Since I’ve been working from home, I’ve been reading a lot of those “must-have” lists you need for a home office. You know the drill: a reliable internet connection, a headset, a comfy chair. Blah, blah, blah.


Sure, all that stuff is important, but I’ve found it’s the little things that can make a big difference to making working from home an even more pleasant experience.

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Get physical

Working from home gives you so many different workout options. You can take a quick stroll around your neighborhood at lunch, do some crunches when you’ve got writer’s block or take your phone calls standing up. But did you know that a lot of gyms offer discounts if you sign up during non-peak membership hours? Plus, if you sign up for a class in the afternoon, odds are that it won’t be that crowded.

Start a lunch rotation

Network with people in your community or see if you can round up some friends who are working from home. At the very least, see if your friends who do have a 9-5 want to sneak out for a sandwich. Try to set up a lunch date once a week.

Get a cookbook

When you’ve maxed out your credit card on lunch, now is the time to start experimenting with some new recipes. Now that you have all day to cook something, you won’t feel rushed. Just don’t start talking to your pots and pans (that might be a sign that you need to start eating with people again).

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Buy yourself a gift card to your favorite coffee shop

It can be tempting to sit inside all day, hunker down and get your work done. But if you know that you’ve already invested $25 on a gift card, you’ll be more likely to go out there and use it.

Membership to Headspace

Sometimes, you just need to say, “ommm.” This meditation app helps you quiet your inner editor and your mind. Insider’s tip: If you go to the website, you’ll get a free 10-day trial membership.