It has been nearly one year since I graduated from Bucknell University. Crazy. I seriously cannot believe how fast time has flown by, or how much has changed in the last year. As I sit in a little cafe a few blocks from my apartment writing this post, I cannot believe where I am. I landed an incredible first job out of college, one that I am constantly learning new things at every single day. I realized that my favorite posts are the ones where I give you a peak inside my essentials, and I thought my desk essentials (besides the typical office supplies) at work could come in handy for those of you post grads about to start your first job!
Notebook – Hands down the most important thing to have at your desk, a notebook! Every single time my manager calls me into her office I bring my notebook and a pen. It is impossible to remember everything so make it easier on yourself and pick up a cute notebook at a nearby Staples or Duane Reade. Regardless of your position, a notebook will always come in handy.
Sweater – Okay even though it is Spring, my office is absolutely freezing. Once the seasons started to change, they stopped blasting the heat and kicked up the AC. Every day I find myself reaching for the sweater I accidentally left at my chair one day after work. Now it is my trusty work sweater that goes with basically every outfit because it is black, and we all know that black is the unofficial go-to style for New Yorkers.
Health & Beauty – Similar to my purse, I have pretty much anything you could need in a little makeup bag at my desk. From safety pins, to nail files, bobby pins, Tylenol, tissues, and band-aids, I have it all. Band-aids are hands down the most used in that kit. Even though I absolutely LOVE my heels…sometimes they leave my feet with a few more cuts than I would like. Trust me, band aids will come in handy when you get blisters or paper cuts. Having a little first aid kit will be used far more often then you think.
Lint roller – For those of you with pets at home, buy a pack of lint rollers to keep at your desk. Especially in winter when I wore black practically daily, I always needed to lint roll my pants when I got to my desk in the morning. It keeps me looking professional and dog hair free.
Chapstick – This is not only a desk essential, but a daily essential for me. I always have chapstick on me. My personal favorite is Blistex, I have countless tubes strewn across my apartment and in multiple drawers at work.
Mirror – Helpful to check your makeup throughout the day or ensure that nothing is stuck in your teeth after lunch.
Snacks – I mentioned this in a previous post, but seriously snacks at your desk is a must. You never know what day will become so overwhelmingly busy that you lose track of time, so it is nice to have a couple snacks nearby just in case.
Fun desktop background – I constantly change my computer desktop background depending on my mood. Right now it is a tropical beach photo from while I was in Australia. I love that when I close out of different windows I see one of my favorite beaches in the world. It is a simple but effective way to make your space feel like yours, and provide a little inspiration too!
Desk Calendar – Every year my office gets a new desk calendar with a funky design. This year, every month has a different type of dog in fashion (strange but fun!). Since I am constantly scheduling different meetings weeks in advance it is helpful to have a desk calendar that I can glance at when I am on the phone and don’t have time to open Outlook.
Plants – I have two plants at my desk, and I kid you not I am complimented daily on my green thumb. I have a bamboo plant (seen in photo above) and a small ivy plant. Both plants are low maintenance and somehow thrive in the office environment. I love having touches of green at my desk and studies show there are many benefits to having plants at work.
Photos/Posters – Your desk/cubicle is your space, make it feel like you! I have a framed photo of my family as well as multiple pictures of friends on an inner wall of my cubicle. I also have a couple postcards and quotes in my cubicle to provide a little inspiration or bring back fun memories. However, remember that this is NOT your high school locker so pick appropriate photos and keep your space looking professional.
Plastic Utensils/Napkins – Random, but useful. Whenever I bring lunch or quickly grab something from a nearby cafe I often forget to grab utensils and napkins. Now I have a handful of each that I took from our office kitchen so that I never need to make multiple trips.
Phone Charger – It’s a long day and my phone dies pretty regularly these days. Keep an extra phone charger at your desk for those days when you are at 5% and its only 11am.
Candy – Okay so this is not exactly an essential, but something that has been an interesting addition to my desk. Last week we had tons of leftover candy from a brainstorm meeting, which ended up in a bowl by my cubicle. My colleagues loved walking by and grabbing a treat and it was nice to take a break and say hi and catch up with them whenever they stopped by. That being said….I may or may not have eaten Reeses Peanut Butter cups for lunch three days in a row…oops! Candy is a great way to get to know the people around you since they will undoubtedly come over and grab something! But be wary because you may end up eating a lot of the treats if they are there too long!
These are my essentials as of late, but I have found myself adding new things to my desk regularly. What are the essentials you keep at your desk?
* I work for The Estée Lauder Companies however all thoughts and opinions are my own *