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As remote work becomes more and more a part of daily life, it’s imperative to build a space conducive to ideating, listening, and collaborating – pretty much getting the job done. Even if you don’t have a lot of room in the house, a corner with all the right work-from-home essentials should do the trick. Read on for a nifty checklist of items for your desk. Do you have them all?

A Functional Headset

The last thing you want is to miss out on information – or not be heard – because of bad audio. Technical difficulties are always dyahe, especially when working from home. Frequent issues can decrease productivity, stressing you out. Something as simple as a high-quality headset can do wonders. Of all the work-from-home essentials, this one is a game-changer.

While you could use a Bluetooth speaker, some conversations are much better had in private. You’re better off with a good headset that won't blast information to the next room. Ensure it has a microphone feature so you don't have to hunch over to your computer speakers to be understood.

These devices come in wired and wireless options. Pick which one fits your usage style. The former won't require charging and is pretty much plug-and-play, while the latter is typically more convenient but requires you to keep an eye on its battery levels. Once you have the equipment, you can work on and convey it through your voice.

External Keyboard

Your laptop comes with a keyboard, but it probably isn’t ideal for long work sessions. You’ll end up with your head down most of the time while staring at the screen, which can cause neck and shoulder issues.

Elevating the computer solves the problem but makes it difficult to type. You can get the best of both worlds by using an external keyboard instead. It puts the screen at eye level while keeping the keys at a comfortable angle.

Like a headset, wired and wireless keyboards are available. Get a mechanical keyboard if you’re a fan of the tactile sensation from classic typewriters. They have varying levels of key stiffness and keystroke noise – try them before purchasing.

Standing Desk

are popular because of their health benefits. They can lower your risk of weight gain, obesity, and heart disease. They can also help you manage your blood sugar levels and keep back pain at bay. 

You don’t necessarily need a dedicated standing desk since these can be pricey. Adjustable laptop stands are easy to find and can get your computer at the right height whether you’re in a chair or on your feet.

While you could also do this with a pile of books or a large box, using purpose-built equipment can keep you from accidentally knocking your laptop off the table. They look pretty stylish, too.

Desk Lamp

A good lamp is a work-from-home essential in more ways than one. It can keep you from disappearing from the screen during an evening video call and help mitigate eyestrain by keeping the other things you use (like your trackpad and keyboard) visible.

It doesn’t have to be fancy. Choose one that suits your lifestyle. Lamps with adjustable outputs can be ideal for reading after work hours or for casual lighting. Meanwhile, a flexible lighting source that you can move around would help if you tend to work in different areas. 

One tip: Get a lamp that has an LED bulb fitted. It uses less power than other types and typically lasts longer.

Back Support

Unless you’ve invested in a pricey office chair, you’re probably sitting on something from your dining set. While this might be comfortable while you eat, it probably isn’t the best for working, which requires sitting for long periods.

You can make any chair better for working by using specially shaped cushions. Some versions cradle the lower back area, while others extend to the middle of your spine.

You’ll need to check which works better for you by seeing which parts of your back need support. Don’t forget to maintain good posture while you work!

A Good Personal Hygiene Routine

Know what else is a work-from-home essential? Self-care. Taking care of your needs keeps you healthy, motivated, and energized. A consistent personal hygiene routine keeps germs and body odor away while to face tasks. It includes showering regularly, getting routine haircuts, and observing proper shaving methods. Using quality products also help.

Use CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men and Dove Men+Care Refreshing Clean Shampoo to keep your head and scalp itch-free. They help control oil and eliminate dandruff, so you can focus on more important things (like that deadline you’ve been dreading!)

Update your work-from-home essentials to make the most of your set-up. After all, it’s a privilege to have more time with your loved ones and less time in traffic! Small investments like a good chair are well worth it.