Week 13 of quarantine has arrived. For many of us, the kitchen table and home office are only distinguished by the dirty dishes sitting on one end and the laptop on the other.
This new reality has not only transformed where we live and work, but how. New technologies and resources are emerging to help you adjust to this WFH culture.
Major companies like Twitter, Facebook, Shopify, and Upwork are planning to keep their workforce remote indefinitely, due to potential cost savings, positive environmental impact, and uptick in employee happiness.
“Until recently, work happened in the office. We’ve always had some people remote, but they used the internet as a bridge to the office. This will reverse now. The future of the office is to act as an on-ramp to the same digital workplace that you can access from your #WFH setup.” - Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify
If the majority of your step count is coming from round trips from your desk to the kitchen, we're right there with you. Of course, pants-optional zoom calls and a decline in office commutes aren't anything to complain about. However, many remote employees are left craving the office-wellness perks they once had: remote-controlled standing desks, unlimited cold brew on tap, and free catered lunch.
If you're currently working from your bed or fire escape (shoutout to our New Yorkers) or just in need of an upgrade, scroll on.
P.S. If you love what you see, click the link at the bottom of this article for discounts and offers to all companies referenced.
Tired of sitting at your kitchen table or boring desk? Well, it's time to spice up your work space! DeskView is an adjustable standing desk that uses suction cup technology to stick to any glass surface. Attach it to a window, pull up a chair, and work with a whole new perspective.
Why you need Deskview:
- Increases concentration
- Optimizes breathing
- Increases core strength
- Promotes spinal disc health
In 2015, lifelong inventor Mike began experiencing back pains at the office from his seated desk setup. With cabinets above his desk and a fixed furniture layout, the only option was to utilize the windows. With nothing on the market that fit his needs, he teamed up with Jason to introduce DeskView to the world.
Fun fact: For all my Shark Tank fans out there, Jason and Mike made a deal with Kevin O'Leary. Watch here.
Follow Along: @mydeskview
Just as the visual design of an office or bedroom should enhance its function, the music you listen to should support your goals as well. Designed with your day in mind, Brain.fm creates music to support you through everyday activities.
Why you need Brain.fm:
- Improves focus, sleep, and relaxation
- Aids in meditation
- It's backed by science - look for yourself!
Daniel Clark, the current CEO, came into Brain.fm as the Head of Engineering and took over as lead of technical responsibilities. From conception to design to development and release, Dan's skills helped create this innovative app that the world needs to know about. In 2017, he took over the company and has been helping the company thrive ever since.
Follow Along: @brainfmapp
Piep is quickly turning everyone's home and office into a happiness oasis. What if you could have a thriving rare houseplant delivered right to your doorstep, just like ordering from your favorite takeout spot? Look no further.
Why you need Piep:
- Plants make us happier, healthier, more efficient, and boost our creativity
- They clean the air we breathe and reduce stress levels
- Plus, they make your zoom backgrounds come to life
Mackenna Rowley is the co-owner and founder of Piep Houseplants. Prior to creating Piep, Mackenna and her husband Leland ran a letterpress wedding invitation company. Feeling a little burned out on the wedding industry (#bridezillas!), they transitioned to growing and selling rare houseplants. That snowballed into a brick and mortar boutique in Downtown Riverside, CA, an online store, and a full greenhouse.
Follow Along: @piep.co
SPROGA® originated as a yoga practice combining a shot of espresso, yoga, and a vibrating foam roller. It has since evolved into a total lifestyle movement that includes exercises and products, such as the desk stand to achieve optimum alignment and self-awareness.
Why you need the Sproga desk stand:
- Postural rebalancing
- Core strengthening
- Improved balance
- Ergonomically well rounded
Follow Along: @sproganomics
Zigii was originally launched as a travel wellness company in 2019, delivering wellness bundles directly to travelers' destinations. In response to the remote workforce emerging from COVID-19, Zigii has shifted to delivering wellness gift bundles to people working from home and created a marketplace where you can shop all your favorite brands, all in one place.
Why you need Zigii:
- Send a dose of wellness to those you can't be with in person
- Digitally browse your favorite brands selected to supercharge your body and help you thrive
"Zigii was born from the idea of living more and compromising less. After seeing the impact of wellness on my life, I became infatuated with sharing the wealth. Zigii was built upon the pillars of collaboration and community, and we like to describe ourselves as a 'community in a tube.' We seek out like-minded brands and clients that share our goal of bringing joy and wellness into the world." - Alli Schaper
Follow Along: @livezigii
Alas, we hope this inspires you to take the windex for a spin, mount a Deskview on an unsuspecting window, and add a Sproga desktop setup as a gift to your back and posture. Throw a beautiful plant from Piep on top, grab a healthy snack bundle from Zigii, and get into a flow-state with some Brain FM functional music in your headphones.
If you don't win employee of the month and experience significantly improved levels of zen and focus, please reach out with concerns.
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Access discount codes to Deskview, Sproga, Piep, Zigii, and Brain FM here.