Here we are with the first installment of #TechweekwithTJ everyone! When I revamped my site I also decided to do the same with my work flow. To be honest I haven’t had much of a schedule nor been good on keeping up with notes. I’ve been winging it for months and it was time to get everything back in order starting with where I blog. I don’t have the luxury of stepping out to my own office or a cool coffee shop everyday, if I’m being real here my desk sits in a tiny corner of our bedroom adjacent to the garbage can. Not my ideal “dreamspace” but I make it work, it literally is my corner of the internet! I previously had all of my makeup sitting on my desk which was awesome but left me homeless when it was time to work, the kitchen island is a dangerous place at wee hours of the night (all dem snacks). I decided to make a change, one to get my ass back in gear but two for overall productivity. I thought I’d share some tips about re-setting everything and it could possibly help some of you out too…
- Lighting – If at all possible try to create your work area near a window, the warmth of the sunlight is priceless and definitely helps perk you up if you’re not in a “working” mood.
- Candles – You all know I’m a huge Diptyque fan (blogger cliché but who gives a sh*t)! I love burning them while I work to help set the tone. They fill up the room with such an amazing fragrance, not to mention the pretty packaging can later be re-purposed.
- Theme – The same way you have a color palette for your website it can also be applied to your desk area. I’m a huge marble, monochrome fan so that’s what I decided to go with. I think it all depends on your personality and preference. My desk might seem a little gloomy but it’s the perfect balance of dark & light for me!
- Greenery – Plants, flowers or cacti. Fresh greens can really add so much life to your workspace and they just make me really happy! I always look forward to my weekly visit to the greenhouse.
- Essentials – Keep all your stationary neat and maybe a few desk-side beauty items. I like to have hand sanitizer, hand cream, facial mist and a lip balm around at all times.
- Storage – Wether its wood, acrylic or glass you can find storage almost anywhere nowadays (even the $1 stores). You can even use old kitchen plates/dishes to hold little knick knacks. See the matte black dish my candle is sitting on? It’s from my kitchen and I spray painted it so there would be some contrast against the marble tile. It cost me $1.06 to do… bargain!
- Inspiration – By this I mean pictures or magazine clippings, whatever floats your boat! I personally don’t care much for photo frames so I opted for the clipboard method. I can change or add to my board without a problem.
- Electronics – Having all your equipment in one place makes work a hell of a lot easier!
- Desk – Choose something that will accommodate your every need, I strongly advise laying out all your items on the ground or using a table top for size reference. Always make sure to measure the space you’re working with so that you can purchase the right size desk. I have been using this IKEA laptop table for a little over a year now and I couldn’t be happier!
- Clutter-free – Yes it’s nice to keep things that make you happy but there is a fine line between clutter and sh*t medley. I’ve found that the less crap I have on my desk the better. You can get easily distracted and sometimes things can get misplaced, clean and clear people!
P.S. – Some of you have been asking about where to get the marble slab up above, Grecian White Tile @ HOME DEPOT $4.00 ✌?