As a professional, you want your admin work to be easier. You want your desk to make you feel better, and you want your work to fulfill you. With the power of technology, you can have it all. The only caveat is that not all gadgets will suit your needs, and investing blindly in something that won’t actually benefit your workflow will only clutter up your space and drain your bank account.
Choosing the right tech can be difficult, but with this easy guide you can get started with some key essentials:
A Laptop That Suits Their Needs to a T
Laptops are considered essential, but there are hundreds of options out there. Finding that perfect laptop that fits your needs to a T can be difficult, which is why when choosing you should always follow professional guides and research your options. Choosist.com, for example, has a full rundown of HP computers to help you find the perfect solution for your career. With their easy ‘Great for’ lists, you can see what each laptop can offer you.
Secured Cloud Storage
Invest in a premium account with your favorite cloud storage provider (iCloud, Dropbox, etc.) and use it to store and back up all of your data. Do make sure that when you back up these files that you add metadata and sort them, otherwise you can lose a file just through sheer disorganization.
Seamlessly Integrated Tech
Using the cloud is also a great way to allow for seamless integration. Adding a new date to your calendar should sync that appointment across all of your devices, for example. It should be easy to switch from your phone to your laptop, and so on.
This will mean aiding yourself with tech that uses the same software. If you work on an iPhone, for instance, then you will want to invest in a MacBook so that you can work seamlessly with the too. For more freedom, a Windows phone and laptop is much better. This, however, is all down to personal preference. Some of us prefer iOS, while others do not.
The modern professional has no time for disorganization, which is why wireless gadgets are essential for a seamless and faster working environment.
1. Bluetooth Headphones
Forget the challenge of dealing with different earphone ports and invest in quality Bluetooth headphones you can use to listen to any device you own and enjoy better sound quality.
2. Portable Charger
Phones and other mobile devices die fast due to how much we use them. If you are on the go and need to stay in touch via mobile, bring a portable charger with you sothat your gadgets never die.
3. Cloud Printer
Forget having to connect manually to your printer and invest in one that will allow you to print from any device you own.
4. Conference Camera
Improve the conference experience with a conference camera, which allows for remote conference calling to go without a hitch.
A Fitness Tracker
The modern day professional knows that a healthy body is essential for a productive workday, and investing in a fitness tracker is key to encouraging an active life. Use it to monitor how many steps you take and try to work out seamless ways you can get more exercise into your day without compromising on productivity.
An E-Reader or Tablet
Reading is great for the modern day professional, but if you have a hard time reading on your phone, it is best to invest in an e-reader or tablet. Stay up to date with key books in your industry, with news, or just fiction. You will improve your grammar, vocabulary, and knowledge.
The very best in e-readers are as follows:
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018 edition)
- Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017 edition)
- Kobo Forma
All these devices are great for reading, with the Amazon Kindle range being spectacularly notable. The Paperwhite has a refined design including a flush screen and lightweight nature, whereas the Oasis is impressive with its larger screen and waterproof technology. Lastly, the Kobo is strong, has a lovely big screen but is lightweight, making it easy to hold and carry. What’s more, it is water-resistant.
The only drawback from investing in a Kobo e-reader, though, is its limited choice of books in the store. Amazon has a much larger, in-depth collection.
These gadgets are considered essential, but it is still up to you to choose the right make and model that fits your needs and budget.