- Clear it all out. Before you can arrange your things or add new supplies, you'll need to take stock of what you already have at your desk. Begin by emptying any drawers and pulling folders from the shelves. As you remove the items, sort them into categories: keep, toss, and undecided. Set the undecided pieces aside to deal with later.
- Sort by type. Divide the keep pile into loose papers, folders, tools, and personal items. Designate specific drawers or shelves for each category before moving forward, and remember to arrange them in a way that's tailored to your work habits.
- Deal with the paper situation. Every piece of paper should be put into a folder or file, even if it's just a "deal with later" folder that you check at the end of each day. Loose items can get lost, so it's important to create a space for every document.
A study recently said that sitting all day can shorten your life span, but for those who hold office jobs, sitting at a desk all day is just part and parcel of the daily grind. This scary fact cited by a Medical Billing and Coding infographic says it all: "sitting 6+ hours per day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than 3. Even if you exercise."
So what's the solution? Taking mini breaks and doing a bit of stretching in the bathroom or walking back and forth in the hallways. However, that seems a little tiresome, especially for those busy worker bees who don't want to take breaks when they are "in the zone."
Another alternative solution you can consider is the stand-up desk. If a sedentary lifestyle isn't for you, the stand-up desk will enable you to stand up all day long to do your work. I found a neat Safco stand-up desk at Overstock for $165. Unfortunately, this type of desk seems to be priced on the higher end . . . perhaps because it's such a unique product?
What do you think of the stand-up desk — brilliant or baffling?
Sometimes decorating your desk with pretty items can put a smile on your face even when you're going through a tough work day. I'm asking, what sort of desk ornaments or organizing items do you have on your work desk?
My desk has a pink mouse pad with a cartoon bear on it, headphones for me to watch YouTube videos, my Starbucks tumbler, a tiny whiteboard for me to jot down ideas, and a stack of career and personal finance books on the side. Not to forget, there's usually always a copy of O magazine! What sort of items do you have on your desk?
Here's a tip for remembering your posture: wear a tight shirt! It's much more comfortable to sit up straight if you're wearing a tighter shirt; slouch, and your tummy pushes out against the fabric. If you're focused on keeping your stomach looking flat, you'll also remember to whip your posture into shape. A loose top, however, hides your stomach and gives you an excuse to stay hunched over. (And check out how this Fit reader improved her posture!)
Do you have any other tips for better posture at work?
The desk itself is only three feet across, and almost two feet deep, so it's perfect for small spaces and cramped office areas. I don't know about you, but I'm ordering mine now.
Although I would have trouble whittling down my home office desk accessories, this ConSOUL desk from DesignSpray would be a fantastic addition to a tiny apartment or kids' room. The clean lines would prevent too much pileup on the desktop front so you can focus on your work instead of all those trinkets (or messy papers) within eye shot.
The only downside? The price. Even though this minimalist desk looks like it came from cost-conscious Ikea, it's priced at nearly $1,000. Maybe someone can hack a (much) cheaper Ikea desk and teach us all how to DIY one ourselves. Any takers?
Used to be (well, still is), you had a desk and you just figured out how to plug your electronic life into it, particularly laptop cords and such. Nowadays you can get furniture that's built for such modern uses, like Pottery Barn's Beadboard Space Saving Desk ($500), which features a five-plug outlet in the cabinet.
It's like having a charging station built in to your desk, and the drawers slide both ways, so there's no jerry-rigging necessary to get your tech organized on it. The only thing is that I'm not in love with this rustic look. What do you think?
From Ikea (one of my favorite places to shop, by the way), this PS Laptop Workstation ($60) allows you to get your term paper written without having to use your bed as a work station, and keeps all your desk essentials in one compact space. Plus, you can keep prying eyes away with the included lock, and since it's off the ground (attaching securely to your wall), you'll free up more floor space for that ever-important mini fridge.
Madrid-based ninetonine furniture makers cater to modern kid. Its fun, versatile designs are created from sustainable sources, using certified nontoxic lacquers. The latest addition to its line — the Deskhouse — is a drool-worthy centerpiece that can serve as a double-sided drafting table, complete with a chimney for crayon and marker storage or a playhouse. The company's unique pieces like the zebra-inspired crib, a shelf that looks like plates and spoons and a caterpillar-like stool add whimsy to wee ones' rooms. Fun comes with a price as these Spanish designs start at $355 and max at $1,500.