A lot of people out there will tell you that in order to be highly successful and super productive you need to wake up at 5 am, always make your bed in the morning, and never watch TV. I guess I can get behind some of that advice, but I’m certainly not waking up at 5 am every day. So what is it that I do to be productive instead? I keep my desk spotless from even the tiniest speck of dust because dust is clutter and clutter is not productive. I’m only half kidding, I do keep a pretty clean desk, and I think that’s the secret. Having a workspace that you make sure is distraction-free and fully optimized to your own working habits and needs. So what does my setup look like? It’s easier if I just show you, and then I can break down the tech I use to get sh*t done.
Over the years my desk has changed quite a bit, but I think I’ve finally got it to a point where I can be extremely pleased with my setup and don’t feel a constant need to continue buying more and more to make it complete.
Starting off with the desk itself, I have a fully jarvis standing desk. At $530 USD, it certainly isn’t the cheapest standing desk on the market. But compared to competitors like Autonomous and Ikea, the finish of the physical desk top makes up for the price. The closest comparison would be an Autonomous Walnut finished desk at $249 USD but its a long stretch as the Walnut finish is merely a cheap-looking synthetic over what is likely to be particleboard. If you’re really serious about getting a really nice standing desk, I’d recommend finding a seller that provides just the mechanical base and sourcing your own custom real wood top. I absolutely regret not getting the height memory adjustment controls with my desk, so be sure to get those if you can!
Next, I recently put aside my VEVO desktop arms, in favor of the factory monitor stand that came with my Dell 27″, But I’ll leave this here in case you wanted some cheap and functional monitor arms. They’re easy to assemble, adjust and they look really clean with the matte black finish.
Monitor arms are only good if you have monitors to hook them up to. For my monitors,
I just have some really cheap, but overall good quality Dell 24″ Displays. I recently upgraded to the Dell professional lineup and got myself a Dell P2719H off amazon which you can see here. Which is really vivid, has plenty of space for activities, and in the off chance I do want to hook back up to the monitor arms, I don’t need any adapters as I did with the 24″ Home series monitors.
If you opt for the Home Series, and not the Professional you’ll have to buy special attachments to hook up to the arms. Not a huge deal, just something to keep in mind. Again, I picked my old Home Series monitor up off Amazon, and you can find my exact model here!
On the left side of my desk, I have a Phive adjustable clamp desk light, which gets limited use, but I like having it there if I do need to shed some light on my desk space, besides, it looks nice and the light output is adjustable from dim to bright!
On the right side, I have a Blue Snowball Mic, and an adjustable clamp arm, I love the mic, and I love the adjustable clamp arm. Would highly recommend both, as they’re pretty affordable and get the job done.
I have some super cheap Logitech speakers I recently upgraded to a Dell Professional Soundbar with Echo Cancelling mic and controls. A lot nicer than the old logitecs, and with the built-in mic and speakers I don’t keep the Blue Snowball up anymore. Clean and condensed. Lastly, I keep my Macbook Pro 16″ on a pretty slick metal laptop stand to bring it up to eye level. I like to use the Apple Magic Keyboard and I’ll switch between the Magic Mouse or Trackpad. Great that they’re Bluetooth and cordless, which keeps my desk clean. As well as, they’re really lightweight and have a small footprint so I can carry them around in my pack if I need to.
That concludes my desk setup tour at this time. As I wrap this up, ill leave you with one final stop which is my desktop background. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read my post about my Journey to start becoming more of a Minimalist, you can find it here. In that post, I elaborate on my conscious decision to be more intentional with the stuff I bring into my life. As a constant reminder to that, I’ve decided to set my background to some artwork by the minimalists themselves. You can learn more about them, and find their wallpapers on their site over at https://www.theminimalists.com/
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Heres the old setup before I did some home office updates, like add the Whiteboard and some art.