Back in December I shared the details of my home office refresh ( and boy am I glad I got it into shape before the whole pandemic happened … ). The space was looking great and I made the most trying to work remotely on my MacBook, but with some new changes and opportunities on the horizon (which I’ll share at a later date), I thought it would be a good idea to get a dedicated design laptop and a larger monitor to do my work on.
Since Matt is far more into technology research than I am, I leaned on him and he found the ASUS Zenbook which fit all the specs I needed. My top priority for the monitor was the way it looked, so I picked the HP 27″ FHD Monitor because it had the cleanest stand and a white back – it also works great – bonus… Having a keyboard with a number pad and a separate mouse are key for design programs as well, so I found a white/silver option on Amazon to match my monitor.
Now, getting the right computer setup was important, but I also wanted to share some of my other home office favourites and essentials.
1. Blue Light Blocking Glasses
I have suffered from migraines and headaches all my life. A lot of my work is done on a computer – staring at a screen all day doing plans, drawings, renderings, e-mails, contracts… you name it. Since getting blue light blocking glasses, I’ve had way less headaches. Now, I didn’t want to break the bank on something until I know it worked, but ended up getting a couple of pairs off of Amazon because they actually work great and at under $40/pair – it’s easy for me to get a few styles to match my mood/outfit. Game. Changers. Linked HERE.
2. Everlasting Candles
I love candles and the ambience they create. Since I don’t usually love any overly perfumed candles – these Everlasting Candles are perfect since they give me the fire I want and are unscented.
3. Saje Diffuser
No, this doesn’t contradict what I said above. I typically don’t like the unnatural scent of most candles – but I do enjoy diffusing essential oils in my Saje diffuser for both the pleasant scent and to boost my mood. My favourite blends to diffuse while working : Yoga, Refresh & Rain Forest.
4. Good Lighting
Adequate lighting is crucial (as mentioned above with headaches / eye strain issues). I didn’t necessarily need a task light, but loved the Balla lamp from Structube because it gives off a great diffused light.
What are your must have items when working from home?