Having the right tools for the job is always a key to productivity. Working remotely is no different. If you have the right tools, it’s much easier to get the job done quick.
Proper lighting is important. Task lighting for your desk is critical, but the rest of the office / area needs to be well-lit as well. In my case, I am interested in some style in my lighting (no boring fluorescent overheads for me) and I like to make my own when I can.
For my desk task lighting, I have a hanging light made from recycled wrappers (think litter). We bought a few of these at our local Fair Trade Store (Latitudes). I have one hanging directly over the desk. I especially like it because it is a plug-in, so it can be controlled by the light switch.
General room lighting is handled by two DIY stage lights I made from decorative accent pieces found at Homegoods. These initially were mirrored with no wiring or bulb sockets. I added the light sockets, wiring and switches, removed the mirroring, and added a wavy coating finish to the glass. Finally, I am using Daylight CFL’s for a brighter experience. What I like the most about these as a lighting source is that I have them pointed up to “bounce” the light off the ceiling.
Finally, for fun, I added a NY Giants bar light my Dad sent me a few years ago. All work and no play makes for a dull office!