Top 5 Gadgets for Your Home Office
If you’ve ever run a home business or even just worked from home, then you’ll appreciate the value of reliable but affordable technology for your home office. We’ve compiled a list of 5 top gadgets to make your working life a darned site easier (and more fun!):
1. iPhone Handset – David Turpin’s Bluetooth Phone Dock
For me, there’s something not quite right about using your iPhone to take work calls all day, and when you’re home all day it can be useful to make a distinction between work and home life. Luckily more and more phone docks like the one above are becoming widespread giving the official feel of a work phone and helping people like me feel more efficient.
Designed by David Turpin, this beautifully slender docking bay not only syncs with your iPhone via Bluetooth, it also connects via USB to your laptop for Skype calls. Picking up the handset and slamming it down has its tactile perks whilst the elegant design makes it a welcome addition to your designer desk.
2. Take Notes – Apple Memo
Your home office is still your home, so it’s important to be able to lighten it up with some more relaxed and fun stationary essentials. For me, memo notes are a daily essential – putting all my to do lists down on written paper and then scrunching it up at the end of the is one of life’s great pleasures. So I had to include this apple-shaped memo pad since it looks so fresh and unique on an otherwise typical black desk.
3. Work On Your Sofa – eComfort Home Office Pillow
You can’t always be crunched over your desk, and one of the benefits of working from home is that you’ve got a range of sofas and beds to stretch out and get some more comfortable work done. This can be immensely important when you’re doing monotonous tasks like filtering emails or proof-reading or tasks that need relaxed creativity like design or writing. So this so called “Home Office Pillow” allows you to store all your stationary and papers and then neatly holds your laptop or tablet to allow you to work comfortably on your sofa for hours.
4. Get help waking up – Lumie Bodyclock
So you’ve got all your to-do lists sorted, your files filed, and the world of business at your fingertips, but due to poor light levels and a few too many red wines, getting up is an eternal struggle. Radio alarm clocks make a helpful change but they still feel like an annoying disturbance to an otherwise dreamy sleep.
Bodyclock lamps have gained recent popularity as they mimic the naturally slow rising sun as more and more light gradually emanates from the UV bulb. This slow illuminating stimulation encourages your nervous system to produce cortisol and naturally prepare for consciousness, instead of the electric “jolt” of a regular alarm clock which can’t help but lead to a more productive day!
5. Scan docs to iPad – Docs2Go Scanner
If you’re lucky enough to have an iPad then this portable little gem can save a bunch of time and hassle – especially if a large amount of your work is visual or requires signing and sending documents. By plugging your pad into the dock scanner all you have to do is feed through your photos or documents and it will instantly be available to edit or send as an email.