If you're a boss who knows that filing isn't just for your nails, you need a desk to match your hustle. Which means: organized, styled, and designed for max work output.
So we checked in with Sara Sugarman, Founder of Lulu & Georgia, the online home decor shop founded in 2012 of her five tips for keeping your workspace as boss as you are.
A clean and inspiring space makes for a more constructive (and positive) day. If you look around your desk, there are undoubtedly little odds and ends creating unnecessary clutter. I recently read, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and now ask myself: “Does this item bring me joy?” If it has no purpose and doesn’t bring me happiness, then it’s gone. The items that do stay on your desktop should be ones that you use on a daily basis.
I’m most productive when I’m in a space that reflects my own style and personality. Whether it’s a statement rug, a colorful lamp, or a unique bookcase – it helps me think more creatively. I also love the idea of a pin board- not to place random samples or business cards- but as inspiration for where you want to be and what you want to do.
When I was younger, my mom would take me to Staples before school started, and I loved selecting all of the brand new supplies I would need for the year. I feel the same applies to workspace materials. Sure, we need staplers and tape dispensers, but why select the functional, yet boring ones when you could have gold and acrylic? It’s an opportunity to express your individuality, plus it adds to the overall aesthetic of the space.
We all spend a lot of time at our desks, which is why it should be a space that is both livable and productive. Use a pouf as a footstool, keep a tumbler filled with water nearby, and invest in a chair that you don’t mind spending several hours in.
There is a lot of time wasted looking for that piece of paper, pen or business card lost in the cluttered chaos on your desk. Create a functional, yet stylish system to help keep important dates and urgent tasks in sight. Incorporate a tray to store time-sensitive materials and file everything else away. Use a pencil holder to store pens and highlighters, so they are easily visible when you need them.