Do you fidget a lot? I know I do. So, I need something to use my “fidget energy” on. I keep a foam-covered exercise roller under my desk. I rest my feet on it, and I can roll it as I type or even as I create videos. My fidgeting needs are dealt with underneath the desk while my upper body remains still. And it gives me a foot massage at the same time. You could say it keeps me sane.
Another thing you need is a USB hub that enables you to plug in multiple USB cords. You need a “powered” one in order to adequately run multiple pieces of equipment. I use a hub that lets me plug in 10 USB cords.
With 10 ports, I can plug in my phone charger, mouse or mouse charger, keyboard or keyboard charger, external speakers, microphone and host of other equipment you want to use or charge such as iPads, Kindle Fires etc. Mine stays halfway full, or more, all the time.
Let’s talk about external storage drives. Many times, these are called hard drives, but we don’t want a traditional hard drive. We want an SSD hard drive. This is a solid state or electrical storage device rather than the mechanical, spinning disk traditional hard drive.
When you purchase, make sure you buy a SSD drive. They cost more but are worth it. Unlike regular hard drives they have no moving parts. The SSD drives are extremely durable. They can be dropped, thrown, stepped on etc. and still work fine.
In the past, I always bought top of the line LaCie hard drives. They are supposed to be the most rugged, durable hard drives. Then one day during one of my events in Las Vegas the hard drive fell off the table onto a plush carpeted floor. I picked it up and plugged it in and it didn’t work.
It was a 1 terabyte hard drive, and it was full. From that day forward I started buying SSD drives. They are expensive but if your documents are important to you, get an SSD hard drive because they are much more reliable. I also make sure my laptop’s internal hard drive is an SSD.
There is no particular brand that I recommend. Do your research and read the reviews before you buy.
These are some of the things that work for me. I add more as I need them. You may have other needs. Your desk and your work area is your personal space for a good part of the day. You need to be comfortable in it. You need to be productive in it. It needs to fit your particular needs.
Every little thing that annoys you, every little thing that makes you uncomfortable, every little thing that requires excess movement steals mental capacity that could be focused on your work. If you’re thinking about your uncomfortable chair or searching for a lost pen or untangling and unplugging my mic cord you can’t concentrate on what you should be doing.
So, it’s now time to evaluate your work area and make sure you are as productive as you can possibly be. Your business will thank you for it!