With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, companies all over the country have transitioned to a remote work environment. This is part of a nationwide effort to implement Social Distancing – a practice recommended by healthcare professionals to slow down the spread of contagious diseases. Minimizing contact with people and places helps to protect everyone from this virus – especially those who are at a higher risk of becoming sick. To help transition to working remote, we’ve compiled a list of essential products and tips for working from home. These products and helpful tips will assist in boosting your productivity, staying motivated, and successfully doing your job remotely.
Working remotely has many benefits outside of disease prevention, and more companies are embracing remote cultures with extreme success. Check out Buffer’s 2019 State of Remote Work for more information and statistics on this growing structure of business. Buffer is a company with a 100% remote workforce spreading across 15 different countries.
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Everyone has their own personal preferences for what products they need and what practices they implement to create a functional home work environment. If you have additional recommendations for essential products and tips for working from home, please send us a message and let us know! Our contact form is in the footer down below – or reach out on social media! We’re here to help provide your employees with the essentials to make a smooth transition to remote working.
Here are our eight essential products and tips for working from home!
Essential #1: Notebook
A small, easily portable notebook is a staple for every workstation. This spiral bound notebook has a cover made from 100% recycled materials and is available in three colors. You can also choose between lined, graph, or dot grid options for the interior pages. The pen is also made of 100% recycled materials and fits nicely in the built-in holster.
PRO TIP #1: Morning Routines
When you are working from home, it can be easy to roll out of bed five minutes before having to be online. It’s important to keep a morning routine in place, giving yourself plenty of time to wake up and get your day started before you have to log in. Have your morning coffee, do some yoga, write in your journal, tidy up your living space – give yourself enough time to accomplish what you need to do in order to be able to focus when work hours begin.
Essential #2: Headphones
The Budsies wireless earbuds are available in black or white with a full digital color imprint available on the dome. Perfect for calling in to your company meetings or listening to music, these are a great product for the workday. If you prefer an over-ear option, check out the Lunatune wireless headphones with a foldable design for easy portability.
PRO TIP #2: Change your Clothes
Working in pajamas may seem great, but studies show people are more productive if they take time to get dressed. This doesn’t mean putting on business attire, but consider changing into a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.
Essential #3: Water Bottle
We all have that favorite water bottle that maybe doesn’t get cleaned as often as it should. With hygiene being so important, this self-cleaning insulated bottle is the perfect upgrade from your years old dingy bottle. Using UV-G LED light disinfection technology, this bottle self-purifies the inner surface with just the touch of a button. It has a self-cleaning mode as well, so your bottle will clean every 6 hours automatically to eliminate 99.99% of harmful bacteria and odor.
PRO TIP #3: Stick to a Schedule
Stick to a strict schedule just as if you were in the office. Start your work day at the same time, end at the same time. This helps maintain a sense of normalcy if you aren‘t used to working remote.
Essential #4: Mug
Starting your day with a cup of tea or coffee is even better with a fun, trendy mug. Mixed materials is trending right now among promotional products, and this mug is no exception. It has a cork base, and a glossy pop of color on the inside.
PRO TIP #4: One Thing at a Time
Don’t try to multitask while working from home. We know that Netflix show is calling your name – but your productivity will likely suffer if you try to work and binge-watch your favorite series at the same time. Stick with work until your regular hours are done, and then you can click Next Episode as much as you want knowing that you were productive and efficient throughout the workday.
Essential #5: Pens
These cult-favorite pens are the perfect writing instrument for taking down your daily notes and ideas. The ink is smudge-free and matches the barrel color. Include a full color digital imprint to create a custom product that you’ll want to fill every page of your notebook with!
PRO TIP #5: Make a List
Make a list every morning of the things you need to accomplish before the workday is over. This will help you stay on track, and give you some structure. Physically seeing something crossed off of a list is a great motivator!
Essential #6: Speaker/Charger Combo
A perk of working from home is you can listen to music on full blast without disturbing the office. If you prefer speakers over headphones, this wireless speaker and charger combo is the perfect product for you. It’s portable, lightweight and water resistant, and pairs to your phone or tablet with Bluetooth technology. You never have to worry about your phone battery dying because of your constant stream of music – just plug in your phone and the built-in power bank will keep you charged and the tunes flowing.
PRO TIP #6: Block Out the Distractions
It’s easy to become distracted by things around you when you are working from home. The laundry needs to be done, the dishes in the sink need to be washed – the list goes on. Listening to music or white noise helps block out outside distractions and focus on the tasks at hand. You can even wear headphones with no music playing, just to damper outside noises and help you focus.
Essential #7: Laptop Sleeve
If you are new to working remote, organizing the accessories you normally have on your desk can be a struggle. We’ve all experienced trying to find a hard drive, or pen that we just dropped down into a work bag. This sleeve helps people keep all of their remote working essentials organized. Capable of storing everything from a computer, papers, headphones, cell phones, charge cables, pens and more – this product is a must for keeping your mobile workstation efficient and functional.
PRO TIP #7: Designate a Space for Work Only
Have a designated space in your home that is only for working. This helps to separate work from home so that you can unplug easier at the end of the day. If you have a home office space then you are already on track! For smaller environments, set up a corner desk, a designated seat at your table, or convert a closet to workspace.
Essential #8: Blue Light Glasses
When working remote, it’s easy to get sucked in to a project and forget to take small breaks to recharge. The next thing you know you’ve been staring at your screen for four hours straight, wondering why your eyes are starting to feel strained. These glasses stop the blue light from overstimulating our eyes, causing fatigue and headaches.
PRO TIP #8: Take Small Breaks
Don’t forget to take small breaks throughout the day. Take a walk to the mailbox, do some stretching routines, call a friend or family member. These small breaks throughout the day will help you recharge and stay focused while working. As we said, it’s easy to dive in to a project, staring at your computer for hours with no rest!
We hope that these essential products and tips for working from home help you create a successful remote working environment! Here is what some of our employees have to say about their own experiences with working remote:
“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to telecommunicate and work remotely. I coordinate creative projects with India-based designers, managing their timeline, workflow, and output to ensure it meets and exceeds standards. For a tech nerd who has been following the development of computers and their capabilities from my teenage years in a remote village in India, this is a dream job. Nothing can quite replace the energy and camaraderie you find in an office environment – however, the technology in place to communicate and share files and content is impressive.
For me, I had to relocate to Los Angeles to be with my daughter and grandson, because family is priority. Working remotely, where I set up a home office and could focus without distractions, allowed me to be productive and deliver to my employer, and be there for my family.”Atul – Los Angeles, California
“I have been working remote for 13 years. When I took this position, I had a job that let me work from home OR go into the office. So, taking a position where I didn’t have the option to go into the office, was a tough decision! Looking back now, it was the best decision EVER! From day 1, I have always taken a shower, done my hair and makeup, and go to the “office” (a spare bedroom in my house). I do not turn on the TV. I grab my coffee, and maybe a snack, and “go to work” – I treat it as if I was going to any other office. The best difference is I can play my music as loud as I want 🙂
When my kids were little, one day after they were home from school I I was walking out of my “office” – I had my purse on my shoulder, coffee cup in hand. One of them asked me “Where are you going?”. I laughed and said “No where, I just got off of work.”. I think that is why working remotely works so well for me. “Jody – Denver, Colorado
“I’ve been working remote for three years now, and it has been extremely beneficial for me. I have a designated office space in my home so I can minimize distractions and focus on my projects. My daily routine and schedule helps me make sure that I am as productive as possible during work hours, and stay on track with my projects. I communicate with my team on a daily basis, and everything runs very smoothly.
Working from home has also given my family a better quality of life. I have two small kids and a husband who travels a lot for work and is also in the military. Working remote allows me to have a successful career, manage my household and be there for my kids when their dad is away. I am able to focus so much better during the workday without the added stress of a long commute and daycare logistics, and my productivity is much higher.”Emily – Willow Spring, North Carolina