The coronavirus outbreak has caused an increase in people working from home. According to Fundera, 5 million employees work from home at least half of the time and FlexJobs reports that there has been a 159 percent increase in remote workers in the last 12 years.
Now, I know some of you are new to working from home, so I thought I’d help you out by featuring some items that will make working from home just a little bit easier.
Over the 16 years I’ve been working from home I have gone through quite a few desk chairs. The X² Executive Task Chair is the most comfortable chair I’ve ever sat in. It’s perfect. I can adjust the seat height, arm height, headrest, and even move the seat and arms forward or backward. AND you can move the armrests sideways. If you’re short like me, you can also get the footrest to ensure you’re sitting ergonomically correct. Meshed fabric makes it more comfortable and doesn’t make me sweat. Color choices include red, black, white, or grey. You can get it without the headrest, but I recommend getting it. You can also choose a standard width seat or extended width seat, as well as caster wheels or standard or locking X-wheels. This is THE desk chair. The ability to adjust everything is like having a custom-made chair just for you.
It’s so nice to have a large monitor to work on! It’s so much easier on my eyes. Are you getting eye strain yet? Who am I kidding! Of course, you are. Having a larger monitor with an amazing picture can help with that. The Monoprice 27-inch Vivid Monitor has a 4K UHD resolution, IPS Panel Technology, more than 64 times the color support of most other monitors, and is VESA Display HDR 400 certified. It has an adjustable stand so you can get the proper height. Plus, a 1-year warranty.
I don’t know about you, but I love mechanical keyboards! I was missing them when Monoprice sent me this one to try out. Switching from my laptop keyboard to this one was actually way easier than I expected. The clicky noises are so satisfying. Why on earth did we ever change? It has a LED backlight, which helps when I get an idea in the middle of the night. It’s sturdy, comes with a high-quality cable, and the keys respond perfectly. I’m a fan for life!
Gah, this mouse is incredible! I’m all about having my workspace ergonomically correct to reduce any aches and pains, but my mouse was horrible! I had a basic, cheap mouse and my hand and wrist were always sore from using it. That never happens anymore with this Workstream by Monoprice mouse. You can get a wired or wireless mouse. It’s semi-vertical, has a DPI adjustment button, a great optical sensor, and is super comfortable.
Working with a second monitor (dual monitors) is an experience that can improve productivity. The Auzai Portable Monitor has 1080p full HD, type-c support, screen protector, 3.5mm audio port. It’s perfect for working from home. It’s also light and comes with a case so you can take it with you.
Aren’t you already doing enough? Strike a chore from your to-do list with the D7 Intelligent Robot Vacuum. I think this will do a better job of cleaning the floors than any human could do! It uses LaserSmart technology to navigate your home, but you can also use zone cleaning for getting specific areas as needed. It won’t get stuck with no-go lines. It will pick up pet hair and other rough debris with turbo mode. Plus, it has a battery life of up to 2 hours. An ultra protection filter traps up to 99 percent of allergens. The “D” shape helps it clean corners that round robot vacuums miss. This is a game-changer!
Why spend more than $100 on wireless earbuds? Funcl Wireless Earbuds have an excellent sound and fit well for under $30! They have an 18-hour playtime, charging case, 3D stereo Hi-Fi sound, and touch control. These are seriously amazing. Pop them in for some music or white noise to block out your family while you’re working.
The Amazon Echo Show does so much! Awesome 10.1-inch HD screen, excellent sound with Dolby speakers. Use it for video calls, listening to music, watching Hulu, making recipes, and so much more. Turn off the mic and camera so your kids don’t interrupt your video call by asking Alexa something. Use it to check out the weather, your calendar, set timers and alarms, and more. Set up a work from home routine and Alexa will be your new best friend (or awesome assistant)!
Turn any appliance into a smart item with the Amazon Smart Plug. Plug the smart plug into your outlet and plug your appliance in. Download the Alexa app so you can turn your coffee pot or living room lamp on or off with the sound of your voice or a tap. Imagine preparing your coffee pot in the evening and waking up in the morning, and — without even getting out of bed — turning your coffee pot on. Use it on anything you plugin. It’s affordable and convenient. I love it.
These are my favorite pens hands-down. I always have 12 or more Pilot G2 Retractable Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens in my desk cup. My favorites are the black ones with 1.0mm bold point. Other options include an assortment of colors and points. They are extremely affordable and high-quality.
You’re going to need a good cup of joe when you’re working from home. Set up this Mr. Coffee HotCup with a single serving of your favorite coffee. It has the option to brew a 6, 8, 10, or 12-ounce cup. Just choose the size you want. It uses an advanced water flow system and optimal temperature for a great-tasting cup of coffee. The water tank holds 72-ounces of water so you’re not constantly refilling it. It also has a dishwasher safe brewing basket.
Pro tip: Use the Amazon Smart Plug so you can tell the Alexa app on your phone to turn on your coffee maker before you even get out of bed. Ahhhhh…
Sodastream is one of the best inventions ever. Make seltzer water and sodas in your home whenever you want one. It’s healthier than store-bought sodas and seltzers, and it’s better for the environment. No plastic bottles! It comes with a 1-liter reusable bottle, free shipping, carbonating cylinder, and a 3-year warranty.
Working from home means breathing that air all day and night. Pet dander, pollution, pollen, mold spores, and who knows what else. I plugged this little but powerful 3M Filtrete Room Air Purifier into my home office room and viola! The air is noticeably cleaner and my allergies have been extremely better. It uses a true HEPA filter that captures 99 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns. Features include 3 fan speeds, a run timer, and a light dimmer. The filter can last up to 6 months.
Working from home means staring at a computer for long hours. UGH, All that eye strain and adverse effects from blue light (from all devices) can be exhausting. Blokz by Zenni saves the day. You can even get them with your prescription and a gray tint for outdoor use. My Blokz has reduced my eye strain, blurred vision, and dry/tired eyes. These are a must-have for anyone working at a computer all day. Choose from a wide variety of frames. I love them!
Freshen up your home office smell with a Botanica by Air Wick Plug-in with scented oil. Just plug it in and use the dial to choose how much of the scented oil you want to be released. I am loving the Caribbean Sweetgrass and Sandalwood scented oil. There are no chemical propellants, no dyes, no phthalates, and no animal testing. Other scents include French Lavender and Honey Blossom, Fresh Pineapple and Tunisian Rosemary, Himalayan Magnolia and Vanilla, and Island Rose and African Geranium.
Combine your air wick with a room spray for on-demand scent. Keep one in your office and one in the bathroom. Same scent options as the Air Wick plugin.
Bulbrite Solana Smart LED Bulbs are perfect for anyone working from home. Set up a routine to have the light turn on when you go into your home office at the start of your workday and have it shut off for you when you leave. You can also use it in your bedroom and set an alarm that will have it gradually increase in brightness like a sunrise. Turn lights on or off from your app.
When I’m sick of drinking flat water I grab a Spindrift. I love the simple ingredients and taste. Made with sparkling water and fresh-squeezed fruit. Flavors include pineapple, lime, cranberry raspberry, strawberry (my favorite), grapefruit, blackberry, cucumber, lemon, orange mango, and raspberry lime.
Reduce your time spent grocery shopping by having a delicious, fresh delivery of produce boxes from Raw Generation. Choose from fruit or vegetable (or get one of each). Fresh and delicious.
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