I don’t know about you but I grew accustomed to working from home. At first, it was a struggle. However, when I went back to the office it felt weird — and I don’t just mean because I had to wear pants.
I have always cared about having a good workspace. A clean, efficient, and productive desk is very important to me. Now that we are beginning to return to our offices, what becomes of our home desk? For some of us, we took computers and monitors home from our office during COVID-19. For others, we had to scrounge up whatever we could to still work effectively.
Regardless, we can assume that the world will not return to “normal”. Employers have seen what it is like to have employees work from home. Employees have gotten a taste of freedom. Personally, having the ability to work from home even while working in the office has been huge. I can take an afternoon to spend time with my son and pick back up and finish my work while he is asleep.
Maybe you are in a similar boat. Or maybe you simply like having a personal setup for side hustles, gaming, or Amazon shopping.
Here are three phenomenal products I have quickly fallen in love with. Each one has remained in my arsenal since I unboxed them.
My two primary devices to get work done are my MacBook Pro and my iPad Pro. Both are USB-C and drain quickly with the amount of high CPU usage work I do on them. The standard 61W USB-C power brick that came with my MacBook has been my go-to charger on the go for quite some time. Then came the Satechi Desktop Charger, which has now become my auxiliary space to charge any device quickly. The OMNIA 100W PD Charger has taken over as my all-around charging brick for my USB-C devices. Both faster and smaller than my MacBook Charger, how could it not be? It’s so small it’s nearly the size as my 18W charger that came with my iPad Pro.
Twelve South Curve ($60)
As mentioned above, the productivity of a desk is big for me. But so is the aesthetic. If it’s cluttered, disorganized, or even mismatched I find it hard to focus. Previously, I had a cheap Amazon Basics laptop stand that I would place my MacBook on at my desk. Until I saw the Twelve South Curve, I never thought about how ugly it was. It looked cheap and didn’t properly ventilate my workhorse MacBook Pro. The Curve MacBook stand looks like a sculpture out of a modern art museum and allows for ventilation at the same time. I have never been this excited about a MacBook Stand — ask my wife.
Nomad Basestation ($100)
The Nomad line of chargers continues to astound me. I have a lot of wireless chargers. Other than for CarPlay in my Jeep, I see no reason to use a cable when I can use Qi charging. The Nomad Basestation is my favorite wireless charger I have. It’s low profile, beautiful to look at, and powerful — with USB-A and USB-C ports to plug in other devices. When I look at this charger, it feels like I’m looking at quality.