Your Desk Speaks for You – Even When You’re Not There

Your desk speaks for you even when you’re out of the office doing your thing to make the company wildly successful. Positive words? We hope so. But, it can also interrupt and speak out of turn, relaying completely out of context messages.

What does your desk say about you? Does it convey the message “WARNING: proceed at own risk?” or “creative genius at work?” Or does it warn “I’d rather be somewhere else?”

Your positive words & actions still stand out the most, but they’ll have less impact if your workspace sends a different message. It’s worth a few minutes to make sure your desk is an effective envoy for your professional abilities.

Creative Clutter.

Your desk is covered with documents and notes because you’re more interested in ideas than in making things tidy. Not to worry, though. If you really need to find a particular scrap of paper, you’re pretty sure where it’s lying in the stack.


Your desk is no-nonsense. You’ve got the tools you need to get the job done with no distractions. Why waste space with photos or doodads? What’s important is getting the job done as quickly as possible. You don’t have the time to daydream.

The Game Room.

You tend to work in bursts of creativity followed by periods of relaxation where you collect your thoughts and ponder what to do next. Your work area has toys and games to occupy your time … and that of the many people who enjoy hanging out with you.

The Organizer.

Your brain works best when you put everything into categories. There’s a place for everything, and nothing should be out of place. After all, without being organized, how could you possibly take on so many different tasks and still be successful?

All Wired Up.

Your office is control central, connected to everyone and everything. You’ve got a PC, a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, an Apple Watch … and maybe more than one of each. You’ve got all the gadgets that go along with them, too, so you can work at light-speed.

The Garden.

To do your best work, you must feel connected with nature. You’ve got to have the window view and, if possible, a desk to work outside when the weather is nice. Your creativity blooms best when you’re closest to the flowers.

Home Sweet Home.

While others thrive in a busy office, you’d rather work surrounded by the objects and people you love. You have your best ideas after a leisurely cup of coffee, or later, a sip or two of claret. You’ve mastered the ability to work and live with elegance.

Your workspace is a snapshot of you and an encapsulated view of how you do that magic that you do. If you check your teeth for vagabond spinach (you do) and your shirt for wayward stains (you should), give a moment’s attention to the launch pad.

Ideally, your work should speak for itself while your desk remains on mute. But just in case anyone is listening to your desk’s silent but eloquent messages, give it something good to share.

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