Even before the onset of the global pandemic, a lot of people have discovered the beauty of remote jobs – no long commutes, no office drama, no corporate attire, and the perk of working wherever you want with a flexible schedule. Imagine attending virtual meetings from your favorite coffee shop, hotel lobby, a beach resort, or even in the comforts of your own home. You’ll probably think – well, that’s the dream.
But telecommuting or working from home hits different during the COVID-19 era. It has become both a privilege and a necessity as we are encouraged to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus and limit our exposure. Some companies allow their employees to work remotely full time, other people switch to freelancing jobs, and some take a shot at running an online business to earn a living. For many, it’s safer and more convenient, thanks to modern technology.
List of Working from Home Essentials
Although working from home has many benefits—it is more cost-efficient, saves us time and energy, and frees us from traffic jams—being confined in a small space for a long time can also be quite challenging especially for those who are used to the 9 to 5 desk job. Distractions are all over the place: your whining kids, Netflix, household duties, comfortable bed, social media, pets, etc. Even the noise from the nearby construction site or your boisterous neighbors can make you lose your focus on your tasks. This can leave you feeling frustrated and counterproductive.
Burnout is a common problem for those who are on a WFH setup due to a lack of boundaries and social isolation. We also experience eye strain and back pains after long hours of facing our computers. But since remote jobs seem to be here to stay in the long-term, we have to adapt with the times to make our work-from-home arrangement less draining and more bearable. So how do we create an environment that can contribute to our productivity and motivation?
First, we need to set up an organized home office that has all the important tools and equipment – this will function as our professional workstation for the time being. In this list, we compiled some of the basic things that you can include in your WFH essentials to make the transition easier for you.
Computer or Laptop
When you’re working remotely, the computer is your bread and butter. As your main work tool, your desktop PC or laptop must be fast and reliable enough to perform the tasks required for your field. Sure, you can use your tablet or even your smartphone to connect to the Internet and send emails to your boss, but it won’t be easy for you to create spreadsheets, write reports or edit photos and videos.
Having a good laptop is a long-term investment for people who are working from home (or anywhere in the world) because it gives them the freedom and the flexibility to move from their usual home workstation to the garden table or breezy veranda. It’s handy, too, when traveling to other places! You’ve got many options that range from Chromebooks, Apple MacBooks, and Windows laptops, but before making a purchase, you must be clear about which one will perfectly suit your needs and budget.
Storage space, battery life, processor, RAM, and other important specs should also be considered in choosing the best laptop for you. A laptop stand is also a wonderful addition to your WFH tools to improve your posture and feel comfortable while typing.
The internet is your lifeline when working from home. It is important to invest in a high-speed Internet connection because it can spell the difference in your output and productivity. Most likely, you’ll be using it for your Zoom meetings, research, file downloads/uploads, and other work-related duties. Imagine how frustrating it can get for you and your clients if your video calls keep dropping due to poor connection.
If you’re an online seller who’s slow at responding to inquiries due to unreliable Internet service, you may also risk losing potential buyers. A stable and fast Internet is also required if you’re teaching virtual courses or if you’re committed to posting your food blogs regularly. To ensure optimum performance, you may get a new router or call your Internet provider to upgrade your WiFi plan, especially if multiple devices are connecting at once.
Since everybody is at home using the Net for online classes, gaming, and streaming shows, it can affect the speed of your connection. Another tip is to use a WiFi extender to boost your Internet signal if the WiFi can’t seem to reach your home office.
Coffee Maker or Tea Infuser
Missing the coffee breaks with your colleagues in the office? Recreate your favorite morning ritual by setting up your coffee (or tea) corner in your kitchen at home. For your daily caffeine fix, you can get yourself a classic coffee maker, French press, or a Nespresso machine. Kickstart your day by brewing your coffee and just enjoying its lovely aroma before opening your laptop to check your emails.
This will energize you throughout the day while saving you some money from buying expensive beverages in high-end cafés. Not a fan of coffee? Sipping a hot cup of tea in between your meetings is also a nice way to relax and recuperate from work stress. Bring out your infuser and loose leaves and make yourself a pot of tea with a whole bunch of self-care. Blissful!
Comfort is key in picking the right computer chair for your home office. Be kind to your body and look for a high-quality chair that can help prevent neck/back pains and avoid posture problems. Remember that you will be spending a lot of hours sitting in front of your desk and the last thing you want is to have backaches or injuries over time. Your old couch or wooden kitchen chair may not give you the proper cushion that you need while doing your PowerPoint presentations.
Meanwhile, working from your bed cozied up in your pajamas with a cup of hot coffee on the side may seem like a dream, but it can be detrimental to our sleep quality, productivity, and posture. Invest in an adjustable and comfortable ergonomic chair that provides tension relief and optimal support to your body, especially your lower back.
Standing Desk or Table
Let’s face it: many of us who are on a WFH set-up are not getting as much physical activity as before. We don’t want the quarantine season to turn us into a couch potatoes, do we? Getting an adjustable standing desk is a great way to address your sedentary behavior and back pains caused by sitting idle the whole day – except going to the restroom and eating your lunch.
To minimize the health risks of sitting too much, you can adjust the height of your customizable standing desk and alternate between standing up and sitting down while working from home. Choose a spacious table where you can display your laptop and your other work paraphernalia like your calendar, pens, and notebooks. And of course, always keep your work table clean and organized.
Collaboration and Communication Tools
Remote work also involves the use of software/apps that aid us in communicating with other WFH employees to ensure effective team collaborations and productivity. Technology is our friend when it comes to project management, video conferencing, file sharing, group chats, and more. Some of the useful work from home tools are Zoom, Slack, Trello, Microsoft Teams, Dropbox, Google Drive, and ProofHub.
It can be distracting to hear your dog barking, the children throwing tantrums and your neighbors belting out karaoke tunes during an important video conference call with your workmates or when you’re busy transcribing interviews. This is when the noise-canceling headphones come to the rescue. They can help you hear with clarity what your colleagues and bosses are saying.
Choose the one with an active noise cancellation feature that will help you block external sounds so you can focus on your tasks well. You can also use it to listen to the go-to work playlist that will get you in the zone. Invest in a pair of top-tier headphones with excellent sound quality and make sure it’s comfortable to wear.
Buying noise-canceling headphones with a microphone will be beneficial for you as well because your voice will be heard clearly during work calls. Don’t forget to put yourself on mute when you’re not speaking to minimize the background noise in your virtual meetings.
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
Although you can type data with the laptop keyboard and use the trackpad to navigate websites, nothing beats having a wireless keyboard and mouse especially if you’re spending a long period working at home every day. Your hands and wrists will thank you later for getting a good mouse that allows you to scroll seamlessly while reducing strain. Buying a comfortable keyboard with quiet keys is also essential if you have roommates in your house or apartment.
You don’t want to wake them up with the sound of keyboard tapping. Investing in these wireless accessories can boost your productivity and work experience because they can help speed up your typing and improve your precision without sacrificing comfort.
Planner, Notepad, and Pens
Keeping a planner in your makeshift office at home will help you get things organized and achieve your daily goals. To manage your time efficiently, write down the tasks you must finish and update your calendar with the important deadlines, appointments, and meeting schedules so you won’t forget them. Ticking the items off your to-do list can give you a sense of accomplishment and productivity. It doesn’t always have to be just about work – you can include the schedule of your grocery day, general cleaning, and even the birthdays of your loved ones. Use fun colorful pens and stickers to ignite positivity and creativity. You can also have a separate notebook or notepad where you can doodle, take down notes from the meetings, and write your ideas. Add inspirational quotes if you like for an extra dose of motivation.
Aside from having these essential tools and equipment as well as an environment that is suitable for a work-from-home set-up, it is also important to maintain a healthy work-life balance, especially in this time of the pandemic. How about staying in a resort-themed condo that has its commercial complex and posh amenities? After a hard day’s work, allot some time for self-care and leisure to relieve your stress and anxiety. In Camella Manors Caloocan, you can enjoy the perks of using the swimming pool, fitness gym, playpark, jogging path, garden roof deck, clubhouse, and function hall.
Work from Home in the New Side of Caloocan City
Camella Manors Caloocan, the first mixed-use condo development in North Caloocan, is located at the heart of Camarin Road. This pre-selling condo in Caloocan is very accessible to lifestyle centers, business hubs, and other major establishments in the city.
The condo for sale is just two minutes away from Caloocan City North Medical Center, 10 minutes away from SM City Fairview and Ayala Fairview Terraces, and 10 minutes away from National University Fairview and Our Lady of Fatima University-Lagro.
Its strategic location in the National Capital Region (NCR) is favorable for those who are looking for an affordable condo in the Philippines because the city entails a lot of business opportunities. Since the residential property is nestled in one of the most populous cities in the Philippines, the property’s market value is potentially high. Its proximity to Manila, the country’s capital city, is also an advantage.
Caloocan, a highly urbanized city, is a preferred settlement in the metro and an attractive investment destination because of its growing industrial and commercial centers. It also has a big residential area.
Camella Manors Caloocan offers studio units at 23.76 sq.m. and 28.55 sq.m. and one bedroom-type unit at 30.36 sq.m. The first tower is expected to be completed in 2024.
For the convenience and safety of buyers, there’s an online reservation process, where the completion of reservation forms and payment of reservation fees are done virtually. An on-site or online tour of the condo unit can also be scheduled to further discuss the details.
For inquiries and reservations, please visit Camella Manors’ official website.