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Reasons to Put Your Mouse on the Left – And Other Great Ways to Enhance Productivity by Using Your Computer Differently

Want to quickly increase your productivity, creativity and efficiency? Then a simple tip you can use is to move your mouse and put it on your left.

How can this possibly work you ask? Well for starters it forces you to use a different part of your brain – the right hemisphere to be precise which controls movement in your left side. Over time this can help encourage ambidexterity, and that in turn can have a number of positive benefits for your brain by increasing your spatial awareness, your memory and possibly even your creativity (it improves communication between your brain’s two hemispheres which has been shown to be useful in a number of studies).

At the same time though, putting your mouse on the left side will make it more annoying to use. This is a bad thing if you are sending work e-mails or doing other important jobs that require a mouse, but in other cases it can actually be a good thing. That’s because controlling a mouse with your left hand will likely be enough to put you off going for a wander online or browsing YouTube. This in turn means that you’ll probably focus more on the work you’re doing and get it completed more quickly.

All those benefits just from putting your mouse on the left! What else can you do this easily to have profound effects on your ability to work productively and efficiently?

Stand Up

Just as using your left hand can enhance your creativity and memory, standing up may be able to improve your focus and help you to stay productive for longer. That’s because standing up will help to encourage your heart to work harder which will promote the delivery of oxygen and nutrients around your body and to your brain.

At the same time standing up while working can have other beneficial effects outside of your productivity – it can help you to burn more calories for instance and can help to improve your posture and eliminate back problems that many associate with working in a desk chair.

Studies have shown however that sitting down promotes focus when engaging in difficult tasks, so the best way to work is to answer e-mails standing up and then to sit down when you want to sink your teeth into the meat of your working day.

Move Around

Standing up working means you’re going to need some kind of set up that you can work at from different angles. A Bluetooth keyboard can accomplish this, as can a laptop/ultrabook or a slate computer.

What this also then allows you to do is to take your computer with you to move around your room or office. If you’re finding yourself becoming less productive at your desk for instance, you can simply pick up your computer and take it over to the sofa or to another chair. Not only will this again get the blood flowing and oxygen pumping, but it will also give you a change of scenery which can encourage the flow of new good ideas. It can prevent you from being uncomfortable too (or from hurting your back), and if you occasionally lie back and relax while working it’s been shown to help improve the flow of good ideas. If you have a tablet and a stylus you can even input your web designby drawing on your lap as though you were sketching in a book – that’s bound to help you tap into a whole different creative part of your brain.

Have a Tablet on Your Desk

One of the best productivity hacks I’ve ever discovered is to keep a tablet on my desk next to me while I work and to use that as a type of second screen. What this allows me to do is to easily check e-mails and take notes without browsing away from the page I’m on while working on the computer. As you might imagine this can considerably improve focus on a singular task and help to avoid distraction and procrastination. It also promotes a more organised and minimalistic desktop rather than one with a hundred different windows open that are hard to navigate around.

Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.

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