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4 Home Office Essentials

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Working at home is on the rise, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and as a result, it's up to the professionals themselves to figure out a space that best accommodates their work styles. If you're one of the growing number of Americans working from home, you'll need to set up your home office in a way that keeps you in the zone even when you're not surrounded by your coworkers. Here's what to include for optimal comfort and productivity.

Choose a desk that gives you easy access to all of your important items.Choose a desk that gives you easy access to all of your important items.

1. Functional Desk
Quite possibly the most important piece of furniture in your home office is your desk. Opt for one that fits in with your ideal decor and is large enough to store all of your items in accessible areas. You might want to look for a transitional desk that can be elevated on those days you want to try out a standing desk. Doing so will take some of the pressure off your lower back and promote better circulation. 

"A comfortable chair is not an item to skimp on."

2. Comfy Chair
Unless you choose to build your work station entirely for standing, you'll need to invest in a cozy, supportive chair. Pick one that seats you at a comfortable level with your desk and allows for easy typing. This isn't an item to skimp on, as you'll probably be seated for most of the day. Add some accessories, like a heated or massaging cover that can make you even more comfortable while you work.

3. Proper Lighting
Dim lighting sets the mood for a relaxing evening, but it's not ideal for working. Be sure to have a bright overhead light in addition to a desk lamp to keep your keyboard and computer illuminated. You should always be able to see your keyboard and laptop clearly.

4. Stable Internet
Nothing's worse than getting in a productive mood and then working from a computer that can't catch up to your speed. When the Internet cuts out in the middle of crafting an important email or researching a complex topic, it's enough to discourage you from ever working at home again. Be sure you have a strong, stable Internet connection before you begin working, and contact your provider with any issues the moment they happen. You may also want to keep a modem in the room with you so other users in your household don't interfere with your connection.