Work From Home #WFH Desk Essentials
As many of us are enjoying the freedom that comes from working at home, some people are beginning to experience Zoom fatigue and work-from-home burnout. Personally, I love working from home as a mom of two young children. When I was preparing to work from home, I searched for ideas online and found many amazing ideas to make a comfortable and efficient home office. In the end, I realize that as much as the room feels enjoyable, your desk is the most important thing. I made sure that my screen is big enough to work enjoyably, my phone is displayed in the best position and my mouse is the optimum style to reduce fatigue.
If you’re new to the work from home scene, or just looking to up your remote work game, there are a few essentials you should have on hand. First and foremost, a comfortable work space is key. Whether that’s a dedicated room in your house or simply a corner of your living room, make sure you have a place where you can focus and be productive. It’s also important to have good quality internet — there’s nothing more frustrating than a video call cutting out in the middle of an important meeting. We recommend connecting your computer to an Ethernet cable for the fastest, uninterrupted connection. And if you’re going to be spending all day staring at a computer screen, it’s worth investing in a second monitor. Trust us, your future self will thank you. Finally, one of the benefits of working from home is that you can take advantage of flexible hours. But without a set schedule, it can be easy to lose track of time. So make sure to set some boundaries for yourself, and stick to them as much as possible. With these work from home essentials, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a remote work pro in no time!
As more of us are hunkering at home, here are the items that would make working from home a lot more enjoyable and efficient. Among the products: the best mouse in the market as of now, a little device that lets you do little exercise while you work, a smart device that’s like your personal assistant, a great invention that helps you maintain a correct posture while you work. Click on each item to take you directly to its Amazon page.
A laptop stand’s main purpose is to prevent you from hunching over your screen, which reduces your neck and shoulder pain, by elevating your laptop to a perfect eye level. It’s a major health issue frequently suffered by people who spend a lot of time working on their desks. Reduce the risk by this small investment, which helps you avoid a big risk. However, it also has a second purpose, which is allowing the heat to vent and keep your notebook computer from overheating. As a bonus, you can organize keyboard, mouse and tablets under the stand. For an adjustable laptop stand, check out this one.
Docking Station for your electronics
This adjustable docking station for your cellphones, tablets and laptops features slim and sleek adjustable width. Conveniently stack your devices and charge them while saving space on your desk. Rather than piling your devices on top of each other, stack them neatly side by side with easy access. Tip: this tool also doubles as a phone stand. Put your smartphone on the front so you’d never miss an important call.
Docking Station for Double Computer Monitors
This powerful little device allows you to add dual 4K computer monitors to maximize your productivity and your workspace area. Using DisplayPort or HDMI, connect your peripherals through a single cable back to your laptop. Quickly come and go from your desk with ease. By connecting many devices with just one cable to your laptop, you gain 12 extra ports of connectivity, making it easier to do more work in less time. Easily slip this dock under your monitor and save valuable desk space. Conveniently access the front USB and audio ports for those devices you plug and unplug everyday.
Headset with microphone
If you have lots of online meetings, the surest way to ensure it would go smoothly from the technology side is to make sure you have a fast internet connection and a headset with microphone. This headset allows you to listen without any distractions and other people would only listen to your voice without annoying background noise. Connect to your laptop with the USB connector, and use the 3.5mm jack to connect to your personal device like a smartphone or tablet, so you can work or listen to music wherever you are.
Amazon’s Echo Dot
Don’t be fooled by its size. This tiny device is equipped with Alexa, the Echo Dot’s powerful personal assistant, perfect for anyone from a busy executive to a parent juggling household responsibilities and working from home. Tell Alexa to give you reminders and never miss anything in your to-do-list. Ask Alexa to play background music or interesting podcasts while you work. Let Alexa tell you the day’s news so you’d always stay updated. Those are just a sample of things an Echo Dot could do. To maximize productivity, install Alexa in the rooms with the most foot traffic.
Adjustable Memory Foam Foot Rest
We use foot rests to help improve blood circulation to legs and to stretch them out. I found it very useful to help my body feel relaxed while working on a desk. A footrest will help reduce back and sciatica pain by easing pressure on your lower back and hips. In short, stretch your legs! Tip: you could also use an ottoman as a foot rest, if you prefer a higher foot rest.
An ergonomic mouse helps reduce muscle strain by placing your hand in a natural position. This Logitech ergonomic mouse allows you to put your hand in a handshake position using a unique 57-degree angle, preventing forearm twisting and reducing muscular strain by 10 percent (as compared with a traditional non-vertical mouse. Based on Logitech Study, 2017). Tip: to reduce muscle strain even more, use two mice interchangeably. We like this one too.
Mouse pad with wrist support
Since we wrote about an ergonomic mouse before, of course it make sense to pair it with an ergonomic mouse pad with wrist support. Your hands are valuable, protect them well.
Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard
This ergonomic keyboard is carefully designed with a natural arc and slope to enable natural placements of hands, and double-cushioned palm rest cove. This new design offers subtle changes to the keytop geometry, split space bar and naturally arched shape to protect you from wrist and hand strain, and improve your typing form that enables you to work more efficiently.
Universal Back and Lumbar Support Pillow
Just like the foot rest let your feet rest comfortably, this back and lumbar support pillow helps you maintain good posture and the natural curve of the spine. The memory foam material molds to the contour of the user’s back, and the ergonomic design improves blood flow, prevents muscle fatigue and back tightness as well as mid and lower back pain. It comes with elastic straps to securely fit the pillow to your chair, and best of all, it’s washable!
Working from home has become the new normal for many of us, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Your home office should be a place where you can focus and be productive. Last, don’t forget to take breaks! Get up and walk around periodically to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. By following these tips, you can work more efficiently from home.
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