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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

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                      Last Updated on January 14, 2019

                      The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                      The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

                      Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

                      We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

                      You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

                      Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

                      Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

                      1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

                      Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

                      Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

                      You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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                      Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

                      Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

                      2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

                      Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

                      Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

                      3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

                      Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

                      How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

                      Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

                      Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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                      Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

                      4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

                      It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

                      With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

                      If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

                      Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

                      Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

                      5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

                      Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

                      However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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                      Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

                      If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

                      With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

                      Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

                      6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

                      The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

                      You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

                      A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

                      By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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                      • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
                      • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
                      • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
                      • Is this aligned with my passion?
                      • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

                      Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

                      7. Be Prepared to Let Go

                      It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

                      Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

                      If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

                      When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

                      Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

                      We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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