5 Affordable Desk Accessories For Work

The desk is where the “magic happens” for many people with regards to productivity. It doesn’t matter if you’re a financial analyst, an entrepreneur, or a teacher: the truth is that a desk is central to getting things done. Often times, the right accessories can make sure that you have everything organized, and help you complete all of your goals and objectives. Here are five great desk accessories that can help you with regards to work life.

Post-Its and Pens

It’s amazing how many things we can forget when it comes to writing certain facts or details down. It doesn’t matter if it’s a lunch date or a phone number – sometimes, things simply have to be written down ASAP. 

You might think that you can recall it from memory, but why risk it? After all, it’s unprofessional to have to ask someone repeatedly for contact information, such as an e-mail address or phone number. You can also customize post-its to a certain color or style of your choice, as well. You can even personalize your post-its if you want to get fancy!


Sometimes there is something on your mind that is bugging you, when you should be working. You might have a burst of creativity that interferes, and you just have to sketch something, or write down a haiku that’s in your head. The truth is that taking care of that immediate creativity can be a great way to feel fulfilled, and focus back on your obligations, appointments, and deadlines.

You might remember the dream that you had last night, and feel the need to document it. You might have even thought of something that will give you a competitive edge, and want to elaborate on it. A Post-It note might not cover it. For these instances – the right journal can go a long way!


It doesn’t matter what industry that you are in; there is always more information to learn. If you’re in finance, maybe you want to be able to catch up on financial news. If you’re an entrepreneur, you might want to listen to an inspirational podcast. The right bluetooth speaker on your desk can help you think of new strategies or catch you up on information within your industry. 

The right advice or news can help you stay up to date, and ahead of the competition. If you’re more into headsets, even better! Either way, you can absorb information while having your hands free to type/write/organize.


One annoying aspect that can certainly take its toll on a desk is drink stains. If you’re a big coffee drinker, are constantly drinking water, or enjoy some whiskey after the day is over – this can lead to large stains over the years. Of course, even several small stains can send the wrong message in certain meetings. 

Everyone loves to have an immaculate desk, and sometimes coasters are a perfect way to ensure that your desk remains professional.

Coasters are also a great way to establish some personality. You can have custom office coasters that have your company/logo emblazoned on it, so that you can proudly advertise your company throughout the office, and help in terms of morale. You might also choose to use coasters that have inspirational quotes on it, as well. Either way, coasters definitely help with regards to an affordable way to organize your desk.

Stress Balls

It’s easy to be stressed out, no matter what. It might be the fact that someone cut you off in traffic, a personal issue that you are dealing with, or an issue with regards to a friend or significant other. No one wants to have their personal life spill over into their professional endeavors, but human beings aren’t perfect. Everyone might have a relaxing activity that they do. Some like to enjoy a nice movie, some might smoke a cigar, and some might start gardening. However, it’s obvious that you cannot relax at home the same way that you relax at work.

Why not invest in a stress ball? A couple of squeezes and you might be ready to focus back on your work. It’s a great way to take care of a temper. If you close your eyes and close enough on a stress ball, you might be back to normal and realize that a little squeezing is all it took. There are many who believe that simply increasing blood circulation in your hand can help you relieve stress, and relax better. These days there are all sorts of stress balls with different colors and themes, as well, to help you express yourself individually.

Bob Dluzen
As a result of being a gardener for more than 40 years, 30 of those as a professional, Bob's gardening has become an integral part of his life. "It's the ever-changing seasons and the wide variety of plants and gardens that keeps me intrigued," he says. Bob lives and gardens in rural Monroe County.