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How To Make Your Living Room More Conducive To Working On Your Laptop

One of the most reliable trends in technology is that everything gets smaller and more multifunctional. These days a smartphone is several times more powerful and more capable than even the largest computer was ten years ago, and more and more of us now carry incredibly advanced pieces of kit around with us wherever we go.

This has changed the way we work to a large degree. Not only has the web enabled us to start doing our work from the comfort of our own homes in many cases, but these smaller form-factors have even allowed us to move away from the desk. More often than ever before, we are likely to find ourselves sitting on the couch with a cup of tea and a tablet across our lap while we draw up schematics or fill out spreadsheets. Then when we finish work, we might even relax in the very same place on the very same device. We are liberated, and the line between work and relaxation is more blurred than it ever has been.

But for many of us this technology has moved too quickly for our lifestyles to catch up in other ways. We might spend a lot of time now working in the living room – but in many cases our living rooms won’t be designed with that in mind. The living room is still thought of as a place we go to watch TV and relax, so let’s take a look at how you can make it more conducive to working as well.


When working in the living room, one of the biggest problems we can often face is lighting. Living rooms are of course designed in most cases to feel light and spacious, but this can then create glare when we’re trying to peer at a reflective monitor on our laptop or tablet.

The solution is to make your lighting as adjustable as possible, so that the room can be used for both purposes. You can do this with a dimmer switch for instance, which will allow you to reduce the lighting as necessary, while blinds can similarly allow you to choose precisely how much light you want to let in from outside.


Another problem you can sometimes face when working in the living room, is trying to get comfortable when you’re working for long hours. This requires you to be able to support your back, while at the same time having a laptop balanced on your legs at a useful distance for typing. If you want to do this on a sofa, then look for wider sofas that will allow you to spread out more and lean into the corner more. If you hope to work in an arm chair, then a great addition is to add a footstool, or to look for a reclining chair so that you can have your legs up and stretched out in front of you – providing you with more ‘desk’ space and allowing you to feel more relaxed at the same time.

Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are a fantastic addition to any living room – particularly if you want to use that living room for work occasionally. This way, you can work on your lap or on the small table as the mood takes you, but you will also be able to use the surface to stand cups of tea, or to spread out resources that you might need such as books or piles of notes.

Coffee tables are also useful for entertaining guests or relaxing for many of the same reasons – giving you somewhere to sit magazines, books and drinks that won’t be in the way of your eye-line.

Laptop Caddy

To facilitate your laptop work, it is possible to find caddies designed to let you rest your computer as well as a drink and/or any pens you might need.

A Table

While sitting at the couch is a great way to work, you will occasionally find that you need to sit upright if you’re going to get any serious work done. If you can add a table or even a folding table to your living room then, you will give yourself that option and also be able to occasionally eat more conveniently with a knife and fork.

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How To Improve Concentration And Energy When You’re Working At Home On Your Computer

The exponential improvements in technology that we’ve seen over the past few decades have changed our lives in more ways than most of us realise. Of course technology has changed the way we use our free time often, and it’s made communication faster and easier; but at the same time it has also changed the way that we do business and get things done. Not long after the advent of the first computers, and the vast majority of us now rely on a computer to earn our living.

More recently though, these changes have also started to liberate us from our desks and allow us to take our work away from the office. Thanks to the portability of our devices, and the sheer potential of the cloud, it’s now possible for us to take our work home with us or even to work while we travel.

But while this is mostly good news, it also means that we’re faced with a number of new challenges. When you’re working from home, how do you stay motivated? How do you force yourself out of bed? And how do you stop your attention from wandering when you’ve been staring at a computer screen for five hours?

The Importance of Routine

What’s important to realise here right away, is that you need to maintain some form of routine. When you’re given the ‘go ahead’ to work from home and thus to set your own hours and your own schedule, you may well find yourself becoming excited at the prospect of lying in until all hours or working in the evening when everyone’s gone to bed.

This is not good advice however, as the lack of routine will only make you more tired and more likely to lose concentration. By going to bed at the same time every day, waking up at the same time every day and working for similar hours, you can get your bodyclock into a routine that will ensure that you have the energy you need to get out of bed and which will ensure that you don’t feel ‘groggy’ when you wake up.

In fact, a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things here of all – as otherwise you will find yourself struggling to focus and the lure of the couch will become too much to bear. If you think tiredness is holding you back, then look into improving your sleep and into ways that you can wake yourself up with caffeine/music if need-be.

Start Right Away

Just as you mustn’t let yourself lie in, you also shouldn’t give yourself time to ‘come around’ or ‘wake up slowly’ in the morning. You might think that this would be a good way to build energy for the work ahead, but all you will do is put yourself into a restful frame of mind and make the workload seem bigger as the day goes on.

Every morning as soon as you’re up, go over to your computer and answer the first e-mail. Once you’ve done that you’ll find you’re more likely to get the rest done quickly as we’re psychologically compelled to finish incomplete tasks. If you finish early, you’ll have all afternoon to rest.

To make this a little easier, here’s a quick tip: set your homepage as the page you need first for work.

You Don’t Have to Be At Home

The lure of the couch may well be tempting even if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and started work at 9 as usual. If that’s a problem though, there’s no reason that you can’t completely remove the temptation by leaving the house with your computer entirely and working in a coffee shop or public library. You may just find that the change of scene gives you the kickstart you need.

Oh – and never work in your bedroom. Doing this will blur the line between where you work and where you switch off which will make it harder to sleep when you go to bed and harder to work when you’re trying to be productive.

 Working from home can be very liberating, and it can mean you get to spend much more time with your loved ones. However if you don’t look after your body and instil discipline, it can end up having the exact opposite effect. Be strict with yourself and don’t go crazy with the sleep, and you should find working from home to be a real privilege.

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Today’s guest author, Abbey Brooks, is a sales executive at CPAPonly, a leading dealer for cheap CPAP machines in Australia. She is a warm and friendly person. She enjoys reading books of her favorite genres in her spare time.

4 Best Health And Fitness Gadgets

If you are willing to spend the money, you are bound to find a technological device to do just about anything – and everything – you could ever want done. 

As a result, we have developed a very quantified life.  We track, record, and analyze nearly every aspect of our being.

In some regards, this can be distracting, time consuming and even a little obsessive.  However, in other ways, these technological devices can really enhance our lives.

Using Technology to Improve Health

The health industry is the latest arena to be inundated with techie gadgets.  Now, there are ways to gather information that was otherwise inaccessible outside a clinic. 

This information makes it easier to set manageable goals.  Individuals can see exactly what is and isn’t working.  They can identify and change unhealthy aspects of their lives. 

When it comes to exercise, these gadgets make our time in the gym more productive and less expensive.  By purchasing just a few of these devices, you can virtually eliminate the need for a personal trainer.

By uploading the data gathered to a smartphone, computer or social media account, we can easily assess trends, progress and areas of improvement.  Never before have we had access to such accurate and helpful information.

Let’s take a look at the top health gadgets and see just how much they can enhance our lives.

FitBit Flex

The Flex is another wrist accessory that is more utilitarian than anything else.  Like the Basic, the Flex gathers all sorts of useful information – including distance traveled and calories burned.

By recording this data in real time, users can make adjustments throughout the day.  They can make changes while there is still time to reach their daily goals.  Plus, the data can help motivate and encourage users when they are right on track.



On the surface, the HAPIfork might seem a little over the top.  After all, who really needs an electronic fork?!

The HAPIfork was designed to help prevent over eating.  Studies show people consume more than they need; they eat so quickly they don’t have time to realize they are full.

This electronic fork monitors how many forkfuls are eaten at each meal.  It logs how many bites a person takes per minute and how much time elapses between mouthfuls.  Indicator lights will flash to tell users they are eating too quickly.

At the end of the meal, all this data can be uploaded to a computer or phone via USB.

Mio Alpha

The Alpha is the dream device for runners and cyclists.  It is a wristwatch heart rate monitor that is amazingly accurate.  Never again will athletes need to suffer under a suffocating chest strap.

Withings Smart Body Analyzer

This is, perhaps, a dieter’s best friend.  Too often we step onto the scale, only to be disheartened by the lack of progress we perceive.  Everyone says there is more to weight loss than shedding pounds.  However, those other changes are much harder to monitor…until now.

The Smart Body Analyzer tracks weight, body mass index, fat percentage, and heart rate.  It conveniently shares this data with a computer via WiFi.  Now, weight loss hopefuls will have a much better idea of the progress they are making.

In today’s health conscious and technology driven world, it was only a matter of time before the two niches collided.  Now, we all can reap the rewards of gadgets and technological tools to live a healthier life.

Martha Delgado is a health and fitness writer.  Today, she is sharing information from her own personal experience.  She recently went on a health kick, reforming her entire life.  She purchased both the FitBit Flex and B12 shots from Trim Nutrition.  She loved looking at the data from Flex before and after starting her vitamin B12 injections.  It was so encouraging to see the healthy lifestyle changes that were instigated by the vitamin B12 on her daily Flex reports.

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