There are a plethora of reasons why you might have a desk at home and have to work it into your daily living environment. Maybe you work from home, are at school or university or just generally like to have a place where you can get some work done in a dedicated area rather than on the sofa, although a sofa desk is wonderful. I've been working for myself for a few years now and I'm very much #teamdesk when it comes to my work day as otherwise, I tend to fall asleep if I try and do anything on the sofa or get distracted. So today I thought I'd share some of my favourite ways to create an awesome desk that inspires you to get shit done.
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE TO BE AWESOME
It's so easy to think to have a beautiful desk space that we need to spend a tonne of money and it's easy to let things get away from you that's for sure. There are a few places where I think you can get a great desk from without breaking the bank. Hunting around your local charity shops or antique fairs could be an awesome way to find some unique to you. Or the likes of IKEA offers a range of finishes, styles and you can even craft your own perfect desk using their table top and trestle leg system. The most important thing about a desk, as nice as it is to look nice in photographs is that it's functional and it works for you and your workflow. For me, I've never minded about having a huge desk but something that is really important is that I have something with drawers so that I have a place to store notepads and other important things.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Even if you work in an office environment making your desk area yours is something I believe in pretty important. And you don't have to go overboard and put up lots of personal photographs it can be small little trinkets that are special to you and will make you happy when you catch sight of them throughout your workday. Even though I do have the freedom to put whatever I want on my workspace I try to keep things simple and generally just like to have a candle, a couple of photographs and little fun trinkets around me. As well as the beauty products that I use throughout the day like hand cream, hand sanitizer and lip balm which are my main go-to's.
KEEP IT CLUTTER FREE
You know those people who work amazingly well in clutter and mess? I'm not one of them and before I settle down for the day I have to make sure that my workspace is clear so things that are banned from my desk at all times are;
- Scrap paper
- Dirty dishes
- Multiple notepads
- Phone - a controversial one but I don't like to work near mine.
As well as keeping on top of clutter and mess throughout the day at the end of each day I like to make sure everything is where it's meant to be and ready for the next one. It sounds like it would be a pain but it only takes a few minutes and the effect it has on my workday is unreal. When you're super busy and in the zone, with work, it's so easy for things to get out of control and mess to accumulate but getting rid of it all at the end of each work day is a big help for things to stay clutter free.
KEEP IT COMFORTABLE
When I first started working for myself I thought I had to make my desk somewhere that was super strict and a total no fun zone. But making it somewhere that you enjoy being makes a huge difference to how your workday can play out. Having plants or fresh flowers is a big one for me as well having a comfortable/supportive chair with a couple of cushions and maybe a blanket because it's easy to get cold when you're just sat. Just because your desk area is really comfortable and cosy doesn't mean you're going to be less productive, in fact, we're all probably more effective with our workloads when we're somewhere we enjoy being.
AWESOME DESK ACCESSORIES
Ok, so styling the desk is one thing but what do you put on it? Here are some of my favourites that functional as well as decorative;
- A lamp
- Stationery like pens etc
- Coasters so you don't damage your desk with drinks
- Reed/aroma diffuser
- Calendar [utilise wall space]
- Beauty products
What are your favourite ways to style your desk?