On our second trip inside the Google Garage—or what Program Manager Memie Rheingold calls Google’s “hacker maker design space”—we discover the elements required for the ultimate collaborative environment.
Perhaps you’ve heard: Sitting is the new smoking. For years, a growing body of research has shown sitting for extended periods of time, the way most of us do for50 to 70 percent of our lives, can cause a host of issues from lower back pain to diabetes to an increased risk of death.
The Stir Kinetic Desk automatically and strategically adjusts between sitting and standing positions based on data it collects about your habits over time. The Stir Kinetic Desk is simple to operate, because all of its controls are packed into a little built-in touchscreen on the desk’s bottom left-hand corner. After you initially store your preferred sitting and standing heights, double-tapping on the touchscreen will cause the desk to move up or down.
We got to try one out at the office. Watch.
Like Evernote? Like Post-it Notes? You’re gonna love this.
The two have teamed up to create new stickies, which the Evernote app recognizes by color, and automatically digitizes and organizes the notes into different categories.
"During a catered lunch with the Studiomates, I polled the group to find out how many of them had worked in a more traditional office setting. Eight of the dozen people at the table had. None of them think they will ever go back. Offices, a couple of people agreed, were built to create barriers to new ideas and getting things done.
…The collaborative atmosphere energized me (the cold brew coffee helped, too). And it got me thinking about how to apply some of their techniques to my own office.”
Studies of napping have shown improvement in cognitive function creative thinking and memory performance. Ready set … snooze.
When your boss asks why you were napping, tell them science told you to.
"If you wanna encourage creativity and wild ideas … you should create that exact environment."
This is cool: Take a tour of the Google Garage, where Google employees go to “learn, create, and make.”
The most productive people have empty schedules. You need to say no to most everything if you’re going to get your best work done.
Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t. A new book to help you navigate the new office politics.
One way to have more energy at work? Eat smarter. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet—as in, you survive on bagels and coffee, like Ms. Hepburn above—then you’re inviting the low-energy grump into your life. As Lifehacker writer Jason Fitzpatrick notes:
A diet comprised mainly of carbohydrates… . is a recipe for a constant cycle of blood-sugar highs, lows, and the accompanying feelings of exhaustion that go with them. If carbohydrates are the kindling of your metabolism, protein is the slow burning old-growth wood that keeps you going.
How to get more? Fitzpatrick recommends eggs, peanut better, and working in some protein powder. 8 unobvious ways to have way more energy at work
Here are a few tips to help you be happy and productive!
- Buddha had it right: Relax the mind and productivity will follow
- Slay the emotional vampires that are holding you back
- Borrow these 5 smart start up habits to maximize your productivity
Have a good one!
“Our generation admires people who are creating products and companies that do things to make the world a better place.”
“I figured Fast Company received many standard resumes that they routinely read through. Then, they probably threw them out. I wanted to make something different, something exciting and colorful, something that showed them how much I admired them and who I really was. I put an infographic on the website mapping out why I was the perfect candidate—showing that I had something to add.
Two and half hours later, I received an email. I had a phone interview a week later. The rest is history. It turns out you can tweet your way to your dream job (or internship).”
“Focus on the cover letter. It is not uncommon for me to get 100 applications for one spot, so I’m constantly looking for reasons not to advance a candidate to the interview round. Writing a good cover letter is your best shot at getting noticed. If I hate a cover letter, I won’t even look at the résumé.”
Here is a peek into examples of ethical factory labor.
“If there’s a road that leads to perfect, the road that travels in the opposite direction leads to launching. Nothing will ever be perfect—not your product, service, messaging, etc. But the only real way to test it is by getting your work in front of people. Flaws can be adjusted, but the only way to find them is to get your work out there.”