5 essential items everyone should have when working from home
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Stuck in a rut with your current office environment? Feeling like working from home just isn’t working for you?
We’ve compiled a list of 5 essential items you might need to work from home more efficiently.
1. Adjustable Standing desk
We all know a sedentary lifestyle isn’t good for us, but how do we stop ourselves from curling our backs up like a shrimp - all while ploughing through emails? The solution might be as simple as a standing desk. According to startstanding.org, studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods is associated with an increase in the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression.
- Reduced back pain
- More calories burnt
- Lessens the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses
- Boosts energy and productivity
2. Laptop stand
This one is for those who either can’t afford to pay the hefty price of an adjustable standing desk or suffer from neck strain due to looking down at a screen the entire day. Either way, a laptop stand makes for a great alternative solution. It lifts your screen to a suitable position and makes it eye level, thus decreasing the amount of strain on your neck.
- Lifts your screen to a suitable position
- Prevents your laptop from overheating
- Help reduce clutter and provides protection from mess or spills
- Gives you the freedom to relocate
3. Ergonomic office chair
Remember that nice comfy chair in your office, the one that was the perfect height and fit for you? Now it’s sitting all alone in an empty building full of cobwebs, probably gathering dust and has some animal that’s nesting inside of it. (It’s time for that pesky critter to start paying rent.)
If the only chair you have at home is that creaky old rocking chair your grandparent gave you, we feel your (back) pain. We would recommend investing in an ergonomic office chair.
Fun fact, Charles Darwin helped create the modern-day office chair.
- Relieves hip pressure
- Improves posture
- Designed for long term use
- Helps increase blood circulation
- Ergonomically designed to contour your back
4. Bluetooth accessories
No one likes a cluttered workspace filled with cables that are constantly being disconnected, tripped over, or just in the way of everything. Some pieces of office equipment rely heavily on cabling - and for those that don’t, it’s worth looking into getting some Bluetooth accessories such as a mouse, keyboard or even headphones.
- Easy to use
- Low energy consumption
- Freedom of movement
- Less cable clutter
If you’ve ever felt eye strain, dizziness, fatigue or headaches while working, it could be because you have a poorly lit environment. It may not seem like such an important feature to have in your home, but good lighting plays a significant role in the efficiency of how you work.
- Improves concentration and accuracy at work
- Cleaner, brighter workspace
- Reduces fatigue and headaches
- Increases productivity
- Provides visual comfort
That's a wrap for the 5 essential items everyone should have when working from home. Feel free to let us know in the comments below if you found any of these items useful for working from home.