Working from home has its perks, but if you're new to WFH life, you might find that it takes some time to get into a productive groove. There can be so many distractions (like your TV, pet, kids, bed). You could be itching to do all the housework you've been putting off instead of completing that work project. And the general temptation of slacking off is very much real when you don't have co-workers or your boss around you. WFH vets have mastered all of this, but it takes some discipline and practice.
We've highlighted what you can do to stay productive and tips for setting a routine that you can stick to, but another factor that you should think of when you're trying to navigate WFH life is your actual workspace. You'll want to set up your spot for success so you can get your work done. To help, we've rounded up some tools, gadgets, and products that could help.
Sure, you might have a calendar app on your phone and laptop, but sometimes it helps to actually have a physical one to look at to keep track of your schedule and to-do list. Plus, the act of crossing things off your list is just so much more rewarding when it's done on paper.
Again, you have a clock on your phone and laptop, but an actual clock is nice to have on hand, too. If you remember to look up at the time occasionally, it's a good reminder to take a stretch break or stand up, which is so important when you're working from home. When you're in the groove with no distractions from co-workers, it can be so easy to sit for hours on end, staring at your computer.
Not only will a nice pencil cup add some interest to your workspace, but it will keep your surface clear of pens, pencils, scissors, highlighters, and more. A decluttered workspace might help your productivity.
You're probably working with a lot of tech gadgets, so most likely you've got a lot of cords. Untangle and keep them under control with these clips that you can stick to surfaces, like your desk or floor.
Having a dedicated workspace is important, but you might not have a desk at home or can't use your dining table to do work. This desk is compact, comes with wheels to move it around easily, and is adjustable so you can use it as a standing or sitting desk.
You're going to be sitting for long periods of time, so you'll want to make sure that you have a working chair that supports your back. This one from West Elm is simple and chic and comes in different colors to go with your current décor at home.
Another gadget that can add some comfort to your workspace, this footrest can be adjusted at different angles and has a pebbled surface so you can give yourself a quick foot massage by rubbing your feet over it. It's supposed to help your overall posture by making sure your feet are placed correctly.
Spotty Wi-Fi can really mess with your productivity, and you wouldn't want to cut in and out when you're in virtual meetings. This system comes with a "beacon" that can extend and boost your Wi-Fi coverage in another room of your home.
When you have a lot of gadgets and tech devices, a trusty power strip will ensure that it can support all of them safely. This one is great because it's affordable at under $20, and it has two USB ports.
Studies show that indoor plants can benefit the air quality of a space, and they might even boost your mood and productivity. So spruce up your desk with a small plant. A succulents and snake plants aren't too hard to care for.
Again, artwork is just another nice thing to look at and adds a little bit of character and personality to your workspace. Your environment can affect your mood, so make sure you're creating a workspace that makes you feel good.
A candle is a mix of décor and wellness. It makes a nice vignette, and if you choose the scent correctly, it can be both calming and inspiring. And isn't that what you need for a long, stressful day ahead?
When I'm working at home, I find I don't drink as much water as I do when I'm at the office. I think it's because I take more breaks to walk to the water fountain in the office. A water bottle can help remind you to drink more throughout the day.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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