Nowadays, when due to the pandemic many of us work from home, it’s essential that our home office is as comfortable as possible; that it is organized in a way that doesn’t distract us from work tasks, keeps us inspired, motivated, and in a good mood; increases productivity, and has some relaxing elements that can help relieve stress caused by toxic bosses or Zoom meetings that should have been an email. Here is how to upgrade your home office to increase productivity. Some of the products featured in this blogpost are also great as gifts for coworkers. In case you want to see more inexpensive gift ideas for coworkers, check out Gifts for Coworkers Under $20 (with many ideas under $20, under $10, and even under $5).
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Home office upgrade to increase productivity
“Notes From Another Meeting That Should Have Been An Email” Journal
Here is a journal everyone working from a home office needs. Actually, it’s also a great gift for a like-minded coworker.
“I Was Like WHATEVER B**CHES And The B**ches Whatevered” Funny Mug with a Sloth
Work days are always busy and sometimes stressful. Remind yourself that “it is just work” and it shouldn’t turn your life into a nightmare with this funny mug with a peaceful sloth. It may be not very appropriate to put this mug on a desk in a regular office but since we’re in the home office, no one would know anyway.
Hilarious Day-to-Day Calendar
This day-to-day calendar is a good purchase to cheer yourself up and a great gift for a coworker. Go to Amazon to look what’s inside.
“I was looking for a couple of gag gifts for Boss’s day coming up and I ran across this. I received it and opened it up to read a few. Omg! It is soooooo good!!! Not only is it hilarious, but some of them I actually hear in meetings and they leave you going “what does that even mean?!” Now Im wondering if they too got this calendar and are trying to appear smart. I read about 20 or so pages and immediately ordered a second one for someone else, it’s too good.”
Memory Foam Lumbar Support Back Cushion
Here is an inexpensive memory foam lumbar support back cushion for office chairs that helps relieve back pain and has many good reviews on Amazon. Feeling comfortable at your workplace will increase your productivity.
Keyboard Cleaner Gel
This keyboard cleaner gel is a must have for home office. People like me just can’t work and increase productivity if their workplace is not tidy.
An inspirational canvas in your home office will keep you motivated and thus, productive. Available in different sizes and styles (no frame and with frame). See 40+ Motivational Quotes for Success with Phone Wallpapers to keep yourself focused.
Ergonomic Sit Stay Desk
When this sit stand desk converter is at a low height, your eyes can be parallel to the computer screen, allowing you to maintain a comfortable and healthy sitting posture.
This standing desk can be adjusted to your proper comfort level, provides on-demand standing throughout the day for the freedom to get out of your chair and relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and increase productivity.
Amazing value at an affordable price! Your health is worth investing in.
Home Office Chair Cushion
If sitting on your home office chair for 8 hours a day 5 days a week feels more like sitting on concrete, try an office chair cushion. Chances are it is going to help relieve pain and thus, increase productivity as at least physical pain won’t distract you anymore.
Sheet Crosscut Paper and Credit Card Shredder
In case you need a paper and card shredder, here is a compact and inexpensive one with good reviews on Amazon.
Bamboo Cable Management Box
Make your home office organized, tidy, and safer for kids and pets with this bamboo cable management box.
Perfect humidity is 30-50%. It’s especially important to watch your home office humidity in winter, when the heating is on. Dry air leads to a number of health problems from dry skin and lips to frequent colds. Read more about it in Good Health Is Not a Gift, It’s an Outcome. Comfortable environment can increase productivity.
Having a humidifier in your home office is a must if you often have dry skin, lips and dry or stuffy nose in winter. Just don’t forget that any thing that comes in contact with water is a high maintenance thing. You should strictly follow the rules the manufacturer states. For example, I use filtered water for my humidifier and clean it several times a week or more often if I haven’t used it for several days and it was off with water inside. Even in case you use filtered water, there still can grow mold which is why it’s important to check the parts of your humidifier every other day. We don’t live in a sterile world, so I am of the opinion that people who write negative reviews about any humidifier because there’s a little bit of mold after 3 days are just too lazy to maintain the humidifier properly and follow the rules stated by the manufacturer.
Portable Hand Vacuum Cleaner
“The brush is extremely efficient for cleaning my office computer and especially my keyboard! Brush is fine/soft enough even to suck on my monitors! Super easy to empty/clean the filter. All and all, I’m happy with this sucking machine!”
Home Office Trash Can
This trash fits perfectly in limited space and helps keep your home office neat.
Put this motivational canvas on a wall in your home office to keep yourself motivated. Available in different sizes and comes without a frame.
Funny Mug for Dog Owners
This is for dog owners. To remind yourself what you work for and increase productivity to be able to provide more for your lovely pet.
This seems to be a great inexpensive daily planner that will help increase productivity. Check it out yourself!
Reusable Everyday Planner – Daily, Weekly, Monthly Planner
Here is another great planner for those who prefer not to store a pile of planners at home and those who prefer reusable things. No more wasting paper – this reusable 48 page Everyday Planner can be used endlessly by wiping clean with a damp cloth. 8 different templates include undated daily weekly, monthly, and yearly planning pages as well as templates for tracking projects, to-dos, and notetaking. Blast your handwritten class notes to popular cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, box, OneNote, Slack, iCloud, email and more using the free Rocketbook application for iOS and Android. It’s also a great gift for coworkers, boss, friend who is always busy, etc.
Adjustable Laptop Cooling Stand & Lap Desk
This laptop stand or a lap desk is for those who like to work in awkward positions or in bed. Easily adjust the height (2-18”) and tilt (360-degrees) of your laptop to optimize viewing angles, improve your posture and compute more comfortably. The mouse pad quickly connects to the right or left or can be removed.
Temperature Control Smart Mug
This 10 oz smart mug will keep your drink hot for longer just choose the exact temperature you prefer (between 120°F – 145°F).
Add some extra storage space in your home office with this bookshelf. Available in other designs on Amazon.
Essential Oil Diffuser, Humidifier, Bluetooth Speaker, and Clock
This amazing inexpensive product combines features of an essential oil diffuser, humidifier, Bluetooth speaker, and clock.
24 oz Mug Tumbler with Handle
This amazing stainless steel BPA free vacuum insulated tumbler keeps hot beverages warm for 8 hours and cold beverages for 24 hours. 3-in-1 lid and straw allow you to sip, drink or gulp. Comes with a matching straw. Available in a variety of colors. Choose the color you prefer! 87% of customers gave this tumbler a 5-star review on Amazon.
Photo Desk Organizer, 7 Compartments
Keep your desk tidy with this organizer.
Funny Zoom Meeting Coffee Mug
Here is a cup that says: “I survived another meeting that should have been an email” and “smile for the camera” to keep you focused on your zoom meeting.
Shiatsu Massage Pillow with Heat
This affordable shiatsu massage pillow has a lot to offer. Soothing heat for extra relaxation, optional vibration to loosen muscles, and sport specific massage that targets your tension. Can be used to relieve pain in neck, back, shoulders, arms, calves, hamstrings.
Indoor Relaxation Tabletop Fountain
Need more relaxation in your home office? Try this indoor relaxation tabletop fountain. It’s soothing sound of cascading water makes it easy to relax. The water flow replicates the sights and sounds of a tranquil spring. The lighting creates a soft reflection on the water.
Zen Garden for Stress Relief
How to increase productivity when you are stressed out? Relieve stress after a stressful meeting, task or appointment with help of this desktop sand Zen garden. It’s also an amazing gift for coworkers who need more work-life balance. Read How to Recover from Burnout if it’s relevant. For other stress relief tips and products, see How to Relieve Stress Quickly.
Upgrade your home office with help of these amazing products and increase productivity or give them as gifts for coworkers.