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In designing your home office the first step is planning, so take some time and visit our link: Considerations when designing your own home office. Today’s blog titled “Home Office Must Haves” is a short and simple guide to create a comfortable and efficient work area.



1. Ergonomic desk.

Comfort is a major part of being efficient. Discomfort  leads to a lack of focus and productivity therefore, if you are on a budget do not skimp on buying a proper desk, after all most of your time will be spent there. For further assistance click the link Calculate the ideal height for your ergonomic desk, chair and keyboard.


2. Ergonomic Chair.

According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration, “a chair that is well-designed and appropriately adjusted is an essential element of a safe and productive computer workstation. A good chair provides necessary support to the back, legs, buttocks, and arms, while reducing exposures to awkward postures, contact stress, and forceful exertions.” In selecting the perfect chair, pay particular attention to the seat height, seat width and depth, lumbar support, backrest and seat material. For dimensions, click the link Office Chair: Choosing the Right Ergonomic Office Chair.



3. Laptop.

In selecting an appropriate laptop consider:

1. Budget              2. Purpose                  3. Size                   4.Battery             5. Brand               6. Specs             7. Ports      8. Style                  9. Warranty             10. Personal/shared laptop.

Each individual is different so it is best to research and brainstorm the best laptop for you. Take your time and go over each point, write them down because this is a long journey that takes some time. The next day you are willing and able you can just continue where you left off. Writing it down allows you to concentrate and because it is in front of you make comparisons easier and decisions faster.



4. Mouse well in this case Cyborg RAT 9 .

This is one of my favorites but it is best to research and find your preference. After the research phase visit a computer store and ask to hold a few of your top picks. The reason is simple to feel the weight and texture. The following link gives a great starting point How to Choose the Perfect Mouse and Keyboard.


5.  USB flash drive.

This is a must for any office! This item is so simple and small that people aren’t likely to take the time to choose the best one but, it is a life saver.

Some points to contemplate:

1. Durability                                   2. Size                                    3. Appearance                             4. Security.


6. External Hard Drive.

Time is definitely not something you can get back, so do not act like it. Set reminders if you always forget to save your work. Depending on the length of the project save at intervals. The worst thing you can do is lose your time and hard work. Safeguard your data by saving it! For more information check out: How to Choose the Right External Hard Disk Drive for You



7. Heavy duty stapler.

No office is complete without one. An efficient office needs to be prepared and quick. Faulty deficient staplers are inefficient and unproductive.

The best way to select the most appropriate stapler is to review the following:

1. Budget.                                2. Usage, how often will you be using it.                      3. Paper thickness and quality.  4. Personal or shared.                5. Durability.


8. A desk organizer.

This is an easy way to keep organized. There are different styles so research well.


1. Budget        2. Style, Color.           3. Material           4. Durability     5. Organisational layout.

For a cohesive look you should buy one that matches the desk it will be sitting on.


9. Label maker.

For those with several folders and files this is a handy tool to keep organized. For more information, tap the link How to Choose a Label Maker.


10. A Journal.

Reflection is crucial to growth therefore write everything down. Every decision your company makes should be written down and dated. In addition, the effects or changes of the decision should be noted as well for future references.

In general these are a few questions to consider:

1. Did the decision increase the company’s profit if so how and why?

2.Did the decision impact co-workers attitude or productivity?

3. Did it change the overall mood of the office?

You may also have a personal journal to write your moods and emotions throughout the day.


11. A desk lamp.

In our office, we use this beloved piece for our task lighting. For more information on the different kinds of lighting, go to our other article:   How To select the perfect light fixture.