The way the world works has significantly changed over the last month and many are now acclimatising to getting things done from home. While working in pyjamas may have seemed like a dream at the time it was introduced, people are now facing the reality of running their day to day lives from their kitchen tables.
Whether it’s the TV running in the background, the mail coming through the letterbox or the call of the fridge, there’s a huge number of distractions that come with working from home. We’re now sharing the very best products you can get your hands on to help you block them out and maintain your usual level of productivity, wherever you set up shop. The best thing is all these items can be delivered safely straight to your door, too, so there are no worries of going outside!
With some perseverance and a good pair of earplugs, we can all work our way through the coming months.
Working in the same room as your loved ones can pose a lot of problems. While it’s great to spend some quality time together as a family, it can be really hard to get things done when the kids are watching TV and your partner’s on a work call in the background. Ideally, you want a plug that’s going to dampen those sounds and make them forgettable, without making you totally blind to your surroundings. The newly designed Earjobs MusicMate Pro is a handy solution here, a medium-strength high fidelity plug that’s super comfortable, dampens a lot of sound, and is great for generating focus in even noisy situations. With the newly updated design, a narrower tip and flared base make for an effective seal on all ear types, comfortably shielding the ear from external noise while minimising discomfort or pressure on the ear canal. They’re optimised for long-term wear, making them an effective study or work from home plug even over a full eight hour day, while the transparent body makes for inconspicuous wear — they’re practically invisible in the ear. And don’t worry - while these earplugs do a great job at blocking out distractions, you’ll still be able to hear the detail in sounds to know if your children need you. Comes with a new wide body aluminium case that fits on a keyring, with added utility as a concert, music, or yoga plug, the MusicMate Pro is an excellent accessory to your work from home toolkit.
The Plugfones Guardian range is perfect for anyone who takes calls often or simply enjoys listening to music while they work but doesn’t want to break the bank on an expensive headset. These music listening earphones provide fantastic hearing protection using SoundSeal™ Noise-Suppressing Technology, resulting in a Noise Reduction Rating of 29dB using foam plugs and 27dB using silicone plugs.
The set has a built-in mic to allow the user to easily take business calls and has Quickdraw™ controls for managing those conversations effectively. These earplugs are the ultimate hybrid- providing a comfortable fit, great noise reduction, high-quality audio speakers and interchangeable plugs.
One reviewer on our site said they are ‘second to none’, adding: “(These are the) best work-related purchase I've made in a long time. Great quality earplugs. Blocks out the noise and doesn't compromise the sound quality of the music. A must-have for anyone who uses hearing protection for extended periods.”
View the Plugfones Guardian Plus set here.
Those who are already familiar with working from home and are ready to upgrade to a premium set of earplugs will love ISOtunes Pro 2.0. These Bluetooth earplugs are one of our best selling products with a Noise Reduction Rating of 27dB and an 85dB volume limit.
With a 16+ battery life and comfort-fit ear hooks, working from home never looked so easy. Whether you want to play music while firing out emails or speak on a call with no distractions, these earplugs cancel out background noise to make the task at hand hassle-free.
Each set comes with four pairs of ISOtunes TRILOGY foam ear tips, one pair of silicone triple-flange ear tips, a USB charging cable, one alligator clip, and a durable storage case. Oh, and did we mention you can pay in four interest-free instalments with Afterpay?
Check out the ISOtunes Pro 2 here.
While a good pair of earplugs go a long way to ensure you work well in your own home, the importance of a great white noise machine is often underestimated. The Lectrofan White Noise Machine uses a high-quality speaker to play a selection of 20 digitally produced, non-repeating sounds to mask over any distractions at home.
The controls are nice and simple making it easy for you to get on with your day with one sound setting for fan noises and another for white noise. Simply press to rotate through each sound to find your favourite, increase or decrease the volume, and settle down to work in peace. White noise machines are also great if you’d like some privacy while working, or need help getting to sleep after a long day.
Check out the Lectrofan White Noise Machine here.
If you’re working from home and trying to homeschool your children at the same time, it’s likely your office changes between the kitchen table, your bedroom, and the sofa at a moment’s notice.
Luckily you can now reap all the benefits of a white noise machine in portable form, allowing you to take control of your auditory environment wherever you are. This lightweight machine plays bright white noise, deep white noise, and gentle surf to ensure you have a sound for every mood and level of concentration.
If you’re yet to try white noise machines then now is the best time to do so to manage both your work and sleep environments.
View the Marpac Rohm Portable White Noise Machine here.
An extra tip
It’s essential that any household stocks up on disposable ear plugs at this time, whether its to take a break from being cooped up at home or to help the whole family stay focused. Hand out pairs of Hearos Xtreme Protection Earplugs to older children as well as your partner to offer a few moments of peace every day. With a Noise Reduction Rating of 32dB, you’ll be surprised how effective these are at keeping the house quiet!