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Spending a lot of time at your desk lately? You're not alone. The pandemic has directly affected our routines and working style, adding a huge question mark to our work-life balance.
To help get yourself in the right mindset and right mood for WFH, you need a home workspace that includes some things that will help you remain productive throughout the day but also bring a smile to your face.
There are so many products that can help you get through the workday other than the obvious desk, computer, a good WiFi connection and a chair.
We've rounded up 11 different products that will help you remain productive and bring you joy throughout the day.
Sonos's One smart speaker is the perfect speaker for your home office. It has a compact design that will fit just about any space. The Sonos One also has built-in voice control, and Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are built-in so you can play music, set alarms, check the news and much more completely hands-free.
SHOP IT: Sonos, $249
Sometimes our desks can get messy after a long week of work. We don't always want to drag the full-sized vacuum over to our desk to take care of those crumbs, dust and whatever else has populated on our desk over the week. We've found the perfect tool just for that: the desktop mini vacuum cleaner. This cute mini vacuum comes with a detachable vacuum nozzle. It's available in three different colours: pink, yellow and white.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $21
Have one of your favourite pop culture icons cheer you on all day by getting a Funko POP! for your desk. This Funko POP! is Johnny Rose from "Schitt's Creek." There is a cute vinyl figure for everyone. They range from every character of The Office, Baby Yoda, Britney Spears, J Balvin and even the McDonald's Hamburglar. Most of the Funko Pop!s measure approximately 3 ¾ inches tall.
SHOP IT: Walmart, $13
This money tree will add a pop of colour to your home office. It's made of carnelian, which is the stone of creativity. The vibrant orange colour has a strong energy that boosts self-expression, making it a great choice for being creative while working. Name a better crystal for your desk! We'll wait.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $31
YETI ramblers will keep your coffee hot and your water cold during the workday. You won't have to run to the microwave between meetings to warm up that coffee you forgot about because YETI's insulation is here for that. NHL fans deserve drinkware as tough as their team spirit, and YETI is up for the challenge. YETI stainless-steel drinkware reps all seven Canadian NHL teams from coast to coast. This would also be a great gift for any NHL fan in your life.
SHOP IT: YETI, from $45
Take some time for yourself each day by pulling a card from the Mindfulness Cards deck before logging into work. This engaging deck of cards makes it easy to bring awareness, joy and calm into your life. Each card is separated into four colour-coded mindfulness categories: Rest & Balance, Insight & Awareness, Curiosity & Joy and Kindness. Every card includes an inspiring phrase on the front and a mindfulness exercise on the back.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $25
If you have to jot something down during a meeting, this General Supply Goods + Co noteblock is perfect for that. This noteblock has a bright sunflower pattern printed on 3 sides and blank white sheets. It also features a drilled pen holder.
SHOP IT: Staples, $13
Therabody's Theragun Mini is the perfect size for your desk. Theraguns deliver deep muscle treatment that’s tailored to your body’s real-time needs. Therabody's Theragun mini is a great tool for people to keep at their desks to help with strained necks, sore backs, etc., from working on the computer and sitting at the desk all day.
SHOP IT: Therabody, $249
This notebook from Staples Canada will help you stay organized. Write down your to-do list for each day inside this Gry Mattr Soft-touch Notebook. This notebook will last the test of time, or at least until you fill up the last page.
SHOP IT: Staples, $7
Nothing says organization like a desk organizer but make it rose gold for aesthetic. This gorgeous rose gold desk organizer has a 5-in-1 design with separate compartments for storing files, folders, papers, pens, pencils, scissors, sticky notes, recorders, blue light glasses or anything else you'd like to have easy access to.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $47
Make room for everything else on your desk by putting your monitor on this desk mount stand from Staples Canada. This mount stand not only helps save space but also increases viewing comfort and reduces eye, back and neck strain.
SHOP IT: Staples, $60