As a self-employed content creator, my days can sometimes feel long. Most of my time is spent sitting at a desk and staring at a monitor. While that's not necessarily a bad thing, there are those moments where I could use a pick-me-up. This is often achieved by focusing on a product or two that I choose to place on my desk.
The following are five items that I personally own and use myself. Perhaps you can use them to introduce some creativity into your daily workflow.
Currently selling for $129, the Google Home is Google's answer to Amazon's Echo — often referred to as Alexa. The virtual home assistant uses Google to reference all kinds of information, making it quite useful on a whim. If research is your thing, then this definitely gives it the upper hand over the Echo.
Despite its small size, the Google Home puts out some decent audio. The highs and lows all sound great. And the bass? It's surprisingly impressive.
You can even customize the Google Home by purchasing additional bases. They are available in six varieties: Fabric/Mango, Fabric/Marine, Fabric/Violet, Metal/Carbon, Metal/Copper, and Metal/Snow
Divoom Aurabox Smart LED Speaker
If you're looking to add a bit of fun to your desk, then you are going to love the Aurabox Smart LED Speaker from Divoom. Being marketed as the world's first pixel art speaker, I didn't exactly buy this to play music on. Sure, that's great for some users, but I bought it for one reason...
Lights! When paired with an iOS or Android device, the Aurabox can display user-generated patterns and animations — as well as a few that are pre-programmed out of the box. It can also display social media notifications for Twitter and Facebook.
You can buy the Aurabox on Amazon for just $39. For me, it was easily worth the price. But then again, I'm a sucker for anything that uses LEDs.
What better way to introduce some color into your setup than buy a fake plant? Yes, I'm being serious. This seems to be a trend nowadays, and I can easily see why.
First off, displaying a fake plant creates a nice accent — something that stands out from everything else. It provides balance. Because who doesn't enjoy a bit of color?
And secondly, you don't have to water it! As silly as that may sound, it's my favorite part about owning a fake plant. There's no responsibility involved whatsoever. Set the plant on your desk and just forget about it. I mean, you can water it if you want, but I don't suggest doing that.
If you're like me, then you absolutely need some kind of beverage by your side while you work. For me, it's usually coffee. But of course, I'm not going to risk damaging my desk with spilled liquids. That's why I use a coaster.
Currently, I'm using a set of floppy disk coasters. They're affordable and they do their job. Oh, and they're geeky as hell. If floppy disks aren't your thing, there are so many more options available. Check out a few sets below that might grab your interest:
LED Strip Light Kit
If there is one way to ultimately improve the overall look of your desk, it would be to install an LED lighting kit. Typically sold as a reel of LEDs that is waterproof and flexible, you can cut the strip and adjust it to your liking. This is especially useful when working with desks of different sizes.
Having owned several LED kits over the years, my newest one is from OxyLED. I bought it for just $15. It's easily worth every penny. The kit also includes a remote, allowing you to change the colors of the LEDs and set up custom presets.
It's time to get creative! If you have a photo of your desk that you'd like to share with the DFU community, simply comment below with a link. I'm always up for discovering new ideas to add to one of my many setups.