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During the workday, your desk pretty much becomes your second home. You do more at your desk than just work—your desk likely serves many different purposes and functions, and during a busy day you want to have everything you need close by.
Take a look at the items on your desk right now. Do you have everything you need to successfully get through the day at your desk? Or do you have too much at your desk that the essentials get lost in the clutter?
Let us help you get organized. Below is a list of 8 must-have items that Gregory Grier thinks all professionals should have at their desk at all times.
1. Custom First-Aid Kit
First-aid kits are a dime a dozen and generic store-bought kits often don’t have the supplies you need for your unique preferences. Create a first-aid kit that goes beyond the basics. While you should include basic items such as Band-Aids and Neosporin, tailor your kit to your specific needs. Prone to frequent headaches? Throw some Advil or Ibuprofen in there. Wear contact lenses? Solution and an extra pair of contacts and/or your glasses are essential. Also add cough drops and Vitamin C supplements during the winter months to ward off cold and flu germs!
Whether you like to admit it or not, your work depends on technology, and the death of your phone or computer can kill your work…literally. Keep chargers for all of your essential tech items nearby and ready to plug in so you can stay connected all throughout the day.
3. Personal “Refresh” Kit
Have you ever wanted to hit a “refresh” button on yourself? A professional environment requires a clean physical appearance, which isn’t always easy to keep up during a busy day. In addition to a first-aid kit, a customizable “beauty box” or “refresh kit” can keep you ready to tackle any personal hygiene emergency. Suggested items include (but are most definitely not limited to) an extra toothbrush, travel-sized mouthwash, a mini hairbrush, deodorant, a compact mirror and a lint roller.
Stay energized and focused throughout the day by keeping an emergency stash of snacks at your desk. That way, if you have to satisfy a sudden hunger pang in the middle of the day, you can have a quick fix without leaving your desk. Include your favorite items that will satisfy various needs: your favorite granola bar for an energy-boost, a sugary treat for a quick pick-me-up, and gum to keep you focused.
5. Flashlight or other battery-powered light
If the fluorescent overhead lights in your office were to all turn off at this second, would you be prepared? Keep a flashlight or other battery-powered light at your desk just in case of an emergency. You never know what could happen, but you do know how you can be prepared.
6. Photos & Other Personal items
You spend a lot of time at your desk. Just as you would decorate your bedroom at home, decorate your desk with photos and other personal items that showcase your unique personality and keep you happy while at work. A little personalization can turn that drab cubicle into a vibrant workspace.
7. Motivational/Creative Inspiration
Let’s face it; it’s hard to stay motivated…especially on Mondays. We’ve all been there. Sometimes creative block and the motivation to keep working is just inevitable. Keep items at your desk that are sure to inspire you when you hit a lull during the day. The options are endless—inspirational quote calendars, a photo of your role model, or even an inspiration pin board with clippings and images of your favorite work and ideas.
8. Notebook and pens/pencils
Remember how we talked about the importance of chargers because we depend so much on technology? Regardless of how much you love your computer or swear by your online calendar, the classic notebook and a pen is not an ancient artifact. Always have a notebook and assortment of pens or pencils on hand so you can quickly jot down notes, brainstorm, and have a back-up plan should your technology fail you.