A well-equipped office is one of the pillars of productivity. While you’re at work, there simply isn’t time for wandering around the building in search of trivial stuff, or going to the local store in order to buy what you need. The truth is, a lot can happen in a single workday, and chances are that you won’t have too much time to spare. This is why we’ve come up with a list of 5 necessities that you simply need to have in your office.
1. Snacks at the ready
Sure, dealing with greasy fingers and bad digestion after eating half a bag of chips might not be the most appropriate thing to do in office. However, there are cool salty alternatives that will keep your hunger at bay during those work emergencies, when you can’t even afford to walk to the nearby vending machine. For example, peanuts, almonds, cashew and many similar snacks are healthy alternatives to fatty chips.
On the other hand, a simple chocolate bar is sometimes all your mind needs to get back on track. Everyone knows that sugar can help boost concentration – a single chocolate bar can do you a ton of good.
2. A spare phone charger
Regardless of how many of your colleagues own (and usually bring to work) compatible chargers, you do not want to be remembered as “the charger snatcher”. As a matter of fact, aim to be the person who has a spare charger. That way, you will show initiative. Remember, no one likes a person who constantly uses somebody else’s phone charger – it is unprofessional and disrespectful.
3. Daily/weekly agenda
A list of priorities can go a long way in helping you keep your eyes on the prize, as well as in terms of planning. Think of it as a map, and your daily/weekly objectives as destinations; you won’t be able to reach them without knowing where they are and how to get there. Naturally, you don’t really need to write down everything that you have to do because it can backfire, causing clutter in your mental list of to-dos. Your daily/weekly agenda should include rough outlines of stuff that’s not entirely work-related, such as your fitness plans, daily dietary goals, as well as social plans that may or may not influence your work in some way.
The awesome Dymo LabelWriter 450 can help keep your lists of priorities interesting – there are a lot of creative ways to keep your agenda in mind with such a cool gadget.
Even though an office employee needs to learn how to work in noisy environments, there are times where high levels of peaceful efficiency are more than welcome. A quality pair of noise-cancelling headphones can go a long way in muting distracting noises and unimportant conversations. Headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC) are the name of the game here – this technology uses microphones located on the ear cups in order to detect a potentially unwanted sound, emitting the inverse of that sound from the actual earphone.
5. Bare necessities
Some things to be included in your office may seem trivial, but when the need arises for them, you’ll regret not thinking ahead. For example, a box of tissues can spare you a ton of embarrassment, while a pack of gum or breath mints can prevent you from feeling awkward, wondering if your boss can indeed smell that tuna sandwich you had for breakfast. A water bottle is important especially in offices where tap water isn’t recommended, yet there is no portable filter nearby. Think about what other necessities you might need.
These 5 things can make your in-office life much easier. Make sure that you always have snacks on hand, be the one who has a spare phone charger, always have your daily/weekly agendas displayed, invest into headphones with ANC and always keep the bare necessities that you might need in mind!