If you worked in an office before the pandemic, chances are you walked out one day in March hoping to return in a couple of weeks or, at the very worst, a couple of months. But now, almost nine months later, working remotely seems destined to last at least through the winter — or even longer, given how many companies are publicly musing about pivoting to a remote-first culture. Even though many of us have now had time to adjust to working from home, converting our largely comfort-focused homes into efficient professional workspaces can still pose a challenge. To help, we sought the advice of both professionals who regularly worked from home before COVID-19 and professionals who have successfully converted their new homes into workspaces about the things they need to do so effectively (and combed through our archives for other stuff that new work-from-homers told us they’ve come to rely on for this extended moment.)
A note that while working from home almost certainly requires a computer, wireless router, and modem, for this story, we focused on all the other things you may need, from essentials like laptop stands, lumbar support, to less obvious things that our sources say help one stay productive day in and day out. Read on for 59 things that will not only make working from home more productive and enjoyable, but will crucially help to keep burnout at bay, too.