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Feel Like a Boss With These Top Tech Tips

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These days, there are so many gizmos and gadgets out there that we don’t know what tech tools actually help us get the job done. Save money, save time, and save your stress with these game-changing hacks that you might not have heard of, but undoubtedly will never be able to live without.

1) Copy, Paste and Don’t Copy Again.  

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Ever going through a document and need to copy and paste more than once, but don’t want to re-copy something each time? We have the solution! The Fly Cut app for computers using MacOS is a clipboard manager that saves your clipboard history so you don’t have to keep track of everything manually.

2) “There’s Nothing Like A Good Shortcut”

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...Said everyone on the Platterz Engineering team. Efficiency is key (pun intended), so when it comes to keyboard shortcuts you can never have too many. Use these lesser known shortcuts and you’ll never look back:

  • Command # switches between tabs in your internet browser
  • Command L highlights the website URL in the address bar
  • Command Shift Arrow highlights full line of text at once

3) Recycle Your Old Computer Hard Drive for Extra Storage

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Just when you thought that your old computer was out of use… think again. Before you throw it away, take it to a repair shop, Microsoft or Apple store, and ask them to extract the hard drive. This hard drive will be your golden ticket to extra storage as it becomes your new ‘external’ hard drive that you didn’t have to purchase. All you have to buy is the case to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.

4) Password Hacks to Avoid Getting Hacked

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What do you need to always remember when creating a password you need to remember?

1: Make It A Phrase
Contrary to popular belief, rather than mixing up a bunch of letters, numbers and characters, using a phrase as a password is actually safer. Think: blue_icecream_travel_mix_adorable_puppy_peanut_butter or other random, meaningless mixes.

2: Make It Long
Two words? No. Four words? Getting there. Six to eight words is the optimal amount to keeping your password protected.

3: Make It Memorable
Keep in mind that the words you choose have to easily come to mind. Avoid using facts or words that people would expect to know about you (yes, using your first pet’s name is too easy). Instead, jumble words together you never think of, but that sound catchy enough that you’ll be able to refer to it when logging into your accounts.

5) High-Res Photo Saving (from Instagram)

When your colleague posts a photo of the team on Instagram, but you want it saved in high resolution for your next photo album? Visit the app online and follow these 6 simple steps:

  • Click on the photo you like to enlarge the image
  • Right Click (Control + Click) > View Page Source
  • Command + F > search jpg
  • Based on the first jpg mention in the code, highlight the URL beginning from https:// and ending in jpg
  • Copy the URL + Paste in new tab
  • Right Click (Control + Click) > Save Image As

6) Screenshot the FULL Webpage

Don’t spend time cutting, pasting, cropping, zooming out… use the Awesome Screenshot Chrome Extension to screenshot the entire webpage you’re viewing, even if the full page isn’t visible all at once. It really is awesome!

7) Customize Slack Colours

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If you know, you know. The office messaging app Slack is a life saver when it comes to chatting with the team, but, did you know that not just your conversations can be custom? Change your slack page with a few simple steps:

  • Preferences
  • Sidebar
  • Scroll down to Theme
  • Feeling Adventurous? Customize your theme
  • Share it with your coworkers and start the office trend!

8) Fly Through The Charging Process  

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When you’re in a rush, but your phone battery is at an all-time low, switch it to airplane mode before plugging it in. When it’s in flight mode, the battery charges faster since it’s not using all of the apps in the background. Your phone will land at 100% in a flash!

Now that you’ve got your software set, be sure to check out our post on Desk Décor to learn about the easy, stylish upgrades you can make to your desktop hardware.

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6 Desk Décor Tips To Make You More Productive

Fact: We spend close to one third of our lives in the office, sitting at our desks. Fiction: We have to keep our desks dull to ensure we stay productive. At Platterz, we’re tackling the myth that life in the office is bleak, and that your desk has to be a reflection of that. Not a closeted DIY expert? Don’t want to spend money on your office supplies? No problem! We know time is a luxury, so here are six ways you can effortlessly update your desk décor to optimize your workspace and workflow.

1. Combine Colours

The Benefit: Induce Emotions

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It goes without saying that a day in the office is never black and white, so why should your desk be? Yellow is commonly known for energy and optimism, while blue is affiliated with relaxation and focus, and green with tranquility and balance. A study conducted by the task management app, Taskworld, suggests that, contrary to popular belief, implementing colours into your day will actually stimulate greater creativity, rather than serve as a distraction. Try opting for coloured pens or notebooks, or even a bright coloured coffee mug. We’re not saying every colour of the rainbow per se, but it’s important to find which colours are best suited to you, your role, and your work environment.

2. Strategic Supplies

The Benefit: Improve Efficiency

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Whether you work on a computer or prefer traditional methods such as writing everything by hand, it goes without question that your office supplies should be tailored to fit the way you work. Do you write to-do lists everyday? Then jot down your thoughts in a daily agenda. Are you high-tech and use multiple devices at once? Tame the cord chaos with cable organizers to avoid your desk becoming a storage facility. You learn your best practices when you have the tools to support you, so be sure to check out Business Insider’s list of affordable yet undeniably beneficial desk-hacks. Seriously, you’ll ask yourself how you ever worked without them.

3. Plant Life

The Benefit: Feel At Home

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According to WeWork’s Senior Designer, Rachel Montana, people want to feel at home, and personalize their workspace while in the office. Work is seen as an expression of who you are, so being comfortable in your own space is essential, and will help ensure others feel the same. What’s a simple way to bring home life to the office? Plants! According to The Guardian, “considerable energy has gone into showing how plants and flowers brighten the work experience.” In fact, the term Biophilia was coined to demonstrate how green office spaces reduce stress hormones and increase brain functionality. So, pick up a succulent, cactus and/or small flower pot – just don’t forget to water it!

4. Healthy Snacking 

The Benefit: Boost Energy

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3pm strikes and you’re craving a bag of chips, or perhaps you have a sweet tooth and the convenience store across the street has unlimited chocolate bars. The only problem is that you’re busy at work and don’t want to binge on unhealthy treats. The easiest way to avoid the mid-afternoon-hunger-strike is by keeping a jar of bite-sized munchies on your desk. Having fruits, veggies and nuts ordered to the office make for effortless snacking, without sacrificing time and the charming aesthetics of your revamped tabletop. And if you get thirsty post-snack, replace plastic bottles with a coloured water bottle or themed tumbler to add a touch of spunk, all while staying environmentally conscious!

 

5. Stick to a Scent

The Benefit: De-Stress

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We all know that scents tend to be very personal. Some people might love the warm essence of vanilla bean, while others might prefer a fresh lemon-lime aroma. However, there are actually a few scents that are proposed to have a universal effect on people, especially in the workplace. Candles are likely a no-go in an office building (fire hazard and all), so try keeping these rollerballs or oils lined up on a decorative tray. Not only do they provide subtle scents, they don’t hurt the eye nor disrupt colleagues! Not sure which fragrance you fancy? Huffington Post Canada points out that citrus-infused scents such as lemon and orange aid in concentration, peppermint reduces headaches, lavender’s nourishing properties help with stress, and cinnamon can combat fatigue. We’ll take all four, please!

6. Personal Touches 

The Benefit: Generate Sociability

photo frame on desk

Do you spend your 9-5 daydreaming of the last time you lay on the beach, climbed a mountain or slept in a hotel bed? Us too. And, as it turns out, we’re not alone. WeWork polled over 4,000 of its members around the world, and discovered the extensive lack of work-life balance in traditional offices—a notion that Platterz is already on its way to combating. The solution? Personalizing your workspace is crucial in both putting a smile on your face as you reminisce, and to serve as an effortless conversation starter. If you have a framed photo of your new Dalmatian, or a landscape of your bucket list vacation, add it to your desk collection! Colleagues and visitors to the office are bound to want to know more. Trust us, there’s proof in the pudding.

Try these out and let us know how you designed your desk by tagging Platterz in your desk décor photos on Instagram. If you’re already a master at creating a pretty yet productive workspace and have a method to the madness, share your tips in the comments below!

Don’t just want to limit this tips to your desk and are hoping to improve your office’s space too? Check out our spotlight on Top Hat’s office and take a peek into their interactive, innovative workspace for inspiration (FYI, they have purple walls!).

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