13 Things That Will Save Your Life When You Work From Home

We’re so excited to kick off our “Work From Home” theme this month. We’ve had this in the works since last year, but the timing has turned out to be (unfortunately) perfect due to what’s going on with the world right now. We had initially planned our “Work From Home” theme because, well, we do! We are a fully remote team and we consider working from home to be a bit of our specialty. People are often surprised when they find out that Glitter Guide isn’t a big company in a high-rise building, but rather Taylor and myself working from home full time and Nicole and Wendy working part time. So needless to say, we take working from home very seriously. We’re excited to share more with you this month, but I wanted to kick things off with the key things you need when you work from home. So if you’re new to working from your own home, we’ve got you covered.

Desk Set

The number-one way to set yourself up for success when working from home is to be organized, and that starts at your workspace! Rather than trying to figure out what exactly you need and trying to piece it together, snag a cute and handy desk set like these from Talking Out of Turn. It comes with everything you need and is available in eight pretty colors so there’s one for every style.

 

Convertible Standing Desk

Take it from me, it’s way too easy to sit in one spot when you work from home and don’t have the usual office distractions. I keep an hourly alarm on my phone, and alternate sitting and standing for 60-minute increments. This convertible desk is height adjustable and can help you avoid all the negative effects of sitting all day.

 

A Quality Water Bottle

In the past week that my husband has been home while his place of business has been closed, he has drank less water than ever before. He says that it’s just easier to forget when he is staying home, and it’s true. Get yourself a quality water bottle that will keep you hydrated all day long. I keep an app on my phone that reminds me to drink water at 30-minute intervals, so I am never dehydrated at the end of the day.

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Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

When I work from home, I always have a pair of headphones nearby, and these are my favorite. I use them when I make calls or when I’m listening to motivational podcasts. They’re comfy enough to be in my ears all day and work for anything I need during my workday.

 

Week-To-Week Desk Notepad

Stay organized and on top of your to-do list with this minimalist desk notepad. Nothing feels better than ripping off the completed sheet at the end of the week.

 

Comfy Leggings

Look, one of the beauties of working from home is the fact that you don’t have to be uncomfortable. But I always recommend changing out of your pajamas before you get to work, even if it’s to change into a clean pair of yoga pants. I love these from Girlfriend Collective because they’re just as comfortable as loungewear, but have a bit more of a “pulled together” feel to them. Plus, when you get outside for your daily workout, there’s no need to change your clothes.

 

“Do Not Disturb” Sign

When you’re working from home alone it’s one thing, but when you have roommates or partners and children at home, that’s a whole other thing. Boundaries can easily become blurred. Use a cute sign to hang on the door knob of your home office so everyone knows when you’re in the zone and can’t be disturbed.

 

Memory Foam Seat Cushion

Relieve tailbone pressure and help improve your posture with a memory foam seat cushion. Even if you do alternate sitting and standing, having this kind of cushion is helpful with pinched nerves, blood circulation and a ton more. It’s not cute, but it will be your new BFF.

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Cool Mist Humidifier

Having a cool mist humidifier in your home while you’re working is a subtle game changer. It can help prevent dry skin, relieve allergy symptoms and prevent the spread of airborne illnesses. This particular one also works as an essential oil diffuser so you can enjoy your favorite aromatherapy as well.

 

Cell Phone Jail

If self-control isn’t your strong suit, you might love a cell phone jail. You’d be amazed the amount of mindless scrolling we do when left to our own devices. If you really need to concentrate, throw your phone in cell phone jail for an allotted time.

 

Cell Phone + Tablet Stand Holder

On the flip side, if you need your phone during working hours, keep it at a perfect height and easily accessible for anything you need.

Highlighter Set

Everyone needs highlighters! These dual-sided pens make it easy for you to stay on task and add a bit of color to your daily routine.

 

Dual-Sided Leather Desk Pad

If you don’t have a “dedicated” home office with a desk or a workspace, this desk pad is the next best thing. It’s easily transportable so you can set up your temporary workspace on the fly. It’s waterproof, easy to clean and makes writing and typing much more comfortable.

 

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram