Whether you’re working from home permanently or because COVID-19 temporarily necessitates it, finding the motivation to be productive while in the comfort (and amidst the distractions) of your own home can be challenging. Fortunately, technology has made it much easier to find motivation, get organized, and simply enjoy your work-from-home space a little bit more.
The Google Nest Hub is packed with valuable features for any home office, ranging from a simple clock and calculator to the ability to answer virtually any question you can think of thanks to, well, Google. You can also program it to set up daily routines, including adding alerts for key events and reminders, and use it as an audio and video player. Plus, it connects with many of your home’s other smart devices, streamlining your day that much more.
If you don’t want to spring for the Google Nest Hub, then you can get many of its features for half the price with Amazon’s Echo Dot. The compact speaker will fit on even the smallest of work surfaces and allows you to use your voice to stream music, check the weather, set alarms, make calls, and ask the internet any question you can think of. It also connects with many other smart home devices, so you can manage your household without leaving your office chair.
The streamlined design of recent Macbooks is great for a variety of reasons, but it also means that they might not have all of the ports you need to get your work done. Enter: the C Hub Multiport Adapter. The 7-in-1 aluminum dongle works with any recent Macbook and features three extra USB ports, a 4K HDMI output, and an SD/micro SD card reader. It also comes with smart temperature control to prevent the short-circuiting and overheating of the devices plugged into it.
When you’re knee-deep in work, the last thing you want to do is run around your house looking for ways to charge your various devices, especially if you live in a house full of others trying to do the same thing. This 4-in-1 charger eliminates that problem entirely, offering a convenient place for you to charge your Apple Watch, iPhone, AirPods, and Pencil right on your desk.
For many of us, it’s virtually impossible to be productive without our daily dose of caffeine. Since you’re working from home, you might not want to hit up a Starbucks drive-thru first thing in the morning or navigate around your family in the kitchen for control of the coffee maker. If that sounds anything like you, then you’ll love the Nespresso Essenza Mini. The sleek, compact device easily fits on any surface and creates a perfect cup of coffee every time. It also features two programmable cup sizes, depending on how well you slept the night before.
Speaking of caffeine, it’s often best-served hot, and this ingenious little mug ensures that any hot beverage you drink—caffeinated or otherwise—will stay that way. The mug lets you choose the precise temperature you’re after and maintains your chosen temperature for up to 1.5 hours, ensuring you never have to drink lukewarm coffee again. It also features a smart LED light that lets you know when it’s reached the perfect temperature and an auto-sleep mode that intelligently senses when to turn on and off.
Craving more inspiration? Check out our Tipbook full of curated design ideas for all different styles and budgets.