Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 23.
Love or hate your job, we all have times when the 9-to-5 feels like a life sentence at Shawshank. Whether it's a chair that won't allow you to get comfortable or the incessant drone of your co-workers, some problems just keep you from ever having a good day.
Unlike your salary, you can actually do something to improve the daily grind and make your day more productive (or at least bearable) at the same time. The right cushion or pair of headphones can go a long way to curing the office blues.
It might make you feel approximately 100 years old, but the Kieba will save you from the lower back pain that keeps you up at night. It's cooling gel-enhanced technology and U-shape adds the comfort and support the standard office chair lacks.
Noise cancelling technology serves as the "Do Not Disturb" sign your boss won't let you put up. Whether you'd like to focus without hearing about your colleague's nephew or want to "miss" a board meeting announcement, look no further. Cowin combines sanity saving noise cancellation with the mobility of Bluetooth headphones.
Face it, some people stink. The VicTsing keeps your work environment smelling fresh with up to 10 hours of continuous output. (Hopefully, your day isn't that long.) Simply add water and your favorite essential oil.
For some ungodly reason, you only ever remember you have coffee when your cupful is the temperature of your cold little heart. This mug warmer will keep the heat your jet fuel deserves.
There is a light in the darkness of your sad existence -- if you bring one. The Taotronics will eliminate the shadows created by your cubicle walls with four lighting modes and five different levels of brightness.
When management bestows you with a coveted spot in the basement office, the winter months may get a little frosty. In lieu of classing the place up with a trash can fire, the Bionaire will keep your fingers from freezing to your keyboard. It has a motion-sensor auto shutoff for when you never remember to shut it down.
If you're anything like me, staying warm never seems to be the problem. This rechargeable clip fan will give you the breeze you need to survive the six months it takes for maintenance to fix the AC.
Knock Knock Notes provide the perfect passive aggressive response to a variety of office no-nos. You'll never have to remind Steve in accounting again that your leftovers in the fridge aren't communal. But one warning: If your coworkers don't have a good sense of humor, these could get you fired.
This could definitely get you fired, but people always say the truth will set you free. Don't worry, if you're not feeling ballsy on any particular day or your boss actually shows up, the sleeve is removable.