Productivity Noise Creativity

Are you in need of some creativity? How does  the  hum  of coffeehouse chatter in the background sound?   I recently found a site called Coffitivity and this site  streams the awesome sounds of a coffee house right to your computer. Studies say a little noise can bring out the creativity in you and make you more productive.

Venturing Out To be Productive

The other day, I just couldn't get my creative juices flowing. I had some tasks that I needed to complete and needed to get out of the office to clear my head.  I decided to have lunch at Zoe’s Kitchen and brought my Chromebook along for the ride. The atmosphere was very busy since it was a Friday afternoon.  The radio played great upbeat songs overhead and there was a steady hum of conversations in the air. There was a list of things I wanted to complete, including finishing up some notes for this article.

I found a table in a nice little corner of the restaurant and  sat down for lunch while working on my to-do list. It was very easy to let the words flow while sitting there.  I even took out my idea journal and jotted down a few new ideas that came along. Before long I had completed most of my to-do list and honestly I lost track of time. It’s easy to lose track of time when you are letting your creative juices flow.

I spent a total of three hours at Zoe’s and I can say they were  three very productive hours.  I wasn’t bothered by the conversations and activity in the restaurant. I simply got into my zone and the creativity flowed. While I was there I noticed the other patrons working. None of them seems to be distracted at all.

It is a good idea to get out the office from time to time.  Visit a local cafe or coffee house  and let those creative juices flow.  The atmosphere will do you good. You never know what you may come up with.

Chromebook Review

As a business owner, I'm always looking for different ways to make my work easier. One of the things I look at is technology. I use a PC and MacBook in my office daily. I am also mobile throughout the week and I needed something that would be lightweight, easy to handle and had great battery life. Awhile back I ran across an article that talked about the Chromebook OS and it piqued my interest in the Chromebook. The Chromebook would replace my old trusty Toshiba netbook, which holds a 10 hour battery life. Yes, I still own and use a netbook. I've been a Gmail user for years and I really like how it has simplified my email process. I figure I would give the Chromebook a try.

Samung ChromeBook

Samung ChromeBook

Chromebooks are not like your traditional laptops. Traditional laptops have a hard drive for storage, fans and CD/DVD drive etc. Chromebooks has none of that because storage is in the cloud/Google Drive. After reviewing the different versions of Chromebooks and playing with them in Best Buy, I decided on the Samsung Chromebook for $249 because of the battery life and the fact that it is so lightweight. Since I already have a MiFi, the 3G or LTE was not important to me. I purchased the Samsung Chromebook from Amazon and had it delivered the next day.

For the past two months, I have used the Samsung Chromebook non stop and I must say that I am very impressed with it. It is a perfect fit for my office and works great for me while traveling. It fits in my go bag like a glove.

The Chromebook is just over 2.4 pounds, 0.7 inches thin and delivers 6.5 hours of battery life.

Other Specification are:

11.6 display size Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor Built in Dual Band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n VGA Camera 100 GB of free storage in Google Drive for 2 years 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 HDMI Port Bluetooth Compatible

Google has 5 different versions of the Chromebook.

The Samsung Chromebook $249 (WiFi), $329 (3G) The Acer C7 Chromebook $199 The HP Pavillion Chromebook $329.99 Chromebook Pixel $1299 (WiFi), $1499 (LTE) The Samsung ChromeBook 550 $449

You can learn about the different versions at Google Chromebook Devices and Chromebooks are available to buy online from Amazon, Best Buy and Google Play. You can also find them at Best Buy.

No need to worry about viruses or malware because Google has taken care of all that for you. The system updates automatically when a new update is available. I'm loving this feature. All of the Google apps like Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Plus comes preloaded on the Chromebook.

Need to go offline because WiFi is down? Absolutely no problem. You can work offline and still use Gmail and Google Drive. The best feature of all is that there are no fans! Yes, that's right, there are no fan and everything is nice and quiet.

To start the Chromebook you simply open it up and it starts by itself in seconds. Now my netbook can't do that. The sound is good for a computer this size and the keyboard is very comfortable.

In my opinion, there is one downside to the Chromebook and it is the size of the mouse cursor. I wish there was a way to increase the size of it. At first, it was a bit of a challenge for my more mature eyes. But thanks to my computer glasses, everything have been smooth sailing.

If you are looking for a change from your old netbook consider a Chromebook. I'm really enjoying mine and I suppose if you purchased one, you will too. It is truly one of the best investments I have ever made.

One more thing, I suggest you buy a second cord for your Chromebook. That way you can keep one in your computer bag and leave the other one at home. You can get an extra cord for the Chromebook on Amazon or at your local Best Buy.