Do you struggle to stay productive when working from home? If so, you aren’t the only one. As remote work continues to grow in popularity, many employees are finding it difficult to stay on top of their jobs. Whether you’re struggling with back or neck pain from slumping on the couch; feeling isolated without coworkers in the room to bounce around ideas; or getting distracted by kids, pets, and partners popping in and out of the room, there are a myriad of obstacles that can get in your way when working from home.
The solution: Set yourself up for success by strategically crafting a better work environment. Take a look at these five products that will help you create a home office where it’s easy to stay productive 9-5.
Your computer is arguably the most important piece of your WFH setup. Must-haves for remote work include plenty of hard drive space, top-level security features, and strong WiFi connections. The Acer TravelMate Vero offers all of these features and more.
With the TravelMate Vero PC, you’ll gain a durable, powerful laptop ideal for working from home. The laptop has an 11th Gen Intel Core™ i7 processor and up to 16 GB of rapid DDR4 memory. The WiFi connection stays steady across 9.5 hours of battery life and the enterprise-level security measures include TPM and a Kensington lock as well as Acer ProShield Plus.
The Vero is also environmentally friendly, made from recycled materials and thoughtfully designed to adapt to the planet’s needs. The VeroSense™ smart battery management app lets you take control of your energy efficiency to balance energy-saving and performance.
Your aching back is trying to tell you something: The position you sit in to do your work is important. In one study of employees who worked from home during the pandemic, 74% of people surveyed said they’d experienced pain and discomfort in the back, neck, shoulders, hands, or wrists while working from home. If you’re physically uncomfortable or in pain, it’s difficult to focus on your work, and that’s where an ergonomic desk chair that supports your body comes into play.
This ergonomic mesh back office chair is highly customizable, with adjustable height and resistance as well as functional flip-up arms. The ventilated curved mesh back has built-in lumbar support to prevent overheating. And the three-inch padded waterfall seat relieves pressure from your legs while providing cushioning for long workdays.
According to reviews, this chair is breathable for people who live in hotter climates (no sticky back sweat here). The chair also improves your posture. However, some customers state the chair has an irritating creaky sound when it moves.
Some people find they’re more productive when they get a change of scenery, such as going outside. If that’s you, stay cool and shade your laptop screen with this affordable outdoor umbrella. This clamp-on shade canopy umbrella keeps your skin safe, featuring a rugged canopy cover that won’t rip or tear.
Use the 360-degree swivel and two push-button hinges to adjust the Versa-Brella to any angle to block the sun. The universal clamp connects to square and tubular surfaces. This umbrella can also pull double duty on the weekend, folding into a compact carrying case to take along to the beach, golf course, or ballpark with the kids.
Do you find yourself constantly needing two screens, but your WFH setup only has one? Grab a laptop phone holder so you can use your smartphone as your second screen. This holder mounts onto the side of your laptop or desktop monitor and holds your phone to give you a dual-screen view, improving efficiency.
The phone stand is magnetic and uses a universal design, working for all smartphones sizes 4-8 inches. Use this laptop phone holder to multitask and easily view text messages or answer calls without having to pick up your phone.
Reviews state the phone holder is sturdy and easy to install. Other users say the phone stand is useful when using your phone as a hotspot. Still others appreciate the convenience of checking messages without picking up their phone, or joining video conference calls without cluttering up their laptop screen.
Trello and Slack are great, but sometimes there’s nothing that can beat an old-fashioned pen and paper. Keep a physical notepad handy to jot down ideas or take notes during meetings. This Moleskine notebook comes in a range of colors and sizes—choose from pocket-size all the way up to jumbo, and a simple black or flashy lemon green.
The notebook has a hard cover, rounded corners, and elastic closure. It also features a ribbon bookmark and expandable inner pocket in the back, boosting your productivity later when you don’t have to ransack your office to find what you’re looking for. Moleskine believes taking notes by hand is the best way to generate ideas and that’s exactly what a physical notebook like this one can help you do.
Working from home can seem like a drag, but it doesn’t have to be. Use these five products to build a better home office—one that’s supportive, fosters creativity, and helps you stay on track as you power through your to-do’s.