Working from home has its perks. There’s no commute. The dress code is comfy casual. And the refrigerator is always just a few steps away.
But working from home can have its downsides, too. Kids, roommates and pets can be constant distractions. How can you minimize annoyances and make working from home as productive as possible? I found some products that might help.
How about noise-canceling headphones or some good old-fashioned earplugs? And a “Do Not Disturb” sign for your office door can work wonders! And at the end of the day (or at intervals throughout), a neck and back massager can really take the edge off.
Check out my full list of 37 Amazon products that’ll solve work-from-home problems and give you a jump-start on the new year.
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This Rotating Pen Holder Puts All the Essentials at Your Fingertips
Even if your home office is a migratory thing, you can easily take this little organizer with you wherever you set up shop in the house. It’ll hold your pens, pencils, scissors, markers and more. And when you’re no longer using it for office supplies, it’s great for makeup brushes, kitchenware, and more.
Adjust the Height and Angle of Your Laptop With This Ergonomic Laptop Riser That’s Rated 4.8 Stars
If you’re struggling to get comfortable in your home office, you should definitely check out one of these ergonomic laptop risers. It supports laptops from 11-17 inches in size and has a ventilated platform (with grip) to keep your machine from overheating. Easily adjust the height and angle of your laptop, so you’re not putting any strain on your body as you do your work.
Stop Struggling to Plug In Your Devices Willy-Nilly: This Power Strip Has 12 Three-Pronged Outlets and Three USB Ports
I’ve got one of these babies here at home, and I love it! One of the best features of this surge-protector power strip is that the outlets face in three different directions. Given how odd the shape and size of plugs can be these days, it’s a lifesaver to have widely spaced outlets and face in different directions. And you can plug your phone and tablets directly into the USB ports, eliminating the need for bulky adaptors. More than 6,000 Amazon buyers rate this power strip 4.8 stars!
This Gel Seat Cushion With Ergonomic Contours Will Take the Pressure Off Your Back While You’re Working From Home
Is your work-from-home space actually a wooden dining room chair pulled up to a folding table? Have you created a standing workstation using your yoga mat and a tall dresser? (I confess, this is me.) Whatever your at-home work set-up, there’s a good chance you’re making do with conditions that aren’t exactly typical. Don’t let that be a reason for end-of-day aches and pains. This gel seat cushion is totally affordable and takes the pressure off your spine. Take it with you wherever you’re working in the house. More than 38,000 Amazon buyers rate it 4.4 stars.
Use Echo Dot Smart Speaker With Alexa as Your Personal Assistant While You’re Working From Home
For only $30, you can have your own electronic assistant in Echo Dot — rated 4.7 stars by almost 70,000 Amazon buyers. This smart speaker with Alexa delivers great sound for streaming your music, podcasts, audiobooks, and more. And you can use Alexa to help you with all kinds of things. Just ask her to look up facts, schedule reminders, control your smart devices (like thermostats and lights), and more. You can also use your Echo Dot to make hands-free calls.
Keep Your Home Office Organized and Stylish With These Linen File Storage Boxes
Have all your files at your fingertips in your home office with these attractive linen file storage boxes. They even have lids, so you can keep everything tidy when not in use. You get five hanging files and plastic label tabs with each box. When not filled, you can collapse the box for easy storage.
This Amazon Buyer-Fave Lapdesk Is a Work-From-Home Essential. Choose From Six Colors!
I’m planning to upgrade to one of these 4.8-star babies. My current lap desk works fine, but it doesn’t have the extra features of this one. This lap desk has a padded bottom to make it comfortable. There’s a lip to hold your laptop in place, a mousepad, and a slot for securing your cell phone in easy view.
Deck Out Your Home Office Space With Chalkboard Wallpaper for Planning, Doodling and More
At one point, I covered an entire wall of my home office in this chalkboard contact paper. It’s great fun to write on the walls! For only $12.95, you get eight feet of this Amazon bestselling chalkboard wallpaper — plus five pieces of chalk and an eraser cloth. Use the chalkboard to brainstorm, plan, or draw pictures.
This Desk Lamp With Wireless Charger and USB Port Is Perfect for Your Workspace
Avoid the eye strain of trying to work by the light of the living room lamp. Get yourself a high-quality desk lamp like this one and set it up wherever you’re working. The LED light has five levels of brightness and five color temperatures for different environments. The base of the lamp acts as a wireless charger. Plus, there’s a USB port in the base for charging an additional device. The lamp head is adjustable to different angles, too.
Take Those Work Calls and Listen to Tunes in Comfort With This Wireless Earbud Headset
These wireless headphones come in seven cool colors, have eight hours of playtime, and are Amazon bestsellers, with more than 60,000 happy buyers. They’re water-resistant and have silicone hooks for your ears, making them great for workouts as well. For under $20, these earphones are a steal.
This White Noise Machine Can Block Out Distractions So You Can Get Work Done
With more than 22,000 4.7-star ratings, this is one of Amazon’s highest-rated white noise machines. This can be a great way to block out the distractions when working from a busy home. It’s got three white noise tracks, three fan sound effects, and five relaxing natural sounds. It’s also got three lullabies if you want to use it to relax the kids while you get some work done.
Working From Home Shouldn’t Mean Developing Neck and Back Aches: Get This Comfortable Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo
A smooth, ergonomically sound keyboard and mouse can make all the difference in a workday. This keyboard has a built-in wrist rest and a right-handed mouse that’s contoured for your hand. Just plug the dongle into your USB port, and the keyboard and mouse are ready for use.
Block Out the Noise and Focus On Work With These Soft Silicone Earplugs
I don’t know about you, but I don’t care for foam earplugs that extend into the ear canal. Those cause me discomfort. But I like these soft silicone earplugs. They mold to the shape of your ear and block out any space for sound to pass through. They’re comfortable and allow me to work without being disturbed by roommates or neighbors.
Brainstorm, Plan and Doodle on This Magnetic Whiteboard for Your Home Office
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you can’t have the convenience of an office whiteboard. These things come in handy for so many purposes. They’re great for brainstorming ideas for a project. You can use them to make lists or plan out your day. And when you’re hitting a slump, they’re great fun to doodle on. This one doubles as a magnet board so that you can attach notes to it, too.
Having Trouble Finding Things in Your Work-From-Home Space? This Mesh Desk Organizer Can Store It All
Just looking at this desk organizer, I feel like it would pull my home office into shape. It’s got five slots up top for files, notebooks, and reams of paper. Underneath the slots, there’s an open tray and a slide-out drawer with three sections. Even if your work-from-home space is on the kitchen table, you can turn it into a functional office with a handy hold-it-all gadget like this.
This Top-Rated LED Floor Lamp Gives You the Perfect Lighting for Your In-Home Workspace
With a 4.8-star rating on more than 10,000 reviews, this LED floor lamp is a sure-thing. It has an adjustable height, with five brightness levels and three color temperatures. With a lightweight base, the lamp is easy to move to wherever you need it. And it’s got a flexible neck and a timer setting. What more could you want?!
This Three-Height Adjustable Riser Is Great for Monitors, Laptops and More
Don’t keep breaking your neck looking down at your computer when you should have it comfortably at eye level. Working from home doesn’t have to mean being uncomfortable. This monitor riser can be adjusted to three different heights, and it has ventilation holes in it, so you can use it for your laptop and other devices that heat up. At less than $17 and with a 4.7-star rating, this riser is the perfect addition to your work-from-home set-up.
Block-Out Those At-Home Distractions With These Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Trying to work on the computer while the kids argue in the background? These noise-canceling headphones can give you the peace and quiet you need to focus on your work. They’re lightweight, fast-charging, and connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. When you’re not using their noise-canceling features, they’re great for music, podcasts, and phone calls. Get 35 hours of playtime on a single charge!
This Wireless Portable Speaker Is Great for Tunes or for Video Conference Audio
Music can be a great way to drown out the chaos of a noisy household. Just connect this speaker to your phone or computer via Bluetooth and you can stream music and podcasts. You can also use it as your computer speaker when you’re on Zoom meetings or watching online videos. Because the speaker is so small and lightweight, you can take it with you wherever you’re working. And it comes in six cute colors!
Kick Up Your Feet With This Foot Rest Pillow, Perfect for Wherever You’re Setting-Up Shop as You Work From Home
This office footrest is a hit with Amazon buyers, earning 4.6 stars. It’s important to have good foot support when sitting at a desk for long periods of time. Otherwise, you strain your back — and possibly more. This footrest is made of memory foam and has a non-slip bottom to keep it in place. Plus, the cover is machine washable.
Missing That Ergonomic Office Chair? This Neck and Back Massager Can Work Out the Kinks
Let’s face it: Working from home means using equipment that may not be up to the quality we’re used to in the office. Sometimes we have to sit at the dining room table or work from our laptop in the bed. The freedom can be fun, but the odd work conditions can lead to some literal pains in the neck. This electric massager has four powerful 3D massage nodes that change direction every minute to relax your neck, back, legs, or wherever else you use it. Treat yourself at the end of a long day of work!
This Fidget Cube Can Help You Deal With Work-From-Home Anxieties and Endless Zoom Calls
When nothing can be done to remove an annoyance, it helps to manage your anxiety over it. This fidget cube can be great for that. Not only is it super cool looking, but it’s also fun to play with — and comes with a zip-up storage case. The plastic cube has a smooth surface with all kinds of tactile stuff attached: soft silicone rubber buttons, a rotating joystick, a wide worry stone, a clicker, and lots more.
Stock Your Home Office With This 20-Piece Set of Rollerball Pens, Which Write as Smooth as Butter
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you should have to use the crusty old pens you find in the back of your junk drawer. Stock your home office with a nice set of these rollerball pens. This pack of 20 pens has fine tips (0.7mm) and blue ink. They write smoothly and will make you feel professional, even if you’re working in your pajamas.
Get Yourself an In-Home Wireless Charging Station for Your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods
This three-in-one device gives you a compact charging space for your Apple devices. Charge your phone in handy display mode where you can view the screen and use it while it’s charging. Having one location for charging all your devices will help you avoid the hassle of losing your stuff while you’re working from home.
Stop Getting Interrupted! This “Do Not Disturb” Sign for Your Home Office Door Will Help Send the Right Message
Ok, this Do Not Disturb sign isn’t the same as simply locking the door. It won’t work magic all on its own. It requires that someone actually read it and obey the direction. But, if your family is so inclined, this can be a great way to let them know when you’re in work mode and when you’re on break. Reducing interruptions can really help give working from home a more natural workday feel.
This Smart Video Camera Works With Alexa and Google Home: Keep an Eye on What’s Happening While You’re Working in the Other Room
Just because you’re barricaded in your home office trying to get work done doesn’t mean you have to be totally isolated. This smart camera lets you keep an eye on the kids in the other room or whatever else you want to monitor. It’s got two-way audio, night vision, and works with Alexa.
Bring Office Organization Home With This Magnetic Whiteboard Calendar and Corkboard
When you’re working from home, it can be easy to feel like you lack structure. This magnetic whiteboard calendar, which includes a corkboard section, is an easy way to pull things together. Use it to write your schedule and pin (or magnetically post) important notes. This is a great way to pull your office space together and give a sense of purpose to each day.
When You’re Working From the Couch or Bed, This Large Pillow Wedge Provides the Support You Need
An Amazon bestseller, this large pillow wedge wraps around your sides and supports your back while you’re working on your laptop on the couch or bed. It’s filled with shredded foam and has a handy pocket on the side for your phone, reading glasses, and other goodies.
Keep Your At-Home Workday Organized With This Sticky Notes Bundle: Get Sticky Tabs, Sticky Dividers and More
It can be easy to feel disorganized when you’re working from home instead of your usual office. That’s where products like this sticky notes bundle come in. Use them in your day planner, bullet journal, or important work documents. They make it easy to find the details you’re looking for and highlight important facts. You get lots of different shapes, sizes, and colors of sticky notes in the pack so you can personalize your experience to meet your needs.
Manage Work-From-Home Stresses With This Deck of Cards: 50 Mindfulness & Meditation Exercises
Amidst a year-long pandemic that’s still going strong, I think we could all use these Stress Less Cards. They include handy strategies like breaking a routine, thanking yourself, and learning to let go. There are also mindfulness meditation exercises to help counteract the mind’s automatic stress response.
This Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier Can Help You Get the Right Atmosphere for Comfortable, Productive Work
We can all use a bit of soothing in these stressful times, and this remote-control aromatherapy diffuser works wonders. It has multiple mist modes, a large, easy-to-clean water tank, and seven different LED light colors. Use it with essential oils for aromatherapy or with plain water for humidification.
Get This Balance Board for Your At-Home Standing Workstation: It’ll Reduce Strain on Your Body
Standing in one place for too long can be hard on the body. I did it the other day while working at a standing workstation, and my legs ached so bad by the time I sat down. This balance board can help with allowing you to shift your weight while standing at your computer easily. This avoids putting too much pressure on any area for too long. Your legs will thank you at the end of the day!
Stay Connected While Working From Home With Wireless Earbuds for Calls and Music
These wireless earbuds are an amazing deal. They’re only $32.99, come in six cute colors, and are rated 4.5 stars by more than 75,000 Amazon buyers. They’re waterproof and have more than six hours of playtime from a single charge, with 24 extra hours in the charging case.
Combat At-Home Wifi Issues With a Powerful Wifi Router for Your Home Office
For most of us, working from home means being online. A high-speed internet connection is key. When I had an outdated router, my connection speed was mediocre, and the signal kept dropping. It was maddening. Make sure to invest in a good router to keep your connection strong. This popular router has a 4.3-star rating by more than 13,000 Amazon buyers. It gives you speeds up to 450mbps.
Improve Your Work Station With an Exercise Ball as an Additional Chair
Sitting on an exercise ball can be really good for your back. It causes you to engage your core. I alternate between my desk chair and my exercise ball throughout the day. When I’m ready for a break, I roll the ball to an open area of the floor and do some stretches on it. That’s one of the perks of working from home! No worries that you’ll look like a weirdo when you’re rolling around on a giant ball.
Step-Up Your Online Meeting Game: This Webcam Has High-Quality Picture and Sound
Go the full Zoom on those work meetings with a new camera. This plug-and-play webcam is ready to go, with no special hardware to install. It’s got a built-in noise-reduction mic for crystal clear sound. The camera has HD 1080p resolution, picture stabilization, and an adjustable focus lens.
This Wobble Cushion Can Ease Home-Office Aches: Sit on It, Stand on It or Use It to Work Out
This wobble cushion can help distribute pressure when you sit or stand on it, helping you avoid end-of-day aches and pains. Just use it as a cushion on your office chair. Or stand on it at your standing desk. Choose from lots of different colors.