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Home Office Essentials

First of all, congratulations are in order. Countless people dream of working from home and you did it! Now you can get to work in the morning without having to commute to work. Instead, you can enjoy a nice breakfast in your own kitchen without worrying about being late. You can even stay in your pajamas if you want (though we recommend that you should still dress for work as if you had to actually go into an office, because it will help you maintain a line between your personal life and your work life).

In order to successfully work from home however, you will need to set up the perfect home office. The kind of office that will allow you to get some serious work done, all while comfortable and relaxed. So, here are some home office essentials that you simply cannot do without.

Get the Home Office Basics

The basic home office items include things like the desk and the chair. First things first, the desk. We recommend getting a height-adjustable desk that allows you to sit or stand whenever you want, like a UPLIFT Desk. You can choose whatever material and style you want, making it easy to fit it in with your home decor. You can also add on various options, like drawers, wheels so you can easily move it, a keyboard tray and cord storage solutions.

Why get a desk that enables you to stand? Because studies have shown that sitting for too long can be connected to a wide variety of health issues, like diabetes and obesity. If you think that heading to the gym after sitting for eight hours will be enough to counteract the negative side effects of sitting, think again. While the gym is great, you should still mix periods of standing and walking for short periods into your work routine.

When you do sit, you should make sure that your chair is an economic chair. Sitting in a poorly design chair will put stress onto your spine, which will lead to future health problems. An ergonomic chair will support your spine in order to promote good posture.

 

Set Yourself Up with the Right Tech

Now that you have the desk, you will need to right computer to set on it. While you can go with a desktop, they are not as versatile as laptops and since you are working from home, you might like having the option to work from anywhere. We recommend checking out the HP ENVY laptop, as it is slim, lightweight and extremely portable. Plus, it has the power to keep up with you no matter how busy and fast-paced your day might get.

You also need to set up high-speed Wi-Fi that will be dependable and quick. Choosing the highest level of internet might be pricier, but the last thing you need when you are in the middle of a video conference with new clients is for your connection to drop. Additionally, get yourself a printer and a reliable work phone. You might not need a work phone at the beginning, but if you want to draw a line between your personal life and your work life, you will eventually need to get a separate phone line for work, so you may as well get one from the get-go.

The Decor

Last, but not least, you need to decorate your home office, so that you will feel relaxed and comfortable while at work. If you have windows in your office (and we can only hope that you do), get some lightweight curtains to bring some levity into the space. Keep them pulled open for as much natural light as possible. Then, get some indoor plants to bring in some greenery and clean air – it is amazing what a simple plant can do for your mood.

Next up are the walls. Nothing will make you feel claustrophobic as quickly as four blank walls will. Hunt around on websites find art prints that inspire and calm you. No clue what you want? You can browse through various categories, like environment and even movies, and poke around until you find a couple things that speak to you. If you choose a variety of sizes and frames, you can put together a gallery wall and you won’t have to worry about everything lining up evenly.

Home Office Life Basics

At the end of the day, you need a space that reflects your personality but has all the facets you need to be a productive worker. A little splash of color, a nice desk – it all comes together to facilitate a better, more effective work experience.

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