10 Useful office gadgets to improve your workflow

Working is a part of life. Until someone figures out how to make housing, utilities, and food free, we're all stuck doing it. And if you work in an office setting, there are always distractions to keep you from working at your full potential. But with some minor additions to your office space, you can work faster and smarter.

10 Useful office gadgets to improve your workflow
Caption: Office Desk Setup with Grovemade Products / via Unsplash

It doesn’t matter if you work from a home office or a business office, we’re pretty sure your workflow can be improved. Anything you can change up to make your day more convenient will reduce your stress and ensure a better work/life balance. When you get your work done faster, you have more time to spend with family and friends or doing things for yourself. And while there are a lot of distractions we can’t fix for you, like Becky’s loud voice and the fact that George won’t stop coming over to your desk to tell you about his pet armadillo, we’ve rounded up a list of useful office gadgets that are sure to improve your worklife quality.

Step one: Organize your desk with these useful office gadgets

One of the first things you can do to improve your workflow is pretty simple. Get organized. Stop fumbling around for pens and Post-Its and cords. A desk free of clutter will also improve your concentration since you won’t be distracted by the mess around you.

Mobile Accessories Organizer

If you work remotely, or if you ever take work home from the office with you, it’s important to have everything in one place. Stop shoving your cords into a bag and spending time untangling them when you get home or to the coffee shop. Instead, use the Mobile Accessories Organizer. You’ll be able to store your charger, laptop cable, USB cables, and earbuds in this sleek, classy bag. It comes in two colors, so you can choose the bag that matches your style.

TYDY Wireless Charging Desktop Organizer

We love it when we can add tech to anything, and this useful office gadget does just that. The TYDY Wireless Charging Desktop Organizer incorporates a wireless charger into the organizer so that you don’t have extra items taking up space on your desk. This office device uses magnets to keep your charging cables in place and to connect with other pieces. You’ll have modular pieces for charging your iPhone and iWatch, standing up your tablet, and sorting things like Post-Its, paperclips, and pens.

Baseus Magnetic Cable Organizer

How much time do you spend searching for cords that have fallen behind your desk? It’s probably more time than you think about. Unless you enjoy fishing those cords out as a distraction from that big project you don’t really want to work on, we suggest the Baseus Magnetic Cable Organizer. This office gadget features three magnetic clips to attach to your cables. The clips stay on the magnetic strip while holding your cord, and your cord stays just where you need it.

BESTEK Mountable USB Power Strip Cube

You can never have too many places to plug into for power. And the BESTEK Mountable USB Power Strip Cube is one of the most convenient and inventive that we’ve seen. You’ll have every port you need, and in whatever place is most easily accessible for you rather than a long power strip under your desk in a tangle of cords. It features three different outlets on the sides for larger devices, and it has three USB ports along with a USB-C port. It has a five-foot power cable, so you’ve got room to manuever. And we love that you can mount it under your desk.

Step two: Create a space with these useful office gadgets that works for you rather than against you

Having the right tools around us can drastically improve our work output and focus. While some of these might be an investment, they’re sure to pay for themselves in the longrun.

UPERGO Standing Desk Converter

Standing while you work is not only good for your body and health, studies have shown that standing also improves brain function by improving blood flow to your brain. The UPERGO Standing Desk Converter allows you to have all the benefits of standing desk without the heavy costs involved with being an entirely new desk. This desktop addition will quickly convert from 2.2 inches to 16.9 inches. You’ll be able to stand and sit when you want, all from the same desk. The tabletop is big enough to hold your laptop and other essentials, and can hold up to 25 pounds of weight.

HP EliteDisplay S340c Curved Monitor

Remote work is becoming more and more popular as companies are finding that they can broaden the pool of talent to choose from by allowing remote workers. But we still have to have meetings. If you’re a remote worker who has had to have a face-to-face remote meeting, you understand how frustrating it can be. The HP EliteDisplay S340c Curved Monitor takes that frustration away. It’s built for Skyping with a pop-up webcam and impressive sound and video quality. And at 34″, it makes a great workspace monitor. You’ll easily be able to have multiple windows open so you’re not wasting time toggling back and forth.

HP Tango X Smart Home Printer

One of the benefits of working in an office is getting to use the office printers to your heart’s content. But if you work from home, you need a solution that works for you and doesn’t take up a ton of room. The HP Tango X Smart Home Printer is one to put on your list of useful office gadgets to improve your workflow. This printer will work with Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, or Microsoft Cortana (which are some great other office tech to have!) and responds to voice commands. It uses a two-way cloud connection, so it’s super easy to connect to and use. Plus, it takes up a small amount of room and will easily fit in any space.

Step three: Protect your data with these useful office gadgets

Storing your data and protecting it is extremely important to optimizing workflow. Data breaches and data loss could cost you incalculable amounts of time and money. With the right devices, you can prevent this and save yourself the headache.

Signature Pro SSD Enclosure USB-C Hub by Flujo

Data storage is vital. But it’s also vital in many situations to be able to have that data with you wherever you go. Cloud options can be expensive, and you only have access when you have an internet connection. And many storage devices are large and unwieldy, making them impossible to have on the go. The Signature Pro SSD Enclosure USB-C Hub by Flujo solves this problem. It’s about the size of a passport, so you can easily slide it into your bag to take with you. This 7-in-1 hub will give your USB-C powered laptop a bunch of extra storage, and you’ll be able to access it quickly and easily.

Pangolin Plug & Play Network Security Device

Protecting your network is extremely important. Especially if you work from home or are bringing work home with you. But most of us don’t know where to start, and we aren’t IT specialists who can set up some fancy network at home. Pangolin’s Plug & Play Network Security Device is an inexpensive, easy way to ensure you’re covered. It detects network intrusions in real time to keep you protected, and does so without slowing down your network. Best of all, no tech experience is needed to set it up with its plug-and-play feature.

Any one of these options will improve your workflow, and we’re pretty sure there’s something on here that made you think “Yeah, that would be really convenient.” (We’re putting these on our personal shopping lists as well!) Which of our useful office gadgets do you think would be most helpful to you? Do you have any workflow optimization tips for us?

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Tera has worked in the publishing industry since 2004 and considers the written word her first love. When she's not writing or editing, she's usually traveling, knitting, or binge-watching Netflix.
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