Having a good workspace is vital to being efficient and productive. In fact, studies have claimed when the place we work in is a mess, so are we. As per an article on Harvard Business Review, "Our physical environments [can] significantly influence our cognition, emotions, and behavior, affecting our decision-making and relationships with others.” Hence, why cluttered spaces can cause stress and raise our anxiety levels, which may then impede our focus.
To help you be wary of your work area and habits, we’ve listed down five tips, along with a curated shopping guide, to achieve an ideal work from home desk that's not just aesthetic, but will keep you productive as well.
1. Arrange and declutter with organizers
With no lines to delineate our jobs from our personal lives, working from home can turn our desks into a mess of official documents and whatever personal trinkets we have lying around. An easy fix to this problem is to make sure all your belongings are sorted separately in holders or containers. Luckily, multiple local shops offer many aesthetic products that can help organize your desk, whether it’s a penholder, a small rack, or clips to get a handle on your cords.
Cord Holders, P39-45, MUMI, Mumi Bag
Affirmation Penholder: You Will Forever Be My Always, P159, PAPEMELROTI, papemelroti.com
Taylor Rack, P350, NEETLY, neetlyph.com
2. Take care of your tech, take care of your health
Whether you’re using a laptop or desktop, it’s important to keep your screen at the perfect height. With the help of these desk accessories, you’ll be able to protect your vision from eye strain, posture from back pains, and keep your gadgets from overheating.
A lot of adjustable laptop stands can come in different styles, so make sure to find the right one for you!
7-layer Adjustable Laptop Stand, P225, AITU, Lazada
If you’re using a desktop, consider getting this multipurpose monitor racks:
Computer Monitor Screen Increased Rack, P229-399, LETSHOME.PH, Shopee
Margarita Office Monitor Stand, P2300, DOMESTICITY, mydomesticity.com
3. Have proper lighting
Studies have proven how poor lighting at work can lead to eye-strain, headaches, and stress. Avoid this by having adequate lighting in your workspace. Let’s also not forget how good lighting is now an essential tool considering most meetings these days are done on video.
Minimalist Globe Iron Lamp, P560, HOMEY DECORS, Shopee
Led Collapsible Lantern, P980, AESTHETICROOM.PH, aestheticroom.ph
Tommy Steel Clamp Desk Lamp, P1165, HABITAT, Abenson
4. Keep track of your tasks with note pads
Calendars and planners are a great way to list errands and schedules. But having something more accessible on your desk could be more helpful for jotting down random bursts of ideas or important reminders—that’s when memo pads and sticky notes come in handy!
Square Pad: Realistic To Do List, P89.10, DESIGN HATCH, Design Hatch Studio
Dono Notepad, P100, STUDIO DON DON, studiodondon
Personalized Leather Notepad Memo Pad Mini Notebook, P100-130, LOUP, loup.mnl
5. Designate a protected break space
Make sure to take breaks from time to time. Prioritize your wellness, too, by having a space dedicated for your coffee or water breaks, but be careful with spills and stains!
Protect your workspace with these stylish coasters:
Artisan Wooden Coaster, P79, CELESTEA, celesteaph
Rattan Woven Placemat, P41-122, SUNFLOWER.PH, Shopee
Coaster Set Home Decor Set, P399, MONDAY BLOOMS, mondayblooms
6. Sit comfortably
Remember to watch your back every time you work (literally!). Bad posture can cause intense body pain that could affect your productivity, so always consider finding the perfect chair for you.
Check out these chic office chairs that can level-up your work from home experience:
Scandinavian Office Chair, P2299, METRO MANILA FURNITURES, Shopee
Aurora Chair, P5800, H&E FURNITURE, hefurnitureph
The Eve Chair, P6400, CONTRACT WORLD, Contract World Furniture
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