Previously, I showed you easy ways to create an office space at home, even if you don't have a dedicated space for it. Today, we will look at my must-have items for my dedicated office space. Are all of them essential to getting my work done? No, not exactly. But in terms of my comfort and productivity, they are all must-haves for me.
The Core Electronics
Working online means that I rely on electronics. My core electronics that I use on daily or almost daily basis are my laptop, tablet, printer, and Bluetooth speaker.
Out of these items, my printer is used the least. Surprisingly, my speaker gets the most use as I always have my work-at-home soundtrack playing.
A Long, Open Desk
I am not big on lots of storage space in my desk. My preference is to have a long, open desk so I have plenty of room to roll around underneath it and spread out the items I need on top.
An Ergonomic Chair
If you are going to spend hours a day sitting at a desk, you need to make sure you have a supportive chair. Without one, you will be in plenty of pain. When selecting a chair, consider not just the shape of the back, but also where it places your arms in terms of your desk.
A Simple File Cabinet
Most of what we do is paperless, so a two or three-drawer file cabinet will do just fine. However, you do want to have one so you can hold onto receipts and other important items for tax season.
A Cozy Couch
When I write, I like to work on my laptop at my desk. But when I edit, I prefer to be curled up on the couch. For my office, a futon is what works best, allowing us to accommodate overnight guests.
A Charging Station
I have several devices I work with throughout the day, and that means I have plenty of charging needs. My charging station keeps everything nice and organized. It is much better than a mess of cords.
My Yoga Mat
If I have to leave the office, I find that I make excuses to justify not exercising. By keeping my gear on hand, I have no excuse. In addition to starting each day with yoga and cardio, I also try to fit in a 7-minute workout once an hour to ensure I am staying active and not sitting for too long.
Freelance writer and editor with an education background, working from home and living abroad.