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VR headsets are becoming an increasingly popular tool for gaming. Not only are there devices for desktop computers and consoles (usually priced more than $200), but a range of much cheaper products for mobile and tablet. 


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The falling price is making VR more accessible than ever before. As the cost of some devices declines to just $50, more and more parents are considering whether to buy their children VR headsets. 

Forward-thinking parents might think that VR headsets are a good idea. One reason is that they’re likely to become an essential interface in the future. It pays, therefore, to get kids acquainted with them at an early age. Many of today’s design and manufacturing jobs already utilize some forms of virtual or augmented reality on a regular basis, meaning that it could become an important tool in the future. 

Then there’s the fun factor. Playing with a VR headset is like nothing else. Suddenly you’re transported to a virtual world that is utterly immersive and convincing. The possibilities for gaming and creativity are quite remarkable. It’s something that children should be able to experience if they want to. 

Finally, VR headsets have the potential to provide children with profound educational experience. VR gives kids the opportunity to perform experiments in virtual labs that would never be possible at school and view recreations of historical events in immersive surroundings. 

Many parents, however, have concerns about letting their children use VR headsets. In this article, we’re going to take a look at the dangers and ask what parents can do to mitigate them. 


Children May Not Be Able To Distinguish VR From The Real World

Children have a famously weak capacity to distinguish between reality and other simulations. Throughout human history, it’s children who have borne the brunt of nightmares, not adults. Kids often fail to understand that a dream is just a dream and can’t hurt them in any physical sense. 

The same confusion, however, may pertain to simulated realities, like those available in VR. Kids may not be able to tell that the reality of the virtual world is of a very different nature to that of the real world and that the same rules don’t apply. While it may be possible to run through a wall in VR, it’s not in real life. 

Is there any evidence that young children think that their VR experiences are “real?” In 2009, a study conducted on elementary kids hooked them up to a VR system where they simulated the experience of swimming with orcas. The children knew that they were doing so with the help of a VR headset and that the orcas were programmed, but that didn’t stop them from reporting to researchers a week later that they had, in fact, swam with killer whales last Monday. 



VR Headsets May Strain Kids’ Eyes

Games like Firmament VR require a lot of focus and concentration. Kids need to be able to watch their surroundings with a keen eye if they want to progress to the next stage. But could eye strain be a problem on VR? 

The answer is, maybe. At the moment, VR manufacturers have put a lot of effort in to make VR displays look and feel natural. When you turn your head, the display moves with you, without delay. Each VR headset also contains two screens, one for each eye, feeding you with a stereoscopic vision - what humans have naturally. 

The problem is that today’s mass-market headsets are designed for the eyes of adults, not children. The “interpupillary distance” or the distance between pupils, is greater on headsets than is suitable for kids, which could lead to dizziness and blurriness of images, making it hard to focus. 


Could VR Cause Seizures?

Eye strain isn’t a particularly big deal if you sort it out quickly, but seizures could be potentially life-threatening. Do VR headsets cause them? 

In-house research by the Facebook-owned VR headset maker Oculus suggests that as many as one in four thousand headset users could experience some form of seizure while in virtual reality. The reason for the seizures, the company claims, is that VR headsets deliver light patterns and flashing lights which could have a similar effect to other forms of media. 

If you know that your child has epilepsy or a similar condition, then it’s worth remembering that VR headsets are very much like the TV or computer and need to be monitored. Headsets have powerful backlights which light up their screens, providing the images that the user sees.



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Summer break is finally here and it's a great time to get a summer reading list going, especially for the kiddos. Now is your chance to get a jump start on that reading list with the first three books in the Max Crumbly series. 



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Children's books written in the format of a diary with page doodle illustrations have been popular for quite some time. I know these are the type of books my two kids love to read the most (aside from comics). The Misadventures of Max Crumbly books are written in the popular format and have taken their place amongst my daughter's favorites. To celebrate the release of the third book - Masters of Mischief, I have teamed up with Simon & Schuster Publishing to bring you a giveaway for all three books in the series so far. 




About Masters of Mischief (The Misadventures of Max Crumbly #3)
When we last left our courageous hero, Max Crumbly, and his trusty sidekick Erin, they had just finished foiling the plans of some bumbling thieves. But Max and Erin were trapped in a smelly, dangerous dumpster of doom and about to be discovered by the last people they wanted to find them.

Now in this latest installment of Max’s journals, Max and Erin face foes both new and old as their misadventures continue. Can the two friends avoid detection—and detention!—while keeping South Ridge Middle School safe from bullies and criminals?




About the Author
Rachel Renée Russell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the block buster book series Dork Diaries and the exciting new series The Misadventures of Max Crumbly. There are more than 25 million copies of her books in print worldwide, and they have been translated into thirty-four languages. She enjoys working with her two daughters, Erin and Nikki, who help write and illustrate her books.

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Just because summer is here, doesn't mean the learning has to stop. My kiddos love learning, especially when it's fun. That's why we use pretty much every opportunity we can to learn about the world around us all year long. The Young Scientists Club's wide variety of science kits can keep your kiddos engaged and learning through out summer break and they will actually enjoy it! 

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The Young Scientists Club makes stupendous science kits for kids of all ages that can be used through out the year as supplemental learning projects that can be coupled with what they are already learning in school, used as homeschool learning tools, and even just as fun projects to keep your kids busy while also teaching them that science can be a ton of fun. 

They offer many kits tailed to various age groups and a lot of them feature popular characters such as The Magic School Bus and Clifford the Big Red Dog. They have school and group packs available, but you can also get the smaller at-home kits as well. 

We chose the Clifford the Big Red Dog Animal Science Kit, which is part of the Clifford science club for ages 3+.


These kits come with so much! There's enough here to keep your child engaged and learning all day long, or you can space them out through out a week, weekend, or lesson plan. 

The activities in this particular kit include: 
Making edible play dough, animal track cast, animal scavenger hunt, animal fossils, bug house, camouflaged animals, animal life cycle, what is in an egg, what do animals eat, bird feeder, and habitat diorama. This kit comes with reusable habitat stickers, scavenger hunt chart with stickers, a bug house, 12 miniature animals and much more. Plus, you get a colorful 20 page manual that guides you through every activity with lots of fun things to read. 


My son loved the widow cling animal habitats and animals. We played a bit of a game with them where he would shut his eyes and I would give him a random animal to place under their proper habitat. A few of the animals he had questioned because depending on the species, I guess some could be in different habitats, so we talked about that as well. We like that they are reusable, because even though he already knows them, he still likes to play with them over and over again. 



While my son did the habitat clings, my daughter did a few activities from the book. One of the activities was the "What Do Animals Eat?" where she used the animal figures included in the box to match them up with the kind of food they eat. 


The second activity she enjoyed was the "Life Cycle f Animals" activity using the included stickers. She learned the life cycle of an ant, frog, and a chicken. 


It's been raining non stop lately, so not many of our activities were able to be done outside. We did get a small break in the weeks long rain and storms to go out and put together our bug habitat. My son and daughter spent the day looking for the perfect sticks, leaves, rocks, and grass to put in their little domed habitat and then used the magnifying glass to find some bugs to include as well. The magnifying glass is actually getting a lot of use. They love looking at things up close, especially different leaves and flowers. 

These are just a few of the many activities, but the entire kit is perfect for summer and can be taken outside for fun in the sun as a family project. Some of the messier kits like water science and rainbow science are even better for outside fun this time of year. 


During the month of June, they will be releasing a new kit to celebrate their 20th year of kid-friendly science adventures! 10% of profits from The Exploring Oceans kit will be donated to a kit-themed charity that Young Scientists can choose from their website, www.theyoungscientistsclub.com

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When it comes to dating, and finding a dream person you can settle down with, a lot of people in the dating pool can feel lost. You go on dates, and you send message after message on apps like Tinder, but you just can’t seem to find what you’re looking for. 


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You give all kinds of different people from all walks of life a chance; a chance to take you out somewhere nice, to dress up smart and use their most dazzling smile on you, and to hopefully help you glimpse a side of the real them. And honestly, you want to like them, you really do! But when the date is over, you end up feeling like a really bad person when you don’t feel a spark for the person sitting or standing across from you. 

People push themselves a little too far in the love game. Dating becomes an obligation. You lose your way. So, how can you help yourself stay on track? 






You Only Say Yes When You Want to

‘Give them a chance!’ is something we hear all the time from our friends and family when we’ve been single for a little too long (in their eyes!), and they’re desperate to see us settle down with someone they deem worthy. Of course, the people in your life mostly want to see you happy; but sometimes, your best interests aren’t exactly at heart. 

They mean well, and you respect them for it, but it can get annoying. Even just mentioning someone who called you attractive as an offhand comment sparks their interest. 

Which is why it’s important to say no as often as you want to, and to only say yes as often as you want to. Don’t let yourself settle for something you think might make you happy, or your parents think could make you happy. If you’re really not that romantically inclined towards someone who likes you, let them down gently if they ask, and then just keep on going with your life. It’ll be a lot less exhausting on you. 



You Sprinkle it Through Your Big Days

We all have big moments in our lives, and if you have someone by your side who loves you and you love them in return, make sure you remind yourself of it during days like these. The person in your love life should make life much more enjoyable, and remind you of just how fun and interesting love can really be! 


Long work days? Ask your partner to text you little affirmations every now and then. Even at your wedding, if you’re going to have one, you should make sure there’s hints of the love and familiarity between you and your partner. Even the music can speak to both of your personalities, and you can go here if you’re aiming to have a live band play the both of you out during your last dance before your honeymoon! 




Remember, your love life should never be a drag.
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Do we ever really utilize all 5 senses on a daily basis? Obviously we do, but we never really take the time to notice that we are doing it, or that they can really enhance every experience - including our date nights. 



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This month's Date Night In Box was slightly different than previous boxes in that this box didn't come with the typical newsletter that guides you through your date. Instead, you were prompted to go onto the website and listen to guided recording that includes instructions as well as music to help you through your date. The guided recording honestly made a lot of sense with this box since it was all about the 5 senses. 


Being perfectly honest, I listened to the guide a head of time and realized that this particular box wasn't really for us. It's just not the type of date we were really interested in. However, We did take some time to try out the tasting part with the caramels and we did utilize the wax melts, which were included as the "scent" portion of the date. 


The tasting portion of the date (and really the only part we did this month), involved taking the time to really savor the included caramels in 5 different flavors with not only taste, but scent. Some of these flavors were a bit wild, like basil cayenne, but they included the caramels, knife to cut the pieces into two, pens, and card where you can rate your experience with each caramel based on smell, taste, and timing. 


The Single Malt Scotch was my favorite based o both scent and flavor. His was the Black Sea Salt. I would have to say second favorite for both of us was the Dark Roasted Mocha. It really had a strong mocha scent, but the flavor was lighter than expected which kind of threw me off a bit. It was good. 

Among the other activities in this box was massage oil, which obviously will get used at some point, but this particular date night was a day date while the kiddos were at school. There was a puzzle that doubled as a mouse pad which was kind of cool if you ask me. And of course, there was an included menu for the meal as well as other online resources that are available for all of your date night boxes. 



Another interesting thing you can find on the site for this particular box are massage tutorials, which I think is a really great addition and can be used for any date night, not just this one.

I also want to mention that you can also add the "faith" feature to both the Date Night In Boxes as well as the Kids Night In Boxes. 

Subscribe today and receive boxes delivered directly to your door each month for fun family or couples activities that are planed out for you. 




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Constantly coming up with new fun activities to do with your children can be a challenge. Get them keen on cooking and turn a daily chore into an exciting family adventure. And it’s educational, too: teaching your children to cook for themselves will mean they’re more likely to eat healthy food when they leave home. Every Mum knows that the only way to keep kids interested is to add a dash of fun, and cooking is no exception. Try these ideas and your kids will be gourmets in no time!


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Keep It Simple At First

Complex recipes and elaborate techniques will only intimidate little ones. Rather, lure them in by giving them the chance to do simple tasks like rinsing vegetables or pressing ‘start’ on the microwave. This might sound boring, but think like a kid for a second: imagine how much fun can be had just sifting flour or cracking an egg. Rather than overwhelm your children with the exactitude and discipline required to follow recipes, let them get comfortable in the kitchen first. They’ll start asking for more responsibility as they watch you and become more confident. If your children are a little older they may be competent enough to manage simple dinners or snacks. Get them boiling pasta and mashing potatoes, but don’t forget to keep it fun, or you’ll soon lose them. 


Get Creative

Recipes are handy things, but they can put a damper on creativity, which means the fun goes out of it. As far as possible, let kids be creative when it comes to ingredients and methods. For example, find new ways to use your cookie cutters, like pouring your crumpet batter into a star shape. Decorating cakes and adding toppings to pizzas are perfect arenas for creativity. Who says apple can’t go on a pizza? (Let’s be honest, whoever came up with the Hawaiian pizza had to have been a kid… and a genius!)


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Get Messy!

What kid doesn’t love plunging their hands into a bowl of chocolate icing? When you’re little, getting your hands dirty is short-hand for fun, and learning to cook presents plenty of opportunities. Separating eggs with their fingers is gooey and exciting. The key here is reminding yourself not to stress about the results: an eggshell or two can be fished out (this tricky task can keep a child occupied for hours!) and if you get a splatter of yolk in with the whites, who cares if the cake doesn’t rise as well as it would if you were cooking alone? The point is to have fun and enjoy messing around with food. Flattening out pastry or cookie dough can create a lovely crumbly mess, too. If you’re a bit of a clean freak, prepare yourself for a little more mess than usual, but remember that messes are part of the joy of cooking. And believe it or not, cleaning up can be fun, too. Once you’re kitted out in your rubber gloves and wielding your sprays, see if you don’t have fun tackling the mess as a team. 


Whether your child is old enough to be a kitchen whiz, or only little, getting them excited about cooking is a great way to spend time together.


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You don't have to leave your house to find affordable frames in hot, fashionable designs. GlassesShop makes shopping for new prescription glasses simple and stress free. 


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I really hate shopping for glasses at the optometrist. Actually, I hate shopping for glasses in general. I can never find the frames I like because I’m simple, yet maybe a little picky. But you know, I’ve discovered shopping online gives me far more options at much better prices. Even with insurance, an exam, lenses, and frames can get costly. GlassesShop has an impressive variety of eyeglasses online at affordable prices and that’s my thing. I’m down with that. So they are my go-to when I want to change it up a bit (but not too much, remember, I’m simple). They allowed me to pick out a pair at no cost and I couldn’t be more pleased with the experience!


I selected a simple pair of black rectangle frames for myself, but they have a pretty large variety of colors and styles for the whole family. As long as you know your prescription (which really just takes a call to your optometrist to obtain a copy), you can have new prescription glasses in no time. And I know you are thinking "Well, I can't try them on, though." You know what? You actually can! Obviously not in person, but you can upload a photo of yourself and try on your favorites virtually, or they also have the option to select a model photo to see the glasses on. 

These particular glasses frames I selected came with a nose piece that seemed a little big for myself and the glasses themselves, but they were easily removable. I ended up just taking them off and I like them much better without. All frames also come in a plastic case with a cleaning cloth. 

Want some great discounts on top of already great deals? Use code GSHOT50 for 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses(sale frames excluded) or FIRSTFREE for the first purchase. They have plenty of great promotions on prescription glasses  going on at any given time so you get what you need, and you save money. 



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Being a Mom is the greatest gift that life can give you. You get to share memories - and a relationship - with a tiny (and then a not-so-tiny) human being that you and your partner have created yourselves. However, let’s not kid ourselves here. Parenting is a full-time job, and usually quite a stressful one.




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As a Mom, though, you learn a lot of things. In fact, being a Mother is kind of like joining a cult of stressed-out sleep-free women who also just get what you’re going through. And it’s nice to know that you’re not the only one, isn’t it? Here are 10 things that we all know and understand as Moms.


#1: Sleeping is a thing of the past

When you’re a Mom, you just accept that sleep isn’t something that you’re going to be getting much of anymore. Whether you’re being woken up at 3am by a screaming baby, or your kids just aren’t fond of sleeping in their own beds, get used to a duvet-stealing child in the middle of the night, because it’s probably going to be a regular occurrence. As Moms, we can only vaguely remember what a good night’s sleep is.

#2: Alone time doesn’t exist

Remember that time that you wanted to get a few minutes to yourself? When you thought that you had a brief shot at actually doing so, only to find that you can’t even have a shower without your kids opening the door, or screaming, or doing all of the above simultaneously? As a Mom, you just get used to the fact that getting some ‘me time’ in is objectively one of the hardest things ever, so you kinda just stop trying.


#3: You watch way too much kids TV

Being a parent means that you have to watch what your kids want to watch until the evening, and you’re pretty sure that you’re losing more brain cells by the second. You know all of the characters from the most popular kids shows, and you may actually be starting to enjoy them. You also only listen to the music that your children like, and you just accept that it’s probably just going to be one song on repeat. Sigh.


#4: Resistance to mess is futile

Having kids means that your house is full of toys, complete with crayon drawings on the walls and the occasional muddy footprint. As soon as you clean up some of this stuff, more mess appears, as if there is a tornado sweeping through your house. Guess what, there is, and it has the exact same name as your child. As a Mom, you understand that resisting this storm is one of the most futile things ever.


#5: You need hearing help

Kids, as we all know, have no awareness when it comes to the volume of their shrieking. Having a normal, civil conversation with an adult makes you think, ‘am I actually going deaf?’ As a Mom, you just get used to the fact that quiet - further still, silence - just doesn’t exist anymore. If you’re actually suffering from hearing problems, it’s a good idea to have a tinnitus evaluation. If you’re not, then you’re pretty lucky.



#6: That cake that you wanted to eat… it’s gone

When you buy food as a normal, kid-free person, you can be pretty certain that it’s going to be there the next day when you go to eat it. When you have kids, you know for sure that it’s going to be long gone, and you just have to embrace the fact that your children are going to eat pretty much anything, with the exception of fruit and most vegetables. You reluctantly accept it, or find out a new place to hide the food.


#7: You have many, many jobs

Not only are you a Mom. You’re also a personal therapist when anything goes wrong, you’re a taxi, you’re a chef, and you’re also going to be there to clean up that mess that your kids are most definitely going to make. It’s difficult, but you just accept that you’re going to be a jack of all trades, and a master of them all. This will change you for the better, but as we all know, it can be hard to spin all of those plates!


#8: School holidays are fun (for 5 minutes)

OK, so you obviously want to hang out with your kids when school is out. However, this means that the brief escape that you get from the chaos is now gone, and that you’re going to have to do full-blown-parenting for 6 extra hours a day. You love your kids, but you love them more when they go to school for a little while, you know? We all stock up on candy, and wait for that chaotic-ness to begin.


#9: Your bank account is too painful to look at

Your kids always want - and need - stuff. New shoes, new clothes because they’re getting too big, money for the school trip that they want to go on. By the time you’ve paid for all of these things, you’re looking into the void that used to be your bank account and wondering how you’re actually going to survive with 0 money. It’s like sand in your hands, and as you probably know, you just have to deal with being broke, Moms.


#10: There’s nothing better

OK, so we’ll admit it. Despite all of these things being true, there is nothing better than motherhood. You will laugh and cry with your kids, and you will watch them become amazing adults because of the time and effort that you’ve put into your parenting. They will make you laugh with their blunt statements, and you’ll feel all warm inside when they randomly hug you. Parenting rocks, and you never forget this.


So…
There are some things that you simply won’t understand until you’re a Mom. You’ll sometimes wish that you could just get some extra sleep in, but apart from that, you’re pretty glad to be in the motherhood club. Enjoy it!


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We all have responsibilities in life. While we’d like to live a life full of endless pleasure and good times, that’s just not possible if we want to live a noble life. We need to make the most of our abilities, try to be better, and think of others. When it comes to your parents or another loved one in the later stages of their life, it’s important that we’re there to offer support and comfort when they need it. If they’re ill or simply less able than they used to be, then we need to do our bit to make their life better. We take a look at a few ways you can help below. 


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Be Respectful

You might think that you know what’s best for your mom or dad, but the truth is that you don’t: they do. Nobody likes to be told what to do or how it’s going be, and this applies especially to parents. They’ve been masters of their destiny since they left their own family’s home way back when, and they’re not suddenly going to give that up just because you think you know what’s good for them. If you’re going to help your parents (or anyone else), then always remember to be respectful. It’s the only way you’ll get through to them.


Small Jobs 

Don’t go overboard with the help, at least initially. Start small. Things like picking up groceries, preparing meals, and driving your relative to where they need to be are small tasks, and will help them to get used to the idea of accepting help from you. It’s a way of easing the transition to one of carer/receiver of help. 



Get Help from Others

You might have the will to help your loved one, but you can’t do it all on your own. After all, you’ve got your own life to live! As such, it’s important that you rope in the help of other people. There’s no space for a star player when it comes to looking after others; it’s about teamwork. Alongside any siblings you may have, you’ll also want to look at working with a company that offers home care. You may be thinking, “what is home care?” -- it’s where a professional offers care in the patient’s home, rather than in a nursing home or hospital. The more people there are to help your relative, the better care they’ll receive. 


Look After Yourself

The emphasis will mostly be on your relative, of course, but it’s mightily important that you’re looking after yourself, too. It can take a heavy toll on a person, looking after a sick or aging relative, and if you’re not taking steps to protect yourself then you might find that you pay the price. In order to offer the best care possible, you need to be operating at 100%! Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and doing things like meditation. They’ll all help you to cope with the pressures of looking after a loved one.


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Creating the ideal workspace is something you should be concerned with if you ever work from home. You deserve a space that makes you feel productive and like you actually want to sit down and get to it, not a space you can barely stand to be in. Whether you work from home sporadically or all the time, the ideas here will help you to create the ideal home workspace. Take a look and see if there’s anything you can do to make your space more effective. 


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1. Choose A Room With A Door

A simple one to begin with; choosing a room with a door. That is, of course, if you have the luxury to do so. Not everybody will, so you may simply have to choose a quiet corner, invest in some noise reducing headphones and get on with it. However, if you can choose a room with a door this is the best way to make sure you can do your work without being disturbed. Especially helpful if you live with family or a partner who always seems to need your help finding their socks. 

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2. Arrange The Furniture In A Way That Is Conducive To Productivity 

You don’t have to be a huge fan or follower of feng shui, but arranging the furniture in a way that is conducive to your productivity is a must. For example, your desk and chair should be in something called ‘the power position’. This is where you can see your door and who is entering your office, and you feel more in control. 




3. Make Sure Your Tech and Gadgets Are Right For You 

Tech and gadgets are usually an important part of your office in one way or another. There are probably many applications and pieces of software you can use to help automate certain processes and eliminate human error, so do your research to figure out what works for you. Even checking out this article on the best antivirus software could help to save you time and hassle when ensuring the longevity of your computer. 



4. Let In Some Natural Light

Natural light has been shown to increase productivity and mood in workers, which is why artificial light in the workplace is not recommended. If you can, keep those curtains or blinds wide open during the day to improve your productivity. 



5. Don’t Be Afraid Of Plants and Other Nice Decor Elements

Your home workspace does not have to look boring or cold and clinical. It needs to be a place you enjoy going to work, not somewhere you dread. Take the time to select nice decor elements. Plants can help to purify the air and bring in some nice color. Other elements could include flowers, paintings, pictures of your family, and anything else that makes your workspace look great. Make it motivational for you, so that one look around can help you to get back on track! 



6. Invest In Your Chair and Desk

If you can’t have your desk and chair in the power position for whatever reason, you should consider investing in a high-backed chair. The chair should be ergonomic so you don’t have to worry about back problems, and it should give you proper support. It should be something you enjoy sitting in. Studies have even shown that those who used a deck chair they found comfortable were 17.5% more productive! Don’t simply find the cheapest chair. A good chair will last for years and keep you healthy.


The right desk is also crucial, so make sure it’s the right height for you and that you have all of the storage you need. Some people who want to get more done at home even invest in sitting/standing desks. This is where you can sit down some of the time, and stand some of the time. Standing while working might seem strange, but it can keep you alert and help you to get more done throughout the day. It’s also much healthier than sitting all day - as you’ve probably heard, sitting has been called the new smoking! 


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7. Consider Storage Carefully

You’ll likely need some kind of storage in your home office. You might need storage for work, invoices, receipts, and other things relating to the work you’re doing. Make sure you consider it carefully - a filing cabinet might be useful, but it also might give your home workspace a clunky, office vibe. There are all kinds of storage options out there nowadays that mean you can still have a great looking workspace while staying organized. 


8. Pick Colors That Make You Feel Alert and Productive

Picking the colors that make you feel alert and productive can further help you to get more done in your home workspace. Looking at a color wheel can ensure you get it right, as well as researching the moods of colors. Each color carries a different mood. For example, red can give feelings of alertness, but it can also signal danger. Blue and green may not be your first choices, but they can help people to feel more alert, as well as tranquil and calm. 




9. Choose The Right Lighting For Later Working Hours

You probably won’t just be working during the day, so having the right lighting for later working hours is also important. Most overhead lighting is inadequate for work! Instead, look for table lamps. They can give a softer glow and make it easier for you to stay focused if you’re working later on in the day. 



10. Create A Comfortable ‘Thinking Space’

A comfortable ‘thinking space’ can be just what you need to take a break or mull over an issue that you are struggling to solve. Here, you can have magazines, paper to doodle, and anything else that will get your mind working on the task at hand. Don’t be afraid to include a blanket and a pillow if you like to have an afternoon nap. If you’ve got the room for it, it could be one of the best things you do for yourself! 




11. Hide Things You Don’t Like To Look At

Hiding things you don’t want to look at will make your workspace all the more enjoyable to be in. Hide wires, and even the printer if you don’t like to look at it!



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