Web Developer and Designer Essentials: How to Boost Productivity

Posted on: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A day in the life of a web developer and designer is busy, meticulous and quite long. Whether you work in an office or remotely, I’m sure there are some things you cannot leave the house without. Check out 5 of Terabit’s essentials for productivity.

1. Ergonomic Chair

I’m sure many who work office jobs can agree that when you’re spending all day at your desk, comfort is KEY! Web developers and designers are notorious for working long, gruelling hours to ensure clients are satisfied and projects are completed in time. Between staring at computer screens and sitting for long periods of time, a comfortable and supportive chair is crucial for success and comfort. Although, ergonomic desk chairs may cost more than anticipated, spending a little extra is well worth it for the increase in productivity and comfortability.

2. Dual Monitors

Developers and designers are no strangers to multi-tasking and often have quite a lot to take in. Thus, many developers enjoy having multiple monitors to enhance work productivity and efficiency. The dual monitors are excellent for multi-tasking, as the screens directly beside each other allow you to compare and contrast screens and closely edit, seeing as the work is so detailed and intricate.

3. Headphones

Whether it’s white noise, instrumental, hard rock or a podcast, throwing on your favourite playlist can act as a great mood and energy booster. It’s personal preference, but often headphones provide a shield to any external noises, such as office chatter, and helps keep you on track. If you find yourself getting distracted by conversations going on around you, then perhaps noise cancelling headphones are a good option.

4. Coffee

Of course, coffee! Perhaps this applies to everyone, not just web developers. Nonetheless, coffee is essential for a successful day. When a project deadline is fast approaching, web developers and designers may not being getting much sleep – queue coffee! Having a nice coffee machine in the office, such as a Nespresso or Keurig is a great option so employees can quickly get their caffeine fix.

5. Slack

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… Slack! With over 9 million weekly users, Slack is one of the most popular internal communications platforms for businesses, especially for remote teams. Slack is not only handy for tech industries where many employees work remotely, but it’s also great for employees that are sitting in the same office. There is nothing worse than someone interrupting your train of thought when you’re in the zone. Thus, if it is not urgent, Slack can be used to just send a quick message to the correct person.


Fighting the Winter Blues: Top 5 Online Productivity Tools

Posted on: Friday, March 23, 2018

Contrary to the current weather, spring has sprung! However, the winter blues may still reside, making it difficult to sustain motivation on the gloomiest of days. However, with the use of some productivity tools, you may find yourself gaining more inspiration in your work. The following tools are all online application that can really boost your motivation and improve your organizational skills.

1. Momentum 

Momentum is a Google Chrome extension that replaces your home page with a personalized page that reminds you of your goals and intentions for the day each time you open a new tab. Momentum features a gorgeous landscape photo that changes daily, along with some customizations, including to-do lists, weather updates and inspirational quotes.

Photo source: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/momentum/

2. Pocket

If you’re someone who spends a lot of time online, it can be difficult to organize all your thoughts and findings. However, this application provides you with the means to do so. Pocket allows you to save articles, images or whatever else you may want to refer back to, into one convenient place, your “pocket”.

3. Trello

Love vision boards and being able to see everything you have going on in one space? Trello is the perfect app for you. On this application, you can create boards similar to as you would on Pinterest. However, instead of being 100% photo oriented, Trello allows you to attach to-do lists or any thoughts you want jotted down.

4. Slack

With over 9 million weekly users, Slack is one of the most popular internal communications platforms for businesses, especially for remote teams. Teams can interact easily over through different channels to ensure all conversations are organized and trackable.

 

5. Todoist

Todoist, is a great tool if you’re wanting to track your daily objectives online. Todoist allows you to input your tasks and organize based on priority level and/or due date. In addition, these lists can then be shared with co-workers, friends or family, so you can delegate your activities as needed. Check out the Todoist’s video to learn more about it!


The Double Edged Sword of Social Media

Posted on: Friday, December 15, 2017

Social Media has developed astronomically over the years since Facebook was first available to the public. The continuous debate that is often brought up nowadays attempts to determine whether spending all this time interacting ‘socially’ yet over the interest has done us more good or bad as a society. There are various studies that point towards both the benefits that have come from social media, in the form of relationships, business development and e-commerce, as well as education and learning. However, other studies show increased levels of depression, perfectionist desires, anxiety, and loneliness.

Another issue relating to social media is that some people just haven’t quite figured out how to use it, whether for personal or business use. There are many different types of people on social media, and there are definite “do’s” and “don’ts”.

How do you use social media? Is it something that you log on to to perform an action – such as uploading a photo, making a post, messaging a friend, or looking up information on a page? Or, is it merely a tool you use to scroll through pages and pages of updates and ads, look at what your friends and/or acquaintances have been up to lately? If you are using social media out of boredom, or a form of procrastination, this can be labelled as passive social media-ing. The opposite, as mentioned earlier, would be known as active use of social media, where you use it for a purpose.

Why do you use social media? Some may recall when they first signed up for a Facebook or MySpace account – what was the purpose? Maybe it was to fit in, to hop on the bandwagon and join the conversation that was everywhere, or maybe it was just out of curiosity. There is no question that we can use the technology to do an immense amount! Do you have a business that you keep updated through social media? Do you use it to keep active with old friends or family in different locations? Maybe you use it to find work or promote work! Unfortunately, there is a huge portion of the population who falls into the category where using social media has become about comparing themselves to others – lifestyle, looks, success, careers, etc. When only the best moments of one’s life are displayed to the public, it hides all other aspects of them and creates an image of perfection.

Next time you are feeling trapped by the endless scrolling possible on your preferred social media platform, take a moment to put down your smartphone and examine the relationships around you, and what you are still capable of doing without the help of social media.

 


Snips – The Latest In Voice Activation

Posted on: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

We are becoming more and more familiar with voice activation, and voice customization built into our favourite devices. It all started with Apple’s Siri, and has come all the way to Amazon’s Alexa and Window’s Cortana.

What’s the point of voice activation? It can definitely be fun, but the main point of course is to simplify our lives and make our connections with smart applications all the more efficient. Why pick up your phone and go through your entire contact list to call someone, when Siri could do it for you? Why open up your browser and search for a recipe to make for dinner when Cortana can do the same thing? And why walk across the room to turn on the radio when Alexa can play your music?

We have definitely gotten the hang of how to do things in less steps. That’s why many are interested in seeing what the new start-up, French company ‘Spins’ has to offer in the voice activation game. The main element here is that the company won’t be using a pre-existing voice application, but creating their own. And you will be the one creating and customizing the voice, as well as everything it is capable of doing.

Snips breaks their version down in four easy steps. First, you create your custom voice and pick the language(s) of your choice. You can name it too, so instead of saying ‘Hey Snips’, you can pick whatever name you like! Next, you can pick and choose between what type of applications you want Snips to help you out with. You can customize your own, or pick from Snips’ list of common items, such as music, timers, weather, etc. If you want more than the available options, Snips has thousands of choices to choose from, and it will help you create the codes. Finally, Snips makes it easy for you to hook your new assistant up to your mobile device or computer.


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