I have been working from home since March due to the coronavirus and it seems like there is a very strong possibility that many people from my company, myself included, will be asked to permanently work from home (partly because the gov’t wants fewer people on the trains and partly because our new CEO sees this as a great opportunity to reduce expensive office space).
I’m just wondering if people might be willing to share advice about WFH setups (desks, chairs, keyboards, etc) and maybe even photos. Other info sharing might be nice as well.
I haven’t made any major purchases so far, but the best one has been going from the Apple Magic Mouse to the Logitech MX Master 3. For me, it’s so much nicer in the hand and the scroll wheel is a work of art.
I also switched to the Logitech G512 mechanical keyboard, and it’s a much nicer typing experience than my Apple keyboard, which was too low profile for typing all day long (I’m a translator so typing is my business). The G512 isn’t perfect though as I would much prefer something Bluetooth. My options are, unfortunately, limited because I need a Japanese keyboard.
Next on my list of things to get is a good chair and possibly a new desk. Lots of people I know have standing desks, but I haven’t decided if that’s something I want yet.
For chairs, I’m considering the Herman Miller Embody or perhaps something by Steelcase. The Embody is ludicrously expensive, but that will be the piece of furniture I will be spending the most time in for work and music making, so it seems like it might be worth the investment.
We live in a small, open floor plan condo in Tokyo, so we don’t have a lot of furniture and whatever we do get needs to look nice as it’s permanently on display.
While not office-related per se, I added a pull-up bar before the pandemic and that has been a fantastic purchase for staying at home.
Anyway, I never envisioned working from home all the time as a possibility since Japanese companies have been very opposed to it to date, so it’s all a very new experience for me. I can’t even really imagine not working in a suit and taking a train/subway everyday.