A productivity mouse is a computer peripheral that has functionality and features that allow users to reduce the number of keystrokes they make. In addition to this, the mice are typically ergonomic which enables people to use them for extended periods of time with limited impact on their wrists and fingers.
Here is my list of qualifications for a mouse to be considered a productivity mouse.
If a mouse meets all these requirements, I would consider using it for productivity tasks. Coincidentally, these are attributes that nearly all gaming mice possess.
Meaning, that in spite of what the packaging may tell you, gaming mice are perfect for office work. They have great battery life, superior build quality, and a ton of customization options.
The only potential downfall is that most come with a ton of RGB lighting. These lights can be turned off if they bother you within the mouse's accompanying software in most cases.
Shortcuts, macros, and comfort of use, enable productivity mice to increase the quantity of work you get done in a day. Here are my favorite shortcuts to use along with the tasks they are handy for.
Programming involves an obscene amount of keystrokes even when you's working on a small script of program. As such, minimizing the amount of typing you are doing will help you complete your code faster.
On my current mouse, the Roccat Kone XP Pro Air, I have the following macros/keystrokes mapped for coding in Visual Studio.
To be 100% transparent, I hate working in Excel, if at all possible I use SQL and Python for data projects. It's not that Excel is a bad program or anything.
I just had a number of horrible experiences with it being used for everything from a database to a CRM at this poorly run company I worked at.
That being said, when I am begrudgingly powering through analysis within Excel hell, I use the MX Master 3s with the following button mapping.
In addition to these tasks, I hear that you can utilize many of the extra buttons found on the productivity maps for Adobe Photoshop. I don't use it often enough to elaborate any further but I'm sure with the right mouse you can edit photos and videos much more efficiently.
Now, I am certainly no doctor nor an expert on any health-related master but I can attest to the benefit ergonomic mice have had on my wrists and fingers. Prior to getting into gaming mice, I used to use very cheap, flat mice all day.
After a long day of work, I often felt like my hands were stuck in almost a claw-like position. My thumb would throb on and off and my wrists were sore sometimes.
I switched to my first productivity mouse, the Red Dragon M913 in 2019 and I felt the difference in my hands no longer than a week or two later. I can't really prove it but I do believe ergonomic mice helped me stave off carpal tunnel syndrome.
Productivity mice alongside a productivity planner help you unleash your true potential while working but be sure not to burn yourself out in your quest boost your productivity. There is no substitute for adequate rest, exercise, and self-care.
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Posted by: Matt Irving on 01/29/2022