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Jakarta Post

When flexibility means productivity

  • Inforial

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta, Indonesia   /   Fri, November 8, 2019   /   07:45 am
When flexibility means productivity Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (./.)

The conventional wisdom that employers need to make their workers sit in a fixed station for at least eight hours a day to make sure they remain disciplined and churn out great work was thrown out the window long ago.

Many companies nowadays offer flexible working hours, knowing that productivity has less to do with how many hours employees sit in their cubicles than with how these employees gain their inspiration to work, which could come from anywhere.

It is not only artists and scientists who gain inspiration in the most unusual places, at the most unusual hours. This can apply to any professional. Nowadays, professionals are required more than ever to come up with innovative ideas to crack difficult problems.

While some execs still believe that independent work with minimum supervision can result in some people slacking off, a 2010 study by Northwestern University found that people were more likely to solve word puzzles with sudden insight while they were taking a short break watching a short comedy routine.

The experiment participants who were granted a short break to watch a comedy routine surprisingly received an epiphany about how to solve the difficult puzzle while they were watching the video clip. Researchers found that once they returned to solve the puzzle, they performed better than the other group, who had to sit down for an extended period to solve the puzzle without any breaks.

Thus, work productivity no longer needs to be chained to any fixed time and space. We can be productive anytime, anywhere; it all comes down to how we motivate ourselves and how much we love our line of work.

We can all relate to this phenomenon. It is funny how ideas do not seem to come when we strain our brains to think of them. Instead, they suddenly appear when we are not thinking about them at all – when we are cooking, jogging or having a casual chat with a friend.

It seems that leisure activities in a completely different setting help people become better creative thinkers than simply forcing them to stay stuck in the same cubicle, in the same office building, which can trap them in a dull and sterile atmosphere, resulting in dull and sterile thinking.

If you are the type of professional who can suddenly gain insight about your work in the most unusual places – in your client’s office, getting lost in your own reverie while commuting on a train, bus, or the MRT, or while having lunch outside after meeting your business partners – then the gadget you have long been waiting for has just arrived.

The newly launched Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 allows you to work instantly whenever the inspiration hits you, thanks to the gadget’s S-Pen, which allows you to jot down or sketch any ideas as they pop into your head, anytime, anywhere, when your notepad and pen are out of reach.

Whether coming up with an interesting presentation for your clients, investors or students, or drafting your next report or copywriting project, the tablet boasts the same office features as a personal computer, with a Super AMOLED screen wide enough for ergonomic viewing (10.5 inches) and speakers in all four corners.

The Samsung Tab S6 also boasts the Samsung DeX (short for Desktop Experience), which enables users to extend their tablets into a desktop-like experience by connecting a keyboard, mouse and monitor. You can enjoy the personal computer experience in a lightweight manner, considering that the tablet weighs a mere 420 grams, slim enough for you to carry anywhere in your backpack, especially in crowded places.

Many work assignments require you to conduct research and collect information from various documents. For this, the Tab S6 has a convenient multiwindow feature, mimicking a computer or laptop, that allows you to seamlessly switch between documents and web pages to finish your reports, projects or presentation aids.

The multiwindow feature also allows you to multitask to finish several interrelated projects. If you are a scholar, for example, you can write your academic paper while devising a Power Point document to aid your presentation to your peer reviewers.

The tablet also features transparent notes, so you can jot down any work-related creative ideas that come to mind for you to revisit later. Curious to find out more? Check out the product specifications at Samsung’s official website, which also provides detailed information about an ongoing promotional program through which you can receive a cash back upon purchasing the gadget with its book cover.

Take your creativity to the next level. Complete your projects piece by piece as your ideas come to you fresh from the oven during your daily commute or while waiting for your lunch or dinner to arrive at a restaurant.

Boost your productivity by taking maximum advantage of the work flexibility this gadget offers.