Whether you’ve been working from home for years or the pandemic has made you a remote worker, the importance of properly setting up your home office is more important than ever.
Any time is a great time to do an audit of your office and make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.
In addition to home office basics like your computer, a good wifi connection, and extra batteries for your wireless mouse and keyboard, there are some often overlooked home office essentials.
Natural light does more than make you look great during virtual meetings, it actually has some proven benefits. It’s a proven mood booster, may help increase productivity, and is easier on your eyes than fluorescent light. (To further protect your eyes, purchase a pair of blue light blocking glasses. These are widely available with non-prescription lenses and will help reduce eye strain.)
If possible, set your home office up in a room with a nice, big window or sliding glass door. If you don’t have a room like this in your home, or you can’t get enough natural light, opt for soft, warm light bulbs to mimic sunlight.
One of the best things about working from home? You can decorate your office however you like! Most interior designers agree that light, airy colors like blue, light gray, or even light olive green are great wall colors. These colors are calming and act as a blank slate without being boring white. For decor and accents, choose items in colors and styles that you like so you’ll be excited to get to work every day. If you find yourself on a lot of virtual meetings, decorate the space that is on camera in a simple, but aesthetically pleasing way.
Just don’t let your office decor get too busy or cluttered, that’s a surefire way to get distracted.
Speaking of clutter, you’ll want to avoid it altogether in your office. A lot of people have a tendency to let their home office double as storage, which isn’t ideal. If you don’t have another option, do your best to make a clear delineation between your personal storage space and your work space.
If you work at home full time, you’ll probably be at your desk anywhere from 35-45 hours a week. The amount of time you spend at your desk makes ergonomic furniture arguably the most important home office must-have.
If your home office is carpeted, don’t forget a plastic mat to put under your chair. This will not only help your chair roll easier, it will also protect your carpet!
You’ll definitely want to cut out the background noise with a pair of high-quality headphones. Whether you need to cancel out the sounds of your roommates or spouse who are also working remotely, your little ones, or even the sound of that nearby construction site, these are a work from home necessity. (And if you need something new to listen to at work, don’t forget to check out our work from home playlist!)
If you have trouble remembering to drink water throughout the day, or you always seem to end up with a collection of empty glasses on your desk, get a reusable water bottle specifically to keep on your desk. Having a designated “work water bottle” will keep you hydrated and cut down on the number of other cups that accumulate on your desk.
It’s no secret that scents have an impact on our minds. Whether you like to light a candle (which adds a bit of ambiance to your home office) or use an essential oil diffuser, there are a few scents that may help you focus and/or boost your productivity. Bright scents like citrus (particularly lemon), jasmine, peppermint, and lemongrass are all popular choices for office aromatherapy.
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