13 essential products that make working from home so much better
When COVID-19 took hold, it forced a sea change in work culture that was a long time coming: the remote work revolution. It’s clear that working from home is here to stay, but it can be difficult to figure out how to work from home efficiently without all the gear the office always provided for you. If you’re still adapting to the new WFH normal, here’s all you need to make it a lot easier on yourself.
When you were at the office, you had a nice big monitor too look at. Now you’re home, hunched over your laptop all day. It’s bad for your posture, and it’s unflattering during Zoom meetings. You need a laptop stand (Pro tip: These works best with an external keyboard.)
Buy it: Nulaxy C3 Laptop Stand.
Who cared about that tangle of cords under your desk back at the office? But now you’re in your home, and you want things to look nice and tidy. You’ve been meaning to organize your desk and your menagerie of devices with a cord organizer for a while. It’s time.
Buy it: Emoly Cable Clips.
Oops! You’re working from home, and the super picked today to do building maintenance. It’s happening right outside your apartment. And it’s loud. And it’s going to go on all day long, maybe all week. A good pair of noise-cancelling headphones will take care of the problem.
Buy it: Sony WH-CH710N Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones.
You were going to get one of these a few years ago, but you decided it would’ve made you look weird at work. Plus your office attire didn’t lend itself to at-your-desk exercise. But now that you’re wearing pajamas and no one from work can see you, you can get in that cardio.
Buy it: Sunny Health and Fitness Under Desk Magnetic Cycle.
Plain old drip coffee? You never drank it even when it was free at the office. Your addiction to lattes runs too deep. But just because you’re now stuck at home without access to your friendly neighborhood barista, it doesn’t mean you have to go without your fancy coffee.
Buy it: Zabba Milk Foamer.
We’re spending a lot more time in Zoom conferences these days. Turning off your camera to go warm up your cup of coffee is conspicuous, but you can’t stomach it room temp. Better to have a mug warmer at your desk for those interminable team meetings and corporate town halls.
Buy it: Mr. Coffee Electric Mug Warmer.
Who said you have to stay chained to your desk all day? You’re working from home now. Do your job sitting wherever your want to, baby. In bed! On the couch! On the toilet. With a comfortable, tricked-out lap desk, the telecommuting world is your laid-back oyster.
Buy it: LapGear Home Office Pro Lap Desk.
The dream of working remotely has always been about dressing comfortably and avoiding that nightmare commute. But few of us anticipated the rise of video chats that came with the new normal. Stop looking like a chump on Zoom and upgrade from your laptop’s mediocre camera.
Buy it: Burxoe 1080p HD Webcam.
If you really want to elevate your Zoom game, take a page out of the vloggers’ playbook and get yourself a ring light. While your co-workers are all backlit and showing off their double chins in your team meeting with the boss, you’ll be bright-eyed and looking like a pro.
Buy it: Belifu 10-Inch Selfie Ring Light.
Skin and hair health supplement
Under lockdown, few of us can resist rolling out of bed, skipping the shower for a day (or two) and not always eating the healthiest snacks. But our skin and hair have paid the price. Get back that healthy luster with a rejuvenating supplement to refresh and brighten your appearance.
Buy it: RenewGlow Hair, Skin, and Nail Supplements.
‘Do not disturb’ sign
A lot of us are working remotely now, but not all of us are lucky enough to live alone with a cat. Spouses and kids sometimes forget that even though we’re home, we’re still working. Here’s a subtle reminder for them so they don’t interrupt you when you’re in a crucial video conference.
Buy it: OriginDesigners Conference Call In Progress Door Sign.
Our home offices were never designed for recording audio, so they’re great at bouncing sound around the room. That’s why everyone sounds like they’re in echo-y caverns on Zoom. Ditch your laptop’s built-in mic and get a proper mic so you can sound like a professional.
Buy it: Blue Yeti Nano.
If you haven’t crossed over to the dark side yet, stop kidding yourself. Stop putting on airs. It’s time to get comfortable. No one can see you from the waist down on Zoom. For whom exactly are you wearing a belt right now? Slip into a comfortable pair of soft, warm sweatpants. Join us.
Buy it: Powerblend Sweats Retro Jogger Pants.