Guest post from Anthony Moretti
Working from home is the ultimate dream, for many employees - and in the wake of the pandemic, a lot of us are living the good life and working remotely. But did you know that you can make that experience even better?
Smart tools can make working from home
incredibly comfortable and convenient. Whether it’s ensuring that your Wi-Fi connection is perfectly stable, that you have an assistant to help you out, something to hold you accountable and help you stay on the move, or a standing desk that’s perfect for helping your posture, there’s a smart device for all of your needs.
When you’re working from home, nothing is more important than your internet connection. You rely on it completely to be able to do your job, so any smart device that can help you maintain it is absolutely crucial.
You can’t work from home without the peace of mind that a smart Wi-Fi router can give you. This device can offer you a guarantee that you’re not going to lose signal halfway through an important call, or that your kids can’t use up all the bandwidth streaming something or online gaming.
The way it works is that it’s constantly searching for the strongest, most stable nearby signal to make sure that you never go offline. What you are buying, essentially, is stability, which makes this a worthy purchase, or even an essential one, depending on how intensely you use the internet.
It may not seem like that big of a deal, but security is even more important when you’re working from home. Especially if you’re working with client data or classified information, you need to be able to ensure its security. Otherwise, you may be in a world of trouble.
The easiest security measure you can install is a smart doorbell. It doesn’t require a big investment, and it’s an added layer of security that can offer you some peace of mind. A smart doorbell has a camera that can reveal who’s at your door at all times, so there’s no need to interrupt your meeting or get up from your desk 5 times a day.
Plus, if you ever have people steal your packages from your door, now you can find out who it is. One of the best things about it is that it captures things you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed. A weird person stopping in front of your home? Is the neighbor’s dog ruining your flower beds? You’ve got it all on tape.
You can’t know for sure you’re safe unless your doors are securely locked at all times and you know for sure no one can get in while you’re busy sitting in a meeting. The solution? Smart locks. Doing away with keys, smart locks are automatically secured once you close the door, and they can be accessed through a smart keypad or on your phone.
The code can be changed at any time, which is especially convenient for visitors, delivery people, etc. You never have to worry about break-ins, losing your keys, or having nosey neighbors invite themselves into your home while you’re not looking. As an added plus, it’s the kind of feature that adds value to your property
- buyers are willing to pay for the peace of mind.
The best thing about working from home is that you can easily control your environment and make it comfortable for your needs. Warmer, cooler, dimmer lights - and best of all, you are actually saving money. Smart environment devices can make your energy consumption more efficient across the board, meaning that you achieve optimum comfort with minimal spending.
If there is one constant of office life, it’s that you’re always uncomfortable, temperature-wise. Have you ever had to bring a blanket with you to use in your aggressively air-conditioned office in the middle of summer? What about sweating profusely in your full suit and tie? It’s impossible to make a space comfortable for so many people, all with different preferences.
That’s why working from home is so great, you can make it comfortable, and catered strictly to your own preferences. And there is one device that can do that for you - a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats are great because they can create the environment you want, with the temperature you want. And it can do it by itself, you no longer need to interrupt yourself mid-workflow to get up and walk to the thermostat to adjust it. It’s Wi-Fi enabled, so you can do it on your phone
Smart Light Bulbs
And speaking of easily controlling your environment, that includes your lights. Working from home usually means you’re having to use and pay for your own energy, so it helps if you have the means to lower that expense, while still creating the ideal environment.
Smart light bulbs can be controlled on your phone, and give you the perfect amount of light, no matter the time of day. Are the lights too bright? You can always dim them. Is it overcast and do you need more light for your Zoom call? It’s easy to brighten things up.
Most importantly, perhaps, there are smart office gadgets that can make working from home a breeze. Whether it’s keeping track of your meetings, looking up the info you need, scheduling important tasks, or reminding you of urgent things to address - you can use these smart office helpers.
Why hire a real assistant, when you can make due just fine with a smart home assistant? There’s nothing a smart helper like Alexa can’t do. It can google something for you while you’re in a meeting, it can schedule your meetings and send you reminders to make sure you’re not forgetting, it can take notes for you, and even make calls for you. The best part? She never complains. The great thing about it is that it’s quite affordable, so if you’re only going to invest in one smart gadget, most homeowners choose this one
One issue we all struggle with when working from home is our terrible posture. Especially if you’re working in bed or from your sofa, you’re not doing your spine any favors. Not even a traditional desk is great, but there’s a smart solution to that: the smart desk.
A standing desk that is fully adjustable to your height and needs, the smart desk is the answer to your bad posture issues. You can combat that end-of-the-day stiffness while still working in a comfortable way. In addition, it’s a sleek, modern piece of furniture that will fit right in with the rest of your home design.
One unintended consequence of working from home is a potential negative impact on your overall health. Since it’s very tempting to barely leave your bed or get up from your desk, and all the snacks you could want are right within reach, you could find yourself skipping out on exercise, gaining weight, and suffering from other health issues.
Wearable Fitness Device
Most of us will not exercise unprompted, and especially when you’re working from home alone, there’s no one else there to remind you of how sedentary you are and how harmful it is. What you need is someone to keep you accountable. That something is a smart fitness device.
A smartwatch, a Fitbit, or any equivalent device can be the annoying voice in the back of your head you need. The device will remind you that you need to get up and move, that you need to drink water at regular intervals, that your heart rate is concerning, etc. You have no excuse to “forget” to exercise when you’re buzzing every 5 minutes.
As comfortable as working from home is, it can be made even better - through technology. Did you know that you can hook up your home to Wi-Fi and streamline a lot of your daily tasks? A smart assistant is just one of the essential smart devices that can enhance your work from home experience.
You can take care of security, ensure a comfortable environment, and even stay on top of your fitness and health, with no extra effort necessary.