If I’m being honest, my desk is always in some state of mess, but for the purposes of this blog post I cleaned it up. I have a lot of things I keep on my desk, and they all serve a specific purpose. From balancing my emotions to keeping me creative and organized, everything has it’s place. What’s on my desk has been perfectly curated to fit my personal style and needs.
I have so many books I want to read, I don’t know if I’ll ever have the time! I have a book shelf dedicated to books, and I still don’t have enough room for all my books. So I decided to take all the books I’m reading or interested in reading and put them on my desk. I got a set of cute crystal book ends and placed about 20 books on my desk. Each one was picked for a specific reason. Whether it’s a lifeskill I want to work on, a new hobby I’m interested in, a book I’ve already started, or simply just for fun.
I’m currently reading around 6-7 books but my main focus is Harry Potter. I recently finished the 5th book and started on the 6th. Once I’m done with the Harry Potter series I’ll go back to reading one of my other half read books. One of the other books I’m half way through is called The Witch’s Book of Self-Care, which you might remember from a previous post of mine. I can’t wait to finish that one! Thankfully, all my books are in once place so I don’t have to go searching for them once I’m ready to read them.
Ahh yes, my special tool of organization. The one thing that keeps me on track on a daily basis. My planner. I keep this on my desk because it’s easily accessible, a comfortable place to sit, and it keeps me focused at my desk. It’s important to me to keep my planner OPEN on my desk so I can see what I have coming for the week ahead. I like to plan my weeks ahead of time that way I know what I’ve got going on and I can move through them with more ease. If I know what’s coming up, I’m less likely to be surprised, therefore, less likely to have an adverse reaction like anxiety.
It took me a while to get used to a planner. Now that I’ve been using it for more than a year I’ve realized how easy it is for me to schedule my weeks. I have less anxiety wondering about what’s coming up next and feel more organized. This has been a great tool for me to learn time management, organization, and focus.
Part of my struggle with ADHD is out of sight, out of mind. If something is put away somewhere I’ll usually forget about it. I don’t get to my tarot and oracle cards as often as I’d like, but because they’re on my desk, there’s a constant reminder that they’re always there for my use. I like to consult my cards in times of struggle, confusion, and happiness. They’re there to guide me on my journey through life, giving me affirmations to increase my mood and energy, and little nudges here and there when I need a sense of direction.
If you’re interested in getting a deck for yourself you can find them in shops or online. My sister got me the oracle card deck from Spirit Dreams in Grand Rapids. I got the tarot cards off Amazon. You can also visit Mother Moon in Saugatuck. All three places have a plethora of different decks to look through. You just have to pick the one that feels right to you.
Once a year my husband and I take a trip to Saugatuck for our anniversary. I stop into this cute little witchy shop, Mother Moon, conveniently tucked behind Uncommon Grounds, a delightful little coffee shop. Last year, while my husband stood in line for coffee, I perused Mother Moon for my next witchy purchase. I stumbled upon a stone that I was immediately drawn to. The shape, the color, the feeling it gave me. It was meant to be mine. So I quickly snatched it up and read the description. It said that the stone I was holding was a Moon Stone and that it was good for emotional balance. Since this is something I struggle with, I figured this stone couldn’t have been made for anybody BUT me. So I bought it and put it on my desk.
It’s on my desk because often times when I’m working I can get overwhelmed and frustrated, so in those moments when I need a little extra help, I use my crystal to calm me down. Just a quick rub of the stone between my fingers and in the palm of my hand and I start feeling better.
For obvious reasons, I keep my laptop on my desk. First and foremost, to me, that’s where a laptop belongs. Laptops and desks go together like pb&j. Secondly, I do most of my work at my desk and this laptop is used almost entirely for work. While I do use it for my Telehealth meetings with my therapist, it’s main purpose is work. And finally, I keep my laptop at my desk because of my ADHD. While laptops are great because you can take them anywhere, I tend to set stuff down and forget where I put them, so having a “home base” for my laptop is key to remembering where it is.
The Method to my Madness
After reading through this post a million times, per usual, I noticed a theme. My desk is a huge organizational tool for my ADHD. So there IS a method to my madness! Keeping important things out in the open is an ADHD life hack I’ve learned throughout the years and it’s clearly extended to my desk. I find that very interesting and entertaining. And I’m glad it’s working for me. I’ll chalk that up to a win!
Thank you for joining me on a tour of what’s on my desk! It’s been a grand adventure. It makes me wonder what’s on all of your desks? Send a picture, leave a comment, share an organizational tip! I’d love to hear from you.