Your work should be something you enjoy and look forward to doing every day. Likewise, your work desk should be something that you love coming to each and every day. However, that doesn’t mean that your work desk is a “playhouse”. Even if you happen to have a playful-type career, the fact of the matter is that your work desk has to be something serious...that is, serious about encouraging and facilitating your purposeful, professional actions. This means, among other things, that your work desk needs to be a comfortable place with a comfortable chair, good lighting, and a clean, efficient, well-organized desktop (which goes for your computer screen as well as your physical desktop).
Look, the reality is that you are going to spend a lot of your life’s time at your work desk (literally or metaphorically). So, for you to be as productive as you possibly can be, that’s got to be a place where you feel comfortable. It’s perfectly alright to be in your “comfort zone” when you’re at your work desk!
Take up your pen and write down some totally honest answers, to yourself, to some critical questions...
- What have you found is the optimal working environment for you, the one that brings out the best in you?
- Is there any way that you can re-organize your desk to make yourself more productive today?
- Look around yourself. Is there anything that you can rearrange on or about your desk right now that would make you feel more comfortable?
When you feel comfortable at your work desk, you are able to work in harmony with what you most highly value.
What Would You Tell the Creator of All?
Imagine that the Creator of All has just called you. You’ve got him on the telephone. He asks you what you value most...and, he wants to hear about these items in order! Ask yourself what you would say to him. What list would you be able to read off to him? Would you be able to account responsibly for each and every item on the list, too, as well as its placement?
You don’t have to be religious. Call it your Higher Self. Just call it the “higher level of thinking and sensibility in human beings”, if you would prefer. You have to be able to justify what you value most highly...to yourself. “There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self,” wrote the great author Aldous Huxley.
According to Bernard Edmonds, “To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.”
Make your work desk a space of organized beauty. You’re gonna like the Where you work.