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In any economic climate, the better you adapt to new technology the more successful you’ll be. The good news is that embracing many of the new products and services on the market can also help you improve your productivity. Whether you were thrust into working from home (WFH) or you’ve always been familiar with it, here are some tips to adjust and improve your routine.
1. Invest in Mesh
A mesh router can do a lot for workers who have plenty of space to wander. It sets up a variety of access points so you’re not stuck in one place because of your Wi-Fi connection. If some days you prefer to work on your patio while other days are better spent in your home office, a mesh router can give you the connectivity you need throughout the home.
2. Try a Calendar App
Electronic invites can make it easy to overschedule. Unfortunately, it’s even easier to be interrupted when you’re in the middle of an important task. Installing a calendar app will connect your daily activities to an accessible platform, so your co-workers know when it’s a good time to get in touch with you. Eliminating this confusion can have a lot to do with how well you function from home.
3. Spring for the Second Monitor
Some people might think their job isn’t ‘important’ enough to require a second monitor. However, anybody can benefit from having more screen space. A second monitor reduces the amount of time needed to minimize windows or check references. From seeing messages to comparing spreadsheets, having a second monitor is well worth the investment.
4. Install Smart Light Bulbs
It’s easy to overwork when you work from home. No matter how much we try to create different spaces to signal our brains, the line still seems to blur. To combat this, some people will set up smart light bulbs that dim alongside the sun. Changing the lighting on a schedule can signal your brain that work time is over, which may make it easier to step away and relax at the end of the day.
A Note on Routines
Regardless of the technology you use or the work you do, always prioritize what works best for you. Keep in mind when you’re most productive and who needs you throughout the day. This will also affect how you view your technology and hopefully help you maintain a healthy work-life balance while at home.