- Staying focused at work can help you work smarter, not harder.
- The right tools can amplify your attention or decrease distractions like clutter while you work.
- I polled my coworkers to see what tools they keep on their desks to help them stay focused and comfortable in the office, and produce better, faster work.
The catch-22 of a communal office space lit by fluorescent light bulbs is that, in order to be your most productive, you first need to feel somewhat at home there. Stiff chairs, back pain, clutter — they're all distractions that contribute to a longer and less enjoyable workday. Staying focused can help you work smarter, not harder, and hopefully compounds into a better position at work, greater job satisfaction, and shorter days.
The Insider Picks team tests and reviews hundreds of products — many of which are geared towards comfort and productivity. Below, you'll find the 25 products we personally trust to keep us focused, productive, and comfortable at our desks all day.
An insulated sport water bottle
I use this water bottle everywhere I go. It keeps my tea hot for hours, my cold brew cold for over 24 hours (with ice cubes intact), and has a conveniently durable build and no-drip or drop design for the gym. It's pretty cheap for a stainless steel water bottle, and the clip at the top means I can attach it to backpacks or duffel bags with clip-on straps for easy carrying. — Mara Leighton, reporter
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