11 gadgets to boost your work from home productivity

Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse depending on the day, hour, or your own state of mind. I have somehow managed to structure my life in a way that includes two careers; one of which can be done at home (or, really, most anywhere) and one that involves me going to an actual, physical place of work. There are things I enjoy and, sometimes, despise about both.

One of my biggest work from home challenges is maintaining productivity on a consistent basis. Some days, focus is right there when I need it, other times it is the most elusive thing ever and I am easily distracted by a window and the life happening on the other side of it. 

Thankfully, with the rise of WFH, there are now oodles of gadgets on the market to help keep productivity in check. Here are 11 top-rated finds to keep distractions at bay while at the home office. 

SunShader 2.5

SunShader 2.5 - Laptop Sun Shade

If you like to mix up where you physically work and enjoy some fresh air at the same time, but struggle with finding just the right outdoor space to be able to actually see your laptop screen in the blinding sunlight, the SunShader is for you.

Not only does it allow you to clearly view your display in direct sunlight, but it also keeps your laptop cool and provides privacy if you happen to be in a public space — like the pool, beach, outdoor café or airplane. The SunShader comes in two sizes and attaches via rubberized clips.

Logitech Multi Device Keyboard

Logitech K480 Wireless Multi-Device Keyboard

If you need to pay attention to various screens at a time, consider investing in this multi device, wireless keyboard. It connects to three devices at a time and provides a cradle that holds your phone and tablet at just the right angle for reading while you type. A dial lets you switch easily between Windows, Mac, Android and iOs devices. 

Flexispot Adjustable Standing Desk

FLEXISPOT Standing Desk

Working in one position for long periods of time can lead to back or neck pain which can negatively affect your productivity. This standing desk electronically adjusts from 28 inches to 47.6 inches so you can vary your work position from sitting to standing (or walking) whenever you feel the need. The desktop has ample space for two monitors and a laptop.

Samsung Smart Monitor M7


For those of us who perennially have multiple windows and programs open at a time, a large 43-inch smart monitor provides ample space to display all the things we’re working on — without cycling through an endless array of windows to find the one we want. I, myself, routinely “lose” documents on my laptop screen.

You can connect the monitor to your PC or Mac and also access your content via the built-in browsing, document, video call, and productivity apps — meaning you can use it for work without connecting to your computer. Plus it has all the streaming apps you could want and access to live TV (for times when you don’t need to be so productive). 

Doxie Go Wi-Fi Scanner

Doxie Go SE Wi-Fi - Wireless Document & Photo Scanner

My real estate lawyer, who insisted on hard copies of all offering documents when I bought my apartment, has a small office filled with towering piles of paper in every available space. I desperately want to gift him one of these Doxie Go scanners but I fear he’ll never use it.

If, unlike my wonderful, old school, curmudgeon lawyer, you don’t want your home office taken over by reams of paper, buy a Doxie Go and scan all your bills, receipts, notes, reports, and photos and store them in the cloud instead of in your closet or on the floor. Everything you scan is searchable, and the Doxie Go works with Mac, PC, and iOs.

Ticktime Pomodoro Timer

Ticktime Pro Pomodoro Timer

I use timers a lot in my work life, especially when I have multiple deadlines and varying tasks to complete. I find breaking things up into chunks of time prevents me from becoming overwhelmed — a state in which sometimes I end up doing nothing because I can’t figure out where to begin. Many people love the simplicity and ease of this timer cube based on the pomodoro technique — which also keeps you from needing to pick up your phone (which as we know is one of life’s greatest distracters).

The cube has six preset times but you can program it for anywhere from :01 to 99.59 minutes. To begin the countdown, simply flip the timer on its side.

If you want to really up the ante on time management with something more high tech, the Lifeline Visual Pomodoro Timer app is for you. You can program session lengths complete with automatic break time suggestions. The app displays a visual progress bar on your screen as you work and can be integrated with your calendar app.

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

I love notebooks and always have one next to my computer where I jot down notes, to-do lists, and random musings. I’ve filled quite a large number of notebooks over the years and never really feel comfortable throwing them away. Unfortunately, holding on to all these notebooks adds to my paper problem — which brings me to the Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook.

The spiral notebook pairs with an included Pilot Frixion erasable pen to scribble with, and the companion Rocketbook App allows you to scan your notes and store them in cloud services like Evernote and Google Drive. When you no longer need your tangible notes, wet the included microfiber cloth with water and wipe the pages clean to reuse the notebook all over again. 

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine

For many, a dose of caffeine periodically throughout the day is what helps keep them alert and focused. This compact, energy efficient coffee machine brews a single cup of coffee or espresso in less than a minute, which boosts productivity even further by eliminating time spent waiting and idly staring into space in your kitchen (am I the only one who does this?).

Like all Nespresso machines, it uses Nepresso coffee capsules.

CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock

CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock

Thunderbolt docks connect to a wide range of computers and devices, including USB-C, USB4, and Thunderbolt 3 and 4 computers, as well as tablets. The host interface consists of one host port and two downstream ports. Plus, it has three USB-C ports, six USB-A ports, audio jacks, SD & mini-SD card slots, and an ethernet port — and acts as a charging station for your laptop.

Docking stations increase the number of devices you can connect at a time, making them efficient additions to a WFH situation that requires multiple peripheral devices.

Morning Sidekick Journal

The Morning Sidekick Journal by Habit Nest

If you feel as though you could use some guidance in the productivity department (and, honestly, most of us probably do), this wellness journal and habit tracker may be just what you need.

It provides daily actionable content to help build a morning routine that works for you. Every day comes with a unique self improvement or reflection question to answer that’s designed to help you achieve your goals. There are lists to fill out, as well as space to track your sleep and wake times. There’s also a 45-page introduction that explains the science behind morning routines and building habits to help you better understand why you do some of the things you do (or don’t do).

Sony Noise Canceling Headphones

Sony Wireless Headphones

This is the new version of my favorite noise canceling headphones which I use when I need to be hyper focused. I purchased the M3 version of these headphones in 2020 when the building next door to me was being gut renovated and I had no other place to go to work. 


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