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6 Upgrades for Your Home Office

During the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of workers shifted from the office to the home office. This transition was a pleasant break in routine for many – but a nightmare for some.

When you work from home, it is important to have a work environment that is comfortable and free from distractions. We’ve rounded up a half dozen upgrades you can use to make to your home office a place you want to be. This, in turn, will increase your productivity and overall happiness.

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A Comfy Chair

Remote work is here to stay. According to Forbes, “25% of all professional jobs in North America will be remote by the end of 2022, and remote opportunities will continue to increase through 2023.” Similar trends have been seen throughout Europe.

If you’re going to be working remotely for a while, ergonomic office equipment is a must. When I started working remotely in 2016, I initially used a wooden slat back chair at my computer desk. That was a big mistake! Back pain inevitably ensued.

The solution was not difficult – I simply needed an ergonomic office chair. These differ from dining chairs and other types of chairs in distinct ways.

Look for a chair that swivels and rolls to allow easy access to all parts of your desk and office. It should have adequate cushioning, back support, and a headrest. It should also be adjustable in height so that you can sit comfortably in front of your keyboard.

A Standing Desk

In addition to aches and pains, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and early mortality have been associated with office work that requires sitting for most of the day.

A standing desk – also called a stand-up desk, sit-stand desk, or height-adjustable desk – offers an easy solution. These desks allow you to stand comfortably while working at your computer.

The benefits? According to Healthline, standing while working each afternoon can help you burn an additional 1,000 calories each week. That’s about 24 extra calories burned per hour. This translates to less risk of weight gain or even weight loss.

Studies have also shown that standing after meals reduces blood sugar spikes and improves mood, energy levels, and productivity.

If you’re not ready to buy a whole new desk, you can raise the height of your desk to a standing height by applying furniture risers.

Dual Screens

A colleague who regularly uses three computer monitors told me that using additional screens was addictive. I didn’t believe him until I acquired a second monitor myself.

What is the purpose of employing two computer monitors? Using dual computer screens can boost productivity. Instead of switching back and forth between tabs or programs, you can have one open on each screen.

Voice-Activated Tools

Using voice-activated assistants such as Google or Alexa can free up your hands and help you to find certain solutions quickly.

For example, imagine that you are drafting an email. You wonder about the spelling of a specific word. Rather than grabbing the dictionary off the shelf or navigating to a dictionary website, you can simply ask Google to spell the word for you, saving you valuable time.

Speech to text engines are another time-saving tool. Most of us are able to speak seven times faster than we are able to type.

Inspirational Decor

At the office, the environment may be largely out of your control. But at the home office, you are in complete control.

Surround yourself with things that inspire you. As a content creator, for example, my walls and shelves contain relics of cinema, literature, theatre, and music that are meaningful to me.

Inspirational quotes can also be a welcome addition. A print of a kitten seeing a tiger in its reflection, along with the words “Mindset Is Everything,” helps me to get in the right headspace.


House plants such as succulents, orchids, and tropical foliage can also be a cheerful part of your office decor. But they do much more than that.

According to The Sill, “Not only do indoor plants enhance the overall appearance of a space, but studies show they boost moods, increase creativity, reduce stress, and eliminate air pollutants—making for a healthier, happier you. Indoor plants don’t just look good—they can make us feel good, too.”

Key Takeaways

  • Make small changes to create a comfortable and engaging home office environment.
  • Improve your health by selecting ergonomic office furniture, such as a supportive chair and a standing desk.
  • Increase productivity and decrease the time it takes to accomplish certain tasks by using multiple computer monitors and voice-activated tools.
  • Inspire yourself with motivational decor, including house plants.