Top 10 Work From Home Essentials

Top 10 Work From Home Essentials

Photo Credit: Sajal Mohsin, The Mike Photographer

10 items that make working remotely easier

Victoria Marinelli, The Mike Staff Writer

  1. Comfy Clothes

When working at home, I have found that comfy clothes are essential. My go-to daily outfit consists of leggings and a comfy sweater, and since I am always cold, fuzzy socks and a throw blanket are also a must.  

  1. Technology

When the days blend together it can be hard to stay organized. That’s why I’ve started typing all of the notes on my computer and saving them into a different folder for each course. 

  1. Planners

Daily and monthly planners have been a saving grace for me for many years. I make my monthly planner using a Microsoft Word table and type in any assignments and tests from my courses for the month, as well as any additional online meetings or events. Based on that, I write a daily schedule for working and studying in order to meet those deadlines. This helps me to stay organized and have a clear idea of what I need to do each day.

  1. Snacks

Snacks help to keep me awake and focused on my tasks. My personal favourites include yogurt-covered cranberries with unsalted peanuts, frozen dried apricots, and trail mix.  

  1. Study Apps

Since my days no longer follow a strict schedule, I use certain apps to help me manage my time.  Pomodoro is really helpful in this area. The app set a timer for 25 minutes of study followed by a five-minute break.  After completing four rounds of this, it will give you a one-hour break. This helps me to stay focused on my work, but it also gives me the opportunity to have scheduled relaxation points.  

  1. Study Space

I have found it to be really important to have an inviting study space so that I don’t dread studying. I have happy memories as my screensavers, twinkle lights on my desk, scented candles, and knick-knacks that make me smile.  

  1. Drinks

It’s very important to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially when sitting for long periods of time. I use a one-litre water bottle and I try to drink at least three of those per day. I also drink quite a bit of coffee throughout the day, contrary to the need to stay hydrated, in order to remain awake and motivated.  

  1. Lap Desk and Back Rest Pillow

In addition to having a designated study space, I also like to do my work in a reclining chair or in bed.  These give me the opportunity to study while stretching my legs and to give my neck more support. In both cases, a lap desk is a must when typing on my computer. When I study in bed, I use a backrest pillow to support my neck and back while working.

  1. Exam Study Essentials

Even though I type all of my notes throughout the year, when preparing for a test or exam I handwrite them. I find that this helps me to remember the information more effectively. I also colour code my notes, both typed and handwritten, because I find that helps to remain organized.

  1. Personal Time

Staying motivated throughout the day is very challenging for me. I have found that it is really important to have something that makes me happy to look forward to throughout the day. On some days I listen to upbeat music to try and get into a study mode. On others, I feel like I need a longer break, so I’ll watch an episode or two of one of my favourite shows.