2020 has been a year of big changes. We’ve constantly been encouraged to do less outside of the home, cutting down on the visits we make to restaurants, movie theaters, and even the store. It’s also led many employers to ask their workforce to work from home. If you’re one of those who have temporarily set up working from your own house, here are three ways you can help improve your tech setup.
Stay Connected Wherever you are
For much of 2020, we’ve been told to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus. That doesn’t mean you have to be glued to your desk at all times. Working from home has lots of benefits, including being able to get those chores around the house done and even preparing your lunch in your kitchen. To make sure you don’t miss out on any important emails or instant messenger notifications while you’re in another room, buy a smartwatch to keep you in the loop. If you already own an iPhone, buy an Apple watch so it can link directly to your phone and notify you about any app notifications from the comfort of your wrist. Although the technology is still quite new, Apple has already brought out many different versions of its watch. To know which model is the best one for you, read an Apple watch comparison guide from a trusted website to identify which version has the features you want at the price you’re willing to pay.
Strengthen your Internet Connection
By now, we’ve probably all been in a meeting where someone’s internet connection has failed. Either their picture has frozen, or their speech has glitchy, so much that you’re only hearing one or two words of every sentence or even lost them completely. If it’s down to the speed of your internet where you live, there’s very little you can do about it other than shop around for a better, more reliable provider. The problem is more likely to be between your wireless network and your device. If you have an old house with thick walls and you’re sitting far away from your hub, it might be that the wireless connection is struggling to reach you. Consider installing a booster system or a repeater in the places where you use the internet most.
Turn your Dining Table into your Desk
If you’re working from home, it’s highly likely that you’re working from a laptop. If that’s the case, then you could be noticing a massive difference in your productivity and comfort if you’re used to working on a desktop PC. The small screen and keyboard of a laptop can tend to make us slouch forward to see what we’re doing. Instead, install a bigger external monitor so you can sit further away from your screen.
Also, consider installing an external keyboard and mouse that you can position where you find is the most comfortable place to rest your wrists on your table. Also, consider buying a comfy office chair to make sure you don’t suffer any backache from prolonged work sessions at your computer.