15 Unconventional Desk Essentials That You Didn’t Know You Needed

Posted at 29 September 2022 in Study & Career

A functional study space equipped with the essentials is key to a successful studying session. When you’re hours into your study session, you will thank yourself for having these things nearby to keep you comfortable. This isn’t your classic list of pens, paper & highlighters, but a tailored list for which you will thank us. Are you a Campus Living Villages student wanting to take your study space to another level? Let us help you transform your desk in your student accommodation room!


1. A small whiteboard and whiteboard marker

A small whiteboard and marker are game changers for visual people. This is where you can write down your tasks for the day. Write a checklist and tick it off as you go. This will give you a sense of satisfaction as your day progresses and will give you the motivation to keep going.


2. A timer (lose the phone)

Your phone will work only as a distraction if it's kept on your desk. Instead, opt for a good old-fashioned timer! This will help you when it comes to time-blocking your day. Follow the 45/15 rule and study for 45 minutes straight, followed by a 15-minute break. To learn more, read our blog on how to study effectively with time blocking.


3. A 1L+ Drink Bottle

H2O is your BFF. Aim to keep a bottle of cold water on you at all times. This will ensure that you are hydrated and will help to keep you focused. Water helps to prevent brain fog and will keep you feeling refreshed!


4. Healthy snacks

If in doubt – reach for the snacks. Have healthy snacks like carrots, celery sticks, fruit and nuts. Snacks are important between meals and will keep you focused until your next proper break.  Snacking will also help to keep your energy levels up. Fuel the body, and you’ll fuel the mind.


5. Hand sanitiser

It’s important to keep your hands clean. Reach for your hand sanitiser before snacking to keep your hands clean and free of germs.


6. A box of tissues

You never quite know when you’re going to need a tissue! Keep them on your desk, and you’ll save yourself a trip to the bathroom.


7. Hand cream

 No one likes dry hands. Nice hand cream will keep your hands feeling nice and soft. It’s also a nice ritual/practice to stretch your hands in between that constant typing! You can choose from all sorts of beautiful smells that awaken your senses mid-day!


 8. Lip Balm

 Say goodbye to sore, chapped lips. Keep your favourite lip balm nearby at all times.


9. A candle and lighter to set the mood

 There’s nothing quite like your favourite candle to set the mood! Not to mention it’ll make sure your study space smells invitingly amazing! Just remember to blow out the flame if you plan to leave your room for a while.


 10. Positive quotes or affirmations to keep you going

 Think of a positive quote or affirmation that you enjoy. Print it out and keep it on a frame on your desk. Turn to this quote if things are starting to feel overwhelming. Positive reinforcement and self-talk are great ways to change your mindset!


11. A flower or plant to brighten up your day

 Did you know that being around flowers and plants can help to make you feel more relaxed and experience fewer feelings of anxiety? (Davis, S. 2020). Exams can be a stressful time for the best of us. A small addition to your study space like this can make all the difference!


12. A comfortable chair

There’s nothing worse than sitting in an uncomfortable chair for hours on end. Invest in a comfortable chair, and your back will thank you for it.


13. Colourful Highlighters

 Turn those notes into something colourful! This will make your notes much more fun to read.


14. A desk-top storage box to keep everything organised

A messy desk creates a scattered mind. Aim to keep everything organised. A desktop storage box is a great solution to help keep a clear head. You can find cheap and inexpensive options at places like Big W or Kmart. 

15. Headphones

Headphones are essential, especially for those of you who are living in university accommodation. Pop them on for that late-night lecture, and you’re good to go! Play calming music to set the mood when it's time for note-writing! 


So there you have it – 15 unconventional desk essentials you didn’t know you needed. We hope this list has been helpful and has given you some new ideas about how you can create the most functional study space for you. Please note: we offer 24/7 support to our students at our Campus Living Villages - as well as fun campus activities to participate in if you want to mix up your study day!


All the best for those exams – we know you’ll ace them!

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