14 Home Office Buys to Boost Your Productivity
Make the most of your workday with these productivity-boosting office buys.
Working from home comes with an endless array of time-wasting, energy-draining distractions. And while we can’t keep your kids from incessantly poking your shoulder every 45 minutes or mute your ravenous spouse as they savor kettle-cooked potato chips during their lunch break, we can manage these distractions with a little help from these productivity-boosting products.
As always, we’re covering all the bases and tackling your productivity obstacles from every angle. Below, you’ll find not one but two boundary enforcing tools to inform your household that you’re unavailable to chat. Keep scrolling to find desktop organizers and drawers to store (read: hide) your chaotic work supplies and create a clean slate for your day. Stock up on streamlined stationery to help you meet your goals and, go ahead — treat yourself to our must-have time-management tools like time-block cubes or an old-school hourglass.
The key to maintaining productivity is freeing your mind from distractions like a cluttered desk. This desktop computer stand provides a modern, streamlined base to corral paper supplies, writing utensils, your smartphone and a coffee mug in one concise space. The tray organizer features a sleek waterfall silhouette, allowing you to slide your keyboard beneath it to free up desk space for writing, reading or other workday tasks. Our favorite part? Each computer stand comes equipped with three USB ports for seamless charging of all your tech in one place.
Keep your phone out of sight and mind with this handy desktop cleaning tray. The UV light sanitizing tray kills 99.99% of bacteria and germs on your cellphone (and other everyday items!) in one five-minute session. Store your phone in the tray for the sanitation session, then leave it in there for a few hours while you knock out your daily to-do list.
If your desk moonlights as a graveyard for coffee mugs, spare pieces of paper and every type of writing utensil imaginable, then this pick is for you. These chic desktop drawers are great for chronically chaotic workspaces as they provide a stylish spot to shove your stuff when you need to focus. Even better? The opaque drawer fronts hide your clutter from sight and add a fresh dose of color to your workspace. Choose between navy, orange, green and marigold to suit your space, or go bold with the four-piece set for maximum organizing opportunity.
Whether you’re surrounded by rowdy roommates, chatty partners or a slew of needy kiddos, working from home is no easy feat. Create boundaries during work hours and let your loved ones know you’re unavailable with one of these darling door hangers. The handcrafted signs come in your choice of walnut, cherry or maple plywood. Each sign comes finished with a light or dark brown leather cord for easy, stylish hanging right out of the box.
Acrylic organizers are wildly popular in the beauty world because the transparent material allows makeup lovers to see and take stock of their beloved products in a contained space. Doing so ensures they do not spend unnecessary money on products they already have hidden away in a drawer and provides a clear view of what they are missing at any given time. Our advice? Apply the same theory to your workspace with an acrylic desk organizer drawer! This fashionable option from Pottery Barn provides a sleek spot to store important documents, corral easy-to-misplace items and your everyday stationery.
Fail to plan, plan to fail. Jump-start your day with productivity in mind using this handy daily planner pad. The customizable planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets and blank spaces to pencil in your daily priorities, schedule, to-do list, meals and water intake. Each pad boasts a sleek, minimalist layout that promises to add modern flair to your desktop.
Combat your afternoon slump with this energizing home office essential. The standing desk converter energizes your sedentary role and allows you to stretch your legs and maintain focus throughout the day. Even better, the standing converter is adjustable and aids in relieving pain associated with sitting with poor posture for a long period of time.
Compartmentalize the chaos on your desk with this space-saving and simple desktop organizer set. The streamlined stoneware set comes with four storage cups and a catchall tray that can be used together or separately to suit your space. Snag the white to brighten your business hours or the smoky gray to add an edge to your desktop design.
Jot down the big milestones and deadlines for your week ahead with this magnetic glass dry-erase board. The tabletop design appears crisp and orderly on your home office desk, and the roomy dimensions allow ample space for you to write down and edit notes throughout the week.
Jump-start your day with a little mindfulness and motivation a la The 5-Minute Productivity Journal by Jennifer Webb. The quick-and-easy journal offers users an outlet to organize their thoughts, outline their goals for the day ahead and prioritize tasks accordingly. Bonus: The journal is a great pathway to the healthy habit of self-reflection and self-care each day.
Looking for a more subtle solution to managing your productivity at work? This ultra-sleek hourglass sand timer set is here to deliver. The duo boasts a minimalist, streamlined design that brings beauty to your desktop and offers 30-minute and five-minute timers to keep you on task throughout your day. Simply flip the hourglass and your countdown begins.
Time is money, so use it wisely. Time management becomes second nature with this productivity-boosting timer cube. The desktop staple features five-, 15-, 30- and 60-minute intervals and comes equipped with two alarm volume levels. Snag the cube for your home office and pick up an extra for your spouse or work bestie while you’re at it.
Give your WFH co-workers (read: children) a silent signal of your availability with this desktop light. The innovative design comes with three light settings like a traditional traffic light: green means available, yellow means busy and red means do not disturb. Plug the light into a standard USB port on your laptop and change your availability status using the included Windows or macOS application from your computer.