The Perfect Remote Work Setup and Routine (For Me)

A few material things to make your quarantine life more comfortable — and some helpful tips so you can stay sane too.

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My work from home setup.

Furniture

Desk — Analiese 4-Drawer Writing Desk

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Source: Amazon

Chair — High Back Office Chair

If you work a desk job like me, you’re likely sitting for the majority of your day. Do your body a favor and get a cushy office chair. Chairs can get pretty expensive, so don’t cheap out here — your comfort is essential for productivity, and a bad posture could lead to even worse outcomes down the road. I use this chair, and I recommend it because it’s comfortable, provides much-needed neck support, and doesn’t break the bank. If you have a more flexible budget and want the absolute best chair that will last forever, consider the Steelcase Gesture chair.

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Steelcase Gesture, Source: Amazon

Tech

Laptop — Apple MacBook Air

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Source: Apple

Monitor — LG 4k Monitor

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Source: Amazon

Headphones — Sony WH-1000XM3

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Source: Amazon

Keyboard — Logitech MX Keys

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Source: Logitech

Mouse — Logitech MX Master 3

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Source: Logitech

Wireless Charger — RAVPower Wireless Charging Stand

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Source: Amazon

Speaker — Sonos One

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Source: Sonos

Self Care

Air Purifier — Levoit Core 300 Air Purifier

A global pandemic won’t stop your allergies from affecting you. An air purifier helps keep allergens like dust and pollen out so you can breathe easy when stuck indoors.

Humidifier — Levoit Humidifier

A good humidifier can help relieve dry skin, nosebleeds, and cracked lips.

Candle — Yankee Candle, Balsam & Cedar

A sweet-smelling candle can help you relax while reminding you of the great outdoors you’re sorely missing. Yankee Candle makes some of the best in the business, and this one smells especially high.

Some Tips to Keep You Productive and Sane

A sweet setup isn’t always enough to keep you motivated and productive while working from home. It’s easy to feel tired and overwhelmed when the entire world seems to be burning outside. I’m not perfect, but I’ve been able to do follow somewhat of a routine to keep myself focused on my responsibilities. Consistency is the best way to keep some sense of normalcy these days, and it surely helps to keep me sane.

Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day.

Set an alarm and wake up at the time you should actually be at work. For me, that’s around 9:15 so I’m up no later than 8 am to prepare for the day ahead. It’s hard to force your mind to go into a productive state when we have no strict start to our most productive part of our day, and it’s easy just to stay up late and sleep in. By setting a strict time to sleep and a strict time to wake up, you will be more productive when you try to get your work done.

Shower and get dressed every morning.

It is so tempting to not shower until later in the day when you wake up and don’t have to go out anywhere. However, I suggest taking a shower first thing in the morning to get yourself into the mindset that you’re about to get stuff done. After your shower, wear some clean clothes (anything but your pajamas) to give you a little confidence boost and tell your brain that it’s not time to lounge around, but time to save the world.

Don’t try to get work done in bed.

Use my recommendations above to create your dream desk set up to motivate you to work at your desk! If you don’t have a desk, work at your kitchen table or on your couch. Just don’t try to be productive wherever you sleep, because your results will not be very impressive. Separate the areas you relax from the areas you work — your beautiful brain will thank you.

Set your work hours in stone.

It’s a stressful time to be alive, so tell yourself (and your coworkers if you have to) that you are only going to be working from x to y. Force yourself to stop working when you say you will, and take care of yourself. Spend time with your family or roommates, take a walk, watch a movie, bake a cake, anything to remind yourself that your workday is done and that you can actually relax.

Exercise every day.

It’s important to stay active when all the gyms are closed and you’re sitting around all day with nothing to do but eat snacks. At-home workout equipment is flying off the virtual shelves but if you are able to find some that you like then buy it ASAP. Maintaining a healthy fitness routine is important and worth the upfront investment.

1. Stretching — Get a Foam Roller

Foam rolling before working out can increase tissue elasticity, range of motion and circulation to help you move better during your workout and protect you from injury. Use your foam roller after your workout to enhance recovery.

2. Weights — Get Dumbells

If you miss lifting at your local gym like me, buy some dumbells! They are easy to store out of the way in your closet or under your bed and there’s a ton of dumbell-only workout routines out there. Here’s my favorite one:

Source: Bodybuilding.com

3. Cardio — Get a Jump Rope

Some people love running. I hate it. Instead, I use a jump rope to get me sweating and burning calories. Here’s what Men’s Health had to say about it:

4. Bodyweight — Use a Yoga Mat

If you do yoga you probably already own one, but Yoga mats are also useful for doing bodyweight exercises (pushups, situps, planks) without getting your gross sweat all over the floor at home.

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