1. Do More (Faster) with Keyboard Shortcuts

Hands down, this is one of, if not, the most powerful Windows 10 productivity feature you can leverage. Except it’s not a feature restricted to Windows 10—since shortcuts are used in Linux, macOS, and more!

If you aren’t aware of this already, keyboard shortcuts are quick ways of performing a certain function, using your keyboard. And your keyboard only.

Put simply, this entails pressing a combination of keys.

Typically, you would first press down keys that act as “modifiers”, then the key that finally triggers the desired action. For instance, take the Ctrl + Alt + Delete shortcut.

Keyboard Shortcuts

In this case, the control (Ctrl) and Alt (for alternate) keys act as modifiers, while pressing delete executes the action. Of course, shortcuts aren’t always 3-keys long, they could comprise 2 keys, 4 keys, and many more keys.

The first lot of shortcuts you’d want can be learned here—these are shortcuts specific to the Windows 10 OS. In other words, they perform functions related to the Windows 10 desktop environment, for more efficient use and navigation.

How to Navigate Windows 10: 123 Most Valuable Shortcuts (With bonus tips and info)

Immensely more efficient.

In fact, many of the upcoming productivity features in this article have corresponding shortcuts, so don’t miss them out!

Edit Text Quickly, and Contentedly

In addition to that, there is a separate batch of hot, steaming shortcuts that want your attention; they are the shortcuts to help you navigate and edit text more proficiently.

You’ve likely heard of the well-known, commonly used Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V, for example. But do you know about the hidden plethora of empowering text-editing shortcuts only a few people use?

Especially for the purpose of spreading the word, I’ve compiled the enjoyable, enlightening, relevant article.

Aid your typing skills further: Little-Known Ways to Quickly and Effortlessly Edit Text

2. Distribute Your Apps Across Virtual Desktops

Virtual desktops separate your applications into different virtual spaces

One of the most exciting features of Windows 10 when it was being announced, for me, was virtual desktops. But what are virtual desktops?

Virtual desktops are a nifty Windows 10 productivity feature that allows you to segregate your working environment. More specifically, you can divide your running applications between however many desktop spaces as you like.

To demonstrate, you can only view one virtual desktop at a time. In fact, if you’re using Windows 10 right now, all the open programmes are what you’d consider a virtual desktop.

This is where things get spicy—subsequently switching to another virtual desktop. The result of doing so?

  • Your currently open applications will no longer be visible, not even in the taskbar.
  • New applications can additionally be opened, which will stick to their own virtual desktop.

What’s more, the application windows can be moved, rather straightforwardly, between these virtual desktops.

So, how do we do it?

How You Can Operate Task View

Task view is one of the most powerful Windows 10 productivity features

Well, the secret lies in the Task View—a core Windows 10 productivity feature. In order to enter this view, click on the icon which (by default) sits to the right of the search bar/icon.

Otherwise, simply press Windows Key + Tab such that you see an overview of your open applications. This is, by the way, a powerful Windows 10 productivity feature in itself—for painlessly switching to the application you want.

It even enables you to quickly close applications in this view, too.

Utilising virtual desktops, however, click on the “New Desktop” button at the top of the task view. (If you’re using an older version of Windows 10—which is unideal—this will be at the bottom-right.)

Now, feel free to create as many virtual desktops as you want; there’s no harm in surplus, as it turns out.

Using this fancy Task View feature massively boosts your productivity, and here’s how:

  • Switch between virtual desktops by clicking on the target desktop in the Task View. Also, take advantage of the corresponding shortcuts: Ctrl + Windows Key + /
  • In the Task View, see the programmes of a specific desktop by hovering over it with your mouse. Therefore, there’s no need to leave the Task View—saving precious units of time.
  • Move applications between virtual desktops by dragging them in the Task View to the intended desktop.

Using Task View to Your Advantage

To exemplify a case where Task View would be of tremendous assistance, imagine you’re working on a project; you’re researching the chemical composition of butter in order to write up an insightful document for your manager.

Prior to Task View, there were two ways of going about this: you could either set up the browser and word processor (for writing the document) side-by-side or overlap them.

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In the latter case, you’d have the inconvenience of switching between each application. Granted, this can be done pretty fast.

Or, better yet, you could have your browser in one virtual desktop, and the word processor in the other. Accordingly, you’ll get a full-screen view of each programme and an uncomplicated way to switch between them (exploiting shortcuts).

Furthermore, virtual desktops provide a convenient way to have all of your windows laid out how you want. These layouts can subsequently be put out or back into view.

For example, your virtual desktop for research could have 4 browser windows laid out perfectly. Each one could potentially present a different information source.

Evidently, the opportunities are endless.

Just give it a whirl!

What It Isn’t

What the virtual desktops productivity feature isn’t, however, is a way to effortlessly switch between different looks and feels. Rather, think of virtual desktops merely as a way to compartmentalise all of your applications into discrete workflows.

It divides your windows, and nothing else. While this is a bit unfortunate, it is a worthy productivity tool nonetheless.

(Unique background images per virtual desktop would have been nice, though.)

3. Organise Your Apps Using Windows Snap

Keeping to one virtual desktop, how do you lay out your windows in the most productive way possible?

I think you’ll find the answer in Windows Snap—another beautiful Windows 10 productivity feature. As with virtual desktops, I got tremendously enthusiastic over this!

Windows Snap allows you to easily arrange windows next to each other

To explain, Windows Snap does precisely what it sounds like, that is, snaps your windows; it essentially provides the most trouble-free way of organising your windows on your desktop.

As a result of dragging a window to various sides of your screen, your window will snap accordingly:

  • Drag the window to the top to maximise it.
  • Shove it to the left/right in order to occupy half of the screen.
  • Push it towards any of the four corners to extend the window over a quarter of the screen.
  • If appropriate, Windows will allow you to choose another window to snap next to your snapped window. To refuse this offer, click basically anywhere else.
  • More cleverness comes into play with regards to filling all the available space, too.

So, you could use this technique and have up to four windows arranged nicely for you, the productivity addict.

Windows covering each quarter of the screen
Windows Snap adapts the window in accordance with other windows
Windows Snap will automatically adapt your window to fill the available space as it makes sense.

Furthermore, in a half-half configuration, you can drag the edges of both windows in the middle of the screen at once

But—as we all know—there is no productivity addict without the appropriate shortcuts.

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Don’t forget, too, that you can still resize these windows by dragging the window borders.

Speaking of resizing windows, experiment with dragging the top/bottom border of a window to the top/bottom of the screen: that window will automatically—and quite cleverly—adjust to take up the entire height of the desktop!

4. Pin Your Favourite Apps for Swift Access

Indeed, being able to organise apps that are already open is indisputably advantageous. But what about before even opening the applications—how can productivity increase there!

Well then, let’s go back to a straightforward Windows 10 productivity—or rather, convenience—feature that’s certainly not new.

And you guessed correctly (perhaps from the heading) that you can pin commonly-used apps to quickly-accessible places.

Pinning to the Start Menu

Starting with the Start Menu in Windows 10, I’ll draw your attention to the big application tiles (rectangles). Firstly, right- (secondary-) clicking each tile will give you the options to unpin and resize the tile.

Customising tiles with the context menu

As well as that, there are plenty more functions that may appeal to your tender ear, child.

For anything that you don’t really use as often, I’d recommend unpinning it. Therefore, you won’t see it there and it’ll clean up the Start Menu for more important things.

After all, anything that isn’t pinned to the Start Menu can always be accessed from the app list there.

Right-click on your commonly-used applications in that app list, while you’re there. Then you will be given the option to pin those to your Start Menu.

Pinning applications to the Start Menu as tiles

(Bear in mind, though, that there are other ways of pinning these items, like right-clicking desktop icons and Windows Search results.)

Pinning items through Windows Search by right clicking or pressing the menu key
Pinning desktop icons to the taskbar and Start Menu
Pin desktop items to the Start or taskbar.

Then they are yours to move around, resize and even group. (For achieving the latter, simply drag a tile onto another one, as you would on an iPhone).

Pinning to the Taskbar

Equally, you could pin apps that you frequent, as much as that one pub, to the taskbar, using right-click. These items will never leave your taskbar, so you can quickly open them whenever.

Pinned items on the taskbar allow you to quickly open an application
Pinned items remain on the taskbar when the corresponding application is not running.

Right click on them again, in the taskbar, to unpin them. I suggest pinning your browser to the taskbar since that generally gets substantial usage.

Using similar techniques discussed here, you can hide the Task View button, Search, and Peoples button from the taskbar. Hence, you’ll profit from the bonus space for all the more programmes.

5. Find Almost Everything Using Windows Search

Yet another method for rapidly opening programmes is using the wonderful Windows Search. In truth, I use this Windows 10 feature way too often—because productivity is key!

See if you’ve kept the Windows Search/Cortana icon or search box next to the Start button. In the event that this is present, it’s as plain-sailing as clicking on it and typing your query.

However, my preferred method—the faster method—is to straightforwardly open the Start Menu and start typing. Even though there is no text box, pressing a letter will immediately deploy Windows Search/Cortana.

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Life becomes fairly easy, accordingly, as this is all you need to do to search:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard
  2. Type your query directly after
  3. If necessary, use the arrow keys to navigate and select the relevant item
  4. Press enter to open the selected item

Find things quickly and easily with Windows Search

You’ll profit from Windows Search’s ability to search a multitude of items in your computer, including:

  • Applications
  • Settings
  • Your files i.e. music, documents, photos, and videos, as well as folders

6. Care for the Desktop like It’s a Cuddly Little Kitten

Whenever I glance at some desktops—full to the brim—I become a rotting banana, shrivelling up in every direction.

What Are Desktop Icons?

The icons on your desktop basically represent the files in your “Desktop” folder, in your user folder. To clarify, the desktop is a mirror of that folder.

Also, that icon you press to open your application is not actually the application. Typically, this is a mere shortcut, as shown by the miniature arrow in the bottom-left of the icon.

As such, the real application file (the executable) is buried somewhere within Windows 10’s filesystem. So, in order to save you the time finding it, you can create a shortcut.

Installing applications normally creates the shortcut and puts it on your desktop for you.

Upon clicking on this shortcut, you will open the referenced application—which is somewhere else. Therefore, deleting shortcuts from your desktop does not uninstall the application from your computer.

Similar things can be said about pinned items on the Start Menu or taskbar etc.

For some, a generous serving of desktop shortcuts on their desktop is strangely utilitarian. Me, though, I don’t favour using the desktop in this way.

By contrast, I believe desktop shortcuts are madness; putting endless heaps of files on the desktop only creates a mess.

Not to mention, you end up obstructing your exquisite desktop background.

I personally do not use the desktop for temporarily storing files, too—there are better ways.

On top of that, desktop icons are covered by windows, unlike the Start Menu, which is more rapidly accessed. That is, most of the time. And most of the time is more vital than some of the time.

With that in mind, my solution is to right-click on the desktop background, go to “View”, then untick “Show desktop icons”.

How to hide your desktop icons

What was thought to be a brilliant productivity feature is, in my opinion, completely useless…

7. Enhance Your Concentration with Focus Assist

More clearly a Windows 10 productivity feature—Focus Assist—because it wants you to succeed.

To the surprise of no one, distractions are the primary killer of productivity, hence the breeding ground for procrastination.

In this modern age, though, these distractions often manifest themselves as notifications—namely on your phone. For example, these consist of emails, text messages, critical security alerts, and other info-nuggets from your apps.

While handy for staying in-the-know, these are far from critical when you actually want to get stuff done.

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For that reason, you may easily disable these lethal notifications by enabling Focus Assist in the Action Centre. (The Action Centre is found at the end of the taskbar, otherwise, press Windows Key + A)

Focus Assist will probably be one of those rectangular buttons towards the bottom of the Action Centre Pane. If not, you may have to press “Expand”, or, you’ve hidden the button yourself.

Great! Now you’re being productive!

In addition, don’t miss out on the host of settings relating to Focus Assist; so, right-click the button, and press “Go to Settings”.

Focus Assist settings
Go to Settings, System, Focus Assist.

For instance, you can set the feature to enable itself automatically during specific times. This can be exceedingly helpful when you have allocated work hours.

8. Use Night Light for the Best Night’s Sleep (Equals Productivity)

Similar to use, Night Light, a Windows 10 feature, can genuinely aid your productivity. Albeit, even if this one does so in a slightly unique way.

Thus far, we have covered Windows 10 productivity features that help productivity in the current moment. These make doing things faster for you, whereas Night Light aims to make you faster at doing things.

Essentially, the feature causes your screen to display warmer colours at night, thus reducing the blue light emitted. Your screen will begin to take on a tint of orange, in other words.

Like before, you can enable this feature on-demand from the Action Centre, or it can be scheduled. For the second-mentioned, just access Night Light’s settings—it’s exactly the same process as with Focus Assist.

Configure Night Light for the best night's sleep
Go to Settings, System, Display, Night light settings.

Next, you can choose the colour temperature Night Light uses, as well as the hours for which it comes on. What’s more, Night Light can use your current location to automatically come on from sunset to sunrise!

What is the Point of Night Light?

“That enters my ear warm, Big Joe, but what is the purpose of reducing my blue-light consumption?”

Well asked. Exposure to blue light, put simply, prevents falling asleep with ease.

Makes sense, right? The sky is blue during the day and humans don’t sleep during the day (well, most of us, that is).

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However, if you’re using electronic devices with a screen in the evenings, you’re exposing yourself to blue light. Hence, you are going to have more difficulty falling asleep.

Night Light—coming to the rescue—wants to make the process of falling asleep far more effortless.

For you see, sleep is immensely important, especially for your productivity. Likewise, sleeping less and working more doesn’t necessarily mean more work gets done; it may, in fact, mean less work gets done.

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9. Conveniently Clean up Clutter with Aero Shake

Why do I mention this last on my list of 9 Windows 10 productivity features? To be concise, the reason is that this feature doesn’t get a whole lot of use from me.

Nevertheless, I thought it would be a marvellous idea to outline it here—then we get an odd-numbered list.

We love odd numbers—and so do you—but Microsoft and Apple do not.

Without any further hubbub, introducing “Aero Shake”, a feature that you might find invaluable for productivity. The entirety of the real deal consists of shaking a window. That’s it.

Grab onto a window, as if you’re going to move it, then wobble your mouse/cursor; shake the window back and forth in any direction, that is to say.

Wobble your window to minimise all others

As a matter of fact, you may have done this accidentally in the past (like me): the result minimises all other windows but the one you shook.

Therefore, it’s safe to say this is an effective way to clear your workspace once in a while—free yourself from distractions.

Afterwards, you can shake the window again to restore the other applications. On the other hand, it’s fine to open each app individually using the task manager, Task View, alt + tab, etc.

These Are Merely a Few Tips

Of course, I have to end this somewhere—using Windows 10 productively entails far more than what a single article’s worth.

This is merely scratching the surface.

As that being the final note, stay tuned for more computer-proficiency tips and insights (you won’t regret it).

The productive person is always learning, productively.

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How to Use Your Old Laptop as a Second Monitor (5 Ways)

How to Use Your Old Laptop as a Second Monitor (5 Ways)

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Don’t Waste Your Old Laptop

So, you’re sitting in front of that snazzy, latest-and-greatest desktop (or laptop) computer. Meanwhile, your old laptop, lurking in the wardrobe, feels neglected and sad that you’ve excluded it from the fun-house.

That’s truly shameful—Lucius—that you would do such a thing!

Neglected Old Laptop

Especially so, once you think of the sheer volume of cash you sacrificed solely for that one laptop.

“Now it’s an old laptop, and nobody cares, yo, because I have dat bank pushing what it worth, brother.”

Incorrect, son (grammatically and conceptually). You’re putting a potential extra monitor to waste.

It’s highly important that we make our money go as far as the rainbows, hence today’s fun activity.

Today, I’ll teach you to revive your old laptop and finally make productive use out of it once again; we’re going to make your old laptop great again, that is to say.

In fact, I’ve been in this situation myself, when I essentially replaced my laptop with a more powerful, relevant desktop. Allow me to illustrate this picture a little better for you:

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Laptop or Desktop for Programming: Which is The Best?

Laptop or Desktop for Programming: Which is The Best?

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That Challenging Question When Buying a New Computer

If you’re anything like me, you would want to guarantee yourself the best return on investment when making a purchase. Accordingly, you may spend a considerable amount of time pondering over the question of a laptop or desktop for programming.

Otherwise, deciding between a laptop or desktop for programming is something you should consider—at the minimum.

Laptop or desktop for programming

It is, indeed, relatively effortless to select computer hardware for the mere mortals. (The gamers, web surfers, document-fixated employees etc, that is to say.)

But, for power users, the situation isn’t invariably easy as evaluating what’s going to give you the best framerates. If you’re here to choose a laptop or desktop for programming, you’re probably concerned with the speed of compilation.

Moreover, this becomes exceedingly deep when the idea of a budget—especially a limited one—is thrown into the mix.

The last point—budget—will have an indisputable, immense impact on the decision between a laptop or desktop for programming. Not to mention, the differences between the characteristics of laptops and desktops for programming only add to the complication.

So, what is the best configuration for you?

Of course, as with many things, this decision ultimately depends on you and your needs.

As a result, the well-justified decision is one in which this is appreciated as well as thoroughly considered.

In this article, I’ll merely guide you through the advantages and disadvantages of laptops and desktops for programmers. We’ll consider the various use-cases a power user—not necessarily a programmer—could experience.

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5 Useful Cross-Dominance Ideas 10% of People Will Love

5 Useful Cross-Dominance Ideas 10% of People Will Love

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What is Cross-Dominance and Why Should You Care?

Cross-dominance is the fascinating phenomenon where one favours using each hand for separate tasks. To clarify, this is unlike having a single, dominant hand which is preferred for most tasks.

For example, a person with cross-dominance might favour writing with their right hand but rather brush their teeth with their left.

Cross-dominance of birds
Dominance amongst the birds.

Also, make that extra effort not to confuse cross-dominance with ambidexterity—for that is something completely different. Well, perhaps not exactly completely different.

Ambidexterity is the ability—natural or acquired—to use both sides of your body equally for all tasks at hand. That task doesn’t have to be at any particular hand, as ambidextrous people don’t have a dominant hand for anything.

If you’re one of the few who is ambidextrous, it isn’t merely the equality you’ve got between your hands. Rather, you have versatility between your hands, consequently enabling you to plough through inconsistent asymmetry, as we see too often.

Who doesn’t want to be shaking Elon Musk’s hand whilst writing all about how he’s taking us to other worlds?

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Sounds exceedingly convenient, don’t you think?

Nevertheless, we are here to talk about cross-dominance, not ambidexterity—that’s for another day, you see. Let me engage you with this simple, straightforward question, to begin with:

Do you often find yourself inconvenienced when your non-dominant hand would be better suited for the current situation?

If your answer is “yes” to this question, I suspect you are likely to be left-handed. (That doesn’t mean right-handed people cannot find themselves in the scenario described above, however.) In this case, you should by now be already convinced of why you should be cross-dominant.

After all, if certain tasks are better suited for your non-dominant hand, why not simply use it?

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