Tag: lifestyle

March 27, 2015
Hailo for Apple Watch
Hailo for Apple Watch

Hailo

In the world of Ubers and Lyfts, this app will make it easier to hail a cab. Simply checking your wrist as you wait for your ride seems like a small advantage. But, it makes the experience discreet and as a result, more seamless .

Nike + Running

Runners, rejoice! Ever get that gut-wrenching fear of looking down to find your phone cracked on the floor in the middle of your run? Fear not, the app is attached to your wrist. All of the functionality of the original app for the phone will be on the watch (except GPS). It still makes it a worthy highlight. One less excuse to get you out there and running.

Prompt on Apple Watch
Prompt on Apple Watch

Prompt

This new app makes conducting a presentation at work easier and smoother than ever. The iPhone has offered remote apps for Keynote in the past, but with its functionality on a watch, you’ll look even more like a pro. Sections and durations can be set on the watch and gives talking points as you go.

Todoist on Apple Watch
Todoist on Apple Watch

Todoist

Another new app entering the market that’s expected to give the iOS Reminders app, a run for its money. A clean interface offers a quick way to refer to the agenda for the day, check off completed tasks, and even create new ones.

Citymapper for Apple Watch
Citymapper for Apple Watch

Citymapper

Imagine all of the information your surroundings have to offer, organized in a scrollable feed on your wrist. This app is the product of a British start-up that designed their original iOS app to fetch map routes, bus arrival times, and vibration reminders for when to exit at your stop. It will prove highly useful with its version on the watch.

June 4, 2014

Plants should not only be incorporated into your diet, but just being around greenery could be good for the mind as well. In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, researchers found that office plants helped improve attention and prevented fatigue.

In the workspace, we’re surrounded by an array of artificial elements. The study supports the Attention Restoration Theory, which asserts that a bit of nature can help people concentrate. The reason for this is that the mind is only capable of taking so much artificial simulation—such as gazing at a computer monitor for hours on end.

Simply having a few plants in the workplace has proven to improve the attention and focus of employees in several studies. It’s important to note that not all studies have necessarily showed increased productivity. This study suggests that mixed results on this topic is largely due to the variety of methods in which researchers used to determine plant-associated benefits.

Scientific American summarized this study’s particular approach:

To test their hypothesis that plants in an office setting would lead to benefits, the authors placed some participants in an office with four plants placed around a desk, and others in the same room without plants. All the participants first took a Reading Span Task to establish a baseline measure of attention capacity, then a proof-reading task, followed by another Reading Span Task to establish any change in their attention capacity.

And the results? Those in the office with plants improved their performance during the second Reading Span Task. Those without plants did not improve.

Based on the unique way in which this study was conducted and measured, it did find real cognitive benefits. So whether you’re decorating your workspace at home or at the office, don’t forget to include some leafy greens. Just a touch of nature can help you stay focused throughout the day.

A complete copy of the study can be found in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.

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