How to Create a Productive and Pretty Desk
A new year at the office calls for a freshly updated and organised desk. Think maximising your space, updating stationery, and introducing clever systems—all of which will do wonders for your efficiency and motivation.
The mastermind behind pioneering stationery and lifestyle brand kikki.K, Kristina Karlsson, has shared her expert insights into how to create a productive, efficient and stylish desk so we can do the same.
“For me, having a beautiful and inspiring workspace is the first step to achieving my goals,” says Karlsson. “Having stylish home and desk accessories really helps me to stay motivated during the day.” Read on to find out how you can create the best working space possible.
Make the most of your space
Whether it’s a desk in a hallway or a temporary space on your kitchen table, it’s so important to make the most of what you’ve got. Keep important documents or office accessories stored in boxes underneath your desk and make the most of any drawers or cubbyholes you can find. Make sure you label everything clearly so you can easily pull it out when you need it.
It’s all about the stationery
Why do pens, pencils and scissors seem to grow legs sometimes and wander off? A handy pencil cup kept within arm’s distance means you won’t have to scramble around for things. Make sure you have your own stapler, hole punch, scissors, calculator, and lots of pens so you’re never caught short.
Have a system
Avoid the clutter and make sure your desk is streamlined and efficient by implementing a simple filing system. Have an in-tray for all current documents, using page markers to highlight important ones. Then as soon as you’re done with something, file it away in a dedicated folder so you can come back to it later. Be ruthless with paperwork—keep anything important out of sight in an organiser folder or in boxes.
Prepare for meetings
If you’re someone with lots of meetings, why not set up a ‘meetings folder’ where you keep any documents or print outs that you’ll need for the coming week? That way you can grab what you need when you’re in a hurry. Be sure to have a clear out each week, so it includes only current projects. Everything else can be actioned and then filed away. Also, every time you leave a meeting, be sure to spend five minutes going over your notes, writing any actions on a to-do list so you don’t forget.
You never know when inspiration will strike so be ready to save all your great ideas on the go. Keep a dedicated notebook on your desk that you use only for ideas and inspiration. A beautiful vision board is a great way to brighten up your space too.
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