The work from home desk essentials that keep me motivated

These are my work from home desk essentials

Today I'm here to admit that I spend way too much time at my desk. I don't go out for walks as much as I should do, I don't work from coffee shops enough and I don't mix it up by working from different areas of my house.

No, my desk is pretty much my working sanctuary.

As I spend so much time there, I've come to realise that I am only as productive as the environment I create. Of course, every working space needs the obvious things such as enough room, a half decent computer and a comfortable chair. But since we moved into our new house, I've found it's the little extras that keep me motivated and happy.

As I've found these things really help me to stay on track and when I'm tied to my desk, I thought they might help you too. So here's the work from home desk essentials that keep me motivated every day.

1. Flowers

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My day always feels brighter when I've got some gorgeous flowers on my desk. Not only are they nice to look at, but they also make my office smell divine. Flowers have a positive impact on the brain too, research conducted by the Texas A&M University found that people exposed to flowers and plants in the workplace exhibited more innovative thinking.

For me, having flowers around just generally brightens up my mood and makes my desk look and feel better when I sit down to start work. In my mind, anything that gives your morning a boost is positive and puts you in a great mindset to tackle the day. 

2. Planners, notebooks and coloured pens

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I mentioned in my personal and business goals post that I'm obsessed with planners and stationery. No matter how many times I've tried to move to digital note taking and goal planning, it just doesn't work for me.

So it's no surprise that one of my most important work from home desk essentials is my collection of planners and notebooks. I use a fairly laborious system which at the moment consists of a Happiness Planner, Cultivate What Matters Powersheets and a bullet journal. As I'm constantly writing notes and to do lists, I use these Tombow Dual Brush Pens to keep my notes organised and pretty.

3. Candles


Similarly to flowers, scented candles make my office smell amazing and help me be more productive. I find that with a candle lit, my work anxiety is lessened and my environment feels more conducive to getting my head down and writing words.

I personally prefer berry smells and as I'm writing this, I have an Air Wick purple blackberry spice one burning in my office.

4. Beauty essentials

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My beauty essentials get me through the day. If I'm not going out to a meeting or a coffee shop then I don't tend to wear makeup when I work from home. My skin isn't the best so I find that more makeup-free days helps to keep it in check.

On my desk, I always have hand cream, lip balm and my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. This is literally my absolute number one beauty product. I put it on dry patches of skin, use it to de-frizz my hair and rub it into my lips if they're chapped in winter.

I always keep hand cream handy too as they get ridiculously dry when I spend most of the day typing.

5. My phone

Although my phone can be a distraction, I find it invaluable to have on my desk when I work. Not only do I need it to respond to any customer social media enquiries, but I also like to keep an eye on my own Twitter and Instagram engagement when I take a break.

The main function of my phone, however, is to provide me with background noise. Unless I really, really need to concentrate, I prefer to work with some noise in the background. My phone is all set up with my Apple Music favourites and podcast subscriptions so it's easier to access them on there than it is to search online.

At the moment I can't stop listening to James Arthur, Eminem and Drake on Apple Music and the Swish and Flick and Tree Hill Talk podcasts. 

6. Motivational quotes

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I know motivational quotes aren't for everyone. You either love them or hate them in my opinion. I happen to love them, or at least I love them in my workspace. I have a pin board next to my computer (check my Instagram for a peak at how it looks!) which is full of quotes that inspire me.

I think the trick is to find words that genuinely speak to your soul. The quote in the picture above for example fuels me because of one particular part; 'live it'.

One of the main drivers for my self-employment is to give me the flexibility to live my life how I want to. This reminds me of that 'why' and keeps me on track when things feel tough.


I hope this post has given you a little bit of inspiration for work home desk essentials that can keep you motivated. Have I missed anything? Share your ideas with me in the comments!