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15 Amazing Gadgets That Make Your Life Easier

15 Amazing Gadgets That Make Your Life Easier

Do you love quirky and original gadgets? Or do you hate spending your time doing chores? Either way, there are lots of gadgets and tools out there to help make your life easier.

From waterproof notepads to cake slicers, check out 15 unique and useful gadgets.

Phone Gadgets

1. Light Up Charging Cables

Light Up Charging Cables

    This light up charging cable comes with a handy added bonus: it shows you when your phone has finished charging. The light dims as the phone charges, so you don’t have to waste any electricity.

    2. BiKN Tracking Device

    BiKN Tracking Device

      The BiKN Tracking Device is the ideal gagdet for anyone who regularly loses their keys and phone. Simply attach the tracking device to your most precious items, so you never lose them again.

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      Home Gadgets

      3. AquaNotes

      AquaNotes

        Do you feel like your mind is at it’s most creative when you’re in the shower? From book ideas to shopping lists, AquaNotes means you never have to forget about the genius ideas you have in the shower.

        4. Bottle Ice Cubes

        Bottle Ice Cubes

          If you wish your bottled drinks would stay cold, this bottle ice cube tray can help you. The bottle ice cubes keep your drink cool and refreshing when you’re on the go. Ideal for anyone who is energetic, or who lives in a hot city.

          5. Sugru

          Sugru is pretty much Play-Doh for adults, with the added bonus of being a great tool for fixing nearly anything around your home. ry your hand at DIY; you can use it to fix cracks in the wall, to stick items to walls, or to hold items together – the list is pretty much endless!

          6. Compartment Pan

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          Compartment Pan

            This Compartment Pan is a great way to save on time and washing up, as you can cook multiple items in one pan. Perfect if you’re cooking for one, or a party of people!

            7. Twister Fork

            Twister Fork

              Do you struggle to eat pasta without making a mess? If so, this Twister Fork, made to hold as much pasta as possible without dropping any, is perfect for you.

              8. Credit Card Lightbulb

              Credit Card Lightbulb

                This Credit Card Lightbulb is basically a flashlight that fits in your wallet. Simply flip the bulb to switch it on, this gadget is super handy for emergency situations.

                9. Magisso Cake Server

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                Magisso Cake Server

                  The Magisso Cake Server will make all of your parties and events much easier. This smart cake slicer takes away all of the mess of slicing a cake; simply press the cake server through your cake and squeeze lightly to grab a slice.

                  10. Herb Scissors

                  Quintuple Bladed Herb Scissors

                    These handy herb scissors are ideal for anyone who loves cooking. The five blades mean you can effectively cut herbs into food as you cook – a handy time saver!

                    11. The Ultimate Wine Glass

                    The Ultimate Wine Glass

                      The ultimate wine glass is pretty self-explainatory. The 750ml ‘glass’ will save you from ever having to top up your drink – great for any wine lover!

                      12. Pizza Scissors

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                      Pizza Scissors

                        Make cutting and slicing pizzas easier with this nifty gadget. Guarantees a perfect slice every time, without losing any toppings!

                        13. Sharky Tea Infuser

                        Sharky Tea Infuser

                          The Sharky Tea Infuser is a funny and unique gadget for anyone who loves tea. Watch the shark fin swim menacingly around your drink as it infuses your tea!

                          Cleaning Gadgets

                          14. Remote Control Mop

                          Remote Control Mop

                            Cut down on your household chores and cleaning with this nifty gadget. The Remote Control Mop turns cleaning into a fun game – who knew it was possible?

                            15. Broom Groomer

                            Broom Groomer

                              The Broom Groomer is a step-on dustpan with rubber bristles to stop dust and mess sticking to the brush. A simple, but totally effective cleaning gadget.

                              Do you know any other super useful gadgets to make life easier? Comment with your ideas below!

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                              Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                              The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                              The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                              At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                              Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                              One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                              When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                              So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                              Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                              This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                              Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                              When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                              Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                              One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                              Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                              An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                              When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                              Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                              Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                              We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                              By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                              Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                              While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                              I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                              You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                              Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                              When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                              Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                              Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                              Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                              One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                              Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                              Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                              This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                              While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                              Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                              Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                              This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                              For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                              Con #4: Unique Distractions

                              Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                              For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                              To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                              Final Thoughts

                              Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                              We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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