Are you looking to set up your home office with a Mac computer?
Since the pandemic has sent shockwaves through the world, many people work from home. Here, you will learn how you can make the most of your Mac computer to perfect your home office and optimize your work-at-home efficiency. Many variables go into a productive and comfortable home office. Having a comfortable chair, excellent lighting, ample workspace, and organization equipment all play a significant role in your setup. First, let’s focus on your electronic devices for your office.
The Perfect Mac Computer Setup For Your Home Office
For each job, you need a different screen space. To maximize your productivity, how much screen space you need depends on your preferences. Are you a person who needs two large high-resolution monitors to see everything? Or, can you do efficient work using your laptop screen? Screen real estate is everything. Luckily, Mac users have multiple options for adding display space to their home office. In this guide, there are options to upgrade and using devices you already have.
Adding an iPad to your desktop, paired with a Bluetooth keyboard, is convenient for work. It enables you to take your assignments on the go with you. By using your iPad with Sidecar, You’ll be able to use your iPad’s screen as another monitor. To use Sidecar, simply press airplay under the menu option on your Mac and connect your iPad. Monitor arms and stands are available to make adding your iPad to your display setup more convenient.
Using your iPad and Mac separately is another option. Currently, macOS and iOS allow you to use a universal clipboard to copy from 1 device and paste it to another. That way, you can use your iPad to take notes and seamlessly incorporate them into your projects on your Mac.
If you have an older model MacBook or iMac, you may be looking to do an upgrade. If you already have a twenty-seven inch iMac, you’re good to go for screen space. The new IMac’s display specs are impressive. The display is 5K Retina with True Tone technology, and it has nano-textured glass to reduce glare. With the iMac, you won’t be able to do work from other locations in your house. You can buy a kit that allows you to Mount the iMac like a monitor and attaches it to a display arm.
Having an external monitor increases your screen space as well. Choose the perfect size monitor for you to add to your home office setup. If you use a Retina display or a UHD monitor, both have sufficient resolution. You can simply plug a monitor into your Mac book when working at your desk and have the freedom to change locations and take your MacBook with you.
As I stated before, many things go into a productive, comfortable home office. Other things to consider are:
• Surge protector: Sometimes an overlooked commodity, if you used computer equipment in your home office, you’ll need a surge protector.
• Paper shredder: If you have sensitive documents and need to destroy them, a paper shredder is a must-have.
• High-speed internet: I think this speaks for itself. To work from home, you’ll need a high-speed internet connection. Don’t forget, you’ll be competing for bandwidth with the rest of your household. YouTube streams, Netflix, online video games, and yes, even smart pet devices, can all take a chunk out of your home’s bandwidth. Many WFHers have opted for upgrading their internet service this year.
• Speakers and headphones: To increase your productivity and reduce distractions, Invest in the right speakers, and a set of headphones. If you have children, adults, or pets in the home, they create distracting noises. You can drown everything out with music or a form of white noise.
• Lighting: The reason why good lighting is essential is you don’t want glare on your monitors. If you have zoom meetings or need to read some paperwork, sufficient lighting comes in handy. If your lights are adjustable, that makes it better. Smart lights are cool, and you can control them from your phone. You can change the warmth, brightness, and color of smart lights to fit your mood.
• Keyboard: If you use your MacBook purchasing a Bluetooth keyboard is necessary. It allows you the freedom to arrange your desk, however you please. The keyboard doesn’t have to be an Apple brand, and you can find a good one at a reasonable price.
Other Home Office Essentials That Aren’t Electronic
•Desk: For your office, you’ll need a standing desk that is adjustable and stable. The desk in your home office represents your personality. So, keep it clean and organized. Although you are working in an informal setting, make a professional impression. Equip your desk with only the essential tools you need to accomplish your goal.
• Standing desk mat: If you do a lot of standing while working, a standing desk mat will make you more comfortable. It is small enough to place under your desk, and it stays in place while you stand on it. Standing mats help to relieve tension in your shoulders, legs, heels, and back.
• Desk organizer: Desk organizers help to keep your workspace clean so that you can be more productive. Your organizer will help keep notepads, pens, files, and any extra work materials tucked away until you need to use them. Try finding a desktop organizer that opens on both ends and has file storage that can hold large numbers of standard-sized papers. The compartments should vary in size to store more items.
• Office chair: Choose an adjustable office chair that will provide you with all-day comfort. Office chairs aren’t cheap, but it’s worth the investment if you find a chair with a warranty that will last for years. When it comes to a high-quality office chair, adjustment knobs, cushioning, and durability are essential.
Although working from home can be frustrating, being equipped with the tools you need for your home office to succeed should be your focus. Growing your business and efficiently completing tasks goes a long way in sustaining your business.
Ron runs his own IT business in his own home. He has some employees living across the country. He is currently living in his own apartment with his dog.