Working from home can be the coolest thing since Reese’s peanut butter cups, but if you don’t make a few investments in your office you will spin your wheels and not be as productive as you want. Here are 5 things you need for your work at home office.
Working from home can make for a very sedentary day. If you can walk and work at the same time, then you may want to consider moving your laptop to your treadmill. My husband and I created a set up that holds my laptop in place while I walk on the treadmill. We used a wire frame shelving unit with a piece of wood on top for the desk surface. This lets me get some exercise while I am getting my work done. If you are not the crafty/DIY type worker, then you might want to spend less than $50 and outfit yourself with a SurfShelf Treadmill Desk like Sharon from Hobbies on a Budget did.
For the times when you don’t want to be walking on the treadmill or sitting at your office desk, you may want to sit on your couch to get some work done. Don’t take a chance on your computer overheating. Invest in a laptop desk. Some of the models even have a USB fan that will connect to your laptop to keep it cool.
Multiport Surge Protector
Wherever you choose to work in your house, don’t forget to stay protected from power surges. You can pick up a multiport surge protector from your local electronic store or buy one online. Not only will a surge protector keep you protected from storms but this will also allow you to charge your appliances safely.
An Inspiring Environment
Staring at the same four walls all day can get to you – whether at home or in a cubicle. The great thing about being at home is that you have total control over what your environment looks like. Fill your home office with the things that inspire you and make you happy. Family photos, wall murals, plants, fresh flowers, a bright wall color, even a beautiful desk and chair can help you feel happier in your work from home office.
Working from home should come with a health warning. Having easy access to the refrigerator throughout the day can lead to a constant chain of snacking. Make sure you keep your favorite healthy snacks available so you will be ready when the munchies attack during the day.
What are your essentials for working at home? I’d love to hear what makes it possible for you to be productive.