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31 Little Things To Help Separate “Work Time” From “Me Time” At Home

ShoppingCaret RightHome·Updated 34 minutes ago. Posted 2 hours agoYour bed may be two feet away from your new “office desk,” but upgrades like a specialized seat cushion and a tear-away daily planner pad can make it feel like a different world.We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by…

31 Little Things To Help Separate “Work Time” From “Me Time” At Home

Updated 34 minutes ago. Posted 2 hours ago

Your bed may be two feet away from your new “office desk,” but upgrades like a specialized seat cushion and a tear-away daily planner pad can make it feel like a different world.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


An adorably encouraging daily planner you can fill out throughout the course of each day to keep yourself on track for all your calls, goals, and even your water intake, so you have a visual sense for everything you need to accomplish during your work day — and most notably, a cue for when you’re “done.”


Each planner comes with 50 tear-off sheets the size of a standard piece of paper.

Promising review: “Super cute and helpful. Exactly what I needed to help me stay on track with working at home during this quarantine.” —Arline

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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Plus a set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can — gasp — color code your tasks, making it clear which ones are for work, which ones are for you, and which ones are the highest priority each day.

Perhaps most importantly for anyone out there planning to go full Leslie Knope on these is that they’re designed not to bleed through thin pages!

Promising review: “I bought these pens during quarantine, not expecting much, considering they are quite inexpensive. I’ve used well-known brand marker/pens in the past, and didn’t want to pay much for markers I’d use for coloring. I was concerned about the tips bending or bleeding, but I was completely wrong and am very satisfied with this product! They do not bleed, and the tips are strong and thin. I use these pens for coloring, hand lettering, and note taking, and they’re exactly what I was looking for! The only regret I have is that I did not order the larger pack with more colors!!” —Michael Fanizzi

Get a set of 18 from Amazon for $7.99.


An Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon’s most popular Alexa-enabled device, because it comes equipped with a new “Work From Home” routine. You can personally tailor it to have Alexa remind you when to start your day, when to take breaks, when to eat, when to start making dinner, and — most importantly!! — when to log the heck off.


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Also?? Sometimes you just need to have a coworker who tells you weird jokes and warns you when it’s about to rain and is always up-to-date on the latest world news. This lil’ Echo can help fill the coworker-shaped void in your WFH heart.

Similar to other Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Show 5 responds to voice commands and can be synced with Audible, Amazon Music, Amazon Video, and other apps and programs like Spotify, iTunes, and NPR.

Promising review: “It’s small and looks great. Great quality. And for such a low price, it does so much. And now during the stay at home days of the pandemic and working from home, it keeps me entertained all day!” —ADELA

Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in four colors).


A memory foam seat cushion, so you’ll stop doing that thing where you work from your bed because it’s comfier than your desk chair and then end up never getting out of it. This cushion is so effective relieving pressure from your tailbone that you’ll actually look *forward* to sitting at your desk.

Promising review: “I’ve purchased similar items in the past that visually looked like this but were stiff and rigid. This is amazing. Totally eased my back pain from my quarantined-at-home desk job. Highly recommend.” —Bellarosa555

Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

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Or if you’re just dreading the whole “sitting at a desk” part in general, an adjustable, portable standing desk so your body will definitively be in “work mode” whenever you’re sitting upright standing at it. It’s also a great solution if your desk is a little too low for comfort.

Promising review: “Heavy duty and sturdy yet lightweight and compact (I can take it with me everywhere). Fits my computer well and stays in the the position you want (now I can stand up and work on my laptop, it helps my back pain). Good for sitting or standing and does not shake. It is metal and closes tight so watch your fingers. I got the black stand which is shiny and sleek. Overall is one of the best stands I’ve used to date.” —Paula Levine

Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (available in seven colors).


A customizable mug and wine glass set to clearly draw the line between ~morning me time~ and ~evening me time~ before and after work.

Nalu Party Essentials/Etsy


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A pour-over coffee maker so you’ll actually have to slow down a bit and take some time for yourself in the morning instead of jumping right into the nearest shared Excel doc.


Promising review: “Because of the quarantine, I finally decided to bite the bullet and get the right gear to make a better cup of coffee. It’s perfect. After a bit of experimenting, I found a ratio I really like, and it’s so easy. I boil water on the stove, turn the burner off and let the temperature drop for two to three minutes, then pour the water over the coffee. After I fill my cup, I pour the rest into a thermal carafe to keep it hot. This is all worthwhile and really doesn’t take much time. The coffee is substantially better. Try it… It’s certainly worth the price of admission!” —virtualjsk

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


Plus a tiny milk frother, if you really want to go the extra mile for your work-free morning sip — everything you drink will taste like it was lovingly handcrafted by a barista.


It’s also teensy for storing and cleans with a quick stream of hot running water! We stan a convenient appliance!! Also, for what it’s worth, you could totally use this to make quality ~evening drinks~ like hot toddies and boozy hot cocoa.

Promising review:This is seriously my best quarantine purchase and I have made a lot! No need for Starbucks anymore. My craving has been fulfilled. I make at least one fancy drink every morning. To make the cold foam similar to Starbucks salted honey you use a little milk (I use almond), a sprinkle of salt, and some honey then use the frother. It makes so much from a small amount and the taste is delicious!! This will be your new morning best friend. I am so happy!” —Amazon Customer

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Get it from Amazon for $9.76 (available in 10 colors).


A “hierarchy of remote work needs” printable to keep at your desk as a reminder that the new self-actualization is logging the heck off at the end of the day and living your human life.


Fosslien is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2011 that specializes in custom stickers, prints, mugs, hats, and more.

Get it from Fosslien on Etsy for $4.50.


The Drinking Animals Coloring Book, which will take you on a *delightful* journey of animals doing just that. Perfect for anyone who can’t be trusted to watch Netflix on their computer after work without refreshing the email on their desktop 15 times, since it’ll keep your hands busy. Can I get anyone a Llamarita?


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Promising review: “I’ve taken up some silly hobbies while in quarantine. Coloring has been one of them. I love each picture these are so cute and fun. I didn’t realize that there were actual ingredients in the book so that was an added surprise. I like the book. It’s a two-in-one.” —Taylor Rutledge

Get it from Amazon for $7.97.


Or gorgeous pastel paint-by-number to give your hands and brain an even *more* occupying challenge to keep you off Slack after hours. The numbers on this are teensy and require more focus (but have an end result so beautiful you’ll want to frame it in the front hall 🌸).


Each set comes with a detailed numbered outline, three brushes, and a set of numbered acrylic paints with extra to spare.

Promising review: “I couldn’t be happier with this set. I haven’t done paint by numbers since I was a kid and it’s so much fun. It’s so relaxing and the set comes with everything you need.” —RR Mom

Get it from Amazon for $15.79.


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Or if you really want to challenge yourself, a beginner-friendly cross-stitch kit with everything you need to create your own 2020 mood board (and keep your eyes off your Gcal at night).

Grandma Be Wildin’/Etsy

Grandma Be Wildin’ is an California-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in DIY meme-based cross-stitches and vintage style pieces.

Each set includes instructions, a stitch pattern, embroidery floss in nine colors, the embroidery hoop and cloth, and a needle.

Promising review: “LOVED this little stitch!! So cute and fun and it has been a great way to pass the time during this quarantine. Perfect for beginners.” —Cindie Ellis

Get it from Grandma Be Wildin’ on Etsy for $24.77.


A set of planner stickers so when you vow to yourself you’re going to log off at a certain time, you’ll have some adorable motivation to stick to it — these come with reminders to take breaks, drink water, and, of course, have a lazy day every now and then.

Art By Ryan/Etsy

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Art by Ryan is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2010 that specializes in hand-designed art prints and stickers.

Get a pack of two from Art by Ryan on Etsy for $5.


A popular lemongrass eucalyptus candle with a scent profile designed to help you focus and stay energized. You can light this at the beginning of your work day so you’ll always associate it with a transition into ~work mode~ — basically like a much better-smelling mini commute.


Promising review: “This is by far the best candle I have purchased. I love the lemongrass eucalyptus scent. I originally purchased it to repel mosquitoes and then read that it has so many other benefits. The smell is fresh and invigorating. I have already purchased two and will purchase more in the future!” —Karine B.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three sizes and as a diffuser).


A time-marked water bottle not just to remind you to stay hydrated during the day, but as a very literal, visual cue at 5 p.m. to step away from your laptop (and maybe chug a few ounces of water while you’re at it).

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This bb also comes with a no-leak lid and the ability to infuse your water with fruit to jazz things up — plus a carrying strap, so you can take it on your midday walks away from your desk!

Promising review: “I’m really glad I purchased this water bottle. Since I started working from home I noticed my water consumption has gone down significantly. I was getting dehydration headaches constantly. I found this water bottle through a BuzzFeed article (you know the type) and figured I’d give it a shot. It really is helping me stay on track with my water. The only drawback is that it is not dishwasher-safe, but it’s very easy to clean with a standard bottle brush. All in all, if you’re looking to increase your water intake, I definitely recommend this water bottle.” —Emily Mueller

Get it from Amazon for $18.95.


A privacy sign meant for offices that can actually be an effective (and cheeky) way to let your family or roommates know if you need quiet, or if you’re around for a quick chat. This way you have a little more control over transitioning between work and home throughout the day.


Promising review: “I work from home, and if you do too you may also encounter this odd scenario: merely closing the door to one’s office is not actually a reliable method to let others know you are working. I can’t say enough good things about this sign. It is a far better design and quality than expected at this price point. The sign is a dial-style, and really sturdy. The dial even has a click-in-place feature to prevent your status from accidentally moving when the door swings shut. Gone are the days of people thinking you’re available when you’re not! Well, at least you have forewarned them! I am extremely happy with the sign, and can recommend it to anyone who might need a little extra assistance in deterring work interruptions!” —Conscious Consumer

Get it from Amazon for $11.95 (available in two colors).

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Or a handy dry erase door hanger, so you can get super specific with it, whether you’re bogged down with work or need time alone to decompress. Sure, “on a call” means a lot more to your roomie than it does to the cat scratching at your door, but can’t hurt to try!

Harrison Sign Co/Etsy

Harrison Sign Co. is a Nebraska-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in modern dry erase boards and aluminum signs.

Promising review: “My purchase is perfect, just what I asked for. Great customer service and quality product.” —Ann

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