Want to know a secret?
One of the keys to success lies within your desk!
Think about it…
When you’re a female entrepreneur—whether you work from home or go into an office—you spend an awful lot of time at a desk. It’s essentially the place where all the hard work and magic happens!
So it only makes sense that you should LOVE the space you spend so much time in!
When I first started working from home, I didn’t like working at my desk at all. Being my own boss meant freedom and my desk felt like jail. So I worked from my bed, the couch, the kitchen counter, the floor; I even ventured outside the house to my local Starbucks…
But I began to feel unproductive. I lacked structure and couldn’t seem to really focus. Because as GREAT as working from my bed was… it encouraged (way) too many cat naps. And people watching at coffee shops can be REALLY entertaining (aka distracting)!!
I knew I had to suck it up and start working at my desk if I wanted to get things done. So I began to think of ways I could make myself LOVE my desk!
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It took me a few years, but I finally succeeded! Because I LOVE coming to my desk every day. And even though I still occasionally like to work from a different location, I love coming back to work at my desk even more.
Because I’ve made it a pretty AND productive space that I not only LOVE to hang out in but actually get stuff DONE in!
And I want to help you do the same! I want to help you create an inspiring (read: pretty and productive) workspace that you’ll LOVE to be in! So today, I’m sharing all the simple, pretty, but very effective things I did to personalize my workspace and make it an enjoyable place to be.
1 | CUTE COFFEE MUG AND TUMBLER
Because boss ladies need to stay hydrated as well as caffeinated.
Every morning, I fill a cute mug with coffee and a pretty tumbler with ice water before sitting down at my desk and digging into my to-do list. The mug and tumbler act like extra decor, and every time I reach for them, I smile. Because they’re so darn adorable!
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2 | HEADPHONES
So you can tune out distractions and really focus on the task at hand.
I highly recommend Happy Plugs because they’re happy, duh! (They also come in a variety of colors and look fab on Instagram!) But I am currently coveting these Beats headphones because they’re wireless and noise canceling!
3 | INSPIRING PRINTS OR QUOTES
Because we all need little inspirational reminders from time to time.
I have this grace not perfection print from Emily Ley in a simple white frame on my desk and other prints around my office. Whenever I’m struggling, or even just lost in thought, I love seeing good words when I look up.
Pro Tip: You could also write quotes on sticky notes and tape them to your computer, or change your desktop background to something that inspires you!
4 | KEEP ESSENTIALS CLOSE
For me, essentials include my planner, pens, all the Apple products (iMac + iPhone + iPad + MacBook Pro), chargers, headphones, scrap paper, coffee, and ice water.
Pro Tip: You’ll have to decide what the essentials are for you. But once you do, gather them all at the start of the day. You’ll be more efficient that way!
5 | PRETTY PLANNER AND NOTEBOOK
I firmly believe every female entrepreneur needs an amazing planner to schedule her days and tackle her to-do’s! She also needs a ridiculously pretty notebook for when brilliant ideas hit her out of the blue!
6 | FUN DECOR
Because fun decor is happy decor!
I really like surrounding myself with bright, colorful things that make me happy AND productive. So when I found myself in need of a mousepad (because my magic mouse drags horribly across my desk), I went hunting for something bright and fun! And I found the perfect one!
Sources: Donut Mousepad
7 | ALL THE OFFICE SUPPLIES
Because you can never have too many office supplies.
Paper clips, staplers, tape dispensers, folders, pens, even something to stash your business cards in! None of these things need to be boring! Go ahead, buy the bright, colorful or shiny, gold ones! I promise you’ll have the best-dressed office if you do! 😉
I can’t tell you how much these little changes and pretty additions made a difference in my productivity and overall attitude during my workday! I really encourage you to try a few and see what they can do for you!
Sending you a virtual fist bump today!
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