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Like anything else, your desk should fit the needs of you and your job. But we have a few suggestions of things you could have at your desk to improve your productivity. Here are some of our ideas.


There are all kinds of them out there. You can get a basic kitchen timer in fun food shapes like a lemon or tomato usually for $10 or less. You can also get a very high-tech or even timer if you love gadgets. A timer is useful to keep you on track with projects and remind you of passing time. Allot 30 minutes in the morning for answering vital emails and phone calls. The sound of the timer ticking down can help you stay focused on the task.

Inspiration Piece

Find something that reminds you of why you do what you do. Not just reminding you about why you need a paycheck (that could be a pic of your loved ones), but something that helps you remember in those difficult moments why you love the job, the organization, or otherwise. If you don’t love those things, start making some plans to get to a job where that can be true and as a reminder, get an inspiration piece for that.

Ring Smart Doorbell

You can get one of these set up for your door at your home and see who is there and respond to them no matter where you are, but consider the possibility of putting one up at the door to your office too. This may only work if you are the boss, but for those times when your gatekeeper is away from the desk, it’s a novel approach for keeping distractions outside your workspace. It will also work wonders for those who work from home.

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Amazon Echo (or Similar)

Do you want a vocal link with all the information on the internet? Here’s your chance. These little items take up very little space and link to other options too. Order your supplies by saying what you need ordered, pick a music playlist to match the project you are working on currently, and just about anything else you can think to do or request.

Bonus Item

A small desk scanner that allows you to scan things like business cards, documents, receipts, pictures, or notes. One of these can help you keep your desk clutter-free. A lot of them also allow you to immediately send the scanned item to the folder with like items or topics.

All these things can make work more efficient.

Ronn Torossian is the CEO and founder of 5W Public Relations.

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Ronn Torossian is the founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth, overseeing more than 175 professionals in the company's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world's most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, was named to PR Week's "40 under Forty" list, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations" is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.