Are you tired of typing away at your kitchen table or having important phone calls interrupted by the kids? Make setting up a home office your number one priority!
Whether you regularly work from home and are looking for products to boost your productivity or you’ve recently switched to home working, there are many essential items out there which can help keep you organised and on track.
Home office essentials to help with productivity
Want to make your workdays more productive? Investing in some useful home office items to keep your workspace organised and looking professional is an essential first step. Consider setting up a new home office or upgrading an existing one with the following items:
You may already have a computer or laptop set up. If you don’t, it’s a good idea to seek some advice on which product is right for your needs.
Remember that the priciest, fanciest option isn’t always the most sensible. Many expensive computers and laptops are designed with gaming in mind, making them unnecessary if you’re simply typing up documents or sending emails.
Other things you may want to consider getting for your home office include:
A second screen – Depending on the nature of your work, you may wish to purchase a second computer monitor to help keep yourself organised and your projects easier to manage.
Video conference equipment – If you’re planning on having meetings over video, don’t forget to buy a webcam and speakers or a comfortable headset if others are working in your home too.
A high-quality mouse – Didn’t think there was such a thing as a bad computer mouse? More traditional ones designed with a ball beneath them for movement can become dirty and less functional over time. Instead, choose a laser or optic computer mouse that’ll glide effortlessly across your desk.
A strong internet connection
Having slow Wi-Fi can be detrimental to your productivity, so make sure you consider this in advance. It may be necessary to upgrade your internet service or place an additional router in your home office to boost the signal.
An adjustable chair
You’ll likely spend hours sat at your desk working. That makes having a comfortable, supportive chair essential for both your posture and your productivity. Instead of just grabbing a spare dining chair, invest in an ergonomic office chair which can be adjusted to suit your height and support your back.
Simple storage solutions
Having a tidy home is thought to have a direct impact on our stress levels1, plus keeping your desk area clear will likely reduce the risk of losing any vital paperwork. Storage is, therefore, a home office essential, whether it’s a shelving unit to place files and books on or a stationery organiser to sit on your desk.
Some personal decoration
While it may seem logical that having a clean office will keep you free from distraction, some studies show that personalising your workspace can be an emotional comfort and an effective way to reduce stress levels2.
Add some colour to your workspace with some well-chosen artwork or vibrant soft furnishings. Photographs of family and friends or an inspirational pinboard can also help to boost your mood when you’re having a hard day at the (home!) office.
Want some more advice on creating a practical study or workspace? Check out our handy article on how to set up your ‘work from home’ office space.
Last updated: 22 April 2020