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10 Workstations That Not Only Look Good, But Will Boost Your Productivity

10 Workstations That Not Only Look Good, But Will Boost Your Productivity

Have you ever heard the phrase “a workman is only as good as his tools”? No matter how good you are, if you aren’t working with the right things, in the right space, and in the right mindset, your productivity will be affected. It is natural. A study conducted Genstler shows a real and measurable impact between the physical space in which you study, and your overall productivity.[1] So a good workstation is absolutely vital.

You shouldn’t think of your desk as merely a desk, as a piece of furniture. Instead, it is important to make your desk your own, something distinctly yours. Working at a place you are comfortable with, a place you regard as yours will affect your productivity and the quality of your work there.

What you need is a workstation that is well built, comfortable, and well designed. With that in mind, here is a list of ten of the best for your consideration.

1. The Grovemade Desk Shelf

    The Grovemade Desk Shelf is fabulously spacious and well designed. The raised shelf for monitors (as the photo shows it can fit two gives it a great ergonomic quality. But my favorite aspect is the small spaces underneath the shelf, allowing for smart and subtle storage.

    One thing that needs consideration is that it needs to be placed on a table to be of use. However, with one, it has an immediate effect, transforming and improving your desk space. The storage spaces are great for de-cluttering a messy desk, and the raised area and for monitors places them at a more comfortable height for looking at for long periods of time.

    The Grovemade Desk Shelf, $275 

    2. Modulos Adjustable Desk

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      The Modulos Adjustable Desk is incredibly inventive, bordering on revolutionary. With the Modulos, you can modify the desk entirely to suit your wants and needs.

      Normally, with desks and workstations, the main part is based on a single piece of wood that is impossible to adjust. The Modulos revolutionizes this idea by having the desk formed out of a number of adjustable modules. Because of this, you can change the core shape of it at will.

      If one day you want the desk to fit in a corner, and another day you want it to be flat against the wall, this is no problem with the Modulos, but with almost any other desk design in history, this simple change would be impossible. It is for this reason the Modulos stands out, it presents true customization.

      Modulos Adjustable Desk, Pre-order on Kickstarter

      3. Unicoo-height adjustable Laptop Cart

        The Unicoo is built for multi-functionality, you can adjust its height to work as a standing workstation, a desk, a bedside table and more.
        In addition, the Unicoo is wheeled so you can move it around with ease to be placed where its most needed.

         Unicoo-height adjustable Laptop Cart, $59.99

        4. The Foundry Portable Work Desk

          The Foundry desk is height adjustable, so you will be able to suit it around your needs. What makes the Foundry desk special is that it is built and designed around being portable. It is designed to be assembled and disassembled quickly and easily, without tools. As such, if you are likely to be moving around often and want to take your work station with you, it is ideal.

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          5. OneSpace 50-JN110505 Ultramodern Glass L-Shape Desk

            OneSpace desk has an extremely sleek and modern design. Its L shape makes it ideal for fitting in the corner. What it lacks in potential for customization, it gains in spaciousness. It is quite a large desk and not an inch of it is wasted, and thanks to its smart CPU stand for desk top computers, there is even more space for you to work on.

            It is built around an incredibly strong steel frame which can withstand significant weight and pressure. The glass itself is tempered safety glass and such it is incredibly strong. The desk’s modern appearance means no loss to structural integrity or strength.

            OneSpace 50-JN110505 Ultramodern Glass L-Shape Desk, $86.20

            6. Soges Office Desk Workstation

              The Stoges workstation is a fantastic all rounder. It has a large surface providing you plenty of space to work on, and this can be improved with a raised layer at the back of the desk giving you the opportunity to add extra items, for maximum space efficiency.

              It’s built from high quality, scratch resistant wood, which provides you a strong and clean surface to work on. The fittings are equally high quality, so you will have no problems with strength or stability, ensuring your desk will stay in good condition for a long time.

              Soges Office Desk Workstation, $79

              7. Soges L-Shaped Computer Desk

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                This Stoges L-Shaped computer desk, is great for corner placement. Its large surface area gives you plenty of space to work, with more than enough space for one or more computers as well as space for notebooks. Like the above Stoges desk, it is made from high quality materials, meaning it will last you a long time.

                Beneath the desk there is a platform for your computer CPU, this is a great feature, as it not only frees up more space for you to work, but allows air to flow more freely around your CPU which might help prevent overheating.

                Soges L-Shaped Computer Desk, $125

                8. Stoges Home Office Desk

                  This desk has impressive space efficiency, the main area is large, with more than enough space for your computer or notebooks. This is improved upon thanks to the numerous raised shelving areas at the back with enough room to store several books, folders, or any other item you may need. It is made out of the best materials and fitting ensuring it will last as long as you need it.

                  Stoges Home Office Desk, $119

                  9. The Varidesk Cube

                    The Varidesk is designed to be placed on a desk or table to be of use. However doing so, will utterly revolutionize your workstation. It has an inventive two tier system that allows space for one or more monitors at the top, and your keyboard, mouse or anything else on the lower tier. The raised platform encourages ergonomic and comfortable viewing of your monitors. This is entirely height adjustable, allowing you to have it at a height most comfortable for you.

                    This desk comes fully assembled right out of the box. Meaning all you need to do is place it on your desk and enjoy.

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                    The Varidesk Cube, $495

                    10. Customize-It Project Trestle Desk

                      This desk has an inventive and spacious design. It has a large surface area which ordinarily would provide you great space for you to work on. This is improved further by the shelves on the trestle desk’s stands.

                      What makes this desk unique Is that each section of the top desk are on hinges and can open up allowing for massively increased storage pace. With it, you will be able to neatly and smartly hide and store a multitude of items. Some of these sections have cork board on one side allowing you to pin and display notes or any other important pieces of paper that you may need. There is even a built in slot to comfortably hold your tablet computer.

                      All these features are wonderfully subtle and are almost unnoticeable behind its simple and nicely rustic facade.

                      Customize-It Project Trestle Desk, $709

                      Featured photo credit: Picjumbo via picjumbo.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Genstler: 2013 US Workplace Survey

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                      Last Updated on July 10, 2019

                      30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

                      30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

                      What do your 3pm fridge raid and perfectly alphabetised bookshelf have in common?

                      You most likely did both of them when you should have been doing work.

                      Procrastination is one of the most human behaviours. We’re all guilty of putting off what we know is important from time to time, and it seems the more pressing the task at hand, the better we are at avoiding it.

                      Sure, it means that every time we have an important deadline we end up with a spotlessly clean house and a completely empty inbox, but the real work gets left until the very last minute and is finished in a frenzy of stress and caffeine.

                      But we can gain control over procrastination by noticing it as soon as possible and stopping it in its tracks. On the contrary, you know you have a bad habit when you’re aware you’re putting something off, and you continue avoiding it anyway.

                      To start you off with combating procrastination, here are a few quotes to get you in a motivated frame of mind, because if procrastination has any enemies, it’s motivation to work harder.

                      A Few Home Truths

                        “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
                        ― Mark Twain


                        “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
                        ― Leonardo da Vinci


                        “Someday is not a day of the week.”
                        ― Janet Dailey


                        “Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in instalments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.”
                        ― Israelmore Ayivor


                        “The man who waits to know everything is the man who never does anything.”
                        ― Craig D. Lounsbrough


                        “Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.”
                        ― Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret


                        “Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”
                        ― Noelle Hancock, My Year with Eleanor


                        “Doing things at the last minute reminds us of the importance of doing things at the first minute.”
                        ― Matshona Dhliwayo


                        “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
                        ― Abraham Lincoln


                        “A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.”
                        ― Bill Watterson, There’s Treasure Everywhere


                        “By what right do I, who have wasted this day, make claims on tomorrow?”
                        ― Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes


                        “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
                        ― José N. Harris


                        Some Practical Advice

                          “If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”
                          ― Hilary Mantel


                          “Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It’s important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”
                          ― Robert Herjavec, The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding


                          “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
                          ― Pablo Picasso


                          “It is only by working the rituals, that any significant degree of understanding can develop. If you wait until you are positive you understand all aspects of the ceremony before beginning to work, you will never begin to work.”
                          ― Lon Milo DuQuette, The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema


                          “Do first what you don’t want to do most.”
                          ― Clifford Cohen


                          “How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.”
                          ― Stephen Richards, The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination


                          “How to stop procrastinating starts with believing you can overcome procrastination.”
                          ― Robert Moment, How to Stop Procrastinating


                          “Never put things off…you will wake up and find them gone.”
                          ― James Jones


                          Some Tough Love

                            “Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.”
                            ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph


                            “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”
                            ― George Bernard Shaw


                            “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
                            ― José N. Harris


                            “What is deferred is not avoided.”
                            ― Thomas More


                            “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”
                            ― Chuck Close


                            “If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”
                            ― Roy Bennett


                            “Your ideas have legs and just as they run through your head, they could be running through someone else’s head and it’s just a matter of who gets to the finish line first. Nothing is new under the sun so act on your ideas.”― Sanjo Jendayi


                            “You may not be punished for your procrastination, but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.”
                            ― Debasish Mridha


                            When You Need Pulling out of Procrastination

                              “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
                              ― Denis Waitley


                              “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
                              ― Karen Lamb


                              Print these quotes out, stick them on the wall in front of your desk – do whatever it takes to remember why you shouldn’t be putting your work off, or getting distracted by a desire to rearrange your socks into colour order.

                              It won’t be easy, but being aware of how detrimental procrastination is to your longer-term goals is the first step towards overcoming it.

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