Lifestyle: What’s on my Desk (Office Edition)

I love reading other student blogs about how they study, what stationery they use (I’m a stationery addict!) and I’ve been itching to update you all on my own. Thing is, I’m technically a student this year, but not really – out on my placement year I’m working in a fancy office, with massive desk and two (sometimes three) computer screens. Pretty sure what’s on my desk isn’t as exciting as most students, though I’ve tried to make it as ‘me’ as possible.

 photo f50ac2a4-1d99-42ab-954e-7b04ce7634e6_zpsb0gkadx4.jpg photo 2846c901-b355-49f1-8973-5798b328c73f_zps9rnmwass.jpgI’ve found a good stapler and hole punch an absolute must in the office. Anything printed has to be filed away immediately, and definitely not left unattended on your desk (confidentiality and all that)…and whilst the printer generally at least handles the stapling side (but not for my fancy Adobe software that took four months for IT to give me permission to have) hole-punching is definitely beyond its capabilities. I prefer to keep these items as small as possible, and I’ve found Leitz to offer some great ones. The hole-punch* might be small, but it can still go through at least 25 sheets. The stapler* is pretty damn strong, and it also comes with a 5-year guarantee…though I’m finding it pretty difficult to find Leitz branded staples!

As I’m on placement, I have a mountain of paperwork I need to keep up to date with from university. Monthly blogs, quarterly reviews, a report, plus gradings from my supervisor and the standard H&S rubbish. This all gets thrown into the Leitz magazine rack* – not only functional and sturdy, the lovely pink colour really brightens up my desk!

 photo 2014-09-24175026_zps64eef189.jpg photo 13bb4b5a-0572-4b23-93d0-fc022f362a89_zpsdefa7e5f.jpgRegular readers will know I can’t live without my Filofax, and this has become even more true for this year. Keeping track of meetings when I’m not in the office would be impossible without it, as I don’t have a laptop (reason: I requested not to have one as I’d never switch off). I also use it to keep note of what I’ve been doing, meal planning, calorie counting, and blog organisation. You could say my entire life is in there!

 photo 2de67eb9-89f8-4edb-a0ad-a4fd471cacff_zpsxuimufpd.jpgSome beauty treats also feature in my desk – my top drawer is actually dedicated to them! I couldn’t live without a decent handcream or lipbalm – air conditioning is a killer! My current handcream is from Yes Nurse*, and is one of the better ones I’ve used. Lightly and subtly fragranced (I loved one from Orla Kiely, but the smell made it impossible to take to work), quick to absorb and it comes with an adorable cover. It also raises funds for Breast Cancer Care, to which I donated on receiving this to review. I’m unfussy about lipbalms, and tend to switch between Bodyshop offerings, or Burts Bees. I’ll always have the lipstick I started the day wearing in my handbag too!

 photo 74f2d434-3c32-4551-90e0-047e3dec8a76_zpspedgkr5j.jpgPens are one of the banes of my life (along with my hair). Being left-handed everything seems to smudge. I get covered in ink and my work is illegible. For rough notes I’ve taken to using BIC biros*, as they are cheap, cheerful and come in pretty colours. I can’t use these for proper notes though, as they do smudge if I write properly. So I’m still resorting to my Pental Frixon erasable ones – and yep, they still cost a small fortune.

 photo 04f3618d-67f6-4753-aa1f-f9f6161a75d4_zpsmdmboahr.jpg photo 04765d23-91d3-402e-b297-a1bd49b12ede_zpsy26jda6s.jpgOther less exciting things – a stock of fruit (apples and oranges seem to last best at work), and some emergency biscuits and chocolates. The lovely mug W got me for Christmas. My Logitech mouse, it’s so much easier on my RSI strained hand. A stash of Yorkshire teabags (the company provide PG Tips…), and a pair of black ballet flats (so if it rains I can walk to work in wellies and change).

It’s a wonder there’s any space left on my desk to work! What are your desktop essentials? 

  • Kat Horrocks

    I love seeing what’s on people’s desks! I love the Bic biros as well haha, I’m quite particular about them as I just find other pens don’t write as nicely. I also like to keep a hand cream and lip balm at my desk to remind me to apply it throughout the day 🙂

    KatHorrocks.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      Definitely agree with you there, having my hand cream by my side means I’ll definitely use it! x

  • Jennifer K

    It’s always interesting to see what other people have on their desks! I get where you’re coming from with the smudging due to left-handedness- my left hand is bright blue right now after writing up some notes. For me, my desk essentials have to be portable and easy to pack up every time I move between my placement accommodation and my uni accommodation. My desk in my bedroom in my uni flat though does at least have a couple of nice pots and a file for all my loose papers. I’m also really obsessive about keeping my desk clear and tidy!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Its such a pain being lefthanded?! Luckily all my stuff stays at work this year, but these bits from Leitz are surprisingly really light! x

  • emily

    My desktop essentials: laptop and its backup disk, bottle of ink for my fountain pen (currently sepia, I’m thinking of trying a charcoal grey ink when this one runs out), planner, and headphones so I can listen to podcasts while working.

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’d so love a foundation pen – they look so cool, write beautifully and I love the choice of ink! x

  • Ayaan Osman

    I love this post! My desk essentials include many similar to yours but also include post-it notes, headphones, pretty paper and something to snack on (usually grapes or popcorn or both).

    Ayaan – girl lost in transit

    x

    • ninegrandstudent

      Ah post-it notes – I always forget those! I actually have several stacks scattered around my desk as I like having them to hand! x