Vaughn's Top 10 Picks for Products to Boost Work and Study Productivity at Home

Vaughn's Top 10 Picks for Products to Boost Work and Study Productivity at Home

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Vaughn Jocson
Lifestyle Photo Blogger, Traveler, Entrepreneur
  • Nespresso
    Essenza Mini Coffee Maker

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    What's a morning without a good cup of coffee? If you're like me, who enjoys coffee and gets energy from it, this Nespresso machine will be your best buddy every morning or during quick breaks. I like that this is compact and very easy to use. All you need to do is to pop your Nespresso capsule of choice, select a size, and voila! Cafe-style coffee at the comfort of your home.

    Another great thing about this is that you have a variety of capsules to choose from. You'll be pleased to know that some coffee shops have their own Nespresso capsules. Whenever I feel like I want a cup of coffee from Starbucks, I just reach for my Starbucks Coffee Nespresso Capsuleーno need to risk stepping out of the house during this pandemic!

    This coffee maker was honestly quite an investment for me, but if you want quality and cafe-style coffee within your reach, I highly recommend this. My work-from-home days are definitely made better! Imagine whiffing that inviting smell of fresh coffee every time you make a cupーit's an instant mood booster!
  • Pedal Exerciser

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    As a fitness enthusiast, working out is a huge part of my everyday routine. Working out doesn't just make me feel good, but it also gives my day a head start, and it improves my work rhythm. However, given the current situation where we must limit ourselves from going out, finding an alternative solution to keep active even at home is the way to go.

    On days I'm pressed for time, this pedal exerciser is my go-to equipment. I can use it while I'm working on my deskーtalk about hitting two birds with one stone! Since our bodies are so used to being stationary while seated, getting used to pedaling while working did take a little bit of time.

    It was a little bit uncomfortable to use at first, but when I got the hang of it, it was very enjoyable! Every time I use this, I get that sense of gratification, knowing that I can simultaneously stay active and do other tasks. 
  • Computer Desk

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    For working or studying at home, having a designated workspace is very helpful to avoid distractions and keep you stay focused on your tasks. This computer desk makes a great and worthy addition to your workspace. Not only can it accommodate your PC, but it can also store and organize your things.

    I like that this desk is very sturdy, and it has an overall nice, space-saving design. Attached to the main desk is a shelf with built-in drawers where I can organize my files and keep things that I frequently use within reach. 

    Just note, though, that you have to assemble the desk. I admittedly had a hard time assembling it, but the finished product was worth it! 
  • Indoor Succulent

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    Placing a desk plant, may it be at home or in the office, has many benefits. Apart from bringing life and brightening up a dull workspace, it also helps improve air quality by eliminating airborne toxinsーit serves as an air purifier minus the big bucks you have to shell out!

    In addition that, having a desk plant also helps relieve stress and boost productivity by improving memory retention and focus. This is one of the main reasons why companies now put indoor plants in their offices.

    Caring for a plant is a lot of work, so for people like me who are always busy, a succulent is one of the best options you have since it requires low-maintenance. You just need to place it where it can get enough light, plus you only need to water it a few times a week.
  • Quartet
    Magnetic Calendar White Board and Cork

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    For me to effectively manage my time and carry out my tasks efficiently, I plan ahead of time and jot down a to-do list, whether it's for the day or the whole month. While some like to use a planner notebook, I prefer to use a dry erase or a whiteboard calendar. 

    This calendar has an undated monthly format, but depending on how you want to list down your tasks or schedule, you may also use it in a weekly format. There is also a dedicated space where you can write your memo. Its size is large enough for me to easily keep track of my tasks and schedule, plus you can hang this on the wall as well.
  • Seagate
    Expansion Portable 2TB External Hard Drive

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    If you have important files on your PC, one of the good habits to develop is backing them up to ensure that your files are safeーafter all, it's better safe than sorry! Seagate's external hard drive is one of the best external hard drives I can recommend because of the brand's integrity, plus its quick and easy use. 

    If you're running a Windows computer, you can simply plug and play and drag and drop the files you want to back up. Meanwhile, for macOS, you will need to reformat it. This also has a massive 2TB memory, which is more than enough to accommodate all my files for both work and play, so it keeps me worry-free knowing that I can store everything I need. 
  • Thunlit
    Study Table Lamp

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    Lighting has a significant effect on productivity. Proper lighting helps boost one's mood and overall well-being, ultimately leading to working efficiently. I got this table lamp as an addition to my workspace. What I like about it is that you can choose from three different settingsーwarm light, white light, and warm white light, and you can also adjust the brightness. 

    If there are tasks I need to tackle head-on, I use the white light setting since it helps me stay concentrated. White light is said to mimic daylight, which then stimulates the brain and improves alertness and focus. 

    For casual reading or when I want to wind down a little, I use the warm light since it's quite gentle on the eyes, and If I have online meetings, I use the warm white light because it compliments my skinーwe all want to look good even if it's just a quick 5-minute video call, right?
  • Memory Foam Seat Cushion and Lumbar Pillow

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    We've all heard itーsitting for long periods of time is not good for our health, not to mention it can also become quite uncomfortable. However, there are times that it can't be helped, especially if your job requires you to do so. Although moving from time to time is still the best thing to do, sitting on a cushion can provide some benefits.

    Cushions not only lessen discomfort but also promote proper posture by giving support to the back and the tail bone. I got this cushion because it is made from memory foam, so it conforms to the contours of the body, plus it has just the right level of softness. 

    You have the option to get the cushion and the lumbar separately, but I recommend getting it as a set for maximum comfort. At first, you wouldn't think that a cushion would make much of a difference, but trust me, you'll be able to comfortably sit with no pain in the back nor the buttocks for 6 or 7 hours straight.
  • Anker
    PowerPort Speed 5 Ports

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    This multiport charging hub has been a handy item for me since I have several devices that I use while working. This charging hub has 5 ports and two of which are for fast-charging. Aside from it being a helpful item to increase productivity, it maximizes space and rids of other clutter in or around my work station.

    I like that this charging hub is small, lightweight, and not bulky at all. It also has a strong build and a sleek design. This is also a good item to bring when traveling because your gadgets worry-freeーno need to look for an outlet for each of your gadgets!

    Although it might be a little pricey compared to other charging hubs, you can assure that you are getting your money's worth because of the brand's quality and reliability. 
  • Awei
    Mini HiFi Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

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    I think we could all agree that music is a huge part of our lives. Most, if not all of us, listen to it every day, and it's one thing that keeps us going. Listening to music while working or studying improves our mood and helps us focus better. 

    For times that I want to blast my favorite tracks while still being able to hear the background noise, I use this small speaker from Awei. It has wireless capabilities and a powerful stereo sound despite its small size. It also has a high-definition microphone with noise reduction technology that allows me to take calls and talk hands-free. 

    It is also lightweight, so I can take this with me from one room to another or bring this with me on trips. Although it's not really an issue for me, this speaker only has a playtime of about 2 hours, so you might need to recharge it frequently.