Andrew Thomas is a busy entrepreneur and he is always on the lookout for tools to make life easier and more efficient. In order to be more productive he has put together a list of his top 8 products and services that positively impact him, or that clearly impact others, in a good way.

These tools build healthy habits, increase productivity and help create a sense of calm. Their impact can help at home, at work and everywhere in between.

1. Varidesk Electric Standing Desk
We spend too much time sitting down at work, and there’s research that indicates that sitting may increase our risk of death. One way to reduce that risk is to switch to a standing desk. Thomas recently switched to a Varidesk electric standing desk and finds that he is much more inclined to move around, or stretch, while working or taking calls. He also feels more energized and creative.

2. Tile
These small Bluetooth trackers offer the perfect way to find anything important to you – mostly likely, your keys and phone. It’s so easy to misplace things amidst the dizziness of a busy day, and it only takes a couple of seconds to use Tile to find your phone or keys. 

3. The Difference
Your mental health is easy to ignore — and even easier when you’re busy. Bea Arthur, therapist and CEO of The Difference, is working to solve this problem. The Difference is a mental health service that connects to voice assistants (i.e., Amazon Echo/Alexa) and allows you to speak to a therapist.

4. Swoot Podcast App
Podcasts have become a wildly popular medium for consuming content. Swoot is a relatively new app that lets you discover new content based on what your friends listen to or recommend. It will help you save time and benefit from better content. 

5. Password Manager
Managing passwords has virtually become a full-time job. Password managers make this easy by auto-populating your passwords into websites or apps, ensuring you only need to remember a single password. The best services have web and mobile app compatibility, making it simple to use across all your devices. Do your research; popular solutions include LastPass and 1Password.

6. Audible for Audiobooks
Audiobooks are a convenient way to read more books and learn on a regular basis. Audible makes the whole process easy, allowing you to listen to books across your mobile devices. A subscription service is a great way to push yourself to read a new book every month.

7. Noise-Canceling Headphones
Whether you’re on a plane or working from a cafe, a pair of noise-canceling headphones will bring quiet and calm to a busy day. Most offerings provide wireless (Bluetooth) options, and there are a number of great choices across different budgets. 

8. Flux / Night Shift
Sleep is necessary to maintain a happy and productive life, and your circadian rhythm is responsible for helping you get good sleep. The Flux app supports good sleeping rhythms by adjusting the brightness and hue of your screen to remove blue light. It works on laptops and some mobile devices. iOS users can take advantage of the built-in Night Shift feature to schedule when their screen will change. 

Each product, service or technology on this list can impact your own quality of life. Some of these make a big difference, and others improve your life by making a few things easier or less stressful. Progress is all about small changes, so consider which of these solutions might make your life a little easier. 

Source: inc.com