How to: Best Upgrades You Need When You Work from Home
Who Works from Home?
Everybody works from home sometimes. The better question might be: Who doesn’t work from home?
This post was inspired by Patricia Phillips (The Aspen Stand’s) post To Work From Home or Not to Work From Home?
At first, I was going to write about my own home office, which is in a loft. And, I must admit that after looking at Patricia’s office, I became a teensy bit jealous. I mean, look at her office, in the link above. Check out the lighting. And that orange wall! More on that wall later.
Here’s where the picture of my office would be.
That is, if I could take a picture. But, you see, there isn’t enough light to take a picture! Because my office sucks. It’s as dark as a night on The Walking Dead. That is, in one of the earlier, scarier episodes where Glenn is still alive and Carl isn’t so annoying.
A small task light would help in a dark office like mine. And for computer work, well-distributed diffuse light, as recommended by OSHA, would help to prevent eye fatigue and headaches. If you suffer a dip in energy as well as a rise in depression during the darker months, a light therapy box, as recommended by the Mayo Clinic could be very helpful.
Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light
But in my dark, dark office, you just have to hold a flashlight with your mouth while you try to type, because that’s how it is.
Wall of Color
Back to that beautiful orange wall. In this post, the one that you are reading right now, you are not going to get a wall of color. Instead, you’re getting a wall of text, and I hope you’re okay with that.
Back to the Future
Later, maybe after there is some light that doesn’t come from a flashlight, maybe I will add a wall o’ color. Or, heck, maybe a map. Or a photo!
My desk has always been my favorite thing of the office. If you have a furry officemate (see below) who likes to step all over your keyboard just for spite, then a pull-out drawer is a must-have. When I see that little furball coming, I can push in the keyboard tray. She still likes to slap the monitor for fun, but I’ve never sent an email composed of “^%$#$%%%%%%” since getting the keyboard tray!
Do You Have a Standing Desk?
Of course now standing desks are all the rage. Do you like those? Me, too. I don’t have one, though.
I have a chair, and I’d take a picture of it, but this office is too dark!
Who Owns Your Office?
If, like me, you have a furry person who shares your office with you, then you fully realize that you don’t own anything in your office. You probably have three blankets and two pillows just for your furry friend, am I right? The only “pets” you have are the dust bunnies behind the printer.
Originally, I was going to write about all the swell things you could have if you upgraded your office. But then, the blog post got hijacked by the suckiness (suckitude?) of my own office. My next post will have some actual upgrades!
It’s dark, and I’m tired. Leave me a comment if you can see well enough!
This article originally appeared in Your Social Media Works.