Work from home is the new reality for millions worldwide, and we know just how hard it can be! Constant distractions, the bed calling your name, animals (human or not) waiting to be cuddled—it can be a lot. In the past, we've taken the liberty to give you some office inspo, and now we're sharing with you our personal must-haves for cultivating the optimal home office experience.
1. Good lighting
Proper lighting pulls everything together! If you're someone who works on your computer late into the night, it's essential to have lights that minimize the strain on your eyes. During the day, it's best to have natural lighting, but if not possible, figure out what your preferred temperature is (warm or cool) and buy your lighting accordingly.
We recommend this lamp for your desk, it comes with a USB charging port and also allows you to adjust brightness and color temperature. You can even mix it up by adding floor lamps, table lamps, and LED strips.
2. A separate area from the rest of your home
Your surroundings are everything when it comes to WFH. Thought it's tempting, sitting in areas you already associate with other activities (i.e bed = sleeping, couch = TV) can negatively affect your work habits. If you have the means, now is the perfect time to splurge a little on a quality desk that helps to reduce distractions. Our personal favorite is the Floyd Detroit desk, which comes in multiple colors, is super easy to assemble, and built to last.
Diffusers emit essential oils of aromatic, natural, hydrophobic liquids into the air. Essential oils are said to promote relaxation, focus, and calmness (and they also just smell amazing). There are thousands of different natural oils, each of which has its own set of healing properties. We suggest peppermint, lavender, and rosemary, all of which help with fatigue and promote energy. Our current favorite brand of essential oils and diffusers is Saje. They even have a starter kit!
We love a plant moment! Plants naturally clean the surrounding air, removing harmful pollutants, and they're also known to stabilize humidity and reduce "sick building syndrome", While becoming a plant parent can be daunting, there are plenty of plants that are relatively easy to care for. We recommend peperomia, rubber plants, and Chinese evergreens.
5. Have playlists on deck
Certain music genres have been known to increase productivity. For example, classical music is scientifically proven to increase brain function, while natural sounds also help with concentration and focus, and add a more "outdoorsy" ambiance (in addition to the plants!) We even made a Work from Home playlist just for you on Spotify.
6. Laptop table
If a separate space for your WFH setup isn't possible, we would recommend a laptop table! There are super cute c-style tables that you can pull to any chair and also tuck in next to your couch to minimze space usage. This one from Industry West is super cute, and also functional!