We all know the feeling. You start a new job and you’re taken to a completely empty desk, with only a solitary computer sitting in the middle. But that’s never going to be good enough to get you through the day. We all love a blank canvas that’s just waiting for us to make our mark, so take your desk and fill it with the best daily necessities.
And if you’ve already got a ‘busy’ desk, then it’s time to de-clutter and stock up on the items that will add to your productivity rather than distract you from it. We spend an awful lot of time at our ‘work-stations’, so it’s no wonder we end up filling its surface and the drawers underneath it with a whole number of things. Two weeks into a new job and you’ve already got three different mugs and an old banana in the top drawer. For clear thinking we need clear desks that still have everything we need within reach. So here is a refined list of the desk essentials that every employee needs:
We’ve all been there – someone’s away from their desk and we need something to scribble an urgent note on to. Or we simply lose our to-do-list in a sea of notebooks and, as we frantically turn the content of the desk upside down, the thing we need to remember is slowly fading away... Sticky notes encourage precision – short to-do lists that are a breeze to tick through, concise note-making and quick scribbles. And the more colours and shapes the better, of course.
Memo clips, the type with a solid base and a metal clip to hold your notes, are a natural progression from the sticky note. If you’re having a forgetful day, memo clips can be indispensable to productivity. The main benefit is that they hardly take up any desk space, and they can add a splash of colour to your desk, too.
A screen cleaner is another essential desk companion for productivity. Laptop, computer, smart phone – whatever has a screen will need cleaning regularly and a screen cleaner will make it feel like you’ve been given a fresh set of eyes every time you use it.
An organiser is exactly the type of thing that, once you have, you’ll wonder how on earth you ever got by without it. A leather organiser looks smart, it will last a long time and it is perfect for keeping every aspect of your working life in order – meeting notes, dates to remember, deadlines, everything.
A Desk Fan
Perhaps not something you might call indispensable in the midst of winter – but as soon as the summer arrives a desk fan will be your best friend. Especially a solar desk fan, which will not only keep you cool but it will give you a guilt-free conscience for using nothing but light to do so. The dull days seem to be stretching on for what feels like forever, but summer will come around in no time.
Despite our best intentions, we all have busy days where, when rummaging through papers and frantically looking for pens, our desks become a site of chaos. This is where a desk organiser comes in handy – it can store your pens, pencils, business cards, mobile phone, paperclips and everything else that you need easy access to. And then your desk is easy to tidy away too.
Another desk essential for keeping things organised is the humble pencil case. Pens are the easiest thing to misplace, so a pencil case will keep them all in one place and save you from your weekly trips to the stationery cupboard.
Ruler and Calculator
Multitasking products are a desk’s best friend. A ruler and calculator in one means that you’ll save a bit of space and won’t be able to easily misplace your calculator. And it will store away nice and easily, too, which is always a bonus.
Whatever your job is, most of us need staplers on a regular basis and we always end up running around the office asking, ‘has anyone got a stapler?’ And what’s better than just an ordinary stapler? A stand-up stapler. It won’t provide you with any jokes, but it will save you some desk space and help you keep your desk space organised.
A desk paper holder is a crucial tool in the quest for a tidy desk. Keeping all paper documents in one place will be a saviour when it comes to trying to track something down. It will keep your documents intact, nice and neat, and it will free up lots of valuable space.
So there you have the most useful and productivity enhancing items for your desk. By creating a clutter-free desk you will naturally have a clearer mind due to less distractions. You will also have every essential tool at hand to help your day flow seamlessly. Make your desk a great space and see an improvement in your working life.