You know what they say: Tidy desk, tidy mind. But we think you can do better than that. After all, you spend the majority of your days sitting at your desk, so why not ensure that it’s stylish, practical and inspirational — as well as being tidy.
Creating a comfortable environment is extremely important. So, if you often find yourself procrastinating — in fact, are you reading this article right now rather than working? — we’ve found six simple things to upgrade your desk and improve your work.
Invest in a proper pen to improve your writing
Everybody should have one nice pen. And we think we’ve found the best with this Chopard writing implement. Not only will it help your note-jotting and letter writing shift up a style gear, but it’ll also make your officemates green with envy.
But beware: Once you’re toting this palladium-plated fountain pen around, you’ll likely notice an uptick in people suddenly asking to borrow a biro. Just ensure you give them an old Bic, and not your new prized pen…
Chopard L.U.C 1860 Palladium-Plated Fountain Pen
Get yourself a globe to have the world in your hands
It can be all too easy, when working behind your desk, to forget about the world outside your office. But you should always dream big, and never lose your want to adventure, so buying a good globe will always remind you that life’s not all about work.
To fuel your wanderlust and keep you planning your next getaway, this Bellerby desk globe is crafted by hand in London. No two are the same, so call up and commission your singular globe now — it’ll be the most-admired desk object you ever have.
Walnut Bellerby Desk Globe
Some light inspirational reading will keep your motivation up
It always helps to have some choice inspirational words to hand when you’re in a rut. So why not take a leaf out of some of the most successful people on the planet and buy this book, compiled by Richard Reed — co-founder of Innocent Smoothies and JamJar Investments.
Everyone from Dame Judi Dench to Sir David Attenborough and President Bill Clinton to Richard Branson is featured. And, while Andy Murray’s words of wisdom likely won’t help you with spreadsheet trouble, these nuggets of advice will at least inspire you to think bigger.
If I Could Tell You Just One Thing
Power up your day with a practical wireless charger
If there’s one thing that clutters a desk more than any other, it’s trailing wires. But, as we’re all tied to our phones, tablets and laptops these days, the need for chargers is real. But, while we can’t do away with our chargers, we can now do away with wires.
This wireless charger makes sure that you’ll never run out of juice again. With stunning laser cut marquetry on top, it’s both stylish and practical — meaning you can grab your phone quickly when you’re late to a meeting.
Linley Macassar Wireless charger
Stay up to date with a smart personal organiser
Of course, it’s not all about keeping your desk tidy. You have to whip your calendar into shape, too. To that end, we’ve found the perfect personal organised that will help you manage your time both behind and away from your desk.
From Aspinal, this organiser in smooth black and cobalt blue suede is the ideal way to keep your appointments and targets. What’s more, it also has room to store your pen and credit cards — freeing up even more space on your increasingly tidy desk.
Aspinal Personal Organiser
Keep some greenery nearby to feed your brain
Oxygen. It’s pretty helpful. And that’s why, if your office hasn’t already been graced by greenery, you should be investing in a fun potted plant to bring both colour and brain-boosting oxygen into your working environment.
We’d go for something like this Tradescantia Sitara from urban garden delivery service Patch. Striped with tones of cream and green, and amazingly purple and pink from the side, it’s large enough to add interest to your desk, but not so big that you feel like you’re checking your emails from the jungle.
Patch desk plant
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