The idea of being chained to your desk is a stereotype long overdue for a revamp. Transforming our desks into a slice of home is fundamental to changing our view of the 9-5, and we're here to offer some in-office inspiration.
Clear the Clutter
Getting rid of clutter is mindfulness 101, but it can extend far beyond Marie Kondō-ing your home. An organised desk, free from all the things that can be so easy to hoard (think: post-it notes, paper clips, your 34th pen) naturally leads to an organised mind. Mess makes you procrastinate, whilst having a clear workspace will help you relax, so not only will you be producing better results in the 9-5, but your wellbeing will spike positively too.
Add Some Greens
We cannot stress how important plants are for our mental health. Multiple studies have shown the benefits of quality time spent outdoors, yet when we're stuck inside for the majority of our day this information can become redundant. You may have heard the rumours already, but desk plants are in. The difference a plant (or three) make to our workspace can be felt straight away - just as a walk in the park relaxes us, so does being surrounded by some gorgeous succulents as we scroll through another spreadsheet.
We spend - on average - 7 hours a day sat down at our desks, five days a week. This makes it very hard to do all the things that wellness bloggers tell us to do, from making sure we get in 10,000 steps, to drinking a kale smoothie as we salute the sunrise every morning. One very simple way to look after ourselves is remembering to stay watered (just like that plant you've gone and bought), and a great way to do this is by having a reusable water bottle on your desk to remind you to drink. that. water. Not only will you be a hero for saving the environment, but you'll feel so much better too.
Modernise Your Workspace
There is something to be said for having technology that actually works. It makes you feel like you work. If your keyboard keeps getting stuck, your laptop has started making that noise, or your mouse has suddenly discovered a life of its own, it's time to tackle those inconveniences.
Whilst technological hiccups may seem small and therefore manageable, it is often the tiniest things that chip away at our mood - if we know when we sit down and try to type an email that the letter 'A' won't work, we're not going want to write that email. It's very much within your rights to make sure you have the tools you need to succeed at work, and both you and your manager will be thankful for it when you sit down relaxed, happy, and ready to work in the knowledge there'll be no (easily avoidable) bumps in the road.
Your desk is your own - and it's where we spend the majority of our working lives. By this logic it needs to be a place where we feel at home. Whether or not you add some plants, choose to declutter, or take any of our tips on board, the most important thing to bear in mind is that your desk is your space, so make sure to let it reflect who you are and what makes you happy.
If you have any of your own suggestions for making the desk more homely, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org