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    Updated on Sep 22, 2020. Posted on Sep 16, 2020

    31 Little Things To Help Separate "Work Time" From "Me Time" At Home

    Your bed may be two feet away from your new "office desk," but upgrades like a specialized seat cushion and a tear-away daily planner pad can make it feel like a different world.

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    1. An adorably encouraging daily planner you can fill out throughout the course of each day to keep yourself on track for all your calls, goals, and even your water intake, so you have a visual sense for everything you need to accomplish during your work day — and most notably, a cue for when you're "done."

    A blank page of the planner
    Amazon

    Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper.

    Promising review: "Super cute and helpful. Exactly what I needed to help me stay on track with working at home during this quarantine." —Arline

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    2. Plus a set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can — gasp — color code your tasks, making it clear which ones are for work, which ones are for you, and which ones are the highest priority each day.

    Fine point pens in 18 different colors
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    Perhaps most importantly for anyone out there planning to go full Leslie Knope on these is that they're designed not to bleed through thin pages!

    Promising review: "I bought these pens during quarantine, not expecting much, considering they are quite inexpensive. I've used well-known brand marker/pens in the past, and didn't want to pay much for markers I'd use for coloring. I was concerned about the tips bending or bleeding, but I was completely wrong and am very satisfied with this product! They do not bleed, and the tips are strong and thin. I use these pens for coloring, hand lettering, and note taking, and they're exactly what I was looking for! The only regret I have is that I did not order the larger pack with more colors!!" —Michael Fanizzi

    Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. An Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon's most popular Alexa-enabled device, because it comes equipped with a new "Work From Home" routine. You can personally tailor it to have Alexa remind you when to start your day, when to take breaks, when to eat, when to start making dinner, and — most importantly!! — when to log the heck off.

    A white circular Amazon Echo dot on a table
    Amazon

    Also?? Sometimes you just need to have a coworker who tells you weird jokes and warns you when it's about to rain and is always up-to-date on the latest world news. This lil' Echo can help fill the coworker-shaped void in your WFH heart.

    Similar to other Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Show 5 responds to voice commands and can be synced with Audible, Amazon Music, Amazon Video, and other apps and programs like Spotify, iTunes, and NPR.

    Promising review: "It's small and looks great. Great quality. And for such a low price, it does so much. And now during the stay at home days of the pandemic and working from home, it keeps me entertained all day!" —ADELA

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in four colors).

    4. A memory foam seat cushion, so you'll stop doing that thing where you work from your bed because it's comfier than your desk chair and then end up never getting out of it. This cushion is so effective relieving pressure from your tailbone that you'll actually look *forward* to sitting at your desk.

    A reviewer's swivel office chair with a memory foam cushion resting on it
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    Promising review: "I've purchased similar items in the past that visually looked like this but were stiff and rigid. This is amazing. Totally eased my back pain from my quarantined-at-home desk job. Highly recommend." —Bellarosa555

    Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

    5. Or if you're just dreading the whole "sitting at a desk" part in general, an adjustable, portable standing desk so your body will definitively be in "work mode" whenever you're sitting upright standing at it. It's also a great solution if your desk is a little too low for comfort.

    Reviewer image of laptop propped on metal stand
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Heavy duty and sturdy yet lightweight and compact (I can take it with me everywhere). Fits my computer well and stays in the the position you want (now I can stand up and work on my laptop, it helps my back pain). Good for sitting or standing and does not shake. It is metal and closes tight so watch your fingers. I got the black stand which is shiny and sleek. Overall is one of the best stands I've used to date." —Paula Levine

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in seven colors).

    6. A customizable mug and wine glass set to clearly draw the line between ~morning me time~ and ~evening me time~ before and after work.

    A "before work" mug and "after work" wine glass
    Nalu Party Essentials/Etsy

    Nalu Party Essentials is a Florida-based Etsy stop established in 2019 that specializes in personalized glassware and gifts.

    Get it from Nalu Party Essentials on Etsy for $18.89 (available in 33 colors).

    7. A pour-over coffee maker so you'll actually have to slow down a bit and take some time for yourself in the morning instead of jumping right into the nearest shared Excel doc.

    A pour-over coffee maker with coffee in it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Because of the quarantine, I finally decided to bite the bullet and get the right gear to make a better cup of coffee. It's perfect. After a bit of experimenting, I found a ratio I really like, and it's so easy. I boil water on the stove, turn the burner off and let the temperature drop for two to three minutes, then pour the water over the coffee. After I fill my cup, I pour the rest into a thermal carafe to keep it hot. This is all worthwhile and really doesn't take much time. The coffee is substantially better. Try it... It's certainly worth the price of admission!" —virtualjsk

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. Plus a tiny milk frother, if you really want to go the extra mile for your work-free morning sip — everything you drink will taste like it was lovingly handcrafted by a barista.

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    It's also teensy for storing and cleans with a quick stream of hot running water! We stan a convenient appliance!! Also, for what it's worth, you could totally use this to make quality ~evening drinks~ like hot toddies and boozy hot cocoa.

    Promising review: "This is seriously my best quarantine purchase and I have made a lot! No need for Starbucks anymore. My craving has been fulfilled. I make at least one fancy drink every morning. To make the cold foam similar to Starbucks salted honey you use a little milk (I use almond), a sprinkle of salt, and some honey then use the frother. It makes so much from a small amount and the taste is delicious!! This will be your new morning best friend. I am so happy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.76 (available in 10 colors).

    9. A "hierarchy of remote work needs" printable to keep at your desk as a reminder that the new self-actualization is logging the heck off at the end of the day and living your human life.

    A pyramid that says "hierarchy of remote needs" with jokes based on Maslow's hierarchy of needs
    fosslien/Etsy

    Fosslien is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2011 that specializes in custom stickers, prints, mugs, hats, and more.

    Get it from Fosslien on Etsy for $4.50.

    10. The Drinking Animals Coloring Book, which will take you on a *delightful* journey of animals doing just that. Perfect for anyone who can't be trusted to watch Netflix on their computer after work without refreshing the email on their desktop 15 times, since it'll keep your hands busy. Can I get anyone a Llamarita?

    The cover of the coloring book, which has a llama drinking a cocktail
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've taken up some silly hobbies while in quarantine. Coloring has been one of them. I love each picture these are so cute and fun. I didn't realize that there were actual ingredients in the book so that was an added surprise. I like the book. It's a two-in-one." —Taylor Rutledge

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    11. Or gorgeous pastel paint-by-number to give your hands and brain an even *more* occupying challenge to keep you off Slack after hours. The numbers on this are teensy and require more focus (but have an end result so beautiful you'll want to frame it in the front hall 🌸).

    A water color of a single pink flower in a vase on a rustic table
    Amazon

    Each set comes with a detailed numbered outline, three brushes, and a set of numbered acrylic paints with extra to spare.

    Promising review: "I couldn't be happier with this set. I haven't done paint by numbers since I was a kid and it's so much fun. It's so relaxing and the set comes with everything you need." —RR Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $15.79.

    12. Or if you really want to challenge yourself, a beginner-friendly cross-stitch kit with everything you need to create your own 2020 mood board (and keep your eyes off your Gcal at night).

    An embroidered dumpster on fire that says 2020
    Grandma Be Wildin'/Etsy

    Grandma Be Wildin' is an California-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in DIY meme-based cross-stitches and vintage style pieces.

    Each set includes instructions, a stitch pattern, embroidery floss in nine colors, the embroidery hoop and cloth, and a needle.

    Promising review: "LOVED this little stitch!! So cute and fun and it has been a great way to pass the time during this quarantine. Perfect for beginners." —Cindie Ellis

    Get it from Grandma Be Wildin' on Etsy for $24.77.

    13. A set of planner stickers so when you vow to yourself you're going to log off at a certain time, you'll have some adorable motivation to stick to it — these come with reminders to take breaks, drink water, and, of course, have a lazy day every now and then.

    Two packs of stickers with text reminders for tasks
    Art By Ryan/Etsy

    Art by Ryan is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2010 that specializes in hand-designed art prints and stickers.

    Get a pack of two from Art by Ryan on Etsy for $5.

    14. A popular lemongrass eucalyptus candle with a scent profile designed to help you focus and stay energized. You can light this at the beginning of your work day so you'll always associate it with a transition into ~work mode~ — basically like a much better-smelling mini commute.

    A green "Awaken + Invigorate" candle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is by far the best candle I have purchased. I love the lemongrass eucalyptus scent. I originally purchased it to repel mosquitoes and then read that it has so many other benefits. The smell is fresh and invigorating. I have already purchased two and will purchase more in the future!" —Karine B.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three sizes and as a diffuser).

    15. A time-marked water bottle not just to remind you to stay hydrated during the day, but as a very literal, visual cue at 5 p.m. to step away from your laptop (and maybe chug a few ounces of water while you're at it).

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    This bb also comes with a no-leak lid and the ability to infuse your water with fruit to jazz things up — plus a carrying strap, so you can take it on your midday walks away from your desk!

    Promising review: "I'm really glad I purchased this water bottle. Since I started working from home I noticed my water consumption has gone down significantly. I was getting dehydration headaches constantly. I found this water bottle through a BuzzFeed article (you know the type) and figured I'd give it a shot. It really is helping me stay on track with my water. The only drawback is that it is not dishwasher-safe, but it's very easy to clean with a standard bottle brush. All in all, if you're looking to increase your water intake, I definitely recommend this water bottle." —Emily Mueller

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    16. A privacy sign meant for offices that can actually be an effective (and cheeky) way to let your family or roommates know if you need quiet, or if you're around for a quick chat. This way you have a little more control over transitioning between work and home throughout the day.

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    Promising review: "I work from home, and if you do too you may also encounter this odd scenario: merely closing the door to one’s office is not actually a reliable method to let others know you are working. I can’t say enough good things about this sign. It is a far better design and quality than expected at this price point. The sign is a dial-style, and really sturdy. The dial even has a click-in-place feature to prevent your status from accidentally moving when the door swings shut. Gone are the days of people thinking you’re available when you’re not! Well, at least you have forewarned them! I am extremely happy with the sign, and can recommend it to anyone who might need a little extra assistance in deterring work interruptions!" —Conscious Consumer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in two colors).

    17. Or a handy dry erase door hanger, so you can get super specific with it, whether you're bogged down with work or need time alone to decompress. Sure, "on a call" means a lot more to your roomie than it does to the cat scratching at your door, but can't hurt to try!

    Hanger that says "shhh, i am ..." with options for being on a call, working, reading, napping, with a blank to say until what time and other instructions
    Harrison Sign Co/Etsy

    Harrison Sign Co. is a Nebraska-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in modern dry erase boards and aluminum signs.

    Promising review: "My purchase is perfect, just what I asked for. Great customer service and quality product." —Ann

    Get it from Harrison Sign Co. on Etsy for $14.99+ (available with or without marker).

    18. A set of affordable wireless Bluetooth earbuds with a super comfy, lightweight feel, so you can toggle on your "work playlist" during work hours and seamlessly switch it over to your "OUT OF OFFICE, Y'ALL" playlist without your ears aching at the end of the day.

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    These come with a wireless charging case that provides up to 14 hours of charge (with the earbuds able to play for 4+ hours with each full charge). The earbuds are also sweatproof and waterproof so you can use them during workouts or runs, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone. Psst — reviewers mentioned it was easy to take calls outside while wearing these with a mask, too!

    Promising review: "I bought these to replace my old pair of xFyro xs2 headphones after they stopped working. The bass in these is infinitely better and they are perfect for blocking out all of the extra noise while I work at home. I am blown away by the quality of these headphones, especially given their low price. For the price, they were unbelievably good and performed as well as (or even outperformed) some other headphones I had from much higher price tiers." —Siren Aria

    Get it from Amazon $29.99 (available in five colors).

    19. An insulated soundproofing strip that easily sticks to the outer rims of your door so you won't get tempted to peace out of work if other members of your household have different work hours and they start blasting Parks & Rec in the next room while you're still trying to focus.

    amazon.com

    Psst — this insulated strip also stops air conditioning from escaping out of the crack under the door, saving energy and money!

    Promising review: "Product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation, I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in two colors).

    20. A "take a break" digital wall print with a comforting minimalist design to remind you to do! just! that! at least a few times a day, and to fully log off when you do.

    sign that says "don't forget to take a break and just breathe"
    Minna May Studio/Etsy

    Minna May Studio is a Washington-based Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in hand-designed stickers, wall art, greeting cards, and more.

    Get it from Minna May Studio on Etsy for $6.50.

    21. A set of Monkey Noodles, a quiet sensory toy that stretches, pulls, twirls, wraps, *and* squeezes, so you can gently ease yourself into "me time" mode during those end-of-the-day Zoom meetings when you're already feeling restless.

    Reviewer image of five long noodle-shaped toys in different colors
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is my absolute favorite fidget! I’m an adult with autism and ADHD. I carry one around with me everywhere I go. It definitely assists me in staying calm/still while I’m at work. I’ve recommended it to several friends!" —KaelynnVP

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    22. An always-handy smart plug you can sync with your devices like Alexa and Google Home to turn things on and off without getting up to do it yourself — a VERY handy way to create "cues" for yourself to take breaks and end work for the day, whether it's with a light that turns on and off or a coffee maker that starts automatically brewing another cup.

    A small white plug next to the app you can use to control it
    Amazon

    You can also control the devices plugged into it via an app, which will turn items on and off no matter where you are. Plus, if you live in a big household, you can set up the app on multiple devices so everyone will be able to sync with them.

    Promising review: "This smart plug is much easier setup than what my experience. Works well with Google Assistant. Especially right now working from home making us more lazy than before. I like this!" —Geno

    Get it from Amazon for $19.54.

    23. Speaking of — a set of LED light strips that lets you customize the color, brightness, and timing of the lights, and control it through an app on your phone. So you could choose to make "work mode" green and have it gently switch to "out of office mode" in blue, and use it to subtly set the tone for your day.

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    It comes with adhesive strips and hooks, a Wi-Fi controller, and an adapter, so you can easily install and sync it in your home with everything included. You can even customize it to pulse to the beat of whatever music you're playing. Basically your house can become the most exclusive quarantine club in the neighborhood.

    Promising review: "With this pandemic I had been looking for ways to liven up the mood and I have to say these lights did the job!! They are so much fun!! They go with the music! If you are looking for ways to bring some fun to your life without leaving home or just to add a touch of brightness to your home, these lights will do the job!" —Haze

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two lengths).

    24. A rotating, heated back and neck massager to work out all of the knots in your odds and ends at the end of a long day, and relax you enough to shake off whatever lingering work-adjacent thoughts you have still floating in your head.

    A reviewer holding the massager, which has three rotating heated balls under the fabric on both sides
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm sitting all day at home during the COVID outbreak, and I was looking for something I could use now and in the future. It is intense! I like to use it on my shoulder and on my lower back. I am excited that it can be used in the car, as I expect to be moving cross-country in the new year or so." — Alli

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    25. An Instant Pot you can use to back-time your dinners by a few hours. If you know you want to finish work at 5 p.m., you can get your ingredients together earlier in the day and throw 'em in the Instant Pot — when it's done cooking, not only will you have dinner, but you'll have a predetermined reason to step away from your desk.

    An instant pot with a control panel of buttons depending on what you're cooking
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    Plus, this bb whips up everything from soups to meat dishes to eggs to rice to — wait for it — CAKE.

    Promising review: "I've had it for only two weeks, and I swear I haven't touched my stove or pans. So easy to use and so many functions. You can sauté meat, make hard-boiled eggs and perfect rice and beans, and steam vegetables in a matter of minutes. The Instapot community is large, and there are always recipes to be shared. So simple to use and clean. I've made anything from perfectly hard-boiled eggs whose shells just fall off on their own to soups, Mongolian beef, and spaghetti! I am so glad I jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon and cannot wait to purchase accessories in the future to make cheesecake and other things." —Yestfl

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes).

    26. Or an air fryer you can throw food into a half hour or so before it's time to log off (my new fave quarantine activity, TBH — my 5:30 p.m. potatoes are my 6 p.m. post-work bliss). Plus, this bb can cook so many different dishes using the power of rapid air technology that it'll spoil you for other methods of cooking forever.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I'm talking perfectly crisped french fries, veggies, and chicken wings in less than 20 minutes — no oil required. Dinner just got lit 🔥.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this air fryer. It's easy to use and clean. We use it almost daily for french fries, chicken nuggets and strips. It makes the taste of frozen food taste more like fast food. It also cooks faster than baking in the oven. With us safe at home due to COVID, it's made mealtime more fun." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $72.99+ (available in four colors).

    27. A thin, waterproof desk pad you can use as a chic way to create a ~designated desk space~. The more you can differentiate spaces as "work" and "life" spaces in your home, the easier it will be not to muddle them.

    A model typing at their desk with the mat under their laptop and accessories
    Amazon

    Psst — they're also reversible, so you get two colors in one!

    Promising review: "I bought the grey/orange (really peachy not orange) pad for my desk. It's great, it's super thin, works well with my wireless mouse and I can use it as a writing pad under my paperwork. I don't love working from home but this makes it just a little bit easier." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $16.14 (available in eight styles).

    28. Plus a set of adjustable desk shelves to organize your professional knickknacks and make your WFH space even *more* official and put together.

    A set of desk shelves in a light wood that fit several books, plants, and desk accessories
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Working from home I needed something to organize my work essentials so I didn’t feel like my table was just a mess of stuff. This is better than I expected. It’s cute, it makes access to what I need easier and I’m able to have things organized. Even after I’m able to go back to the office I can see use for this for many things!" —Jennifer

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    29. A productivity timer you can pretty much use as your designated babysitter — it can be set to any number of minutes within an hour, so you know when your designated "breaks" are, and will be much more motivated to take them.

    A model adjusting the time on a small square-shaped blue clock
    Amazon

    A popular way of doing this would be to set the time for 50 minutes, so then you work work work for that stretch and then take the ten minutes at the top of the hour for other tasks like checking Instagram or answering texts. Then you can restart the timer and do it again. If anything, it's just sometimes a reminder of what you can get done in a certain amount of time if you block distractions out, which will help you make the most of your breaks by being more present in them.

    Promising review: "I’m a newly discovered ADHD adult and use this to keep myself moving along tasks through the day. Set goals, hurry, move on. I’m self employed and many days work from computer with headphones on. While the beeper on this is loud on the high setting, it is no match for noise-canceling headphones. So I took it apart, soldered and drilled in a super bright LED bulb in the corner of the dial face. And now it is peeerfect." —Atkins

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in six colors).

    30. A thick, eco-friendly nonslip yoga mat for morning yoga or meditation, so you have something definitively in between waking up and starting work if you're WFH and need a routine to settle you.

    Model on a green yoga mat
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I use this at home and for yoga classes. It’s really thick, making it comfortable to kneel on, which is really nice for yoga. Been using it for a month now and it hasn’t shown signs of wear. It rolls out easily, and doesn’t curl too much. I also really like the pink and blue color scheme." —Best Cucumber

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in five colors and two thickness levels).

    31. A cheeky "Out Of Office" embroidered hat that may start as a joking way to get you out of work mode, until whoops, now all your friends own one too, and it's REAL.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought these for a bachelorette party and I couldn’t be more pleased. I think they are adorable. Better quality than I had thought, since wording is embroidered and not painted on. Hat size is adjustable with draw string. After reading the reviews was concerned because I have a big head which usually requires a large hat size, but this fit perfectly. I would definitely buy it again." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in dozens of styles).

    Metaphorically peace-ing out of your home office every night like:

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