I realized the other day that I've been primarily working from home for almost 30 years. Sure, I've spent some time in offices, and also working from cafes, hotel rooms, trains, tents, and yurts, but the vast amount of my working day has been spent in my home office. And over those three decades, I've made a lot of mistakes. Hoo-boy, have I made mistakes.
I thought that working on a laptop on the soft in front of the TV was a long-term strategy (spoilers: it wasn't). I thought that an old door propped between two filing cabinets made for an ergonomic desk (spoilers: it didn't). I also thought that "I'm popping into the office for five minutes" in my dressing gown first thing in the morning would actually only be for five minutes (spoiler: it was a longer than five minutes -- a lot longer). So, I've made a lot of mistakes. And learned a lot from these mistakes.
One thing that I've learned to do is to make technology work for me, and with that in mind, here's a list of what I believe to be essential gadgets and gear if you find yourself working from home because of the coronavirus outbreak.
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I tried skimping here, and it didn't work. You might think that because you've been using the kitchen table and chair for occasionally working from home that this will be a long-term solution, or that you can lounge on the couch in front of Netflix and
2: A fast (probably unlimited bandwidth) internet connection
Working from home you are likely to burn through your internet bandwidth, doubly so if you use video conferencing.
If you are currently on a limited plan, then you might want to consider upgrading this (it might be a good time to find a bet
Another thing to bear in mind is your internet connection in your office. Likely you're going to be relying on Wi-Fi, so make sure that you have the best coverage possible. If your existing coverage sucks, then invest in a mesh system such as the View now at Amazon
Remember the old adage: "Two is one, and one is none." If your internet connection fails then you're productivity will take a nosedive, which is why I like to have a backup. While turning your smartphone into a mobile hotspot works as a short term solu
I don't know about you, but I hate holding up a phone to my ear for more than a few minutes. I just find myself drifting off and resenting being tied to the phone. While modern smartphones do have speakerphone facility, let's be honest, most are pretty
Unless you're using a laptop (which, long-term, I don't recommend without a separate keyboard and monitor), or your desktop has one, you'll likely need a webcam.
Something cheap and cheerful isn, in my experience, just as good as something that c
If you are using a laptop, do yourself a favor and get a keyboard, mouse, and monitor for yourself. The ergonomics work out much better in the long term. I really don't recommend spending hours a day hunched over a laptop. In the long term, your health
If you are working from home I strongly recommend you harden your network with a hardware firewall. I've been testing the Firewalla Blue for some time now and this tiny box tha
Get yourself a decent pair of headphones or earphones. I'm a big fan of the AirPods Pro, but you should pick something that fits for you, is comfortable, and that sound good to you.
Get, if possible, a single charger that will charge most of your devices. It's OK to still use your existing laptop charger or whatever, but too many chargers will either mean that you'll constantly be switching things in and out of wall sockets, or yo