Having an extra hour of sleep, being spared the arduous morning traffic, and not having to constantly be on the watch for a manager or co-worker lurking around can be the dream work arrangement for many. Yet, as good as it may sound on paper, working from home isn’t always a bed of roses.
With the lines between home and work blurred, many have found working from home to come with its own host of challenges. Citing longer working hours and family interference as some of them, working from home requires some adapting. So what can you as a smart homeowner do to tackle this?
Here are 5 smart home ideas to help you overcome the challenges of working from home:
While a common concern that managers may have over a work from home arrangement is the potential for their employees to skive, more often than not, remote workers find themselves working longer hours than their office counterparts. Without a physical separation between one’s work and home space, and colleagues to signal that is time for lunch, it can be difficult to remember when one should take a break, or when the day even ends.
To prevent being stuck in the endless cycle of checking off a new work task, set audio and visual prompts with RGB light strips and Google Home to define your work times and break times. For instance:
With such a smart lighting setup, you can now not only pick the perfect ambience to enhance your productivity and relaxation at the heart of your own home, but also ensure that you get the rest you deserve to prevent any dreaded burn out.
Unless you’re staying all by yourself, working from home likely means having to deal with fellow tenants, roommates, and family members. Unlike co-workers and colleagues who often have the same work agenda as you and understand when you are busy, fellow home residents may not have the same understanding of ‘work time’, especially when they’re of the age of 5.
Via Google Home, set up a signal that reminds the household when you’re in focus mode and should not be disturbed. A possible set up:
Similar voice commands can also be used beyond this work from home season to facilitate leaving for work or welcoming you back home. Rather than having to manually switch on or off relevant appliances, with voice commands, you can now be like ironman and have your own virtual butler ensure that you step in or out of your home just the way you want it. The epitome of smart living.
Have a pending lunch delivery that’s about to arrive but still stuck in a conference call? Receiving deliveries (big or small) nowadays is extremely common given the social distancing regulations, and having them take place when you’re in the midst of an e-meeting can be rather disruptive – and maybe even embarrassing.
Combat the interruptions from your home delivery with a smart door lock that is fully controllable by you.
Whether you’re working from home or at your office, smart door locks (especially in combination with other smart security devices) offer greater convenience and peace of mind when it comes to home access. Beyond making your days of wondering if you had brought your keys a thing of the past, know who and when someone has entered your home, so that any necessary action can be taken before it’s too late.
Office work can breed a host of bad habits. Stress-snacking and remaining sedentary for long hours on end are certain habits many of us easily fall prey to, especially given the ease of doing so at home (the fridge, anyone?).
Get prompted by your smart home system to lead a healthier lifestyle with the installation of Contact and Motion Sensors around your home and on crucial home appliances:
Sometimes, all we need is a little nudge to get us on the right track. With a well-connected and configured smart home system, get all the prompts and motivation you need to start on that ideal lifestyle you may have previously pushed aside at work. No excuses this time!
Not having to report to a supervisor or boss at work can take the pressure off for many people. If you’re one of those relying on the adrenaline rush from not being late for work to wake up, a reliable wake up solution may just be what you need.
Implement an automated morning routine that wakes you up gradually with the help of your smart home system:
A good morning routine plays a huge role in starting your day right. Through investing in a thoughtful and reliable smart home, enjoy an elevated standard of living by making jarring morning calls and repeated alarm snoozes a thing of the past – even after the circuit breaker ends.
Working from home can be extremely rewarding – greater productivity with flexible working hours, and being able to work under the same roof as your loved ones. So why not unlock the benefits of being able to work from home with our proposed smart home solutions?
Smart home benefits aren’t just applicable for this work from home period, and in fact, go a long way in delivering unprecedented comfort, convenience and security. For more ideas on how a smart home system like Koble’s can improve life for you and your family, contact us for a smart home virtual demo or more details on how we can help!
At Koble, we have a wide range of smart home products that can be integrated into your home, and controlled via one single app for the ultimate smart home experience. On top of that, we offer free consultation services if you’re interested in learning more about how to upgrade your home, or what our smart home technology can do for you. The preferred smart home brand by SG designers and a trusted partner of the Singapore Land Authority, reach out to us today for The Smarter Life You Deserve!