Leave your desk clean and organized every day. That way, you will start the next day without lingering distractions or chaos.
When it comes to working more efficiently, I strongly believe in the adage of having the best possible tools for any task.
For me, as a knowledge worker, this includes – apart from my brain – hardware, software, and – of course – my work environment.
Today, I will share my setup. I am not saying this is the best setup for everyone, but it is good for me. I hope it will inspire you to create your own little ‘productivity pod’.
Small is beautiful
ore accurately: it can be. My total work area measures only 200 by 170 cm. As it is in the attic, I have to deal with a slanted ceiling, giving me a height of 235 cm behind my chair and 135 cm in front of my desk. My chair – a Secret Labs Titan 2020 Series – consumes more than half of this. This chair allows me to sit ergonomically during work and easily adjust my position for activities like hosting a workshop, playing a game, or watching content on my PC.
And that’s it. This is sufficient space for me to move easily, work ergonomically, and have enough storage for the things I need. Some are directly on my desk, and the rest are neatly tucked away in the drawers.
As you can see, I do not have enough space for a standing desk. If I did, I might have gone for one. I am not convinced that this is something I need, but I would certainly like to try it at some point.
What's on my desk?
am constantly trying to minimize the clutter on my desk. To use my desk space better – and to keep things organized – I added a Grovemade desk shelf. The desk shelf helps me lift my monitor a bit higher while also giving me additional storage on the desk.
Being right-handed, I keep these things to the left of the desk shelf:
- laptop (on a small stand for better ventilation)
- monitor (Samsung 49″ CRG9)
- camera, microphone, light (all mounted to multi-purpose arms behind the laptop and monitor)
- large mousepad to protect the desk and provide enough space for my
- keyboard and mouse.
Inside the desk shelf, I keep
- a tablet that I use to control my devices, scenes, and content during workshops,
- a reMarkable 2 for quick hand-written notes.
On the desk shelf’s other side, there is a little whiteboard for doodling and super-fast, temporary note-taking.
Last not least, I keep the Lego Darth Vader helmet behind the whiteboard. It might seem odd, but for me, it’s like a mental stress ball. It helps me to focus.
As mentioned, your ideal setup might be completely different. However, there is one tip that always applies: leave your desk clean and organized every day – that way you will start the next day without any lingering distractions or chaos.
Take a tour
If you have nine minutes, watch the video below. I explain how I set up a high-productivity office on less than four square meters.