15 productivity gadgets to help you be more productive at work
They say short breaks more often can help you be more productive at work. But, that isn’t all it takes. No matter your job, it sometimes requires a bit more motivation to stay on task at work. Don’t worry - technology is here to help.
- Which work desks can help boost productivity? Out with the cubicle and in with the modern. Work desks are just like any other tool in your arsenal of work gadget and devices. The better your desk, the better your performance at work.
- Where can I find more work gadgets? Increase your productivity, improve your posture, have fun with your colleagues, and enjoy your 9-5 even more with the best office gadgets and workplace accessories curated by us.
- Where can I get more productivity tips? We’ve been sharing productivity blogs for quite some time now. Check out the category here for all the articles we have done so far.
Whether you’re a writer of novels or write proposals, make sales or make things with your bare hands, there’s one goal we all have in common: improved productivity. Despite our job descriptions, our roles usually combine a wide variety of tasks and it can be hard to keep up.
There are plenty of tips for managing your time. In fact, we’ve previously covered the Pomodoro method as it fits in better with the working style of the 21st century. Checking social media is often frowned up but it can actually be necessary for your brain to take a brief rest, especially if the task in front of you requires creativity.
Of course, along with all the timing methods you could read about, there are also plenty of tech gadgets that can help you improve your productivity. Here are the best of the bunch.
One sure-fire way to increase your productivity is to increase your working space. The DUEX is a dual-display laptop monitor that literally doubles the screen space on your desk. With an extra 12.5-inch display, you can read content while entering data into a spreadsheet with ease. Plus, it’s a full HD 1080p resolution display so you don’t have to compromise quality. Installing easily, DUEX weighs just 1.7 lbs. so it’s easy to keep in your laptop bag and carry with you anywhere you go.
Twelve South StayGo USB-C Hub Organized Desktop Hub
As they say: a messy desk is the sign of a messy mind. While that may not actually be true, rifling through cables and papers is only going to slow down your progress. TheStayGo USB-C Hub from Twelve South helps you tackle the issue with grace. The StayGo has an extra-long cable so you can stash the hub out of sight. Great for digital nomads, the cable is detachable so you can use a shorter one if you’re on the go. Of course, it’s also loaded with all the ports you could ever need including three USB, a 4K HDMI, Ethernet, SD, and Micro SD. It even allows for pass-through charging to keep you going.
While it might seem counterintuitive to be physical while you work, there are studies out there that say otherwise. If you’re the proud owner of a standing desk, the Floatdeck should be your next purchase. It’s a balance board designed just for your desk and made to be used while you work. It’s impressively strong so it can withstand your weight all day. The unique bottom has a clever design that forces your body to retain its balance while you stand on top. As a result, you activate your core. Plus, getting on and off is a cinch thanks to the rubberized edges of the bamboo top. And, the top itself is large enough for plenty of room for both feet so you won’t feel boxed in.
Imagine a world in which your desk housed everything you needed. And not only that, it kept things out of sight until you need them. And, when you do need them, they’re always right where you left them. Sounds like bliss, right? Actually, it sounds like Sean Woolsey’s efficiently designed smart desk. This modern desk is equipped with tons of intuitive storage options. From your tablet to your writing utensils to your smallest bits and bobs, the desk will store it. Plus, you have the option of a raised monitor which has even more storage. Along with the drawers, you can add in the wooden storage modules to micromanage all your small items. With everything right where you left it, you can spend your energy on the task at hand.
Did you know that air quality can have a hand in shaping your productivity? To make sure you’re only breathing in the best, look to the Atem Desk Air Purifier. It’s small enough for even a cubicle yet it’s mighty in its abilities. Drawing in the air around you, it cleans and purifies the air before blowing it back into your space. In fact, the device filters the air to the 0.003-micron level. This means it can effectively capture even the smallest of viruses. Not only will you have fewer sick days, but having this fresh, clean air will help you stay focused when time is of the essence.
One thing that can stop you in your tracks mid-task is running out of storage space. It happens to the best of us, and it always happens at the worst possible moment. Amber is a smart storage platform that looks to make that a thing of the past. This safe and secure all-in-one platform lets you backup, share, and stream as you need. Plus, you can store files both online and offline. It’s also a breeze to access your files from anywhere. All of your files are stored on the private Amber cloud. That means that there’s no public access so you can have total peace of mind. With a range of devices from 1TB to 4TB, there’s enough space for all your office files (and then some).
You could have all the productivity-improving gadgets your heart desires and still be slowed down by poor internet. With the NETGEAR Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6 Router, you can blaze through any task in front of you. With speeds up to 3 Gbps, there are five different gigabit ports to connect. Gone are the days of lags with uploading, downloading, and streaming. Plus, it works with Alexa and Google Assistant, making your internet access even more personalized. Thanks to the two antennas, your entire home or corner of the office will benefit from a strong signal no matter where you decide to work.
While technology is always there to help with productivity, taking a screen-free break might be just what you need to jumpstart your efficiency. The Thinking Nest Kit provides you with a healthy dose of mindfulness while you’re at work. The set includes Thinking Eggs that feature four different organic compounds. These include pinewood, brass metal, lava stone, and howlite stone. Each egg is naturally ergonomic in shape, making each one a delight to hold. Plus, the varying materials work to improve your mood and give you energy. The four eggs all work together to bring out your best so you can deliver.
Have you ever tried to work under poor lighting conditions? A dark room doesn’t give you the ability to concentrate. However, harsh overhead lighting isn’t inspiring for anyone. The BenQ WiT is an e-reading desk lamp that’s designed for the digital times. It’s made for reading on devices such as tablets and your Kindle. It even helps to eliminate glare so there’s less strain on your eyes. Incredibly, the WiT Lamp is able to detect ambient light around it and adjust the amount of light it emits. This means it caters to your space every day and even every instance for a truly personalized lighting experience. If you disagree with the lamp’s choice, you can simply rotate the knob to fine-tune the light.
Innergie 60C USB-C Universal Laptop Adapter
Although our laptops and devices have become smaller, it seems as though the adapters are stuck in the stone age. They’re incredibly bulky and a pain to lug around. The Innergie 60C USB-C Adapterstrives to be the total opposite. Sleek and slim, this adapter measures just over two inches long and just over an inch wide. Although it’s compact, it can handle all the power you need. It actually detects 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, or 20V outputs and delivers the right amount of power. This means that any and all of your devices are safe and sound and won’t become overpowered. Coming in a modern all-white design, the adapter fits right in with the rest of your Apple devices.
If you’re looking for a true tech-inspired way to be more productive, check out PlatoWork. It’s a wearable headset that actually stimulates your brain. Yes, you read that correctly. Simply pop it on and it’ll get to work. It uses tDCS, a well-known neurostimulation technology, to optimize the natural functionality of your brain. Essentially, it takes your brain’s already occurring functions and puts them into overdrive. When you use PlatoWork, you’ll notice an increase in your creativity and even your ability to find a solution to a problem. It’s perfect for work of all varieties, including students. There are four different modes to choose from: learn, create, concentrate, and rethink. It’s the smart way to train your brain.
If a balance board doesn’t cut it or you simply don’t have a standing desk, you can still be active with Cubii Jr. It’s an adjustable elliptical that lives under your desk. Armed with two footpads, you can cycle away to your heart’s content. While you’re moving, your posture will naturally improve. Plus, Cubii Jr tracks all your metrics such as your distance, calories, strides, and RPM. Of course, you’ll feel the workout in your glutes, calves, hamstrings, quads, and core muscles. But you’ll also notice that pedaling away helps you stay on your game. The physical nature helps tune your brain so you can focus so you can work out your body and your mind at the same time, saving you time.
For creatives, getting pen to paper can often be hard enough. Then, throw in the digital aspect of needing to digitize everything you create, and it’s a total headache. The Creative Cloud Connected Paper Tablet from Adobe looks to simplify the entire creative process. Working with Adobe Illustrator and a Moleskine pen, you can draw analog-style as much as you want. And, when you’re done, a simple press of a button brings your creation to life on the screen. From there, you can continue your creation and complete edits. And, with Creative Cloud backup, you can also sketch on the go so you never forget another great idea.
Why does printing always seem like such a dreadful task? Usually, it’s because the printer isn’t very smart. But, the HP OfficeJet Smart Pro Printers certainly are. Connecting via Wi-Fi, you never have to worry about being unable to connect. And, you can also use the app for seamless printing just about anything you need. Say goodbye to having to email yourself documents just to print them. Combining performance and reliability, these printers also automate scanning tasks to save time. And, it can even organize documents all at an impressive rate. If that wasn’t enough, you can scan or print a document and go back later to make edits. HP took everything we hate about printers and made it a thing of the past.
Do you use your iPad Pro for work? Be honest; how many times have you hit the wrong key on the keyboard? Although the iPad Pro is a beloved device, the screen and keyboard just simply aren’t efficient spaces for work. The Logitech Slim Folio is the answer. It’s an external keyboard that connects to the iPad Pro. Although it’s designed to be ultra-slim and compact, it offers every key you need right where you’d expect it. When it’s not in use, the keyboard folds back to become a stand for your iPad Pro. And, when it’s time to put your tablet away, the all-in-one keyboard case also protects your iPad.
Do you have any tried and true approaches for increasing productivity? Let us know in the comments!
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