The Power of Good Design
Think about your work space. Is it cluttered? Minimalist? Full of personal objects, or mostly utilitarian? More importantly, does it inspire or depress you?
Your work environment can have a huge effect on your psyche, both in terms of happiness and productivity. A 2010 experiment found that employees who had control over the layout and design of their spaces were not only healthier and happier, they were 32 percent more productive.
While you might not be able to move into the sunlit office (just yet), you can start with the small stuff. Dress up your desk with these 20 charming — and useful — office supplies.
Charge Your Workday
Between your keyboard, power cords, and phone charger, your desk can end up covered in wires. Hide them — and keep your monitor at an ergonomically correct height — with this monitor stand and space bar.
Or if you prefer something with a little more whimsy, opt for a smartphone docking station.
A Pop of Flowers
Make that unexpected flower delivery even more exceptional with this optical illusion Lucite vase, which comes in a variety of colors from lilac to smoke.
Bel Air Mini Scoop Vase, $98, from Jonathan Adler
Put a Mouse on It
Throw out that foam mousepad you’ve had since 1998 and use this botanically festooned desk pad instead. It multitasks as your weekly to-do list.
If you a prefer a more substantial mousepad, try this geometric leather and woodgrain design.
A Touch of Nature
Instead of the standard fern, get a whole world with a compact terrarium. Bonus: You need to water it only every 4 to 6 weeks — no sun required.
Desktop Canning Jar Terrarium, $89, from Doodlebirdie
It’s a Sweet World
Like to keep candy on your desk? Use this vintage cigarette holder to fashionably hold gum, mints, or M&Ms. You could even keep a mini succulent in there if sweets aren’t your thing.
1940s Art Deco Brass Globe Cigarette Holder, $59, from MeekVintage
Add a little farm flair with this animal desk caddy. Your pencils, pens, and scissors never looked so sharp. Available in cow, pig, and horse.
If you prefer your animals more domesticated, try the cat magnet or dachshund letter organizer.
Get Your Days Straight
Organize your papers based on the exact day you need them with these Type A-pleasing file folders. It’s okay if the Friday folder just has takeout menus.
Days of the Week File Folders, $9, from Knock Knock
The Beauty of Organization
Who doesn’t love when their pens, highlighters, printouts, and sticky notes are corralled into a neatly stacked, monochromatic desk set? Ahhh.
Mint Super Stacked, $55, from Poppin
Let a Sticky Note Say It
Encourage direct reports (or yourself) with a High Five sticky note. It includes check boxes to indicate whether they’re a champ, star, hero, or just, you know, okay.
If words fail, let the thumbs up sticky note do the talking for you.
Sometimes a lady just wants a good old-fashioned clock to let her know when she’s running late. Enter this minimalist vintage desk clock.
Soviet Alarm Clock, $35, from TheThingsThatWere
This inspiring desk calendar features full-color illustrations of kick-ass queens, from Catherine the Great to Elizabeth I.
2015 Monarch Calendar, $15, from Rifle Paper Co.
When Google Calendar Doesn’t Cut It
The generous 12” by 16” size of this appointment calendar gives you enough room for daily meetings, while still giving an overall view of your month. The fact that it’s pretty doesn’t hurt.
2015 Appointment Calendar, $26, from Rifle Paper Co.
Finally, decorate your desk with what really matters: a snapshot of your favorite person. Because that will always make you smile.
Well Hello There Daisy Place Frame, $65, from Kate Spade