Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Men's Health (UK) - - The Tech Issue – Better Living -

01 The High Flyer Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, a sense of won­der low­ers lev­els of dis­ease-caus­ing in­flam­ma­tion – which ar­guably makes this float­ing plant a life­saver. Us­ing mag­netic lev­i­ta­tion, the spin­ning pot hov­ers above its oak base, while the leaves ab­sorb nu­tri­ents through the air, negat­ing the need for soil or wa­ter. Just try to stay fo­cused on your screen. Flyte Lyfe Le­vi­tat­ing Plant £ 220 eu.flyte. se

02 The Light Re­lief A one-mode-fits-all ap­proach to light­ing is do­ing you no favours. This desk lamp of­fers a wide spec­trum of op­tions: the tone and bright­ness can be ad­justed in mul­ti­ple ways to coun­ter­act both sleep-dis­rupt­ing white light and eye-strain­ing dim­ness. The base also in­cludes a built-in USB charg­ing point, de­clut­ter­ing your workspace. Re­mem­ber: tidy desk, tidy mind. Taotron­ics Desk­top Lamp £ 35 taotron­ics.com

03 The Sound In­vest­ment Mute the rest of the world when work­ing from home. Th­ese noise-can­celling head­phones mon­i­tor and re­act to out­side sounds, neu­tral­is­ing them with an op­pos­ing sig­nal – though the level of can­cel­la­tion can also be di­alled down if you’re lis­ten­ing out for the door­bell. They also come with Ama­zon Alexa and Google As­sis­tant, for news up­dates and no­ti­fi­ca­tions, should you want to keep a toe into the real world. Bose Qui­etcom­fort 35 II £ 330 bose.co.uk

04 The Core Burner Find a com­fort­able mid­dle ground be­tween stand­ing and slump­ing – by mak­ing your own mid­dle a lit­tle less com­fort­able. This stool has a built-in, ad­justable Pi­lates ball, de­signed to im­prove your pos­ture and strengthen your core and back, which will trans­late to heav­ier lifts in the gym, too. Plus, its grey wool cover and ash wood stand en­sure that it won’t look like it rolled out of said gym. Ch­ester Bal­ance Ball Stool £175 ajprod­ucts.co.uk

05 The Hy­dro Power-up Ac­cord­ing to a Univer­sity of East Lon­don study, drink­ing cold wa­ter can in­crease your fo­cus by 25%. But rather than in­stal a mini-fridge in your of­fice, in­vest in a bot­tle that never loses its cool. The Cork­ci­cle keeps your drinks icy for 25 hours (and your tea hot for 12 hours), while its non-slip base will min­imise your chances of ex­pen­sive spillages. Cork­ci­cle Can­teen £25 cork­ci­cle.com

06 The High Notes Not only does writ­ing by hand im­prove in­for­ma­tion re­ten­tion, it’s also linked to greater cre­ativ­ity – pos­si­bly be­cause fir­ing up your lap­top ev­ery time a game-chang­ing idea en­ters your mind can be a has­sle. This smart pen with “Ncoded” pa­per cap­tures your words and sketches, then trans­fers them to your dig­i­tal de­vices in real time. Mole­sk­ine Pen+ El­lipse £179 mole­sk­ine.com

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