Many people say that if you love your work space, you’re most likely to be more productive and perhaps even love your job a little bit more. Whether you work in a regular 9-5 or you have a home office, you probably have a work desk!
I just moved to a brand new desk at work and I remember thinking – “now I can make my desk pretty similar to those pretty Pinterest ones”. This thought reminded me of being in high school & my promise to myself every new term to be super neat and organised.
But unlike my many failed attempts in high school, I was determined to make my work desk resolution a reality. I wanted it to be professional, yet fun and personal. I wanted to be less annoyed at Mondays because at least I’d spend it on a pretty desk. And I loved the fact that it was a white desk! Ever notice how most Pinterest home/work decor is white?
Anyway, a few days after my perfect-work-desk-self-proclamation, I stumbled on an article along the lines of “8 Items to Have for the Perfect Work Desk”. I clicked on it so fast and with excitement in my heart. But it left such a horrible after taste in my mouth. Simply put it was a poor article, more or less promoting specific items with a link to purchase them.
I hit the close button as fast as I could and decided to do the most sensible thing. Figure out what one needs on their work desk, and write my own article on it. Who knows, perhaps on a random google search one would stumble on this article instead of that, and be saved a mini heart attack.
So here’s what I think should be on your work desk. For the perfect mix of efficiency yet a touch of you.
1. To-Do Note Pads, Pens, Sticky Notes & Stationery Organiser
No need to take chances at work. Yes, you have an incredible human brain & memory capable of retaining so much information. But you know how terrible you feel when you forget something important? Plus there’s that saying that the shortest pencil is better than the longest memory. So simply put, to be efficient you need to write it down. Ticking off your daily tasks also brings a sense of achievement. Don’t forget you need a pen/stationery organiser so these aren’t scattered on the desk.
And sticky notes are handy for those necessary reminders. Some people also love to write motivational phrases on their sticky notes. That’s fab! At the moment I’ve got a sticky note which reminds to say a line of prayer in the midst of my work!
2. Water bottle & Cute Mug
If you plan to meet your recommended daily allowance of water, this is a no brainer. It saves you frequent trips to the kitchen. It’s advisable to invest in a good water bottle free from BPA (a chemical that’s present in many plastics and not good for your health). If possible, avoid refilling the plastic bottles used for store-bought bottled water. Remember to infuse a bit of your personality into your choice of bottle. And a mug is handy for your morning or afternoon tea or coffee. I’m currently looking to buy a mug with the letter ‘K’ on it!
3. Tissues / Wipes, Hand Santiser & Hand cream
Not to gross you out, but it appears there could be five times more bacteria on the average keyboard than the inside of a toilet. Yuck. So no brainier there why you probably need a hand sanitiser often. After which a hand cream helps you moisturise frequently! Wipes are handy for general cleaning, including spilled food, water or drink. Not to forget that sneeze that comes up with no warning!
4. Personal Photos / Memories
Some people absolutely believe in a strict separation between their private lives and their work life. And I sort of understand why. One of my colleagues had a number of framed photos of her boyfriend on her desk. And when they broke up, the entire office knew straight away. But nonetheless, I think it’s okay (and actually advisable) for a bit of your personality to show at work. Photos are often the most popular. Whether it’s of our family, pets, or friends, a quick glance at the photo could improve your day. They also act as great conversation starters with colleagues. Many parents also often have a cute drawing or writing done by their kids! Other than photos, postcards and travel relics also spice up your desk!
5. Spare charger & headphones
It’s so annoying when my battery goes flat & I have to send a bulk mail asking for a charger. It’s worse when no one has! Save the stress & leave a charger permanently in the office. And you need headphones too for those moments of zoning out and/or five minutes of musical bliss.
Two reasons. Your lunch may have been super yummy & tasted great, but the after smell is probably not good. Save your co-workers! And secondly, because gum is often all you need to prevent dozing off at your desk!
7. Light Snacks
I say light, but some people have well stocked mini supermarkets in their office drawers and who am I to judge. In actual fact, my former colleague with such a stash was often a life saver. Such that it almost became an office rule that he shopped weekly for the entire team. Nonetheless, having a snack or two (that doesn’t go bad easily) is necessary for those times you’re simply peckish or bored (if like me, you love to eat when bored!)
8. Lint Roller
Because no one knows where Lint appears from! But we sure don’t want them on our clothes – especially not before an important meeting.
9. Personal Hygiene items
Dental Floss? Deodorant? Perfume? Toothpaste & toothbrush? Sanitary towels? You decide. But for ladies, the last item is recommended. Make sure you have a stash at work. And avoid speaking in code with other ladies when a surprise happens!
That’s it! We’re finally done. It may seem trivial, but it really isn’t. I confirmed this fact when I was recently at my husband’s office. I was totally convinced that his desk was too bland and not one I’ll love to from every day!
So what’s your desk situation? In your 9-5 or your home office. What have you got on there that you love & helps you to be productive? Or do you prefer to work from home with your laptop in bed? Let us know. And if you’re still a student (enjoy the freedom!) and share how you’ll love your desk to look.
pS: No, I didn’t forget the +1. If possible, it’s great to have a plant on your office desk. It’s pretty, but more importantly, it’s a simple way to help improve the air quality around you and contribute your bit to the environment. Research also shows that a plant on the desk helps reduce stress and improve productivity. So get one now!
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Oluwatoceen!April 3, 2017 at 10:39
I really wish my current workstation could look pretty. It could but that would mean traveling to Lagos to get them spices. I once saw my previous Area manager’s workstation and I was in love, cute handwritten notes from her children, sweet smelling diffusers , and everything pretty and girly for a mum of three. I loved it, it got me smiling sheepishly at her throughout the meeting, I am sure she would have been wondering why I was so smiley . Thank you for this post. I kept checking for new posts here last week, I almost sent you a dm on ig to ask if all was fine .First commenter💃🏽💃🏽 I hope 👀
Kachee || KacheeTee.comApril 3, 2017 at 10:44
First commenter yes! I’m looking forward to a perfect work space too. Mine is still a work in progress, but I’ll get there. Kids photos and writings make it super cute, so I’m waiting for those! Thanks for checking in. I just got lazy in March but back now and hopefully better! 😘
Indya | TheSmallAdventurerApril 3, 2017 at 10:46
My home office is just for reading and blogging at for the time being, but I am hoping one day I will be able to call it my work space, so I always make sure it’s decorated with all the necessities and things that will make me happy. Your surroundings affect your mood a lot more than we realise! xhttp://www.thesmalladventur…
Madeline Wilson-OjoApril 3, 2017 at 12:38
I totally agree with you. Although my work desk is mahogany brown, I have brightened it up with a cactus plant, one of my wedding photos, a small reed diffuser and fun stationery organisers I purchased from Muji. I also have tissues, hand sanitiser, a desk lamp, and a good supply of coffee and snacks!http://madelinewilsonojo.bl…
ZinnyApril 3, 2017 at 15:01
Right now I’m going for minimalist style on my work desk. I can’t survive without my stick notes and hand cream. I actually love Mondays so much, I guess I may be weird. Oh, I’d have a cute picture frame soon. Nice post!www.zinnyfactor.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comApril 3, 2017 at 15:11
Wink wink @ cute picture frame! I don’t actually hate Mondays. But still prefer weekends. Lol!
ZinnyApril 3, 2017 at 15:54
Of course, we all love weekends. haha.
YemisiApril 3, 2017 at 15:24
My work desk is pretty much bland right now because it’s a co working space and well… it isn’t my desk, I share. Lol. I look forward to having my own desk soon and not sure how I would decorate it yet, but I know I would go for a more minimalist feel and your post has sure helped with some ideas. As always, thank you Kachee! xwww.musingsbyjas.wordpress.com
UfuomaApril 3, 2017 at 16:27
Great post, Kachee. Thank goodness we didn’t have to read the bad article you came across as this is such a helpful alternative. Like you, I have a new desk at work which I am really trying to personalize with photos and cute little essentials. I changed my boring black mug to a bright yellow and my pen holder to a bright purple. I think those little pops of colors can make a big difference. I think I might also be sticking to a color theme as well. I have also picked up an interest in plants and currently have two pots on my desk and it definitely spiced things up a bit.Can’t do without: Hand cream, throw pillows and big chunky scarves, mint and earphones. I also have a stress ball within reach.www.theufuoma.comHow to travel while working full-time: http://bit.ly/2oQXg8Wtravel lifestyle passion
Kachee || KacheeTee.comApril 3, 2017 at 16:37
A colour scheme is such a fab idea! And I agree that pops of colour make such a difference. Throw pillows- Your desk sounds so comfy already. I actually need to leave a chunky scarf permanently her as well. It’s often so cold and I just need to warm up!Thanks for reading love!
loisvibeApril 4, 2017 at 09:58
Such lovely post Kachee. Didn’t finish before commenting, because the article is so on point. Well done babe
Kachee || KacheeTee.comApril 5, 2017 at 05:51
Thank you Lois!
Live In IbadanApril 11, 2017 at 08:02
Very interesting article. I could picture every item in my head. Twas very engaging and peaceful.www.liveinibadan.blogspot.com
Desire UbaApril 22, 2017 at 22:39
To my future table… Having such great plans for itGreat post as always Mrs. K!www.desireuba.wordpress.com