You’re going to need a bigger desk…

In a world of never-ending email chains, BBC Breaking News alerts and videos of cats dressed as pirates, it can be harder than ever to focus on your work. Sometimes, a helping hand is needed.

And as luck would have it, the tech world has the answer, offering a bevy of high-tech gadgetry designed to help maximise potential and block out daily distractions. Without further ado, allow us to present the best office upgrades you never knew you needed…

1. Fidgi Pen

Fidgi Pen
Fidgi Pen

A Bond gadget if Q Branch catered for anxious middle management, the Fidgi Pen comes stealthily armed with enough discrete fidget points that you need never chew that gnarled Biro again; £17

Main benefit: It’s a pen that helps you focus

2. Window-Mounted Solar Charger

Window-mounted solar charger
Window-mounted solar charger

Plugs? Where we’re going, we don’t need plugs. Simply stick this solar charging bank onto any adjacent window and keep your devices topped up with as many jiggawatts as they can hold; £16.80

Main benefit: All-natural device juicing

3. Lumo Lift Posture Coach & Activity Tracker

A device that vibrates when you have bad posture
Lumo Lift

As if you were taking your mum to work, the Lumo Lift is a small device that tells you when you’re slouching, vibrating whenever you get lethargic. Clip it under your shirt using a magnetic clasp, set your target posture and away you go; £62

Main benefit: Improves your posture

4. Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise-Cancelling Headphones

The best noise-cancelling cans on the market
Bose QuietComfort35 headphones

Swap the sounds of someone from accounts loudly retelling their story of Marbella ’09 for some sweet solitude with these, the best noise-cancelling cans on the market; £329.95

Main benefit: Drowning out office noise

5. Pip

Biofeedback tells you how stressed you are
Pip Stress Management Device

By measuring the skin pores on your fingertips, this tiny biofeedback device can detect stress levels in your body and then provide guidance on how to chill the ‘F’ out. No, you won’t swear anymore – you’ll be far too relaxed for that; £159

Main benefit: Monitors stress levels to keep you composed

6. AppKettle


It’s the great first world problem: you’re about to brew up when an impromptu office meeting is called. No matter – controlled via your smartphone, the AppKettle keeps water hot at a temperature of your choosing for up to 30 minutes; £129.99

Main benefit: Allows you to boil the kettle from afar

7. Multi Laptop Windows

Three truly is the magic number
Packed Pixels Multi Laptop Windows

You know what’s better than one screen? Three screens. This surprisingly affordable multi-window attachment will help you manage projects like never before; £149

Main benefit: Extra screens to help manage work

8. Bamboo Folio

Doodling in meetings will never be the same again
Bamboo Smart Folio

Pen and paper’s days may not be numbered after all. Use this smartpad and pen to digitise your doodlings and save them to ‘the cloud’, giving you licence to access them anywhere. It’s practically witchcraft; £140

Main benefit: Digitalises handwritten notes

9. Ross Gardam Polar Desk Lamp

Polar Desk Lamp
Polar Desk Lamp

Almost NSFW levels of desk porn, this Aussie light fixture is based on the phases of the moon and boasts a rotatable mirrored shade to adjust levels of light and shadow. Helpful for those late nights in the office; £410

Main benefit: The power to control light and shadow

10. Light Phone

Light Phone
Light Phone

No apps, no fuss, just a secondary phone barely the size of a business card which uses your existing number. If you do use a work phone, ensure it’s this one. £116

Main benefit: Minimum distractions

11. Mymanu Clik Wireless Earphones

Mymanu Clik wireless earphones
Mymanu Clik wireless earphones

Offering real-time voice translation in 37 different languages and able to read out your emails and texts, these high-def wireless in-ear headphones will do everything but clean the dishes. £155 (coming this summer)

Main benefit: Live voice translation

12. Yo-Yo mini Standing Desk

The Inception of office desks
Mini Standing Desk

The health benefits of standing over sitting are many – in short, it’s less likely to kill you – but rather than splashing out on a hulking great stand-up desk, why not have the next best thing? This pop-up desk has 15 adjustable heights and works from any solid surface; £185

Main benefit: An impromptu pop-up desk for your old desk

13. Workflow


Finally, the Apple Smartwatch you stopped wearing about a year ago is to prove useful once more. Download the Workflow app and you’ll get direct access to your favourite apps and agendas right from the watch face. Available on iPhone, too; free

Main benefit: It’s a wearable to-do-list

14. Fidget Cube

Fidget Cube
Fidget Cube

The executive work toy that would have saved Jerry Maguire his job, this cutesy cube is designed specifically to help users focus and relieve stress. “SHOW ME THE MONEY” you’ll bellow down the phone, squeezing the life out of your new plaything as you make another sale; £15

Main benefit: Ultra-focus and stress relief

15. Saent

Pushing all the right buttons

The Saent button can intercept all annoyances: acting as a “do not disturb” sign for co-workers and discouraging multitasking via timed sessions, it’s any wonder they don’t call it the Sentient; £45

Main benefit: Deals with distractions

16. Brydge 12.9 iPad Pro keyboard

Brydge 12.9 iPad Pro keyboard
Brydge 12.9 iPad Pro keyboard

How pro is your iPad Pro? Not Pro enough, if you ask us, which is why we think it’s high time you invested in a proper full-size metal attachable keyboard that makes writing on an iPad as easy as on a MacBook; £116

17. R2-D2 USB vacuum cleaner

R2-D2 USB Vacuum Cleaner
R2-D2 USB Vacuum Cleaner

Question: Is there anything worse than crumbs down a keyboard? Answer: Yes, but it’s still annoying. The point is, nobody likes morsels scattered across their desk, making this Star Wars-themed USB vacuum cleaner pretty great in our book; £9.99

Main benefit: Tidy desk, tidy mind

18. AudioQuest DragonFly Headphone Amp

AudioQuest Dragonfly Headphone Amp
AudioQuest Dragonfly Headphone Amp

If music tends to help you work, why not invest in a proper quality amp for crystal clear sound? This one comes neatly disguised as a USB; £169

Main benefit: The soundtrack to your productivity at its best

19. Foobot Climate Controller

Foobot Air Quality Monitor
Foobot Air Quality Monitor

Studies claim indoor pollution at work can cause dizziness and fatigue and a 10% reduction in productivity. This sleek monitor – beamed to your smartphone – provides intricate detailing of air-quality in real time; £173

Main benefit: Notifies you on air quality

20. LVL Hydration Monitor

LVL Hydration Monitor
LVL Hydration Monitor

As well as measuring your heart rate and workout activity, this watch also provides details on your hydration, alerting you to exactly how much fluid you need and what type of performance boost you can expect. It’s handsome, too; £115 (coming this summer)

Main benefit: Tracks your body’s hydration in real time