Home Office Upgrades, Gadgets, WFH Clothing, Brain Food, and Ways to Keep the Pup Busy
I’ve worked from home for most of my career, so I decided to share my favorite Amazon products that help make the WFH life easier, more comfortable, and productive. (I also shared this list on my YouTube Channel here.)
I’m sharing this because…
- You may know someone who is new to working from home and might like some cool stuff that will help them adapt to the WFH lifestyle.
- You might be looking for some new discoveries for your own home office or to improve your WFH routine.
- It’s always better if you can find ideas recommended by an actual person.
- Shopping on Amazon is just easy.
Upgrades for the Home Office
My working environment has a big impact on my productivity. If I’m not comfortable or I don’t have the proper set-up, I’ll end up distracted and frustrated. So I’d like to start with some ideas to enhance any work from home office, whether it’s an entire room or just a corner of an apartment.
Stand Up Desk
Everyone has their own desk preference, but I’d like to talk about stand-up desks. Some people love them, and some people don’t like the idea of standing while working at all. But, what if you could have both? I just purchased this stand-up desk that raises and lowers with the push of a button. I love that it allows you to stand, but that you can also quickly and easily lower it to sit down whenever you need to. I highly recommend it!
LED Desk Lamp
A new desk lamp can make all the difference in your ability to focus on your work. Plus LED desk lamps are better for your eyes which helps reduce eye strain. I love that this LED desk lamp has a touch control so you can change it to different color modes and brightness levels. If I’m working at night, I can adjust it to the perfect brightness. The different color combinations allow you to set it to your unique preferences.
LED Eye-Caring Dimmable Office Lamp with USB Charging Port, Touch Control
Multi-Use Desk Pad
I love that this large desk pad doubles as a mouse pad and that it comes in so many different colors. Plus, it’s waterproof so it protects your desk from accidental spills.
Gadgets That Help Neck Pain Relief
I am constantly looking for ways to relieve neck and back pain from sitting at a computer all day while working from home, so here are a few things that I’ve found to work well for me.
For me, a massage gun is practically a necessity. Warning: this massage gun is not for the weak-minded, but it works!! If you have a kink, it will work it out!! It’s intense!! I also find it to be very helpful to use on my sore muscles after workouts.
Rolling out my back every morning and every evening really helps keep things in alignment after sitting in front of a computer all day. I have a habit of rounding my shoulders over, and this pressure point foam roller helps me straighten up and work out the knots in my back and shoulders.
Let’s be honest. There are a lot of distractions when working from home. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep your mind focused and your brain at peak performance. Here’s a list of some ways to feed the brain.
The Proper Caffeine
When it comes to brain fuel, coffee is first on the list – obviously. But, some people prefer tea, and some people like both. This electric gooseneck kettle is perfect for heating water for tea or for making pour-over coffee. I love that it has temperature presets so that you don’t burn your coffee or teas. I also love that it automatically keeps the water at the same temperature for one hour.
I literally use this ceramic single-serve pour-over coffee dripper every single morning. I love how individual cups keep me from wasting coffee, and it’s so easy to use. You simply add a paper cone filter, place it on top of your mug, and you have everything you need for a perfect tasting cup of coffee.
If you’d rather go pro and make your favorite espressos, lattes, or cappuccinos at home, this is an awesome espresso machine. Full disclosure: I don’t own this personally, but one of my best friends has one, and I’ve used it on multiple occasions. It makes coffee drinks exactly like what you would have at a coffee house. Plus, it’s just fun to use.
I’m a huge fan of strong coffee. I love the taste, and it gives me energy and focus. Death Wish Coffee is super strong without bitterness. This gift pack is a great deal and provides two types of roasts. Even if you don’t think you like strong coffee, you may change your mind after trying this one.
The Right Snacks
Dark chocolate and nuts are proven brain foods. So why not put them together? These dark chocolate covered almonds are my favorite for a quick pick up in the afternoon. So satisfying!! If you don’t happen to have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you can get them on Amazon. (Unfortunately, they’re more expensive on Amazon.)
Power berries covered in dark chocolate? Yes, please. Another great example of an indulgent, yet brain fueling snack! I’m pretty sure if you combine dark chocolate with just about anything it would be good. These Trader Joe’s dark chocolate-covered berries are amazing! Again, if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, this variety pack of three on Amazon would make a great gift.
Comfortable Clothing That Makes You Feel Like You’re Getting Dressed
When working from home, I like to feel like I’m getting dressed for the day so that I have a work mindset rather than a lounging around the house mindset. I have my “uniform” of comfortable things I wear every day that help me feel productive.
It might be tempting to wear a robe when working from home, but the right cardigan can be just as cozy without being SO loungy. I like wearing cardigans because they can make a t-shirt look more dressed up, and I can put one on when it’s chilly in the house and take it off if I need to.
I don’t usually like wearing anything with wool because I feel like it’s too hot, but this wool-blend cardigan is on the thinner side. I like that it provides warmth without being too heavy. I like the pockets, the longer length, and the open style which makes it easy to take on and off.
This sweater feels like you’re wrapping up in a cozy Barefoot Dreams robe for a fraction of the cost. It’s so soft and comes in thirty-one different colors, which makes me tempted to buy a few more. It’s a great way to get the feel of wearing a robe without looking like you just got out of bed.
This button cardigan is a more affordable dupe of the popular Barefoot Dreams leopard print cardigan. It’s super soft and cozy. And, if you’re not a leopard print kind of person, it comes in several other colors.
While the dupes are great options, sometimes you just have to go with the real thing. I’ve been wearing this Barefoot Dreams Wrap for the last five years, and I still love wearing it! It always looks good and is still in perfect condition. I have this sweater in the taupe color like in the picture below. Even though it’s more expensive, I think I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth by how much I still wear it. Simply the best!
The Right Pants
I’m always in search of comfortable pants that still make me feel pulled together. While I do like to wear joggers and leggings, I don’t want to wear them every single day.
When it comes to pants, I like to buy quality because they’re more flattering, and they’re just more comfortable. I bought these pants in three different colors at Anthropologie, but they also have them on Amazon. I absolutely love wearing them because they make me feel very put together. They’re more like regular pants or jeggings, because they are a substantial weight with real pockets in the back. Because of the stretch, they’re not restrictive or tight feeling at all.
While I love my Lululemon joggers, these high waisted fitted joggers are a great alternative at a fraction of the cost! So comfortable. I like that they’re not as tight as workout leggings, but not as loose as typical joggers.
The Right Shoes
For the cooler months, anything fur-lined on my feet is the right call. I like slip-on style shoes instead of anything that laces up. Sometimes only my tried and true Ugg Slippers will do, but there are other days when I want to wear actual shoes.
I love that these fur-lined mules are essentially dressed up slippers. They’re perfect for when you want to look a little more dressed up than wearing slippers.
A work from home gift guide would not be complete without mentioning Ugg Slippers. I can’t remember a time when I have not worn them, and they’re hands-down my favorite thing to put on my feet when I’m at home. I love this leopard print pair.
I’m a California beach girl at heart, so I love the SeaVees brand. These casual shoes are kind of like high top sneakers, but not really. They meet my slip-on requirement, and they’re great for my dog walking breaks outside.
Things to Keep The Doggo Busy While Working From Home
My Goldendoodle puppy needs to stay occupied when I’m busy, so I’m always looking for puppy supplies to keep him happy and satisfied. This is not always an easy task because he loves attention!! I’ve also had to learn how to handle his occasional barking and chewing, but I wouldn’t trade him for the world! One of my favorite things about working from home is that I can have @ThatDoodKai by my side to keep me company throughout the day. Kai has an important role in my home office routine.
Here are a few things to keep the puppers busy:
I’m always looking for new ideas for my work at home life, so tweet me @SLShill and give me some of your work from home tips I should try out.
What are some ways you enhance your work from home life?
Please note there are some referral links included here but know that I haven’t recommended anything that I haven’t personally used. Some of these items were purchased at full price, some were bought on sale, and some I received as gifts from family or friends.
Dogs with a Job, Kai the Goldendoodle
If you work from home like me, you need all the help you can get! Whether you’re working from home temporarily due to the pandemic, or you work from home permanently, having extra help can mean the difference between success and failure. So today, I’d like to recognize my employee of the month: my personal assistant, Kai. He’s an absolute superstar. Don’t even think about recruiting him because he’s 100% loyal to me. You’ll be inspired by his many accomplishments at such a young age. You’ll see he’s well on his way to a bright future with a promising career ahead of him.
1. Strong Time Management Skills
First, Kai keeps me on schedule. I typically have several projects I’m working on at the same time, so I rely on him to keep me on track so that I can meet my deadlines.
He has a special tone in his bark that startles me at the appropriate time. It’s highly effective when I’m on the phone as it urges me to hang up at the earliest opportunity.
2. Effective Organizational Skills
Second, Kai can manage just about anything. He can also assess a situation in record time. His keen sense of smell and unparalleled ability to hear every sound on earth make him ready to respond in a split second. He sits up, takes notice, and barks whenever he feels it’s time to regroup. In addition, he’s great at delegating anything that does not include a treat, a toy, or head pats.
3. Ability to Prioritize
Kai has a big picture perspective combined with acute attention to detail. He knows how important a clean office is to productivity, so he makes sure to empty the trashcans frequently. He keeps the wastebasket tipped over on its side to make sure he never lets the tissues stay there for any length of time.
4. Excellent Proofreader
As a busy writer, I rely on Kai for a second set of eyes to catch any typos, spelling, or grammar mistakes. He has an uncanny ability to notice things I would never see on my own.
5. Efficient Office Manager
Finally, I don’t what I would do without Kai’s expertise as an office manager. One of his duties that helps me the most is that he makes sure all the mail is opened promptly. He doesn’t let one envelope go unnoticed. He even takes the extra step of double-checking all pieces of mail that are in the trashcan, just to make sure we haven’t overlooked something important.
Kai has so many other strengths that are almost too numerous to mention. Here are just a few:
- Security Guard – alerts me to any and all potential intruders.
- Therapist – provides cuddles and hugs at just the right time.
- Cheerleader – tail wags to brighten my day.
- Team builder – plays fetch during breaks.
- Personal trainer – motivates me to take frequent walks.
Overall, I would say Kai is an invaluable employee and is making great progress as my personal assistant. As my only employee, I predict he will be the recipient of many other company awards in the future. Thanks so much for your hard work Kai!
I love you and appreciate you!
Tips for organizing your office in style.
Organizing your office can pay off more than you think. In fact, not taking the time to organize your office can cost you more than you realize.
An Organized Desk Helps You Feel More Productive
When you’re disorganized, your personal productivity suffers. That’s why it’s worth the time to plan your workspace. While you’re at it, why not do it in style? In the spirit of back-to-school season, think of organizing your workspace as the grown-up version of back-to-school. At the same time, add a little creativity to your workspace – it will make sitting down to work a little more fun.
Create Your Organized Space Affordably
From desk sets to paper clips to your trash can, it’s easy to create a chic, yet functional office without breaking the bank. So here’s an ultimate list of chic office supplies for less – all on Amazon Prime. As a frequent Amazon Prime customer, I’m happy to share with you the links below. (They are affiliate links which means I would earn a small fee for recommending them – at no cost to you.) With Amazon Prime, you can create your own organizing system and delivered to you in just a few days.
Your Desk Is Unique To You
If you have a productivity system you’re already using, you’ll want to organize your office in a way that fits with that system. Whatever way you choose to organize your office, you’ll be glad you did. It will help you be more efficient with time, feel more organized and stress-free.
Tips For Organizing Your Office: Start With Catch-All Supplies
First, you need to “catch” all the papers that come in with the right desk supplies. Here are some ideas:
Rose Gold Desk Four Piece Accessory Set on Amazon for $30.97
Rose Gold Desk Four Piece Accessory Set A clutter-free desk makes you feel more productive. A clean workspace helps you have a more efficient workflow. That’s why every office needs a place to collect incoming papers. The quote, “A place for everything, and everything in its place” is never truer than when it comes to handling paper flow. Some basic organizing holders can make sense of all the piles of paper that tend to accumulate. Create a “home” for each category of paper that lands on your desk. Use the tray in this set to collect all new documents that come in and need attention. I would add a second tray for documents that I’ve opened, reviewed and are now waiting for my attention. It’s a simple system, but you’ll be surprised how much it helps.
Set of 12 Gold Foil Document Folders on Amazon for $10.99
Set of 12 Gold Foil Document Folders on Amazon If you have different projects in progress, document folders like these can help you keep everything that pertains to each project in a separate folder. The closure makes them useful for keeping receipts and documents of varying sizes contained in one spot.
Tips For Organizing Your Office: Prioritize
Next, organize your workflow by recognizing that not all work is created equal. Create a personal productivity system that helps you organize your inbox based on importance. Here are some tools to help:
Set of 6 “Very Important, Super Important, Beyond Important” file folders on Amazon for $13.99
Set of 6 “Very Important”, “Super Important”, “Beyond Important” File Folders on Amazon for $13.99 You have a to-do list that’s a mile long and no clue on what task to do first. Prioritizing your tasks is key to time management and productivity. A clearly labeled file folder system can help you do just that. If you need visual reminders, these file folders help make it clear on where different papers should live.
Rose Gold Memory Stick on Amazon for $10.38
Rose Gold Memory Stick on Amazon for $10.38 If you’re like me, you may have a lot of flash drives floating around. They’re handy, but they can also cause confusion when trying to remember what is stored on each one. Color coding your flash drives is one way to keep everything prioritized. Why not make the first color rose gold?
Rose gold push pin/clip set on Amazon for $13.99
Rose Gold Pushpin/Clip Set on Amazon for $13.99 Use paper clips and binder clips to group items by priority. Yes you could get boring silver paper clips and black binder clips, but these are so much more elegant.
Tips For Organizing Your Office: Add Some Flair
If your surroundings make you happy, you’re more likely to stay at your desk and finish the task at hand. A few decorative items can add some interest when organizing your office space.
Vintage Block Perpetual Desk Calendar on Amazon for $16.49
Vintage Block Perpetual Desk Calendar on Amazon for $16.49 Keep track of your days in style with a vintage style perpetual calendar with rotating days and months. It never hurts to add some retro touches to your desk supplies. While digital versions aren’t going away anytime soon, this old-school style could come in handy – and make you smile.
Faux Marble/Rose Gold Mouse Pad on Amazon for $8.99
Faux Marble/Rose Gold Mouse Pad on Amazon for $8.99 Ditch the plain mouse pad with the company logo and inspire some creativity to your workspace with a pretty mouse pad.
White/Gold Optical Wireless Mouse on Amazon for $9.95
White/Gold Optical Wireless Mouse on Amazon for $9.95 Because you need a pretty mouse to go with the mouse pad.
Faux Marble/Rose Gold iPhone7 Case on Amazon for $10.99
Faux Marble/Rose Gold iPhone7 Case on Amazon for $10.99 Because you need a phone case to go with the mouse pad and mouse.
Tips For Organizing Your Office: Reframe the Mundane
When thinking about ways to organize your office, replace the “standard issue” office supplies with some of these beauties:
Acrylic/Rose Gold Post It Note Dispenser on Amazon for $9.73
Acrylic/Rose Gold Post It Note Dispenser on Amazon for $9.73 Make your reminders just a little more stylish with an acrylic and rose gold post-it note dispenser.
Rose Gold Craft Scissors on Amazon for $14.99
Rose Gold Craft Scissors on Amazon for $14.99 Add some flair to your desk supplies with some rose gold scissors.
Scotch Rose Gold/White Desktop Tape Dispenser on Amazon for $12.99
Scotch Rose Gold/White Desktop Tape Dispenser on Amazon for $12.99 Dress up your desk with a rose gold scotch tape dispenser. Who wants ordinary desk supplies?
Simple Human Rose Gold Trash Can on Amazon for $19.99
A trash can by your desk is one of the most immediate ways to organize your office. It helps you keep your work area clutter-free, especially when unnecessary paper comes in. Instead of putting papers in a pile to deal with later, you can immediately toss the unimportant in your trash or recycling can. I like the lid on this Simple Human Rose Gold Trash Can because it keeps the trash from overflowing – a big source of clutter.
Set of Six Rose Gold Black Ink Pens W/Refills on Amazon for $10.99
Set of Six Rose Gold Black Ink Pens W/Refills on Amazon for $10.99 One of the easiest ways to stay organized is to write things down. A simple pen and paper is a visual way to remember things, and it’s an easy solution for quick to-do lists and reminders.
To sum up, an organized workspace leads to greater productivity and helps you gain control of your surroundings. As a result, you have fewer distractions, and you maximize your time. So don’t wait. Get organized, and set yourself up for success!
What are your tips for organizing your office?