AFTER DECORATING YOUR DESK SO IT'S A FUNCTIONAL YET FABULOUS WORKSPACE, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU MAY NEED TO PICK UP IN ORDER TO OUTFIT THE SPACE WHERE YOU SPEND 40 HOURS A WEEK.
For the purpose of being the most valuable asset you can be in the office, you'll need these productivity boosters in your arsenal to combat any work day.
Some days you may rush into the office without having had any time to eat breakfast or, after trying a new lunch spot that left a little to be desired, you might find yourself super hungry mid-afternoon. Tuck some healthy snacks into a desk drawer so that you’re not totally distracted by hunger pangs. Dried fruit or nuts are high in protein and fiber so they’ll help you power through the rest of your day. You can also keep some fresh fruit and veggies in the office fridge to re-energize you.
If you work in an open office setting or even cubicles, you’re probably aware that they can be a hotbed of distraction and annoyance. Rather than remembering to carry headphones into the office with you every day, buy a pair just to have at your desk. This way, if the people closest to you are on calls with clients or are in the middle of a midday gossip sesh, you can drown them out entirely. Plus, when lack of motivation sets in, headphones (and your favorite playlist) will re-inspire you to zero in on the task at hand. If you’re great at multi-tasking, listening to a podcast while you work is a great way to stay focused as well.
We’ve all gotten to a point at work where we feel like we just can’t keep our eyes open for another second. Sometimes, even a cup of coffee won’t fix it. You should keep a face mist at your desk to help jolt you awake and give your skin a little refresher. Plus, the comforting scents will bring you back to a relaxed, yet focused frame of mind. You can make your own with a mix of water and essential oils in a spray bottle or check out Mario Badescu's Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater.
A study from Nature Climate Change found that office temperatures often leave you cold and shivering while trying to focus on work. You may start to find that your skin, especially your hands, feels dry and cracked after so many hours in the office. When your hands start to feel rough, you’d probably much rather hide them in your sweater sleeves than tap away at your keyboard. Keeping a hand cream at your desk will help to soothe your situation, plus it’s a quick little self-care routine you can add to your day. Try Eucerin’s Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Hand Creme or Glossier’s Balm Dotcom to heal your hands ASAP.
Visual reminders are incredibly powerful motivators, which is having a vision board at your desk is a great idea. Now, we don’t mean a huge poster board with photos of Ryan Gosling and a BMW should be pinned right above your computer. Instead, a small cork board with magazine cutouts of words that empower you, people whose careers inspire you, or landmarks you want to visit will help you get through those days when you’re asking yourself, “Why am I here?” Even simple framed photos of your parents or friends (who are so proud of you) will inspire you to keep working hard despite rough days.
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Which items to you absolutely need at your desk in order to get through your day?