Almost a year later, many of us are still working from home, waiting for our stimulus checks, taking classes online, and applying for jobs that will help pay the rent.
Whether we like it or not, working from home has become the new norm. It’s especially tough for those who have had to work from small spaces, loud environments, or places they never thought they would have to be spending the majority of their days.
According to Upwork, “41.8% of the American workforce continues to work remotely. Although an estimated 26.7% will still be working from home through 2021, 36.2 million Americans (22% of the workforce) will be working remotely by 2025. This is a staggering 87% increase from the number of remote workers prior to the pandemic!”
At least there’s comfort in knowing we are all in this together.
Building a home office was a challenge for 2020, but as we’re starting to realize that the situation has become a bit more permanent than anticipated, we need to upgrade our space. I doubt any of us expected to be still working in our pj’s, doing zoom meetings half-dressed, and trying our best not to get distracted by anything and everything around us. But since working from home is here to stay for longer than hoped for, we’re here to help you find products to improve your office space and hopefully motivate you to keep grinding.
Noise Canceling Headphones
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, Noise-Cancelling, with Alexa Voice Control. Shop here for $299.
If you don’t have these already, it’s time to pull the trigger. Noise-canceling headphones are the epitome of work from home essentials. These are especially great for those who work in loud environments, like to listen to music while they work, and continually take conference calls. Plus, with the Amazon Alexa feature, you can enjoy entertainment, get information, and manage your day by simply asking.
Brooklyn Aura LED Task Lamp. Shop here for $229.
Increase your mood, productivity, and comfort with good lighting. If you’re opting for natural light, make sure to have it facing in front of or next to your workspace to not have any direct sunlight or annoying glares on your screen.
AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty Metal Surge Protector Power Strip with Mounting Brackets. Shop here for $28.99.
Nothing is more annoying than having to scramble to find an outlet or, even worse, having bulky plugs, wires, and cables all over the place. Power strips remove all the fuss and make the office look and feel more productive.
Ferm Living 2×2 Cashmere Organizer. Shop here for $105.
Keeping your workspace clean and organized with simple storage solutions will, in return, keep your productivity and focus sharp. However, if you allow for mess to invade your space, it will also invade your head and mess up your flow. Don’t let clutter ruin your work environment by easily adding in some storage products that are not only great for organizing but also stylish and nice to look at.
The WFH Desk. Shop here for $449.
The WFH desk is ergonomically designed to reduce strain and fatigue while assisting you in maintaining productivity. This desk allows you to sit or stand at your preferred working height. Set it up how you like to work! When you feel like a change, you can easily adjust your working position in a few minutes. It’s effortless to assemble and more than competent in its design.
A Cozy Chair
Branch Ergonomic Chair. Shop here for $299.
Just make sure it’s not too cozy! Everyone needs a chair to support their bodies well enough for a long day of sitting, stress, and focus. There are really cool new office chairs that seamlessly blend ergonomics and design for those who want to make their workspace match their homes.
Jabra Speak 510 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for Softphone and Mobile Phone. Shop here for $120.
Bluetooth speakerphones are personal, easy-to-use conference call devices with both – USB and Bluetooth connectivity for efficient and productive conference calls whenever and wherever. This is great for anyone who is frequently in and out of calls and or meetings.
Letterfolk Mid-Century Flip Clock. Shop here for $95.
Don’t rely on your iPhone to tell you the time – that is an easy distraction waiting to happen! Be as professional as possible, even in your own home, for your best foot forward in work. All of these small things make a big difference, even if you don’t feel it immediately.
Schoolhouse Work Hard Print by Anthony Burrill. Shop here for $299.
Nothing has stuck with me more than a therapist once telling me to buy art that makes me happy and putting it smack in front of where I can see it all the time. Owning artwork has a positive effect on people who own it, which naturally makes life more enriching. Happy walls make happy people.
A Smart Mug
Ember Smart Mug. Shop here for $129.95.
Designed for home or office, the Ember Mug allows you to set your precise drinking temperature for hot beverages, track caffeine consumption, save presets for your favorite drinks, customize the LED color, and more (via the app). Ember also maintains your chosen temperature for approximately 1.5 hours, so your hot beverage stays perfect from the first sip to the last drop.
Bloomscape Money Tree. Shop here for $150.
Besides adding oxygen into the air, plants absorb dangerous toxins and provide a safer work and home environment. Plus, they are well-known mood boosters, and if you’re into Feng Shui like me, this plant is the move. According to the site, “The Money Tree gets its name because the Feng Shui practice believes it will bring positive energy and good luck to the owner. It has been said this plant reduces stress, anxiety and may also help lessen sleeping disorders.” Certain plants have certain powers! Make sure your plants fit your needs and are easy to take care of.
Ferm Living Still Carafe. Shop here for $55.
I know this is a personal struggle that many of us can relate to, getting up and getting water from the kitchen frequently. This is a huge distraction for me, and it gets me doing anything but working/getting water. A possible solution for this is a water carafe that holds more water and reduces the number of times you need to get up.
Essential Oil Diffuser
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser. Shop here for $119.
Essential oil diffusers are great mood enhancers and can help significantly improve our health. Read more about them and the many excellent options we’ve found here.
Theragun Yoga Mat. Shop here for $79.
The best way to keep your body feeling young and alive is through stretching and yoga. Take time out of your work-from-home schedule often to stretch and possibly try out some new yoga poses. Your posture, flexibility, and mindset will improve significantly by adding this into your work routine.
Heretic Slightly Bitter Candle. Shop here for $85.
The great thing about working from home is all the fun you can have with adding your personality’s flavors. Adding candles and incense will make you feel warmer, cozier, and relaxed if that’s your thing. It’s always a good idea to bring in light and warmth to high-stress situations.