Create a comfortable and more productive workday with these 10 work from home essentials to make work easy on your mind and body.
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A recent poll of people who now work from home said that 80% of those surveyed would like to continue working from home once things return back to normal.
I’m right there with you!
The Work From Home Life
Working from home is a luxury that many of us couldn’t imagine for certain professions before this new normal. I’ve seen my parents, who dutifully have made the one-hour commute (one way) to and from work for 35 years, embrace the comfort of unshowered, robe-clad workdays happily. I remember fighting the antiquated notions of C-level executives at my corporate job, advocating for a work from home option for our call center employees, only to have them laugh in my face.
This new reality is something so bizarre, we can only laugh at our own ignorance thinking things would never become what they are now.
Despite all the positives, there are definite drawbacks to working from home. From struggling to connect with coworkers, to managing household duties, a work-life balance is challenging in the best of times. All that considered, we are living through unique times and I hope this gives more people the opportunity to explore and choose what works best for them.
Top 3 Favorite Work from Home Essentials:
I truly love working from home. I’m in my element, and it’s my carefully cultivated temple and happy place. While it’s not for everyone, it’s a huge victory for those of us that are more introverted and like to work in our own spaces. There are definitely a few things that make working from home even better. In this post, I listed my must-have items for functional and productive workdays.
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Work From Home Essentials
If you’re short on space, this collapsible desk can make things easier for you. You can easily store it under the bed or upright in a closet. Plus, you can move it around to wherever you want your work to mix up your work from home days.
I like to take this desk out when the weather is nice and hang out on our lanai. Being able to work from outside really helps change things up a bit.
Break free from the chains of your trackpad with this simple wireless mouse. It only requires two AAA batteries and you can use it wherever you like. The USB insert stores within the mouse when not in use, so you don’t have to worry about losing it.
Show your back and rear end a little bit of love with these attachable seat cushions. Designed for long days in uncomfortable chairs, you can move these to different chairs depending on where you want to work.
Through its appearance is a little strange, this neck decompresser will have you feeling like a new person. Your head typically moves toward your screen throughout the day, which is horrible on posture and neck muscles. To give your neck and its muscles a break, use this throughout your workday. It seems strange, but it’s one of my biggest work from home essentials. For best results, lay on the ground with the device under your neck. Relax for ten minutes and focus on your breathing, sending your breath mentally to any tightness in your neck.
This sherpa blanket is essentially my security blanket. It can keep you warm in the chilly early morning as well as take you into that nap on your lunch break.
This lap desk allows you to work from your bed or your couch with ease. There are built-in fans with a USB plug to keep your laptop from overheating. It is also adjustable so you can easily work from whatever lap height you prefer.
Blue light glasses are slightly yellow-tinted and block harsh blue light from straining your eyes throughout the day. The can make your eyes feel less tired, leading to more productivity throughout the day. You can also wear them as you look at your phone or e-reader before bed, as blue light can interfere with sleep quality. Of all the work from home essentials on this list, this one is one of the biggest for eye health.
Lately water has become essential to managing my headaches and overall feelings of wellness. Having a good water bottle handy, and roughly tracking your daily water intake, will keep you feeling fresh and well-hydrated all day.
These headphones are so great for allowing you to focus and keep out distractions. Plus, when we can all get on airplanes at the rate we’re used to, these will drown out any screaming children and ambient sound. I wear these for hours per day, and they’re a purchase I wish I would have made sooner.
I picked these up as a Christmas gift for Evan this year, and added them to this list because they’re awesome. At a slightly higher price point than the Quiet Comfort headphones above, I wish I had spent the money and gotten these instead. These are exceedingly comfortable, luxurious, and sleek. The case allows them to charge, and is far more substantial than the one that came with my Quiet Comfort headphones. I’ve also found that these are a bit more comfortable than the Quiet Comfort headphones.
Working from home at a computer can have you sitting in painful, static positions for long periods before you even realize. This massage gun is one of my favorite work from home essentials. I can easily use it throughout the day on my neck, IT band, and wherever else for instant comfort. It provides instant relief that can only compete with a significant chiropractor adjustment.
Sip your coffee slowly with confidence using this gravity switch mug warmer. If you’re the kind of person that needs to microwave your coffee 3-4 times before it’s finished (guilty) this warmer will save you time in the kitchen. The gravity switch reduces the fire risk by only activating the heating mechanism when your coffee is on the warmer. This way, you don’t have to worry about it being unplugged so it doesn’t overheat. There’s also a light on the front that indicates when the device is on, just in case you need to check.