Why treat your home office like a regular office? Having control of your work area is one of the best parts of working from home—and whether you’re talking a few bits of new gear or a totally revamped office layout arrangement, it makes a workspace upgrade one of the nicest gifts you can give yourself.
Here are four steps to help you create the perfect place for professional productivity in your own home:
Get Back to Basics . . .
First things first: if you do a lot of typing, you need a good keyboard. Pro-level hardware like Das Keyboard may not do much for your office’s layout or overall appearance, but it does make typing easier, faster, and more comfortable.
The difference lies in the construction beneath the keys, which is made up of specialized switches instead of membranes or rubber domes. It may not sound like much on paper, but trying is believing. Give one a go, find some switches you like, and it’ll ruin standard keyboards for you forever. (That’s a good thing.)
. . . and Remember Your Back
Your chair is a unique part of your workspace upgrade. Why? It can have a huge impact on your comfort and productivity and your home office’s aesthetics, making it a rare “full-stack” improvement.
With that said, Herman Miller’s Aeron Chair is the pinnacle of office sitting. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking comfort or design: the world-famous chair is the crème de la crème, and will undoubtedly draw envious looks from people who visit your home office. If you think it’s hard to get excited for office furniture, you haven’t tried this one out.
Consider Alternative Standings
Then again, maybe chairs aren’t your thing. If so, you may have heard of standing desks, not to mention all the converts who praise their comfort, convenience, and reduction of back pain—the last of which can be a serious concern for anyone who spends too much time hunched over a desk.
This Electric Height Adjustable Sit to Stand Desk lets you switch up your working style whenever you choose, going up or down in a matter of seconds. Throw in a number of finish options and you have a perfect piece for your new office layout arrangement.
Upgrade Your Digital Input
You’ve probably got several pens around your workspace now. You’ve probably also wanted to send a quick sketch to a client or colleague without getting out your scanner—an oddly prevalent problem that comes up more and more as the digital revolution goes on.
Enter the Livescribe 3 Smartpen. Besides sending a direct copy of what you write to your smartphone or PC via Bluetooth, it transcribes your handwriting into text, records audio with the help of a built-in mic, and works with a number of popular cloud-based document storage apps. That makes it the sort of workspace upgrade you can take everywhere. Flexibility and freedom are a huge part of working from home, after all.