The 5 Essential “Tech” Tools for Your Home Office

Gear not to be overlooked in the quest for more productivity

Matt Inman
ILLUMINATION
Published in
4 min readOct 27, 2020

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If you had to pick five essential tech tools for working from home, what would you choose?

Consider all the “tech” around you; everything is fair game.

Do you have your list?

The question I keep asking myself is:

What would cause the most stress if I didn’t have access to it?

Mark Ellis and I recently discussed these five essential tools on his YouTube channel.

This article is a companion piece to the video.

1. Flow, hacking your brain

The first item is possibly the ultimate life hack.

It’s the concept of flow.

How often have you got ready to work, sat down at your computer, and your mind wasn’t in it? You stare at the blank page, and the words aren’t coming, or if they are, it’s like pulling teeth to get them to form cohesive sentences.

Many of you may relate to this struggle with writing.

I don’t recall when exactly I ran across this TED talk titled: Flow, the secret to happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist, introduced the concept of flow. Flow is the mental state in which you perform an activity fully immersed in it. It’s a state where time doesn’t pass for you…It passes around you.

Knowing there is a state your brain can enter that puts you in the optimal condition to work is fantastic.

The first stage of flow is “struggle,” and that may be the hardest stage to learn to overcome. We have a natural tendency to procrastinate, and learning to push through is key to quickly moving to the next phase.

How many of us have cleaned our desks or watch one last YouTube video. Putting off work we know needs to be done.

I don’t want to make this article all about flow; many writers have touched on it in detail.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Tim Denning.

“All you need is three hours of creative flow every day. You can do a whole day’s work in

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Matt Inman
ILLUMINATION

Writer, Tech, and Travel nerd. Connecting with amazing people to encourage you to take action in your life. Let’s talk — mattinman.com