So I’ve never really shown you round my home, other than a few of my favorite nik naks I love as seen in this post. Therefore, I thought it was about time for another homeware inspired post. Plus there is a great competition at the end of the post so read on if you want to bag yourself a great prize!
Office products firm Fellowes has unveiled the seven types of desks that highly effective people have, and what each says about its owner. This campaign was inspired by the famous business manual ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’, which was first published in 1988 by Stephen R Covey. In a recent survey performed by Fellowes, they discovered that:
- Most people believe that organising your desk makes you more productive
- Some people say that badly designed desks are one of their biggest office frustrations
- UK office workers believe that the right office equipment would help them to be more productive and therefore more creative.
- We all have our favourite desk items and that these actually reveal a lot about us
So let’s check out what these seven types of desks are. The typologies include:
1) The Neat Freak:
A place for everything and everything in its place, OCD springs to mind! With a perfectly clean and tidy desk you need to have all your equipment exactly where it should be – neat and precise and creatively organised. If it’s not a right angle, it’s a wrong angle! A perfect work set up with your monitor riser at just the right height and everything within reach, there is nothing you can’t achieve. Your file organisers brimming with immaculate documents in alphabetical order to ensure you know where everything is and to optimise productivity. With your sleek laminator all set to laminate a document at a moment’s notice you know that organisation is key to creativity and getting the job done.
2) The Creative Kid:
Finding inspiration in everything around you, you are always on the lookout for the next great idea. Stimulated by pretty much whatever you lay your eyes on, your workstation has to be a creative hotspot, with your desk surrounded by images, magazines and photography. An inspirational quote on your screen, a bound book of the latest magazine clippings and a mood board of laminated images and you are ready to go. Having the freedom to explore everything that’s out there and bring it back to inspire your work allows you to do the best job possible.
3) The Social Butterfly:
You are a people-person through and through. You thrive by having your colleagues around you all day long. Your workstation is surrounded with pictures of you and your friends out and about having fun. People keep you going and inspire you to do an amazing job. Your desk is set up for connections and communications, with your phone exactly where you need it for the all-important creative conference call. An array of colourful post-it notes are littered around your screen (to remind you who you must speak to or tweet this week). Most important however is the calendar on the wall and the accompanying prized marker pen for keeping on top of your social engagements – all colour-coded and super creative of course!
4) The Number Cruncher:
Numbers never lie and they always make sense. The bottom line is the only line that counts and you know there is nowhere better to hang out than in column A of an Excel spreadsheet. A Rubik’s cube and lone fidget spinner sit on piles of squared paper next to your keyboard. A calculator and ruler are always handy. Your screen is fitted with a blackout privacy filter to avoid prying eyes, and the shredder is always powered up to keep sensitive information getting into the wrong hands. The workstation is set up for keeping you in the zone, counting numbers and making money. People who say there is nothing creative about algebra clearly aren’t doing it right!
5) The Nester:
Your desk is your home away from home. To do an amazing job you simply have to be surrounded by a creative display of photos of your favourite times with family, notes from friends, postcards and invitations stacked high alongside your laptop. A family photo, your children’s drawings and school timetables are tacked to your corkboard planner – these are the things that keep you inspired to do the very best job you can! With your laminated photos and school reports you have your desk set up to remind you why you do what you do and keep the rest of the workplace up to date with what’s going on!
6) The Health Nut:
With your Body Coach cookbook proudly standing on your desk and next to your healthy lunch to feast on after a spot of yoga, you know there is nothing better you can do for your career than look after number one. When you feel good, you are truly at your most creative and can do anything in the workplace! Everything around you is set to keep you as healthy as possible, from your sit-stand workstation and ergonomics workspace accessories, to your air purifier to keep any nasties out of the air you breathe. You want everyone else to feel as good as you do and will always be the one bringing the kale and carrot smoothies into the team meeting. You are a creative clean machine and ready to get the job done!
7) The Globetrotter:
Your workspace is full of postcards and souvenirs from your trips for business and pleasure around the globe. Ready to go at a moment’s notice you are not constrained by your desk, the world is your office and you are ever ready to go out there and make it happen. A map of the world mouse mat is home to your ergonomic mouse and with your sunglasses ready for action, you’re set for the next adventure with your Laptop Go Riser and mobile organiser file. You only need two minutes’ notice and you’ll be on that plane! You know what you need to get the job done – and the tools to do it creatively.
So now I’ve shared with you the typologies, it’s time to give you a sneak peek into my office! Whilst looking through a few snaps of my desk area, have a think about which type you think mine fits into and we will see if we agree!
So this is my desk area! Featuring a laminator, binder and trimmer from the lovely people at Fellowes, as well as a laptop we’ve had for some time, a fab wireless printer, a shredder and plenty of stationery. Our office furniture including the desk, desk cover, chair and tidy carriers are all from Ikea. I love my desk area as it provides me with all I need to do my school work as well as writing for this blog. My office also doubles up as a place where I take photos sometimes, so it needs to be totally practical. Plus, it needs to be somewhere where I can be comfortable too, which is why I have a comfy cushion and a bean bag hiding under the desk.
The products at my desk are invaluable – I would be lost without my laptop (being used as we speak to write this post); the printer is the handiest thing ever as I can send things to print on it from where ever I am; the shredder is helpful for cutting up photos and various bits from school as well as any personal documents the Hubster and I no longer need; the laminator allows me to fully function as an early years teacher as I laminate just about everything I give to my 3 and 4-year old girls in my class; the trimmer again is so useful for cutting up anything I need for school with a perfectly straight line (something I could never achieve with scissors!); and finally the binder means I can bind so many lovely resources for school, making sure they look super professional – I only wish now I had it a few years ago to bind my dissertation! All of these resources at my desk allow me to be more organised, thus more creative in my life as a teacher and a blogger too!
Which Typology Am I?
So which typology do you think I fit in to? I would opt for the neat freak, combined with the creative kid. Whilst this is my desk looking relatively tidy, once I set to work and get creative, the desk isn’t quite so pristine. I have a whole host of other stationary tucked away in a drawer including cute note books for recording all of my thoughts as well as plenty of to do lists. I also have plenty of quotes throughout the rest of my office to inspire me on a daily basis. How about you? Do you fit into just one category or are you a bit of a mix like me?
What is Fellowes?
So I’ve mentioned this brand in the post, but it may or may not be one that you are aware of so let me give you a brief overview. Fellowes is a global manufacturer and market leader of products who have been around for 100 years. They aim to improve life at work, at home and on the go. In particular they want to create an office environment which allows employees to reach their full potential in productivity and creativity. Thanks to its range of binders, laminators and trimmers, customers can transform their workplace to inspire creativity and work better. For more info you can visit fellowes.com. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
My Review of the Fellowes Products
Fellowes very kindly sent me the laminator, binder and cutter to review* in conjunction with their campaign. This is what I thought of these three products:
- Laminator – the item I was most excited about as laminators are like heaven in a machine to so many teachers. It works a dream, and I’m grateful that it is A3 in size as I often use larger laminating pouches. The laminator heats up ever so quickly so no waiting around, and it has an adjustable temperature function. It even has a little tray for your pages to sit onto once they come out of the laminator which is really useful.
- Cutter – again super helpful as a teacher. It is straightforward and actually really safe to use, so no cut fingers in the process (as I’m sure it is super sharp). All you have to do is push down the yellow fixture as you glide and cut. There is also the option to buy additional products to add onto the cutter to allow you to do different cuts such as squiggles which I think is a fun idea (and much easier to do than using scissors with different edges).
- Binder– the binder works really well and it’s a real novelty for me to use! Simple and straight forward with a pull down handle, all you need to do is follow the instructions correctly to have snazzy looking booklets. A product that I’m looking forward to using more in the future as I’ve never had the opportunity to use one of these previously.
To find out more about the specific products, and to find out where you can buy them, simply click the links above (not affiliate links).
Win a Fellowes binder or laminator by sharing photos of your desk and identify which desk type relates to you best. Make sure you tag @FellowesUK in your post and include the hashtags #inspiringcreativity and #fellowes . I’m afraid this competition is only available for UK residents and the closing date is 14th September 2017. Also make sure you tag me in your photos too so I can check them out! It’s @asseenonjean across all social media. Good luck to you all!
So what do you think of the typologies? Which fits you best? Have you ever tried out these products from Fellowes? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
*Fellowes very kindly sent me these products to review as part of this blog post. However, all opinions are my own and I would never share products with you that I didn’t love myself!