Work can be as stressful, productive or enjoyable as you make it. Having great gadgets around can really help to boost your productivity, which is one of the things so many of us are focused on at this time of year.
Of course, it is not only the latest technological advances that will help you have a better time; it’s all the support design that goes along with them like cleverly mounted brackets or ways to hide away all your wires. Spending time on games has also been found to help increase productivity as much as any of the latest devices.
The thrills that video or even casino games deliver notwithstanding, there is something about having a gorgeous workspace and helpful gadgets that makes me work a lot harder and smarter. Here are my top picks for having a productive 2018.
Keep your kick-starting coffee at a pleasant temperature with this innovative mug and saucer set, which is attractive enough to sit on your desk at all times. The saucer is a charging device, which gives the mug the power to keep your drink warm.
The charge lasts for up to an hour, meaning you can almost always take your mug with you as you move around your office and don’t have to worry about it getting cold. You can even remotely set the mug temperature to whatever you prefer.
The Intuos Art Pen and Touch tablet allows you to get your creative juices going in a flawlessly functional way. You can use the digital canvas to sketch, design, paint and edit thanks to a pressure-sensitive pen. Adjust the settings to work in charcoal, pen, ink, pastels, paint and more, all with 1024 distinct pressure levels in the remarkable Intuos Art pen.
Your brushstrokes are perfectly mirrored, and lines look natural and capture the movement of your hand as you create them. Simple multi-touch gestures on the tablet allow you to navigate, zoom or scroll through your artwork. ExpressKeys can be customised to create shortcuts to the functions that individuals often use. The tablet works with all Adobe programmes and allows you to try new things and polish your skills.
Scan hardcopies to your hard drive or smartphone in a matter of moments with this pen scanner, and translate them if necessary too. All you need to do is run the pen over the text that you’re interested in to convert it to text and translate it if it’s in another language.
This incredible little scanner that could is compatible with Windows, Android and iOS devices, and works in over 12 languages. In addition to all of this, the 8-inch pen is able to take data from screenshots and then direct-deposit it to almost all search engines and Word programmes.
The E-BOX Cable Organiser stores all cables and power strips in a stylish and contemporary container. All wires are neatly hidden away and it works with the cables of every kind of device including digital cameras, smartphones, tablets and e-readers. The grid structure on the bottom of the organiser allows for good ventilation, so power strips, cables and chargers never overheat. The sleek, sophisticated design of the E-BOX Cable Organiser is a great example of form meeting functionality.
Plenty More to Explore
These gadgets are my personal favourites, but there are many similar lists available. Have a look through them all before making any final decisions on what to buy.
Checking reviews by people who have used them is also a good idea, and these are easily found online. Remember, this is your workspace and it’s where you’ll be spending a lot of your day. The time taken to ensure that it works for you, technologically and aesthetically, is well worth it.