In this fast-paced world, we’re always looking for ways to maximize efficiency in the workplace so that we can enjoy increased productivity and a less stressful day at the office. Thankfully, you can now get tools and devices to help you with that.
Here are some of our favourite gadgets and apps that will go a long way in helping you enjoy an easier day at the work.
Nobody wants to waste time queuing for the printer when there’s work to be done. Luckily, printers have come a long way since the early days. From printing just 8 pages-per-minute back in the 80’s to printing as many as 27 pages-per-minute nowadays, modern printers are faster, offer better graphics, and the opportunity to scan, copy, fax and email documents all from one place.
All-in-one printers are well worth the investment when you consider that several users can schedule scanning and printing at once, so nobody is left waiting around.
We’ve all felt a little overloaded by our inboxes at some point or another. In fact, research shows that office workers waste as much as 2.5 hours reading and responding to emails every day. This comes as no surprise when you consider the fact that they receive at least 200 messages per day.
To make life a little easier, consider using Astro. Think of it as an AI assistant that brings together your email and calendar to help you focus on the bits in your inbox that matter the most. By removing the clutter and highlighting the emails that need your attention, you can save time and focus on more important tasks.
You’ve sorted the problem of queuing for the printer, but what about having to wait around for the kettle to boil? The AppKettle allows you to boil the kettle from the comfort of your desk and even keeps the water at your desired temperature for up to half an hour, meaning you’ve got the water ready for whenever you need it.
Have you ever forgotten a password and spent far too much time trying to remember it? If this sounds familiar, then you should consider installing LastPass.
This app remembers your passwords, so you don’t have to. All of your passwords are stored in a vault that can only be accessed by entering a strong master password of your choice. It’s an easy and secure way to keep track of your passwords, helping to make office life that much simpler.
Portable Laptop Monitor
It’s not uncommon to have multiple screens and apps open on your computer at once. Sometimes, you just need that extra bit of space to keep on top of everything. The great thing about a portable laptop monitor is that you can take it with you on the road, so if you frequently travel for seminars and meetings, you won’t have to miss out on an extra monitor.
Need to upgrade your skills, but don’t have the time to sit and read an entire book? Then you may want to take a look at Blinkist. This app summarises non-fiction books, delivering them both in audio and text format so that you can get through them in as little as 15 minutes. It’s a handy app if you’re interested in expanding your professional skills, but don’t have a lot of time to spare.
Wireless Charging Pad
Charging your phone at the office can be a pain. Not only do you have to remember to bring your charger with you in the first place, but you also have to find somewhere to plug it in, and most likely have to deal with wires cluttering up your desk.
With a wireless charging pad, you simply place your phone on the pad on your desk and let it charge. No more having to worry about the wire being able to reach, as you simply set it down in place and let it power up.
While there are many project management tools out there, all-in-one tools can be hard to find. Taskworld packs project planning, visual task management, and team messaging all into one handy app so you can easily work together towards your common goals.
What makes this app really stand out is that it offers boards and lists for task and workflow management, the ability to send direct messages and documents, and set individual task deadlines so you can ensure projects get completed on time.