Telecommuting is on the rise, requiring more people than ever to have offices at home. But with so many distractions nearby, it can be difficult to focus and get work done. Here are a few tools that everyone who works from home can use to boost productivity.
1. Nest Thermostat
You'll need your home to be as comfortable as your office. This thermostat learns your preferences and automatically adjusts accordingly.
2. Rocki Music System
If music boosts your productivity, Rocki is the tool you'll need. Rocki effortlessly connects your smartphone to any speaker and it's small enough to fit in your pocket.
3. Kevo Smart Lock
Tired of digging for your keys? Kevo is a lock that connects to your smartphone to allow you to unlock your doors with your phone. Kevo also integrates with Nest to let your thermostat know when you arrive and depart each day.
4. Amazon Echo
Echo is your personal assistant, standing by to give you news and information or play music, all at a voice command.
5. Neat Desk Scanner
Scan receipts, business cards, and documents and store them on your computer or upload them to your business's servers.
If you're tired of losing your keys and other items, Tile can help. Attach these small items to your keys, wallet, or any other item and track its location with your iOS or Android device.
If you're spending more time at home, your home will accumulate more dust and debris. Roomba takes care of it for you, constantly working to keep your floors clean for you.
8. Celle Chair
If you're spending serious time at your desk, you'll need a chair that provides support. This chair conforms to your size to provide exactly the support you need.
9. Brookstone Beverage Warmer
You don't have time to journey to the kitchen to freshen up your cup of coffee throughout the day. This warmer will keep your cup warm through all those long Skype sessions.
10. Desktop Air Filter
Is the air inside your home clean? Remove 95 percent of airborne particles from your work area with this desktop HEPA air filter.
11. WalkStation Desk
Sitting at your desk all day can be bad for your health. This treadmill desk gives you the option to walk at a slow pace while you work, burning calories throughout the day.
12. Logitech Multi-Device Keyboard
Gone are the days when professionals worked using a computer, monitor, and desktop. This keyboard works with your PC, tablet, and smartphone.
13. Henry Desk Vacuum
This little guy sits on your desk, smiling at you, reminding you to keep your work area debris-free. Its lack of cords makes it easy to sweep up crumbs.
14. Belkin WeMo Switch
These handy switches can easily turn any appliance or light into a smart device. Turn off your coffee pot, switch on a light, or view a netcam at your front door without leaving your desk.
15. HoMedics SoundSpa
During the daytime hours, neighborhoods are far from quiet. This sound machine drowns out noise from construction crews and disposal companies.
16. Alba Lightbulb
This light bulb automatically adjusts its brightness to your needs throughout the day, shutting off when you're away.
17. Ring Smart Doorbell
When someone rings your doorbell, Ring lets you see who's there. This is especially handy for professionals in home offices, who must frequently deal with solicitors.
Make green tea, coffee, or hot cocoa from your smartphone using this Wi-Fi connected kettle. Get your hot water started from your desk and it will be ready to use by the time you get there.
If you're tired of looking out your dirty office window, WinBot can help. Attach it to your window and press start. This device is great for those windows that are too high to reach.
20. iPad Pedestal Stand
If bathroom breaks seriously cut into your productivity, this stand is for you. Set up your iPad and avoid missing a minute of work.
Whether you work from home full time or just a day or two a week, these gadgets are a great way to make your home a better place to work. Even when you aren't working, you'll enjoy the benefits of smarter appliances, purer air, and windows that clean themselves.