Planet desk | 12 October 2018 | 11:55 pm
When I became a full-time freelancer and transitioned to working remotely about eight years ago, I was terrible with organization. My “desk” was the couch, and my organization strategy was scribbling notes on Post-Its and randomly sticking them to my laptop, only for them to get lost. A few years of this system resulted in lost emails and forgotten deadlines, and I realized that it was time to buy a proper desk and get organized.
While I do occasionally work in coffee shops or from my bed, most of my working hours are spent sitting upright at my desk. Everything I need to stay organized is at my fingertips, so I’m able to complete my tasks more efficiently.
Whether your working at home or in an office, here are six things you should always keep at your desk to be organized and enhance productivity:
A decent desk chair should provide lumbar and pelvic support to remove stress from your back muscles. Since poor posture may lead to headaches or muscle fatigue, a supportive chair is a worthwhile investment.
Keeping a written to-do list near your desk can help you stay on-task, remind you of what’s coming up, and help eliminate the possibility of a scheduling error.
Going paperless is great for the environment, but when you need to print out a form to send to an employer or you prefer editing with a paper and pen, a wireless printer comes in handy.
A wireless printer also means one fewer cord to get in the way. Plus there are some inexpensive, high-quality options out there.
To avoid losing these documents, pick up a filing cabinet or accordion folder to keep important paperwork organized. A folder in one of my desk drawers safely holds all of my paper documents in one place, and I always know where something is when I need it.
External hard drives these days are relatively inexpensive for large amounts of storage space, like this external drive that gives you 2 TB of space for about $60.
You can also opt for a cloud storage service like Google Drive, DropBox, or iCloud, but I’d still recommend a physical external HD just in case you were to ever lose access to your online accounts or should you need to access your work when there’s no available internet connection.