When I started travel writing and blogging years ago, my office came with me, and it still does. But nowadays, I spend more time in the one place and so I need more of a permanent set up. For me, having a dedicated space helps me focus so I get my work done. Then I have plenty of time afterwards to do lots of other fun things. To help you find your work space, here is my ultimate guide to office essentials for working from home.
Here are my Working from Home Office Essentials
My ideal home office working space is one where I have a little space all to myself. This has been very hard to maintain, particularly during the pandemic and having to home school. While I could have just slumped in a lounge chair, my ideal work space includes both a standing and sitting desk. Having the stand up desk option works great for me as then I am not sitting at my desk all day. But that’s just me! I personally like a small desk because it helps me stay minimalist. Yes, the more space I have the more I put on it. Therefore, a smaller desk is better for me to work online effectively.
A Small Desk Suits Me
Laptop Adjustable Stand
If you use a laptop, an option for creating the ideal work space in your home office is to have use a laptop stand. Having one of these will raise your device to eye level and is ergonomically better for your body while working from your home office. While it is easy to sit all day looking at your monitor it can be detrimental to your posture and inadvertently on your neck (and yes, text neck is a thing!). I personally like my adjustable laptop stand as I use a laptop for both travel and working from home.
Any adjustable chair should be the best ergonomically possible. Most adjustable office chairs are designed to move and curve around your body so as to keep you comfortable. If you aren’t comfortable you will begin to slump and then the pain may set in. Sore neck, aching back, feet going numb and you may even end up with a repetitive strain injury. My favourite adjustable chair for my little home office space is a very basic chair that I can adjust the height to, is on rollers so I can move it easily and swivels so I can turn if I need to.
Cell Phone Stand
A cell or mobile phone stand is great for taking calls or FaceTiming with coworkers, family and friends. You don’t need to leave your workspace, nor do you need to hold the phone to your ear for extended periods of time. The phone stand also helps you to keep your hands free to continue working on your computer while talking.
I have my office setup near a power point so I can keep my devices charged. A charging station is a great device for helping to keep everything charged. Be careful not to overload the power point, you wouldn’t want to blow a fuse!
Set the Atmosphere of your Home Office
Now you have your all important desk space taken care of, it is time to set the atmosphere of your work space. What I mean is, have all the things in your work space that you need to complete your work tasks. Only you can answer these questions. Do you want your office flooded with natural light? Do you like having no noise around you? Do you like to talk to your favourite pot plant – cause it understands everything you are going through while working in your home office? So personalise your space and ensure you have everything you need in it. Things I have in my work space that help my creativity and keep me on track with my work schedule include a calendar, paper diary, notebook and other stationery items. Yes, you may have guessed – I like writing lists and crossing off tasks as I complete them! I also like to write things down as they serve as a reminder of a brilliant idea I may have had.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
There is one more item I have on my list of ultimate office essentials for working from home, and that is noise cancelling headphones. Even though having noise around me while I work doesn’t bother me, yes, I do like having the TV on as company sometimes, when I am seriously working I use noise cancelling headphones. My favourite pair have Bluetooth and a built-in microphone so I can still receive calls while working.
Lastly, consider your wardrobe! I know it’s great having the luxury of wearing whatever you want when working from home. However, if you really want to be productive in your home office, I highly advise getting dressed for the day. I always change out of my pyjamas and into some suitable and comfortable clothes, as it helps me to be productive. So this is my ultimate guide to office essentials for working from home – what are yours? I’d love to know in the comments below!