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30 Desk Accessories That Can Maximize Your Productivity

A white board planner is on a wall, a woman sits at a desk, and a clock sits on a desk.
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Whether you’re working from home or at the office, sitting at a desk all day can be draining. While you should definitely take breaks to stretch your legs, making your workspace as functional as possible can also make you more productive.

Just because office supplies are functional doesn’t mean they have to be bland. From keeping a pair of comfy slippers under your desk to jazzing up your office décor, you’ll be surprised at how much just having the perfect accessories can improve your job performance.

Plus, it makes work a little less blah.

Lighting

Three lamps sits on tables.
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Lighting can transform any space, including your desk. In a home office, you don’t have to worry about all that harsh, overhead lighting. If you do work in that kind of environment, though, give yourself a more relaxed vibe by adding some softer lamps.

All of these lighting options can boost your mood and make your space cozier, but they’re practical, too:

LEPOWER Metal Desk Lamp

Go for industrial vibes.

Neporal Small Desk Lamp

Can a lamp get any cuter than this?

Thausdas Touch Lamp

Allows you to customize the color and intensity of your lighting with just a touch.

COTULIN Table Lamp

Classic, but stylish.

Organization

Brushes are in a container, a black mesh organizer holds office supplies, and a woman works at a desk.
Waveyu/Pipishell/Soundance

When it comes to function and productivity, organization has to be at the top of every desk accessory list. From drawer organizers to pencil holders, a clean space is a calming and productive space.

Add or upgrade these items, so you can always find what you’re looking for quickly and get to that next meeting:

TviewSmart Pink Desk Accessories Cable Organizer

Keep those cords tamed and out of your way.

Pipishell Mesh Desk Organizer

Keep those sticky notes, rubber bands, paper clips, and anything else you need on the reg, handy.

Simple Houseware Clear Plastic Desk Drawer Organizers

Never dig through a drawer looking for a binder clip again.

WAVEYU Pen Holder

This sleek holder wordlessly says, 'I'm very important.'

Soundance Laptop Stand

Gives you more workspace and prevents neck strain.

Planning

A whiteboard planner, a to-do list note pad, and a desk calendar.
U Brands/ScribeTime Goods/Vinmen

A major part of everyone’s workweek is planning. From jotting down meetings and due dates, to crossing out that vacation week, having the right planning tools at your fingertips is essential.

These planners and calendars will help you keep track of where you should be at all times:

BooQool 2022 Planner

Traditional and essential.

Vinmen 2022 Desk Calendar

Keep a monthly overview in front of you at all times.

ScribeTime Good To Do List Notepad

You won't forget a thing with this handy list-assistant by your side.

Pink Abstract Non-Dated Spiral Weekly Desk Calendar

Customize your schedule with this undated option.

Supplies

A file folder, a sticky note stuck to a computer, and pens sit on a journal.
Fluytco/Pengfull/Jpsor

You’re not gonna get much done at the office without, well, office supplies. From staples and pens to file folders, basic doesn’t have to mean boring. Add some more visual fun to your day with these cute options:

Rainbow Acrylic Stapler Set

Who needs a boring stapler?

Seven Piece Black Desk Accessory Kit

If you prefer a more uniform look, go with a matching approach.

Pengfull Sticky Notes Packet

Pre-labeled sticky notes? Yes, please!

Fluytco Decorative Gold Foil File Folders

Never misplace a document again.

Décor

A candle, a clock, and faux succulents sit on different desks.
Homesick/Ayrely/Mingfuxin

While décor doesn’t always scream function, if you want to curate a space you don’t absolutely loathe going to, a bit of customization is key. Bring a bit of your personality to your desk or add some motivation with these cute, office-ready pieces:

Homesick Scented Candle in Gone Hiking

Bring the outdoors to your desk.

AHUASJART Abstract Wall Decor

For a splash of color.

Mingfuxin Artificial Succulents Plants

You don't even have to keep them alive.

AYRELY Battery Operated Alarm Clock

Sure, you have a clock on your computer and phone, but they aren't as cute as this little timekeeper.

playableART Rainbow Ball

Create art while you brainstorm.

Comfort

A blanket is draped over a chair, a woman props her feet up on a rest, and a mug sits on a table.
Lomao/hawBeg/Ember

Most of us spend a lot of time at our desks. Even those who try to embrace a positive/life balance will still likely find themselves at their workstation for at least 40 hours each week. This is why comfort is key! These items will help you stay focused on work instead of your aching feet:

LOMAO Flannel Blanket with Pompom Fringe

If climate control is an issue.

Donpapa Memory Foam Fluffy Slipper

Work from home? Why wear shoes?

hawBEG Adjustable Under Desk Footrest

Supports your feet and your back.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Keeps tea or coffee warm for hours.


Whether your workstation is in your home or at an office, it doesn’t have to be a gloomy drudge. You can create the perfect work environment for yourself with just a few key items. Not only will this refresh the space, but it can also improve your focus and productivity.

Shea Simmons Shea Simmons
Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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