With a lot of us working from home with no end in sight, it’s possible we may be missing things from the office. You don’t have to. As it’s your home desk, you actually get to choose the things you buy that will make you more productive. This is a huge bonus because work from home can be on your terms with your choices. The other good thing about working from home is that there is likely less paperwork for you meaning you don’t need to invest in a printer and paper. So what exactly are the essentials for working from home?
1. Get Post-it Notes For Work From Home
Post-it notes are an absolute staple (sorry) in the office. They are great for taking a quick note of the tasks you need to do and can keep you right when you lose focus. You can also stick them to your screen so you don’t forget anything. Top tip, I put them over my clock (on my laptop screen) in the afternoon so I don’t get worried about how slow or fast I’m working. Personally, I’m a fan of the Sass & Belle paint splash sticky notes because they have a “To Do” list post-it note that allows you to fill in 12 different tasks. They are also really pretty and a reasonable price.
Notebooks are always on my list of essentials to buy. Not only does it allow you to take notes (it’s kinda in the name), but it also allows you to doodle to help you concentrate. Some people work better if they write out a long list of their tasks for that day, or take good detailed notes of any meetings they’ve attended. Of course, it isn’t for everyone, but doodling really does help my brain focus especially during meetings.
3. Nice Pens
To go with the notebook, of course! How much better will you feel when you have to attend a meeting if you get to write notes with a pen that you like the feel and look of. It’s just a small thing to help you get excited about your workdays. You could even buy yourself a pen pot to go with the decor of your work from home desk.
4. A Nice Desk To Work From Home
You want a nice space to work. Not only so you feel comfortable sitting there, but also so you have a place that is solely for work. If you’re sitting on your sofa where you normally sit to relax you’re more likely to find things to distract yourself. So buy yourself a desk and set up an actual work space to get your brain in the mood for working. You’ll find your productivity rise immediately.
5. A Comfy Computer Chair
This is vital. If you’re uncomfortable, you’re not going to want to sit there for very long. An uncomfy chair is a great excuse to procrastinate every now and then, but not very practical when you have actual work to get on with. The other thing is you may get sore backs if you’re not sitting properly and that will affect you in every other part of your life too. You can even match it to your desk!
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6. Back Support For Your Chair
Going back to the sore back issue. Even the comfiest office chair may not be enough to save your back from some sort of pain. Especially if you already have issues with it. You’ll also be more comfortable, which is always a bonus. It doesn’t even have to be expensive. You can find them for under £30 on Amazon.
7. Noise Cancelling Headphones For Work From Home
A lot of people live in areas where there is a lot of noise from neighbours, the street or even family members. Noise cancelling headphones will help you tune everything out and buckle on with your work. Even if you don’t think you’ll be distracted easily, it’s a good investment for relaxation purposes too. They are really good quality headphones no matter what you use them for and podcasts sound great with them.
8. A Desk Lamp (For the dark days)
As we’re in winter the day starts of dark and it gets dark quite quickly in the afternoon. Sometimes putting the light in your room isn’t enough to light your keyboard fully. This is why a desk lamp is a good investment. It helps you keep your productivity flowing even in the dark, cold afternoons. You can also get a pretty one that suits your decor.
9. A Music Subscription
If you’re fed up with the radio and just want to listen to your own music, uninterrupted then you should get a music subscription. Spotify is a really good platform because it has podcasts as well and with your subscription you can listen to everything ad-free. It also has great subscription options, with a family plan being £14.99 which can accommodate 6 different people under one roof.
10. A Good Webcam (For Work From Home Meetings)
If you’re finding that your laptops inbuilt webcam just isn’t up to standard, you should invest in a webcam. Even more so if you’re working with a desktop. Not only will it help with work meetings, but it’s also great for those zoom quizzes people keep inviting you to. It’s good for your boss to see you’re staying active and attentive during work meetings and makes being sociable when stuck inside just that little bit easier.
If you’re looking for a good quiz to run with your friends you should check out The Roaming Quiz Man who sells quizzes for £12.50 and is happy to write custom quizzes for people. Although a busy service, he does also offer to actually host your quizzes (over zoom) as well.
So those are the 10 essential work from home purchases I suggest you make. Do you have any others? Please share them below! I am always open to suggestions on how to be comfier.
If you have been made redundant during this lockdown period and are now facing new interviews, read my guide to zoom job interviews.