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For many of us, the idea of working from home is the dream; a goal we all aspire too. Roll out of bed shortly after 8:30 a.m., throw on some working pajamas, brew a pot of coffee and get to work! Working from home is an opportunity that has long been glorified and revered, I mean, Carrie Bradshaw made it look pretty darn easy in the hit HBO series, Sex and the City. But when working from home became a reality for millions of Canadians in March 2020, were any of us prepared? ?
As someone who has worked from home for more than eight years, , I can tell you, it’s a huge adjustment, the utmost self-control, a strong work ethic and an organized office space. So, if you’ve been slugging it out on your couch (or even worse, your bed) it’s time to get it together and create a dedicated space all your own.
Functionality is the name of the game when it comes to working from home. . While most of us have the basics (chair, table and Wi-Fi) what about the items that truly make a space productive and enjoyable? It’s important to invest in office accessories helping you work smarter, maintain your focus and keep you comfortable.
If you’re looking for ways to level up your work-from-home game and make the best of those 40 hours a week, you’ll want to check out these 10 home office accessories.
1. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
For many of us, coffee is life! Make sure you never drink a cup of cold coffee again with the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug. This smart gadget features a heating element keeping your coffee at the perfect temperature to ensure each sip is as enjoyable as the last.
2. BESTEK Cubic Power Strip Cube
With a cord for this and a cord for that, your workstation can quickly become overrun. The BESTEK Cubic Power Strip Cube was designed to help you manage that mess of cables and cords while providing power to your devices. Just affix it under your desk and power is always within reach.
3. Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook
Looking for an old-school notebook with a modern twist? The Rocketbook Reusable Smart Notebook is for you. Not only do the pages offer a classic pen and paper experience you can also scan your notes into the Rocketbook app for safe, long-term keeping. The best part is, by using a reusable notebook you are saving the environment, one tree at a time.
4. Executive Knight Pen Holder
How many times have you found yourself rummaging through your desk in an effort to locate, what might be, your very last pen? If “too many” is your answer, you need this executive knight pen holder. This unique and slightly geeky holder is sure to bring a smile to your face every time you reach for a pen… you might even catch yourself saying “your pen, your majesty.”
5. Nature’s Blossom Bonsai Tree Kit
Bring peace and tranquility to your home office or workspace with greenery. This bonsai tree kit is perfect for beginner and expert gardeners alike, so if your windowsill or office side table is looking a little bare, this pop of nature is what you need. You might find it especially relaxing to look at during stressful times, such as when doing your taxes.
6. Wireless charging with headphone stand
A good pair of headphones can drown out the world (or even your kids who might be screaming in the background) so keep your headphones safe and accessible with this functional and sleek headphone stand. Not only does it keep your headphones within arm’s reach, the base of the stand can wirelessly charge your devices. It’s a win-win!
7. PG Desk Stand Monitor Stand
Posture is so important to your overall health and wellbeing, regardless of whether you’re working from home or in an office. Investing in items and tools that can help you maintain the correct posture is key to all-day comfort. This monitor stand easily elevates your computer monitor to eye-level so you don’t find yourself slouching or straining to see your screen. This handy stand also features several charging ports so you can keep your other electronic devices close and charged.
8. Cubii Jr. Seated Under-Desk Elliptical Trainer
It’s been declared that sitting is the new smoking, so if you find yourself seated for most of the day why not get the blood flowing and stay fit while you sit? The Cubii Jr. Seated Under-Desk Elliptical Trainer is built specifically to be used while sitting so you can stay active throughout the day. Now that’s what I call a “two birds, one stone” type of accessory!
9. AstroAI Mini Fridge Portable Thermoelectric Cooler and Warmer
If you’ve ever found yourself “in the groove” you know how hard it can be to tear yourself away to take a break. Now you can keep cold or hot drinks, snacks and treats all within arms reach thanks to this super useful (and dare I say cute) mini fridge. Forget the big, clunky bar fridges, this mini cooler is perfect for a day’s worth of snacks. Just fill it in the morning and stay in your groove all day!
10. Samsung CJ890 Series 49 inch Super Ultra-Wide Desktop Monitor
With the modern workspace constantly evolving to put priority on productivity and efficiency, the Ultra-Wide Samsung CJ890 monitor will maximize your visual workspace. With its curved design this monitor is the best option for those who work in multiple programs, in multiple tabs, at the same time. Forget about that two-monitor setup!
If you have recently found yourself working from home (and might continue for the foreseeable future) now is the time to optimize your office to make the most of your workday. Work smarter, not harder!