Sometimes you just gotta let a pack of caffeinated gum take the wheel.
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1. A privacy sign meant for offices that can actually be an effective (and cheeky) way to let your family know if you need quiet.
2. An adorably encouraging daily planner you can fill out throughout the course of each day to keep yourself on track for all your calls, goals, and even your water intake — an easy way to keep yourself on track when you don’t have an office setting doing it for you.
3. Or for the ~big picture~ thinkers, a weekly notepad to remind you of what the top priorities for each day are, so you don’t feel as overwhelmed (and tempted to procrastinate) while powering through them.
4. Plus a set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can — gasp — color code your tasks, putting a fun twist on them that makes it all the more motivating to stay focused 🌈.
5. An insulated soundproofing strip that easily sticks to the outer rims of your door so you and your roommate can both be on a Skype call without hearing each other’s coworkers echoing in the distance.
6. A pack of NeuroGum made with a blend of caffeine and nootropics, designed to give you energy five times faster than regular coffee — without jitters or sluggishness afterward. That 3 p.m. WFH slump when you suddenly have the attention span of a goldfish just met its match.
7. A pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones to drown out the apocalyptic sounds of your roomie opening their Sun Chips during the day. These are also super handy for ~walk and talkers~ — you can easily pace around the room during phone calls and take care of other tasks.
8. Or a pair of AirPods Pro with a wireless charging case, if you’re looking to invest in a hands-free, ridiculously effective noiseproof option. Once these toggle into “noise-canceling” mode it’s basically like the world disappeared.
9. A mug warmer that’ll keep your coffee piping hot long after you brew it, because nothing shatters your attention span quite like going back to the microwave five times every morning.
10. An adjustable, portable standing desk so you can break up the monotony of your day by standing for a bit and getting the blood flowing to your legs. Also a great solution if your desk is a little too low for comfort!
11. A 42-page Rocketbook Fusion reusable notebook to keep you on task no matter *what* your organization style happens to be. This notebook includes lined and grid pages in addition to planner, calendar, and brainstorming pages, so it pretty much covers any of your WFH needs.
12. A low-impact under-the-desk elliptical both for champion fidgeters who want an easy way to keep their legs occupied, and for people who get distracted by aches and pains from sitting in one position all day — this can help keep you loose.
13. A set of Monkey Noodles, a quiet sensory toy that stretches, pulls, twirls, wraps, *and* squeezes, so you can keep your restless self on task during those endless Zoom calls that feel like you just aged six years in an hour.
14. Or a big ole set of sensory fidget toys perfect for anyone who wants to stay on task, but gets easily bored fidgeting with the same thing over and over.
15. An Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon’s most popular Alexa-enabled device, because it comes equipped with a new “Work From Home” routine. You can personally tailor it to have Alexa remind you when to start your day, when to take breaks, when to eat, when to start making dinner, and — most importantly!! — when to log the heck off.
16. A set of adjustable desk shelves to organize your professional knickknacks and make your WFH space feel put together, so you won’t get anxious and distracted about clutter.
17. Plus a chic, waterproof desk mat to tie your desk space together and make it feel more like there’s a “place” for everything, so you’re not moving stuff all over the desk during the day.
18. A set of blue-light blocking glasses ideal for anyone whose WFH setup involves a lot of time in front of their computer — these protect your eyes from the type of of light in screens that can mess with your sleep cycles, making you even more prone to distraction during the day.
19. A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you’ll finally stop feeling compelled to get up every five minutes because of the love-hate relationship with your chair.
20. Or a stability ball to help with posture and back pain, which can seriously take a hit both to your productivity *and* your last nerve.
21. An always-handy smart plug you can sync with your devices like Alexa and Google Home to turn things on and off without getting up to do it yourself — a godsend when you’re the kind of person who can’t get up to fix the AC without playing with the dog, then also making a snack, then also checking the mail … (been there, procrastinated that).
22. A polite but firm door sign for anyone whose pets are just as distractible as they are — truly, dog owners are all one innocent door knock away from having their entire afternoon derailed by someone who thinks they’re going to get an extra W-A-L-K.
23. A white noise machine that makes a constant pfshhhhhh noise or nature sounds to help mask outside noises like construction or your neighbor’s Netflix queue.
24. A roll-on migraine stick made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to help you soothe away that vague headache you sometimes get from sitting in one place for too long (Big Work From Home Mood, y’all).
25. A set of adhesive cable clips you can stick to your desk to keep your charging cables locked in one convenient place, so your desk doesn’t become a veritable jungle of cords won’t distract you every time you somehow get your limbs tangled in them.
26. A popular tabletop fan with a low hum to help with any ambient or background noise that might bother you, and also let a ~cool breeze~ into your space.
27. A thick privacy curtain divider for anyone who’s sharing home office space with — well, the whole rest of your home. You may not be able to have a room all to yourself, but this is designed to muffle noise from the other side (and is so opaque you won’t even be able to see the outline of a person on the other side of it).
28. A set of super comfy wax ear plugs that mold to the shape of your inner ear like putty, in case you don’t like listening to music during work but still want a way to block out distracting noise.
29. A popular lemongrass eucalyptus candle with a scent profile designed to help you focus and stay energized — ideal for anyone whose morning coffee isn’t *quite* keeping them on task.
30. A productivity timer you can pretty much use as your designated babysitter — it can be set to any number of minutes within an hour, so you know when your designated “breaks” are, and can try to train yourself to get as much done as you can in those bursts before you let yourself be intentionally distracted.
31. Or if you want to go all in, a copy of The Pomodoro Technique, written by the popular productivity system’s creator. If you’re unfamiliar, it basically shows you how to tackle tasks in 30-minute bursts (25-minute intervals, with 5-minute breaks in between) and how you can use that first step to improve not just your productivity, but overall quality of life.
32. A delightfully bendy desk lamp to make your desk area well-lit and inviting, so you’ll actually *want* to set to work each day. Psst — this not only charges right up with a USB cord, but will also serve as a port to charge your phone. Behold this glorious intersection of style and function!
All of us buckling down and accomplishing stuff in our slippers and bike shorts from home:
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