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5 Home Office Upgrades For Remote Working

Working from home, you either love it or you hate it. In any case it certainly comes with its own challenges. Mentally leaving “home mode” and entering “work mode” in the same venue you sleep, eat and watch Netflix in can be difficult. How can you actually become inspired to get work done in such cozy conditions?

1. Lumbar Love with an ergonomic chair.

A comfortable ergonomic chair, designed for maximum lumbar support, will help minimise back pain and let you focus. Science backs it up — a 2003 ergonomics study found that employees who were given an ergonomic chair reported fewer negative symptoms throughout the day and a total increase in productivity of 17.7%.

2. Soft light desk lamp for your optics and mental health.

Studies have shown that exposure to natural light during the day has positive effects on our mental and physical health, too, so open those blinds and let that light in — your brain will thank you for it. On the flip-side, working in dimly lit environments where screens are the main light source strains the eyes, which can lead to fatigue, headaches and blurred vision.

3. An ergonomic keyboard to give your wrists a break.

After a focused work session, the last thing you want to deal with is wrist and hand strain from craning your hands onto a keyboard. Don’t put up with it either — the more you do, the higher your risk is of being diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Going the ergonomic way can reduce wrist strain, increase comfort, and keep you focused on the task at hand.

4. A whiteboard for analog creativity and project tracking.

Incorporating a whiteboard into your work environment gives you a fun alternative for scratch work and brainstorming ideas that need space to conceptualise. Writing outlines, storyboards, goals, and mantras on whiteboards can be a huge boon for productivity.

5. Plants to boost your mood.

Plants are more than just pretty decorations. Studies show that being around plants is good for your health — they filter the air and their presence is therapeutic. Plants brighten up and add colour to otherwise sterile indoor spaces. Plants help us better manage stress and refocus our energy, and psychologists have found that bringing some flora into a workspace can increase productivity by up to 15 percent.


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