The uptick in work-from-home positions due to the pandemic (from 7% to 62%) has caused many to question how they can make their workday more productive. Kids at home, pets, endless chores, and sometimes a considerable lack of space can inhibit work productivity and create unnecessary stress. These distractions have a lingering effect. Studies show that it takes almost a full half hour to refocus after a distraction at work.
Smart home technology has become an answer for many who are seeking an end to remote work distraction and a more streamlined, healthier, and happier at-home working experience. Smart home technology allows your devices to communicate with each other and with you via a remote control, smartphone, tablet, or voice command. They save time, energy, and – usually – cost. These days, it seems like almost anything in your home can become “smart.” Refrigerators, coffee makers, speakers, alarm clocks, thermostats, smoke alarms…the list goes on.
Here are some pieces of smart tech you can use to boost your on-the-job productivity from home.
Smart Clocks for Better Mornings
How you start your day determines how the rest of your day will go. Most Americans pick up their phone to check it 58 times per day – more if you rely on it for remote work. While the smartphone has become essential for our daily lives, it is not the best way to wake up. The blue light and immediate confrontation with the cyber world increases stress and jolts the body awake, disrupting its natural patterns.
Instead, make your mornings magical with a smart clock that wakes you up naturally with your favorite Spotify playlist, soft light, or nature sounds. There are many to choose from on the market, and all of them will be an improvement over your smartphone. That being said, you can link your clock to your smartphone to have it set and ready to go before it’s time to hit the hay.
Smart Thermostats for All-Day Comfort
Nothing ruins a workday faster than a room that is too hot or too cold. A comfortable temperature keeps you focused on the task at hand. Smart thermostats can be controlled from your phone and will learn your movement patterns over time, adjusting at-will to your habits to ensure that each room in your home is at the perfect temperature no matter the time of day.
Smart Security for Peace of Mind
Automated home security systems that communicate with your mobile device are a simple way to give yourself a calm working environment. You can link your security system with your doorbell and garage door to achieve complete security for you and your family. The benefits of a smart security system extend far beyond the workday to keep you protected 24/7 – even if you do go back to the office to work in the future.
Smart Speaker for Hands-Free Communication and Focus
Your smartspeaker will become your AI virtual assistant at home while you work. The smart device will sync up with the other smart gadgets in your home, allowing you to control them by voice command. You can adjust your music, start your coffee pot, text a business colleague, or schedule a meeting – and that’s just the beginning. A smart speaker has become one of the most popular devices in America today, and our usage of these high-powered speakers is only going to increase as remote work continues to be more common.
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