5 Gadgets and Apps That Help Us Get Through the Workday

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While a lot of people are talking about technology as something that has the potential to change the industry on a massive scale, they often forget about the ways in which it makes individuals more productive. We’re not even talking about the industry-specific apps that are designed to automate your sales process or something similar to that but about apps and gadgets that can help you organize, communicate and overall function better in the workplace. Here are five of them.

Skype

The first thing that everyone in an overcrowded office knows is just how hard is to communicate with a person across the room without disturbing their coworkers. Luckily, with IM services like Skype, WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, one can deal with this in a simple, smart and elegant manner. Here, however, Skype usually goes to the forefront both due to its reliability and versatility and the fact that it’s not nearly as distracting as Facebook.

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Dropbox

Dropbox is another vital app for an office worker. With it, you no longer need to rely on the above-listed IM software, which usually have a cap on the size of a file you can send. Furthermore, it also avoids having you use a flash drive, which, yet again requires a lot of footwork. This kind of in-house data transfer creates a lot of distracting traffic and takes you away from your post for longer than necessary.

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Silent peripherals

The number three on this list goes to silent peripherals. By getting a silent keyboard and mouse for every single person in the room, one is ensuring that the office is significantly less noisy and, therefore, a better working environment. Furthermore, it gives every single employee a higher degree of autonomy, seeing as how their boss can no longer hear them minimizing all those browser windows they’ve opened during their break.

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Label writer

For all those who work in a storage room, having access to a device such as the Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo is a most definite must. Just being able to type a label and stick it onto the box or a file instead of having to write it down manually makes your life so much easier. Moreover, depending on your handwriting, it makes navigation for people browsing the storage significantly more reliable.

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Cable clips

Finally, while the amount of time you lose looking for your cables that have simply fallen off the table may not be that great, you should never underestimate the frustration caused by this. Now imagine if such a thing was to happen to you in sequence over and over again. Not only are you at risk of losing focus but might even develop a full-fledged cable-induced neurosis. Luckily, with gadgets as simple, inexpensive and efficient as cable clips, you can easily avoid this ordeal.

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At the end of the day, while none of these items or tools may be deemed as completely ground-breaking, in their own way, each of these helps make your average day in the office a bit easier to bear. By doing so, they are also helping you focus and outperform yourself on days you would otherwise do below-average. This way, one could even argue that these five simple trends are even capable of pushing an entire industry forward, one step at a time.

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The above article is written by Catherine, a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.

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