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Yes. While the exact optimal temperature depends on the person, there is a range where people are generally more productive. You can see a spike at ~ 70 - 71 °F aka ~ 21 - 22°C. A quick search to find an actual study turned up this from Helsinki University and this from Cornell. Translated to both Fahrenheit and Celcius temperature ranges, here is the ...


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I'd recommend going through the motions to make it seem like you are showing up to a normal workplace... i.e. Clock in and out with a time tracking app - I'm a freelancer and once I clock in I feel this unspoken commitment to be working on my project at hand Remove your workspace of distraction - maybe you are like me and while you are laying in bed you ...


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Nobody wants to work a place without window(s). Like Joel says; Every developer, tester, and program manager is in a private office;all except two have direct windows to the outside (the two that don't get plenty of daylight through two glass walls). I thinks this is the perfect office desing for everybody. Your front is wall, (not distribute the ...


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I think having a window right in front of you as you work might be too distracting, but having one nearby, preferably somewhere to the side, would definitely be better than none at all. I find it relaxing to have a feeling of space and not being locked in a small room, which windows definitely help with. They're also great for taking short breaks - ...


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Amended answer to the edited question Try searching "office design productivity" in ScienceDirect. You'll find various studies done on color, temperature, humidity, etc and their relationship with productivity. Look into PubMed and search for keywords such as "psycholog* AND office AND productivity" for more in-depth studies on mind-environment ...


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I can speak from my current situation that people are, without question, more productive when a window view is available. To make a long story short, the company has downsized quite a bit. When I started, the company took up most of the 3rd floor of the building, an office lined with big windows and lots of natural light. Regardless of where you were in the ...


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Buy a 3 panel screen and use it to separate the work area from the sleeping area.


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It depends on how you use it. For me, a second monitor greatly increases my productivity. I do a lot of research/writing, and being able to have my notes and research materials open on one screen with a word processor open in the other is far more efficient than flipping back and forth between windows. If I'm being bad, however, I might have IMs, twitter, ...


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I think the issue is less about the number of monitors you use and more about the number of contexts that you maintain on those monitors: Single Context: It is possible to configure a monitor arrangement to act as a single desktop area and tile application windows across all of the monitors or at least arrange windows from the same application across ...


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It is an interesting question, I don't know of any books on that topic but this is how I would approach this: Study how I work in my current office for a week. Where do I get accessories from? What do I do with new documents? How tidy/clean is my desk? Think of better ways of doing the most common actions I do: move the bin closer, buy cleaning products ...


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I like the previous answers regarding setting a schedule and fulfilling the rituals of going to a job. If I may add one more tip: get dressed - wearing pajamas all day, I believe, can affect one's drive and motivation. Best of luck!


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Although this is old, here's a very cheap DIY alternative you could try: http://iamnotaprogrammer.com/Ikea-Standing-desk-for-22-dollars.html It's obviously not adjustable during use, but you can do what I do (if you have a wide enough desk) and switch between using it for the standing position or sitting down and using the actual desk for the sitting ...


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Having a great lighting system. A little too bright or a little too dim can dramatically hamper your productivity. Again this is subjective so I would not comment on "how much" lighting you need. But test and tweak!


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I don't have any studies, but it seems fairly clear to me that it's better, at work, to not be distracted. If you find yourself thinking "I'm cold" or "I'm hot" every ten minutes, or even every hour, you're clearly not as productive as you could be. Temperature is definitely a question of personal preference - I've had a housemate with such different ...


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Desk notifier should do the trick. Assuming you use android that is, we kind of need more information to help you here. Google is your friend though.


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This is a subjective question but I want to say something about it. First of all, I work in plaza on the 17th floor. We have air conditioner system. But sometimes we can't change the temperature. Because our air conditioner system is a central system. Our office, normally temperature range around 23 - 26 Celsius. This is good for us. Not cold, not hot. ...


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Setting up a good filing system has helped me enormously. Having a place, digital or paper, for everything to go means no loose scraps of paper laying around. It also helps you decide what you can safely throw out.


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Try this.?? http://www.varidesk.com/ There is also the hand-made/DIY version for which you could obtain design templates for.


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Two tools are very effective: google drive "forms" jotform The first one is simple and completely free but you must have a google account. The second one supports more complex cases (like conditional fields) and is free if you colect up to 100 forms. then you have to pay, but the fee is ridiculous. They both allow you to have the collected data into a ...


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Google docs allow to do that. One walk through is here. Also, look at Wufoo if you want more flexibility and don't mind paying for it. Otherwise, there is SurveyMonkey and lots of others, but they all cost money.


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I don't see any reason why using two monitors could reduce productivity. I use a vertically-oriented monitor for code, and a standard one for displaying various informations, statuses, documents, emails or IM. One monitor wold be fine too if it is very large. I think the most important is total screen space.


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Yes, because of the OS and how open applications are handled. I use two monitors at my daily job and have to say it allows me to be extremely more productive then only having one monitor. The reason for this is because I am able to separate windows and web browsers to give me real time information and respond to it. I use one for status notifications and ...


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If space is an issue, put the emphasis on time: create a very stable structure, with rituals that you fulfill day in day out, to determine when you're in 'work mode', and when in 'leisure'. Once you've built the habits, they will put you in track.



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