From mental health to ergonomics, time management to organization, there are plenty of amazing ways to take your home office to the next level. In saying that, when you’re deciding on home essentials for remotely working, you want to make sure you’re incorporating these key elements into your home office.
Honestly, you’re probably thinking ‘well, isn’t that obvious one?’. Ultimately, I have no doubt you’ve probably already got your internet provider set up from home. The difference, however, is ‘high-speed’.
Many people who are new to working from home forget about the much greater level of speed required to do work tasks, compared to your everyday browsing and shopping online.
So, if you work from home, chances are you’re going to need to video conference your staff and/or clients.
If you design for a client, you’re going to have to send large files back and forth: files much bigger than an email can handle.
Generally, all of these tasks need fast internet. And the last thing you want is your video call dropping or your file download taking hours when it should take minutes (I’ve been there).
It’s worth looking at the options your provider can give you, and upgrading to a faster package. Ultimate, this will save you time and a lot of frustration further down the line when you can continue to operate as efficiently as you can in the office. You can use the free tool fast.com to test your internet speed.
No doubt, eliminating distractions is going to be a priority when working from home. It’s very easy to turn the TV on, or do housework, all the while procrastinating instead of doing your actual work.
Thankfully, noise-canceling headphones help you get into the work zone. Whether it’s to use them to listen to your favorite work music and or/podcast or just to create a sense of silence and calm, the ‘noise-canceling’ features of these headphones make them more than worth the investment.
Mid-commute or in the office, there’s no shortage of opportunities to grab yourself a cup of one of the world’s most beloved beverages to kick start your day.
When you work from home, however, you’re going to need to find a way to make the coffee you want at any time of the day. Otherwise, you’re going to waste valuable work time leaving the house several times throughout the day just to get a coffee.
Over all, home coffee stations exist in many shapes and sizes, online. I personally use the Ninja coffee maker or french press. Simple to use and fresh coffee perfection. Some of my all-time favorite coffee in the morning is the Bulletproof coffee. This coffee includes: Bulletproof coffee (clean coffee with distinct notes of cinnamon, plum and orange with a cocoa hazelnut finish) MCT oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, unflavored Collagen protein powder, and a dash of golden Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener with erythritol.
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Although you may start out with a clear desk, documents and notes start to add up very quickly. If you don’t keep on top of this, you’ll find yourself distracted, frustrated, and losing valuable time trying to find documents.
Truly, filing cabinets have come a long way from the sterile grey stacked boxes we’ve grown accustomed to seeing.
With plenty of styles and designs, you can find a filing cabinet that looks great with your office color scheme and furniture. For reference, I have this file cabinet in my home office and I love it.
Incredibly, plants in your home office can do far more than making the place look pretty. Incredibly, having plants around you as you work can:
Obviously, you don’t have to turn the place into a jungle! But a couple of plants in the office can go a long way, for both your physical and mental health.
Just like going outside to get a break in the day can soak up Vitamin D benefits – natural light can improve your productivity and (according to studies) your revenue. According to The World Green Building Council, workers feel more engaged when they work in natural light. And being engaged means they are more likely to stay focused on their tasks. Also, they are more likely to collaborate. More engagement and increased collaboration results in more productivity and success.
So, at the very center of any efficient and tailored work-from-home setup is your desk.
From being the trusted plane that houses all your essential office equipment to standing strong as you type, call, and mastermind through the day, your choice of desk is vitally important.
Lots of information exists pointing to the health risks of sitting idle for too long and how standing is a much healthier alternative. Standing, according to Healthline, can:
In the end, this is all among many other benefits. However, while standing has its benefits, standing all day, too, will cause problems. Experts say, ideally, movement is what you need to aim for.
You should look to change your work position, both seated and standing, throughout the day. An adjustable standing desk allows you to do just that.
Some require you to manually turn a handle to lower or raise the desk, and more expensive models can be moved at the touch of a button.
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