I struggled for the longest time attempting to organise my desk space effectively. This was and still is especially difficult, seeing as my desk is minimal and that the only storage space I am provided with is the tabletop itself. So here we go, let’s have a look at some of the tips I’ve gained throughout the years of frustration that have helped me organise myself more effectively!
1. Pen pots that won’t break the bank.
I’m sure we have all seen somewhere on either Tumblr or Pinterest absolutely beautiful pen pots that people use. I searched them up only to find that they cost £10+ not even including the excessive costs of shipping. So after many google searches and persistent frustration, I decided to find a budget version of those beautiful pen pots. These aren’t necessarily “aesthetic”, but they definitely are functional.
I started accumulating too many cups from downstairs to store my pens in, so much so that my parents got annoyed (sorry Mum and Dad), so I started buying small mugs from charity shops. These cost at most £2 and are usually priced around £1. They have more character than a plain glass which adds a bit of personality to your workspace. So get thrifting!
Now, my most recent innovation is using finished candle holders. I am a huge fan of burning candles to help me concentrate, so I manage to get through quite a lot in a short space of time. This led me to think about all the waste I was producing, and I tried to think of a way to reuse the items rather than throwing them all away. Now when I have finished a candle, I remove the excess wick from the inside and clean out any extra wax that wasn’t burnt. And there you go, easy as that, you have a new pen holder virtually for free!
2. Only keep what you need on top.
Since most of us have a lot of extra papers and notebooks lying around on our desks that we only use every once in a while, just file them away! I had a desk purge the other week to get rid of all the pens I don’t use from the top of my desk. I put them on a shelf away from my desk to remove clutter.
One option is to place everything underneath your desk in cardboard boxes. This is a cheap solution, and it is also minimal effort. It allows you to remove anything non-essential from your desk. This keeps it organised and makes you more productive due to the newfound lack of clutter!
You could also choose put things you barely ever use but can’t bear throwing away in drawers elsewhere.
3. Good lighting = increased productivity.
One of the best changes I made to my study space in the past year has been using natural lighting to light my desk. I used to have it, stupidly, facing the back wall of my room. Whilst my bed, which I didn’t use during the day, was basking in the warmth and light. As soon as I moved my bedroom furniture around to allow my desk to get lots of natural light next to my window, there was a visible difference in my productivity.
I don’t exactly know what it is about natural light, but if you are working in the day and can utilise it, I strongly recommend using it! It really helped me so I hope it can help you be more productive too!
4. Stack your notebooks.
I am going to be honest here. I have a lot of notebooks. Using two planners (a diary and a bullet journal), a writing journal, and a notebook for social media and another for other random projects in hindsight wasn’t the best idea. It means I now have to find a place to fit all of them on my desk since they are notebooks I am using virtually every day, and my planners more than once a day. So I found a solution to be more space efficient!
This may sound trivial and rather simplistic but think about how you can use the least desk surface area to store your notebooks so that you have more space to work and store other things. For example, you can stack them vertically. This way they aren’t laid flat on the table and don’t take up too much space. If you have some pen pots on your desk, you can use them as support, like in the photo below!
5. Utilize wall space.
It’s important to store important documents and little things that inspire you around your desk and workspace in order to motivate you to be more productive. I have a few little notes on the wall in front of where I work. So if I am feeling demotivated, I can look up and be pushed on through. I also think it’s good to have a couple of achievements you are most proud of, for example, certificates or a good grade sheet, above your desk to remind yourself what you are capable of.
This will hopefully give you that little push of motivation–that little extra inspiration to get what you need to do done as quickly as you can. You can remind yourself of previous success and give yourself the needed energy to complete the tasks you have ahead of you!
I really hope I was able to help you guys out here in your productivity and organisation, all in one! To summarise:
- Reuse and recycle things for pen pots so you don’t splash out
- Only keep the essentials sat on your desk
- Use natural lighting as often as possible
- Stack notebooks and papers vertically
- Utilise wall space for inspiration
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Thanks for reading, hope you are having a great day and that I managed to make it a little bit brighter!
– Danny aka BoyStudy –
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