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Over the past few years, more people are choosing to work from home. While this is a great idea, it does mean that you will have to set up your own space to be able to work. This space will have to be quiet, free from distractions and well-equipped with all the things that you need to do your job to a high standard. When you work in an office, everything is supplied for you. When you transition to working remotely, you are now responsible for setting up the appropriate workplace and equipping yourself with everything that you need.
While there are the basics that you require, such as a computer, a desk and a chair, there are many other things that you can incorporate into your home space to help you work better. One of the greatest upgrades that you can invest in is creating a smart office. A smart office incorporates a range of technology that will help you have a better working experience, create a more efficient environment, and optimise your space. Just like you have done by investing in a smartphone and now rely on it for a range of daily activities such as communication, diary management and leisure activities, you may have even started incorporating it into your home with smart metres and security systems. Smart technology can make your office a better place to work.
If you’re not sure how to get started, here are some top tips to help you set up a smart office.
#1 Upgrade your devices
You should first and foremost upgrade all of your devices. This might be upgrading the operating systems and software, or investing in new devices altogether. This will ensure that everything is working as efficiently as possible, and you minimise any stress and disruptions to your day.
For example, if you own a Mac device, you should update it to the latest operating system, Ventura, which has some amazing benefits and features. You can also learn more about how to speed up your device for increased performance.
#2 Noise cancelling headphones
With everyone moving to remote working, this might mean that you have people in your home working or your neighbours working from home. There can also be a range of distractions such as construction work, lawnmowers and much more. To help you, you can invest in smart headphones that have active noise cancellation (ANC) technology that will help you reduce distractions.
#3 Smart pen
It can take a lot of time and effort to write down notes for your work or from meetings with a pen and paper. Technology has provided a smart pen solution, which enables you to write on a smart device, much like a piece of paper, but will instantly transfer the notes to digital files and send it to your device.
#4 WiFi thermostat
The temperature of your room is important. If it is too hot or cold, you will be uncomfortable and distracted. If you invest in a WiFi thermostat, you can control the settings from the comfort of your desk and ensure you create a better environment for your work.
#5 Air purifier
Just as the temperature is important, so is the cleanliness of the air that you are breathing in. A smart air purifier will monitor the particles in your air, and activate cleaning to get rid of toxins and stagnant air in your office. This will not only support your health but also help with clarity and focus.
#6 Indoor garden
There are a plethora of benefits to bringing more nature into your office. Science has shown that simply adding plants to your workspace can reduce stress, increase productivity, reduce sickness, clean the air and help with creative thinking. However, it is not as easy as it sounds, as you have to care for these plants and keep them alive. The best option is to create a smart garden in your office. This takes away the effort and the need for a smart finger, and instead, has the light, water and nutrients all on automatic so you don’t have to do anything.
#7 Digital frames
Digital frames are a great way to liven up your workspace while making it more creative. With the click of a button, you can select images that match your mood and will help you focus on your work. Maybe you will work better with different colours that have shown to increase productive thinking and concentration, or perhaps you feel calmer when you have photos of animals or your family. You can use these frames to switch between images, as well as files such as your to-do list.
Smart offices enable you to be comfortable and work more efficiently at the click of a button.