Right now everyone is getting settled into their new work from home digs, but many of us hadn’t planned for such monotony to our work days…many of us have also neglected to make our personal spaces more inviting and comfortable as we collectively have hurdled to a sprint in trying to be productive and proactive.
Today we’re going to share some free resources and some useful work from home office accessories and furnishings that we think any home office should have.
Reinvent your space and make it a place you look forward to working in every morning.
Free Work from Home Tools:
The Stretch Minder app is free and will help you to stay flexible and free of aches and pains from muscle soreness. Be active at work with your personal workplace wellness guide. It’s really easy to forget to find time
to detach from our work. StretchMinder helps you to balance work and rest within your busy day. You’ll be surprised how well you feel with small routine changes that incorporate movement and unobtrusive stretch exercises.
Tomato Timer helps you to stay on task and it’s a fun challenge! For many people, time is an enemy. We race against the clock to finish assignments and meet deadlines. The Pomodoro Technique teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it. A revolutionary time management system, it is at once deceptively simple to learn and life-changing to use. Make a small oath to yourself: I will spend 25 minutes on this task and I will not interrupt myself. You can do it! Come on, it’s just 25 minutes. Relentlessly commit to your task for the full 25 minutes and you’ll shock yourself at how productive you can be. After you complete your task take a break, continue to take a break after the next session. Extend the break time every four 25 minutes intervals.
Google Remote Desktop
Google Remote Desktop allows you to connecto to a remote computer completely free of charge. All you need is Google Chrome on both computers. This is perfect if you have both a laptop and a desktop computer or you are collaborating with a co-worker that needs assistance. This tool is free and works amazingly well. It works in the web browser and there are official Google apps on iOS and Android app stores.
A laptop tray table could be the difference between a sore neck and a happy change of scenery. Be more mobile with a tray table desk. This one from SAIJI has high ratings and has useful compartments to store reading glasses, cords and more. The outer lip keeps your mouse and laptop from sliding around taking strain off of your wrists. The tabletop itself can be adjusted up to 36 degrees it’s also height adjustable so it can double as a sit/stand configuration on top of a traditional desk. Use it on the couch, in bed, on a table…it’s handy.
ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion
We’re doing a lot of sitting and most of us are sitting in really uncomfortable office chairs. A little butt cushion like the ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion could be your best friend! These can provide much needed sciatica and lower back pain relief, in additional reliving pressure and aches from your tailbone area. Useful in the dining room office, the living room office or you know, your actual office.
Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker with clock and Alexa
If you haven’t tried a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo Dot yet you’re missing out on the usefulness it can provide on your desktop and in your home. Alexa is a powerful assistant that can do everything from setting calendar appointments to reminding you it’s time to walk away from the office. The Echo Dot is also a very useful smart clock that adds a touch of modern to any room you use it in.
Ring Video Doorbell
A Ring video doorbell is indispensable for a work from home office. It’s easy to be interrupted during work video meetings, phone calls and other important tasks. Being able to simply glance at your phone or tablet to see who is at your door at a glance is so convenient. Never miss grocery deliveries, the pizza man or packages again! This helps immensely to relieve anxiety and helps you to focus more on your task at hand. The Ring doubles as the perfect addition to your home security setup. Ring video doorbell works with an included rechargeable battery and is super easy to install without wires.
We will continue to adds items to this list, check back for updates. Good luck creating your favorite space and I hope these tools can help you enjoy working from home just a little bit more!