How to Create a Desk That’s Productive and Pretty
How long have you been sitting in that chair staring, daydreaming, your mind wandering elsewhere? Well wake up; we have just the thing to get you back on track. It’s time for a workspace makeover, because your desk design should work as hard as you do. While you need a functioning space with all the essential accessories, technology, and supplies, it also needs to speak to you and represent who you are. Whether you work from a home office or a corporate one, own it and make it yours—because let’s face it: You spend more than half your life there! Scroll down for a few tips on how to make your space productive and pretty.
Take a look around your desk. Is it filled with personal items, artwork, or photos of family and friends? If you answered yes, then great, but if you said no, then you should get onto it—stat. But don’t take our word for it: Research proves that a design-led approach, where people can enrich their workspace with plants and art, actually improved their well-being and productivity. However, there is a big difference between cleverly placed pieces and clutter, so be sure to think carefully about the items you choose and where they will go in your workspace.
While we are advocating more things that represent “you” on your desk, we by no means endorse over-crowdedness, so express your personality with some desktop accessories that are both fun and functional. There are plenty of cool office storage ideas and accessories in every style under the sun. You can happily decorate your desk in your own unique way knowing that each of the pieces also has a purpose.
There’s nothing worse than a disorganized desk. Those who do have one probably like to call it “organized chaos,” but we’re pretty sure your boss doesn’t see it that way. Besides, there really is no way you can possibly keep track of everything when it’s everywhere. So do something about it. Arrange your work files into a fancy and tidy tray, collect all your notes in a stylish binder, and keep your computer cords hidden from view with a cool cable box. There really is no excuse; do it today and you might just start enjoying yourself at work.
In today’s modern office, everyone is so busy. But then we really don’t have to tell you, because we know the size of your unread mail is enough of a reminder. So if you want to tend to all those emails in a timely manner and get out of the office on time, then creating an organization system is crucial. Use file folders, have an inbox and outbox for snail mail, and keep a to-do list in a visible place. Knowing where everything is when you need it will make a huge difference.
The office can be fairly clinical, and a little sad when there’s no sign of the outside world. Plants are essential to life; they give us energy and create the ability for us to breathe, so we really should have them around us all the time. A study found that even looking at pictures of nature can “help maintain and restore the capacity to direct attention.” So even if you can’t enjoy the real thing, hang pictures of nature scenes around your workspace or use them as your desktop background. Not only does it serve a cerebral purpose, but it looks pretty too.
Not sure if you’ve noticed, but during our online research for this story, one item in particular kept recurring—the sheepskin throw. You know the one. This dual-purpose Scandinavian-inspired look is comfortable and chic. You could even add a little cushion on the seat of your office chair and then place the fur over the top. When you’re sitting down for eight hours a day, comfort is crucial, so you may as well make it look good too.
Slouching might feel comfortable at the time, but it can wreak havoc on your body. Don’t keep your shoulders too tense either, or you might end up with pinched nerves. Sitting for prolonged hours isn’t great for your long-term health, so it’s important to create a healthy desk that keeps you injury-free. You need to invest in an ergonomic office chair, make sure your arm rests are low enough so your shoulders stay relaxed, adjust your seat height so your thighs are parallel to the floor and your feet are flat, adjust your chair’s backrest angle forward to keep your posture up; and invest in lumbar support.