You may find yourself spending a little more time from home nowadays. Whether this is something you are already used to as a freelancer or are simply in the process of learning how to do, you definitely need the right tools to support you.
Setting up an effective home office is very important and can either make working from home plain sailing or hinder your productivity.
Alongside stable and reliable Wi-Fi and good cybersecurity software here are the other tools you need.
Here are some suggestions:
Ergonomic keyboard and mouse
We wrote extensively about ergonomic keyboards for those who are glued to their screens throughout the day. You may not think that this is important, but excessive time spent on the computer can cause damage to your wrists, arms, and hands, and even your back and shoulders if you’re not careful.
Ergonomic keyboards are more responsive and functional for better comfort and efficiency. There are a number of options to choose from, whether you want something flat or angled. You can select a keyboard depending on these preferences, but need to keep in mind that regardless of choice, it should align with your posture and movements naturally.
The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop Keyboard is a cost-effective option to start out with as it also comes with a wireless mouse. As an added bonus, it has a plush palm rest, Advanced Encryption Standard technology that secures your data, and a split keyset.
You may think that having two monitors is a little excessive, but this could do wonders for your productivity if you’re new to working from home. Again with the importance of ergonomics, your main monitor should be at arm’s length and at eye-level on one side, while the second one should be angled slightly in your direction.
If you do not have another monitor, you can simply use a docking station for your laptop. HP’s EliteBook Ultraslim docking station comes with multiple jacks and ports, which shows how easy it is to make your laptop feel and act like a desktop.
Having two monitors will come in handy as you can multitask with ease, without having to switch rapidly between apps and tabs.
Noise-canceling headphones have sparked much debate, with people either swearing by them or deeming them superfluous. If you live with other people and are easily distracted by noise, they may be a wise investment.
Using electronic processing which analyzes ambient sound, these create an opposing sound which reduces overall noise. Bose’s range of noise-canceling headphones were recommended by the New York Times for reducing background noise, even though they don’t cancel it out completely.
You may still hear distant chatter, but these could still prove useful if you work better while listening to music without external distractions. You will also be able to use them for flights or other commutes when we are allowed to travel again.
Many of today’s laptops and computers have USB-C ports which may complicate matters, especially if you need HDMI, Ethernet, traditional USB ports, headphone jacks, and the like.
A multi-port adapter can solve the problem for you and provide solutions to all of these needs. The ideal option is one that is compact and does not overheat. The Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is a popular choice with various different ports, including MicroSD and SD card slots.
You’ll be able to connect all your additional gear with ease. It is also well thought out with reasonably spaced ports that assure your cords won’t get tangled or interfere with one another.
With the right tools at arm’s reach, you’ll be working from home like a pro in no time.
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