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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.

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, President and CEO of New York-based 5W Public Relations. He has overseen the company's rapid growth and expansion to the Inc. 500 list, as well as provided counsel to hundreds of companies, including members of the Fortune 500, Inc. 500 and Forbes 400. His work spans global interests, corporate entities, high-profile individuals, regional business entities, government agencies and academic institutions - both on routine public relations matters and extremely sensitive issues. One of the foremost public relations experts in the U.S., Torossian is known for his aggressive, results-focused orientation, as well as his close working relationships with members of the media, influencers, decision makers, politicians and celebrities. At 5W Public Relations, Torossian's client experience has included programs for Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch, Barnes & Noble, Cantor Fitzgerald, IHOP, McDonald's, Evian, EDS, VeriSign, XM Radio, Seagram's, The Loews Regency, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment, Marriott Hotels, Vail Resorts, Pamela Anderson, Snoop Dogg, the Government of Israel, and others. Referred to by The New York Post as a "publicity guru," by Fox News as a "high-powered PR CEO," by Tyra Banks as a "crisis management guru," and by CNN as "a leading PR expert," Torossian is regularly featured in and quoted by the media, including by CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NBC, The New York Times, and others. CBS National News said "Ronn Torossian knows spin," and a New York Times feature story on Torossian referred to him as "The consummate hard-driving, scrappy NY publicist." Earlier in his career, Torossian was a Vice President/Group Director for one of The InterPublic Group's (IPG) largest PR agencies, where he was responsible for significant client growth and successful client programs, including work for Clinique, Fox News Channel, DHL, Hard Rock Café and others. A resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Torossian was named to the Advertising Age "40 Under 40" list, PR Week's "40 Under 40" List, is a regular lecturer at universities and conferences, a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of numerous non-profit organizations.