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Create a space
Where and how you set up shop can have a huge impact on your quality of work — and life, Which is why so many experts and remote pros stress the importance of 1) having a dedicated workspace — even without a home office, and 2) having the right setup, with the right tools.

A dining room table, living room corner, or converted old wardrobe — any room can be turned into a hard-working space with the correct setup. The ideal space should make communicating and staying connected to work feel seamless — while also providing the support and comfort needed to keep your body and mind sharp.
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Establish a mindset
Switching to “work mode” amid the daily activities at home is never ideal. You need to be in the right headspace to concentrate on work, while also maintaining a certain amount of balance and boundaries between your personal and work life. Easier said than done, right?
Creating a routine and minimizing distractions are the most popular tactics for switching on your work brain — and shutting down diversions. Do get up at the same time, get dressed, and log out at the day’s end. But routine will only get you so far when there are distractions all around. Background music, white noise, and noise cancelling headphones are the best ways to block out noise, improve focus, and settle into a work state of mind.
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Best headsets to drown out noise and make calls
Get more work done with better time management
Soundscapes and background noises to zone in on work
A little self-care and mindfulness go a long way
Get a gadget (or 3)
From apps so you don’t slack off to tech that ups your work game — a little gear can go a long way towards firing up productivity. And who doesn’t love a good gadget? We’ve pulled together some of our favorite tools and tech so you can work even better — even when working from home.
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Must-have apps for working from home
Gadgets with a side of sleek and modern
The greatest hits
To round it all out, a selection of greats. From bits of inspo and motivational playlists to our favorite lists of gear, tips, and tricks. We made sure to gather everything you might need to bring a little oompf to working from home. Enjoy!
This could be your at-home work space. Yes.
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Discover 3 science-backed ways music makes your life better

Music has the power to help you get the most out of every day. Here’s how to tap into the power of song to impact your life.
Discover 3 science-backed ways music makes your life better
When Ellie was a teenager, she remembers sliding on her headphones, slouching down in her school bus seat, and listening to her favorite get-psyched songs on the way to high school soccer games, chills running along her spine. Time after time, the pulsating beats gave her the courage to defend as the team’s top goalie. Today, she still uses music to get herself pumped up, although now it’s just as likely to be wearing earbuds in her office before an important business meeting as it is a weekend-league game.

Like Ellie, we’ve all experienced the power of music to help motivate and inspire us — in sports, at work, or when dealing with daunting personal situations. Scientists have looked at this phenomenon, proving what we all knew to be true: Music has an amazing ability to impact our lives by changing how we feel both emotionally and physically. Here are three ways listening to music can improve your life, plus science-backed hacks that’ll help you use your favorite tunes to get the most out of every day.

Woman wearing SoundSport Free wireless headphones

  1. Music raises your mood
    When Ellie cranks up the volume on her SoundSport Free wireless headphones, she likens it to putting on armor before going to battle. But music does more than just give you swagger — it can improve focus, raise morale, and generally make you feel happier. It’s actually been proven by science. In one study, researchers played different styles of music while they asked people to identify various emoji faces as happy or sad. Even when a neutral-expression emoji was shown while uplifting tunes were playing, study participants reported that they saw a happy face. When more melancholy music was on? You guessed it: People saw a sad expression on that neutral face. Research shows music can also help you feel more confident, putting you in a mindset that’s most likely to help you succeed — whether you’re trying to hit a 10K personal best time or nail a public speaking event. And a 2019 study finds when you’re prepping for a big presentation or trying to plow through a pile of paperwork before a client meeting, music activates your brain’s “reward center,” which makes you extra motivated to absorb information and get in the flow.
    Tip: Major life moments call for confidence-boosting reinforcements. Use your Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 to listen to motivating tunes, like this Spotify® playlist created by Bose Instagram followers, while blocking out unnecessary distractions.
  2. Music helps your body heal
    Like most people, good tunes probably play a key role in powering you through a tough spin class or morning run. It turns out that listening to music after a workout is also beneficial — researchers found listening to slow music post-workout increases relaxation by lowering your heart rate and cortisol (your body’s stress hormone) levels back to normal faster.

What’s more, if your sweat session leaves you feeling sore, music can help with that, too. Thanks to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, we now know that when music reaches the brain, it sets off a series of chemical reactions that run interference with pain signals, preventing you from feeling as much discomfort.

Tip: To help your body recover from a workout, download this Spotify® playlist of acoustic gems to listen to with your Bose Frames Alto as you head home from the gym. Or, listen to a few classical favorites: Scientists found Bach and Mozart had the biggest benefit for pain relief.

Man listening to a Bose Portable Home Speaker on a dock

  1. Music helps you chill
    If stress is your problem, music is your antidote: It’s a natural sleep aid and anxiety reliever. Soothing tunes can even alter brainwave speed enough to induce a relaxed, meditative state, according to scientists who monitored people’s brain activity while they listened to music and meditated. But here’s the catch: The music you choose to help you chill has to be relaxing to you. If you’re not sure where your mellow music sweet spot is, try listening to a few different genres such as light jazz, classical, Celtic, or even percussive soundtracks to see what you find most calming.

Tip: Choose music that matches the mood you’re aiming to embody. If you’re stressed about a big work deadline and your heart is racing, opt for tunes with a slow beat. Having trouble drifting off to sleep? Play instrumental music so there’s no chance of song lyrics making your mind wander. Once you’ve got your go-to playlist, give yourself a “sound bath” no matter where you are with the Bose Portable Home Speaker, an all-in-one Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and voice-controlled speaker.

If you ask Ellie, she’d tell you she’s not even really conscious of using music to manipulate her moods. Over the years, it’s become second nature to slip on headphones anytime she needs that extra kick of confidence or wants to walk into a boardroom and feel invincible. And that’s the best scenario of all, really: Doing something because it just feels good, with all the benefits attached.