What is your desk like and have you ever wondered what it says about you?
In our increasingly connected world, so many jobs require us to be ‘desk dwellers’ – and even if you’re not office based, you may well sit at a desk at home to do your accounts or surf the net. I spend hours at my desk and it is ultimately one of the reasons I’ve had a bad back and needed to see a chiropractor recently! But I’ll save that for another post sometime.
Today, I wanted to talk about the desks of highly effective people. Why? Because it’s fascinating, I think! And maybe we can learn something about ourselves, as it turns out there are certain types of personalities that show through when it comes to your desk.
Inspired by the famous business manual, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Fellowes – a market leader in office products supply – has identified seven different desk typologies and the most common objects found at these workstations. By researching this topic, they hope to highlight the different types of desk set ups that help us get the most out of our workspaces!
So let’s delve in and take a look – and maybe you’ll identify which type you are…
The Neat Freak
Oh I wish this was me, but alas! The super efficient neat freak always keeps their desk clean and tidy, with everything in its rightful place. Files and systems are beautifully organised and maintained. Everything labelled and logged. You can bet their inbox is never overflowing. The neat freak desk dweller can put their hands on any file or laminate a document at lightening speed. Impressive!
The Creative Kid
The creative kid finds inspiration everywhere and is always thinking about the next great idea! Visual stimulation is key to their creativity – their desk will likely be surrounded by photos and editorial images, mood boards and inspirational quotes. They love going on adventures and being inspired. No doubt their favourite social media platform is Instagram and they’ll love to explore Pinterest, immersing themselves in a richly visual world. They often make great problem solvers, too!
The Social Butterfly
A bit like the creative kid above, but more outgoing and certainly a people-pleasing team player. The Social Butterfly’s workspace will be surrounded by funny photos and reminders of great times with friends. Confident communicators, their phone is always at hand and their systems may be a bit chaotic, with colourful post it notes of reminders or ideas everywhere! Their wall planner will be chock full of social events, as well as work engagements!
The Number Cruncher
I have an in-built fear of Excel spreadsheets, so this one is definitely not me! But if you love number crunching, income and expenditure sheets, graphs, tables and bottom lines, maybe you’ll relate to this desk type. With your desk calculator, ruler and shredder for sensitive documents to hand, this is the desk of someone with great attention to detail. Analytical, precise, logical. The desk top is a practical and no nonsense space, free of distractions, to keep you mind focused on the task in hand.
Are you a desk nester? Typically, the nester makes their desk a comfy ‘home away from home’ with sentimental family photos, drawings by their children, thank you notes, their kids after school schedule and plants. There’s a big cheerful mug on a coaster and a selection of flavoured teas and coffees to choose from. Forget austere, this desk is like a big warm hug and the nester is a good listener, always happy to dole out advice and chocolate biscuits.
The Health Nut
The office health nut may make you feel a bit guilty! With their giant bottles of water, healthy salads, nuts and seeds, break time yoga sessions and lunch time power walks, their noticeboard has the business cards of personal trainers and gym timetables pinned up. Expect lumber cushions on their chairs and ergonomic keyboards to look after their posture and avoid strains and injury. They’ll never be the last person to leave when it comes to office drinks as they’ve got to be up early for a run!
The Globetrotter lives for holidays and is always planning their next trip. Their workspace is brimming with post cards and souvenirs from far flung places. Their pencil sharpener is a globe and they can happily work from anywhere – an airport lounge, a European coffee shop, or cross country train – and they never forget their phone charger or sunglasses. With an overnight bag ready packed, they are always up for attending a conference at short notice!
So there you have it; did you identify your desk type? I think I tend to be a creative kid, but with a messy desk, so I need to get on top and hopefully become more efficient!
If this post has inspired you to get more organised, too, you’ll be glad to know that Fellowes are giving away a binder or laminator to help the creative process and enable you to manage your work area better. All you have to do is share what YOUR desk looks like on social media using the hashtags #fellowes and #inspiringcreativity. OR you can choose your Fellowes typology and leave a comment below. Feel free to do both! The giveaway closes at 12am on Monday 18th September and the winner will be contacted and announced shortly after.