Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Treat yo' self: Work-at-home edition


Today I thought I'd talk about the treats you can buy -- or steal from other rooms -- for your home office.

After all, I spend a LOT of time in mine -- throwing parties and such, mostly -- and I have learned the hard way that it's IMPORTANT to make it a place I want to be.

Missed the party? Check it out here.

A really comfortable desk chair.

For the first few YEARS I worked at home, I had a cheap $40 desk and sat on a leftover dining room chair from our condo.

See how sad?

Oh yeah, and my office was bubblegum pink.

I don't remember why, exactly, but there came a point -- a couple of summers ago -- where I felt like I could finally afford a REAL home office chair.

I went to Staples with C and we tried every single chair to see which one was the most comfortable. "Price is no object!" I remember decreeing. Of course, it was, but I didn't even look at the price tags until I'd tried them all and narrowed down my most comfy favourites.

This one was the winner:



Yeah, it was a lot of money to spend on a chair. I had heart palpitations at the time. But it was the BEST thing I could have done for myself -- office-wise, anyway. It's SO comfortable, I spend a lot of hours sitting in it, and it was an excellent purchase.

A proper desk.

See above, RE: my crappy $40 desk. It was life-changing when I got my handy husband to build me a custom L-shaped desk.



(Which later was expanded to a huge U-shaped desk that I really should photograph when it's tidy.)

It's messy a lot, but I LOVE it.


Pretty notebooks.

I don't have a paper dayplanner (Google Calendar is my ride-or-die) but I do like making lists, sketching project plans, or jotting down ideas on paper.

I have these ones and, oh, they are so lovely on my desk.
Kate Spade New York Extra Large Spiral Floral Notebook
Rifle Paper Co. Tapestry Stitched Notebook Foil Set

Kate Spade New York Spiral Notebook / Curious


Software that will make your life easier.

I use mostly free software (like Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.) so sometimes I get complacent and don't think I need to pay for ANY software. For a long time -- other than my monthly payment for Google Drive storage, and my cloud accounting software -- I didn't.

But recently I upgraded to a paid -- yes, PAID -- PicMonkey account. I held off for a long time, despite using it daily for the blog, because you can get a lot of the features for free.

PicMonkey = awesome!

But it got annoying to accidentally click on an option I wanted that wasn't included, and there were a few features that I knew would *really* speed up the time it took for me to make graphics. So I upgraded and I'm very happy I did.

Little pick-me-ups.

It's important to have a few things on your desk that make you feel good when you're working. For me, it's my Vichy Thermal Water -- a single mist to the face wakes me up when I'm starting to lag -- mints, a bottle of water, and a pump of lotion so my hands don't dry out.


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What are your favourite work-at-home treats? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Facebook!

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