Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) has swept the world. Every major event and institution feels the effects. If you generally work away from home, odds are they’ve asked you not to come in if you feel sick at all. Perhaps they’ve asked you not to come in no matter what. A lot of companies have mandated telecommuting, or simply doing your work from a home computer. Whether you fall into that category already or not, it’s best to be prepared. In the coming weeks and months, it’s likely that most people who need not go to a physical location for work will not be allowed to. So, it’s time to talk about how to work from home most productively. These home office essentials will make your self-quarantine, or social distancing much more comfortable and effective.
A Great Chair
Sitting all day, as you probably already have experienced, can take its toll. If you work at a desk, make sure you have a chair you really enjoy sitting in at home. Hardly anything could make the inconvenience and isolation of suddenly being required to work from home worse than a terrible chair. Go try some out at a furniture or office goods store. Make sure you’re comfortable, and you have sufficient back support. If you have back issues already, make sure to get a chair with ergonomic design. Perhaps get a recommendation from your chiropractor. Either way, make sure your chair is up to the task of your working from home.
An Ergonomic Keyboard
Unless you’ve experienced it, it’s hard to explain the feeling of carpel tunnel that comes with poor typing technique. Working from home, odds are some things you might have done in person will now be done by typing messages on the computer. If you don’t happen to type all day long already, the transition might cause some discomfort. Ergonomic keyboards force your hands into a better position to avoid discomfort and unnatural twisting. Try one out and see how you like it. If you’ve already experienced the pain, why not try an easy solution?
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Offices can be distracting and noisy. Right? Well, try moving your work operation into your house. With family, roommates, and pets, the distractions never end. Don’t let the distractions get the best of your work. Block them out with noise-canceling headphones. If you have them, use them. If you don’t have them, now is the time. You’ll need isolation, and your boss will thank you.
A Reliable Drink Container
You might not think about this, but you probably have a favorite mug, tumbler, or other cup for your drinks at work. At home, sure you could just use a normal glass. If that works for you, great. For me? I need to have a good place to keep my drinks. Something refillable. Something thermally controlled. Drinking your beverage throughout the day, then going for a refill is a very good way to make sure you take breaks and have set points to do so. So, go pick up a new drink container.
GUNNAR Computer Glasses
For most of us, whether we work in an office or not, staring at our computer all day long while working from home will be a new challenge. If you haven’t experienced it before, get ready to deal with digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome. The blue light, glare, and flickering screen from your computer are the problem. The solution is GUNNAR computer glasses. They block the light, stop the glare, and reduce the flicker. After your first couple of workdays without GUNNAR, your eyes, and head, will be begging for relief. Don’t wait for the pain to disrupt your new home office, get protected now.
If you don’t have some of these items yet, get geared up today to make your work-from-home situation far better than it would be otherwise. And not matter what you do for work, you can likely benefit from a pair of GUNNARs to protect you, especially with these new home work requirements. Find your perfect pair today.