Sunday, 22 March 2020

STAYING PRODUCTIVE DURING COVID 19 AND LOGITECH PEBBLE M350 WIRELESS MOUSE REVIEW

Most of us are practicing social distancing by staying in and working from home, and while the idea of that sounds great, we're slowly realising it really isn't that easy. Whether your employer gave you the thumbs up to work from your couch or you have this as time off work but still don't want to vegetate, it's possible to make extra productive use of this time. 

P.S This post is in partnership with Logitech and I review their Logitech M350 Wireless Mouse at the end so stick around for that! It's been an awesome addition to my laptop accessories and helped me still be able to work from my laptop comfortably wherever I am - whether I'm on the move (Pre-covid19) or working from my bed.




TIPS FOR STAYING PRODUCTIVE DURING COVID 19


Have some time off work and want to not waste this time? Here's some tips for you! (If you're still "on-duty" and simply working remotely, most of these will be relevant but I'll have some an added tip specifically for you in the end)

DON'T SPEND ALL DAY BINGE WATCHING


This is an obvious one. How are you gonna do the things if you're sitting in front of the tv and streaming Netflix/showmax all day? You're allowed to get your fix of Love Is Blind with an episode or 2 a day to unwind but spending more than an hour or 2 watching series every single day of social distancing/self-quarantine is going to seriously waste so much of useful time.

SPEND A DAY OR 2 GIVING THE HOUSE A PROPER SPRING CLEAN


This might sound slightly counter-intuitive - why waste time you could spend working, cleaning? You're going to spend A LOT of time in your house the next few weeks and cleaning up the space, getting rid of clutter, improving your environment in general is going to make you actually want to work more in the coming weeks. Make sure you properly declutter and make your space more welcoming - you can also use it as an excuse to do that proper spring clean you've been putting off.



GIVE YOURSELF CLEAR GOALS EVERYDAY/WEEK


It's very vague saying you want to "be productive" but not having very specific things you want to achieve. Take some time to list the 5 things you want to achieve in the next month of being at home. It can also be in different aspects of your life. You can start of general and then break it down to more specific goals possibly with time frames. An example of some of these things can be: get better at French (More specifically practice it for an hour a day), get better a guitar (More specifically practice all your chords in week 1 and learn at least 3 new songs in week 2), finish a product presentation for work (More specifically prepare the draft of the presentation in week one, write out a speech and prepare the powerpoint in week 2, practice delivering the presentation in week 3), do home renovations (Retile the kitchen in week 1, paint the living room in week 2) etc. Having these specific goals give you more direction and keep you on track when you feel like procrastinating.



This last tip is specific for if you're working remotely:

MAINTAIN A SYSTEM OF CLEAR COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES AND BOSS


I thought a bit about what my biggest advice would be for someone working on their regular job, just from home. As part of Kaffeine Media Solutions I've learnt a lot about the challenges of having your team work remotely (Especially when you're not even in the same country with a 6 hour time difference). COMMUNICATION IS KEY. Yet, communication can be one of the hardest things to get right. Try to find a system of constant communication that works for you. And I'm sure with a team that's used to working from an office, it would be way more difficult. Whether that means business calls with your boss and team everyday, constant communication of WhatsApp groups and other messaging platforms, or using a remote work messaging system, maintaining constant communication is really important. Your team should use a work management platform like Asana to make sure everyone is on track and knows what's expected of them.

ON THAT NOTE:

Recently I've started using the Pebble M350 wireless mouse by Logitech and it's been such an awesome addition to my work space when I'm working from my laptop (And being a blogger, I'm working from my laptop 90% of the time!). It's the best thing I never knew I needed.



JUST SOME OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THE PEBBLE M350


IT'S PINK!


Okay it's not just available in pink. You can get it in off-white, graphite, blue and rose pink. But obviously rose pink is the best. I like that it's not just the boring black and white that it's available in but you can get it in pretty cool colours too.

IT'S MINIMALIST AF


The design is modern and sleek and looks trés jolie! It's really slim so it's easy to pop in my handbag or laptop bag and you best believe I'll take it to Starbucks and Sèattle with me when the whole social distancing is over.



ON-THE-GO OR AT HOME? YOU DO YOU BOO


It uses really cool, cutting edge tech that tracks and adapts to whatever surface you're using it on and gives you the best user experience. At the coffee shop? Good to go. On the blankets? No problem! On your cat? Maybe!


TO BLUETOOTH OR NOT TO BLUETOOTH


The Logitech M350 comes with dual connectivity options of a traditional receiver or Bluetooth. Hence one can connect the mouse simultaneously to two devices. The tiny 2.4 GHz USB receiver which is stored in the magnetic cover of the mouse and can be used for a quick and easy connection - never worry about annoying drop offs or lag up to a 10m range.


SHH! I'M WORKING (DON'T WORRY, IT'S QUIET)



The Pebble is so silent, that I can now work till late at night without annoying the rest of the house with loud clicks. It feels like the same click feel that I love from a traditional mouse, but makes about 90% less noise. Note: it's not completely silent and does make a slight click, but it's not nearly as loud as most mouses.

NEW BATTERIES FOR WHO? FOR WHAT?



Never have to worry about charging your mouse again. The Pebble's battery will last you up to 18 months. The Logitech Pebble M350 knows when you’re taking a break and automatically goes into battery saving sleep mode.


You can find all the technical specs on the Logitech website. Overall, considering how much you're probably going to be working from your laptop in the coming weeks and even just for when you're out and about beyond this period, it's definitely a good addition to making your laptop or computer experience so more more comfortable.

And comfort is also key to productivity! 
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