7 Items Everyone Should Keep on Their Work Desk

You can tell a lot about a person by what they keep on their desk.  From family photos to religious regalia, a few small trinkets communicate who we really are to our coworkers.  They also have the potential to serve a greater purpose: making the office a better place to work.

Here are a few practical items to consider putting on your desk:

PLANTS
You don’t need a green thumb or an abundance of light to keep a small plant on your desk.  Nature’s filter will improve the office air quality and help keep you alert.   Plus, studies show that plants can enhance worker productivity by 12%.

The large seed in the center of a papaya can be turned into the perfect office plant!   You can also try a spider plant if you are botany-challenged.
 
AROMATHERAPY
One of the easiest holistic treatments is aromatherapy, the simple act of smelling essential oils for healing.  To keep yourself in a positive frame of mind, consider adding an odor or two to your desk.  This can be in the form of an unlit candle, potpourri, or even a tea bag.  Fight boredom with cinnamon, reduce anxiety with lavender or stimulate the brain with basil.  Find the aromatherapy scent that’s right for you.

Read more of my post at U.S. News and World Report.

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