Tired of a messy desk? Or looking for some ideas to spice things up in the office? We’ve got you covered with these brilliantly simple hacks that will make your workday better in a flash. Give them a go, or get creative and add your own twist!
1. Make a standing desk with paper reams
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of a standing desk. Here’s how to create your own with no sweat. First, make a pile of paper reams for your laptop. Then, make two lower piles for your keyboard and mouse. To give your legs a rest, you can always set the reams aside and place your computer back on your desk.
2. Sneak in exercise… at your desk
If you’re finding it hard to hit the gym with all the deadlines ahead, why not swap your office chair for an exercise ball? Try this for 20-30 minutes once a day to work your core, hip and leg muscles. Better yet, get your colleagues to do the same and have a ball of a time together!
3. Detangle cords with binder clips
Attach a few binder clips to the edge of your desk, thread cords through the metal loops and voila! Your workspace is free of cord clutter.
4. Or even as teabag holders
Stop having to fish out your teabag or its tag. All you need is an endlessly versatile binder clip to hold the teabag onto your cup. Now you can enjoy your tea breaks without getting your fingers wet.
5. Or use them to keep your to-do list in sight
Because sometimes sticky notes just aren’t sticky enough. Secure a binder clip to the top of your monitor for the perfect to-do list stand.
6. Make more space in the microwave with a mug
And if you need to warm up your lunch but there’s only one microwave to be shared, a mug will do the trick. By creating levels with it, you can get more food in the microwave at one go—and everyone can have their lunch served faster.
7. Keep your lunch cool with a sponge ice pack
The next time you’re bringing lunch to work, don’t forget the humble kitchen sponge. Soak one in water, freeze it in a zipper bag and there you go! Your very own homemade ice pack that won’t wet your salad when the water melts.
8. Personalise your keyboard with washi tapes
Add some colour and character to your keyboard! Don’t worry, there’s no need for hours of arts and crafts. Just cut washi tapes to size and stick them on where you like. The best part? They are removable so you can easily restore your keyboard to its original look when needed.
9. Keep stationery within reach with a Lazy Susan
Lazy Susans don’t just belong in Chinese restaurants. Place one in the centre of your meeting table to make it convenient for all to get pens and whatnots during a discussion. For long, rectangular tables, use two smaller rotating trays instead.
10. Eat brain food to boost focus
Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health. The brain requires nutrients just like your heart, lungs or muscles do. If your diet is unbalanced for whatever reason, you may want to consider a multivitamin or a nootropic also known as smart drugs to supplement a few of the essentials.
11. Make a smartphone speaker out of a cup
Inject a little fun to those late nights in the office. Turn up the music with the help of an empty cup! Simply put your handset into the cup and you have created your own speaker!
Tip: choose a transparent cup if you prefer to have an easy view of your playlist