Over 80% of the American workforce sits all day for their job. While not all of these people are sitting at a desk – consider delivery drivers, long-distance truckers, and similar fields – it still means a ton of people are settling into a desk every day in order to get their work done and pay the bills.
If you spend 8+ hours a day at your desk, there’s a good chance you’re going to need a few things to keep yourself comfortable. Here are our top items that you should have in your desk at all times to improve your work life!
Most companies aren’t going to let you use your phone during the workday, or at least not excessively. And while it’s ideal to always charge your phone at night so you don’t have to worry about it during the day, stuff happens!
Leaving a phone charger at your desk at work means that you don’t have to be surprised when your phone is dead and you don’t have a way to charge it. Even if you’re not going to use it during the day, you might need it after work but before you go home, or even during your lunch break.
This is a hotly debated subject, but we are team-snack-in-desk here for a number of reasons. If you’re hungry, you are not going to be able to concentrate, and you won’t be focused enough to do your job properly.
Sometimes you’re running late and don’t have time for breakfast, or you’re knee-deep in a big project and can’t break for lunch. It happens to all of us. A strategic snack drawer is going to be your savior.
But don’t be a jerk about it.
Keep your snacks sealed to avoid pests, and don’t leave anything in there that can go bad. Small chip bags (Single serving, don’t bring the party bag of Dorito’s in), protein bars, and snack cakes are all good choices. Make sure you’re checking regularly to cycle out any old, gross snacks!
No one writes anymore, right?
That’s not quite true. When you’re on the phone and need to jot down a number or date, you’re talking with your boss and can’t break away, or if you need to take notes while watching a video – pens are all important.
Keep a bunch at your desk for easy grabbing, as they have a tendency to grow legs and walk off. You don’t have to buy very expensive pens for this purpose, simple cheap pens will do the trick. If you really like nice pens, buy one and keep it with you. But still, have emergency desk backups!
I love post-it notes! They’re fun, they’re easy, and they take up almost no space on your desk. If you need to jot down quick information (With that pen you keep in your desk!), a post-it note is perfect.
They’re also fun for leaving encouraging notes for your favorite coworkers or sharing quick information.
There’s a good chance your workplace frowns on your listening to music while working. More and more are workplaces easing upon such restrictions, but if you still can’t choose the tunes, keep headphones at your desk anyway.
Videos are often used as part of training processes, so you wouldn’t want everyone else around you hearing an echo of what they’re watching. And headphones can be very useful when the office gets loud. If you have an awful headache and you’re trying to push through or the noise levels have reached a peak, putting on headphones with nothing playing can help dull the background sound and keep you focused.