Essential Home Office Products to Keep You Productive

The coronavirus has sent us all to our sofas, kitchen tables, and makeshift home offices to conduct our work. And while the world seems to have stopped, any entrepreneur will tell you that bills will keep coming, and business needs to function as usual. 

These uncertain times may feel like certain things are out of your control, but one thing you can control is your working environment. It’s more important than ever to adapt to your new surroundings as quickly as possible and find the best ways to keep businesses running smoothly. That includes creating a working environment that’s most conducive to staying productive. 

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If you’re struggling to find your balance and keep your workflow going from home, here are some tips to make your home feel as much like your office as possible, which can help you be more productive and continue to have control over your business. 

Invest in an ergonomic chair 

Your physical health directly impacts your mental capacities. Though it may seem like a luxury, a good ergonomic chair can do wonders to improve both your productivity and morale. If you’re working from your sofa, or hunching over a laptop at your kitchen table, consider investing in an ergonomic office chair. Today’s office chairs offer tons of features that adapt to your spinal position and personal working habits. Ergonomic chairs don’t come cheap, but since they can be considered both a business and health expense, you may want to consider comparing lenders to find a loan that can help you float some much-needed new home office supplies.  

Reassess your lighting situation

Staring at a screen all day can wreak havoc on your eyes–and that’s while sitting in an office designed for computer work. Your home may not be as deliberately designed to provide the ample lighting you need to avoid eye-strain and headaches. Consider the lighting in your home and make adjustments to account for shadows, unlit corners, and other dark spots in your home that may cause you to strain your eyes more. 

Consider a standing desk

During social distancing, you may find less opportunities to wander around and exercise your legs. After all, your commute has probably been shortened and now entails the small walk from your bed to your desk. Consider making up the difference with a standing desk, which has been proven to have many benefits on circulation, heart health, and obesity. During times such as these when mobility is reduced even more than normal, a standing desk can help your body stay active and your mind stay limber. 

Purchase plants, fitness toys, and stress balls 

Remember how you used to go to the office cafeteria to vent with your co-worker? Well, now that you’re working at home, you’ll have to find other ways to work through your stress. The feeling of being trapped inside will certainly aggravate your stress levels, so make sure to have some stress balls, a small plant, and fitness gadgets on hand. These will be great to turn to when the usual workday complications arise and you find yourself without your usual coping tools. 

Keep cleaning supplies near your desk

You may have gotten used to your office’s cleaning staff. So much so that you’re wondering why the crumbs at your workspace are still there the next morning, or why the garbage hasn’t been emptied. It’s easy to take those things for granted, but now that you’re working from home, you’ll want to take steps to make sure you keep your own workspace clear. It’s a good idea to stock one of your work shelves with wipes and disinfectant sprays, and place a small garbage bin near your desk. This way, every morning you can arrive at a clean, uncluttered desk, just as you did when you were going into the office. 

A Healthy Workspace is the Key to Productivity

Clarity is fundamental for success. Back pain, headaches, clutter, and stress, on the other hand, are surefire distractions that will slow you down and reduce your ability to perform well. Working from home is a challenge, but with a few thoughtful alterations you can minimize distractions and create a comfortable space that will make you more productive and help you fire on all cylinders. 

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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