7 Essentials You Need For Your Home Office
Working from home used to be a trend, something that only the ‘cool’ companies did. However, due to the unfortunate circumstances that we’re facing today, ‘dinosaur’ companies have been forced to come into the 21st century and adopt remote working for wherever feasible.
Now that the majority of the world is working from home, we’d love to help you maximize your productivity by helping you set up your perfect work-from-home station.
Before we get started, no, your laptop set up on your dining table or bed is not considered a ‘productive workspace’. Good workspaces should get you into the right state of mind and enable you to work without any distractions.
To work at your peak efficiency while being comfortable, you’ll need a few essentials in your new home office.
Here are 7 things that’ll help you stay focused and get shit done:
1. Ergonomic Chair:
You spend a lot of time sitting. But how often do you maintain a good posture? You probably already have lower back pain and a stiff neck because of slumping over your desk for hours every day.
To avoid ruining your back in the long run, you’ll need a chair that you can adjust to support your back and body correctly and comfortably.
An ergonomic chair does just that. With multiple adjustable points that allow you to modify the seat, backrest, arm supports, and headrests to suit YOUR body, they provide maximum comfort while minimizing soreness in your neck, lower back, and hips.
Give these chairs a try to do your back some good:
2. Standing Desk:
Even if you get yourself an ergonomic chair, sitting at your desk for long, straight hours can cause discomfort in your neck, back, and joints. You’ll need to maintain a good balance between standing and sitting while you work (50/50 is good for a beginner, increase the ratio as you go (stand more!)). The easiest way you can dodge these problems is by, well… not sitting. That’s where standing desks come in.
They’ll help you minimize the strain on your neck and reduce your lower back pain by improving your posture. A standing desk also ensures that you’re active, moving around, and can pull off the occasional stretch. This way you’ll maintain higher energy levels for longer and stay focused easier. As a cherry on top, you’ll drastically lower your risk of contracting sedentary-lifestyle related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure (if you keep this up long-term).
3. Desk Lamp:
Working in poorly lit conditions strains your eyes, affects your retention skills, dampens your mood, and reduces productivity. Studies have proven that dimly lit workspaces make us perform like dimwits (sorry). Even though natural lighting is the best solution for this, it’s not always feasible or accessible.
Soft warm lights from a lamp can make your space feel cozy and uplifting. Moreover, a well-designed desk or floor lamp can add to the decor of your space while simultaneously improving your work efficiency.
4. External Monitor:
Having over 20 tabs and 10 windows open simultaneously has now become a daily occurrence for most of us. Every so often you get lost trying to get back to that one important reference tab or window. That’s where an external monitor comes into play.
With an external monitor, you can multitask your primary tasks on the larger screen whilst concurrently handling your secondary support and research work on your smaller laptop screen.
Additionally, you can also take advantage of your second larger and (probably) better screen by following tutorials in real-time and comparing data. All while reclining on your new comfortable chair.
To fully benefit from your second screen, you should probably get one that’s at least 27 inches wide. They’re large enough to enjoy, yet easy on your wallet (if you want them to be).
Here are two monitors (one curved, one flat— a matter of personal preference) you should consider to make your workflow smoother:
5. Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse:
When making laptops, manufacturers throw in the cheapest and most basic keyboards and mice they can get away with. They make your wrists and fingers move and twist in unnatural ways and can cause complications in your fingers or wrists after prolonged use. Over time, they can lead to some painful stress injuries.
Ergonomic keyboards and mice lack that wow factor and take some getting used to. But they make up for it by increasing your comfort, lowering your wrist pain, and reducing your chances of getting carpal tunnel.
Logitech’s MX Vertical mouse and Microsoft’s Sculpt keyboard are some of the best ergonomic accessories you can get your hands on (they also make you look like you hella smart):
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard - L5V-00018(Includes a mouse)
6. Indoor Plants:
When you’re working from home, you’re spending a lot of time indoors. You’re essentially stuck in a cage. But by having just a few plants around, you’ll feel more in touch with the outdoors.
Color psychology states green is a calming color. By adding green elements of nature into your space, your stress and anxiety levels are bound to drop. By making your space more relaxing and enjoyable, you’ll be uplifting your spirit and boosting your creativity.
You’ll not only be adding to your decor and purifying the air, but also improving your mood and productivity. You don’t need to have many plants to enjoy all these benefits. Just 1-2 can be enough.
By spending your downtime watering or trimming your plants, you could also be mindful while working with your hands.
Dracaena, Snake plant, and Aloe Vera are some easy to care for indoor plants that’ll look great in your office.
7. Filing Cabinet:
To think clearly, stay productive, and work efficiently, it’s important you keep your space clutter-free and organized.
Have all your important documents and paperwork sorted, color-coded, and filed away for quick access. You should keep them all right by your desk if you need to frequently access them, but if you don’t, you can always keep them in your relevant storage space.
You could get open cabinets. However, cabinets with drawers look better and are a more practical choice.
Now you know how you can get started on setting up your perfect home office. It might take you some time and money to get all the above essentials, but you can be confident that you'll receive a high bang for your buck via productivity.
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