I have always worked outside the home, but once I had kids my search began for items to make my working mom life easier (dare I say… magical?) While everything I actually NEED to do my job is already at the office, I do have a number of items that help make my day run a bit more smoothly.
Planner: I have used a paper planner forever. I never caught on to the whole iPhone calendar thing. I usually buy my planners at Target, but this year I ordered one from Blue Sky and I love it! It is the perfect size and I love the layout.
Notebook: I always have various notebooks on me. I have been using a fabulous gold glittery spiral notebook for my daily to-do list (yes, I write one every day) and notes for my blog. I also have another notebook for work stuff.
Tea Stuff: I love drinking green tea at work. Every station I have ever worked at has had a water/hot water machine, so I have been doing this forever. I never make tea at home.. so random. Anyway, I have TONS of tea at work. Boxes and boxes of different kinds of white and green tea. I have turned many a co-worker into a tea drinker. I also love loose tea, so I have a bunch of loose leaf tea strainers. (my current favorites are from Ikea, how cute are these little flowers?)
Mighty Mug: So this company sent this to me for free forever ago, but wasn’t obligated to mention it or review it. In fact, I told them this wasn’t something I would review for my blog but that it sounded like a cool idea. The company wrote back saying that I was so kind in my response back that I could just order a mug anyway, no strings attached. Well.. that was very smart of them, since this mug is amazing. Seriously, it does NOT tip over, but is so easy to pick up. (hard to explain) A bunch of my co-workers have ordered themselves a Mighty Mug after seeing mine in action. Since I drink a lot of tea, I have also SPILLED a lot of tea… and this has totally solved that problem.
Emergen-C: I always keep this in my bag and in my desk. I swear these help keep colds away.. and when someone isn’t feeling great I always offer them one. The second I start feeling sick I start drinking these… since no one wants to use a sick day actually being sick! 😉
Six Pack Fitness Renee Meal Management Tote: I recently did a 5-day detox and felt so good after cutting out certain foods that I have dramatically changed the way I eat. (AKA: WAAAYYYY less sugar) I was pretty good about bringing my lunch to work before, but now I always bring all my food and snacks so I don’t get caught without healthy foods to eat. When Six Pack Fitness offered to send me a bag I was beyond excited! It is a tote bag with a cooler already built in! It comes with everything you need: the tote, 4 food containers, 3 ice packs and a vitamin container. When you open the back of the bag, it had 4 compartments. However, my salad container was bigger than the size, so I just unsnapped the separators from one side, which gave me plenty of room. Since I am dropping off kids and even running errands before work, I always had to carry my purse and a cooler bag. Now I fit everything in here and I don’t have to worry about my food getting warm or gross if I have an appointment or something before heading in. The top of the purse is a bit smaller, but it fits everything I need in it and then some. The front part of the bag goes all the way down, to accommodate a laptop, or in my case, a giant paper planner and notebook. There are also three zipper pockets on the front of the bag. It has made my life so much easier!
Chargers: I always keep an extra iPhone charger in my work drawer to plug into my computer when my phone battery gets low.
Flats: I wear flats to work often anyway… but I also wear heels on occasion. I always keep a pair of flats under my desk in case my feet start to hurt or stuff gets crazy. When news breaks, I throw those bad boys on as quick as I can! They also come in handy if I have to run errands after work and I want to be more comfortable. (if you follow me on Snapchat, you know I often do mid-day heel to flat changes at work!)
So there are just a few of my must-haves for work! What are your favorite items to make your work day easier?
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