The 7 Desk Types Of Highly Effective People With Fellowes


I am so excited to be writing this post for you guys, I am desk obsessed and when Fellowes got in touch to send me some office equipment along with information on desk types of highly effective people I was extremely intrigued! Being a working girl I love desks, I have a desk at work and a desk at home and they're both very different. At home, I have a globetrotter/social butterfly desk where I draw inspiration from my surroundings, in work I have a neat freak desk because I struggle to get actual work done in that environment if everything is not in its rightful place. There is so much desk inspiration out there that I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to it.


Thanks to Fellowes I have added a laminator and paper trimmer to my home office collection which I am extremely excited to start using with University beginning on the 12th of September. Fellowes have binders, laminators and trimmers that can transform your workplace or home office to inspire creativity and work better. I'm currently looking to move into a house where I will have my own desk space and office which I look forward to sharing with you guys as well as some tips on how you can put your laminators, trimmers and binders to good use at home and in the office. I'm going to be drawing some inspiration from the 7 desk types of highly effective people below in order to create my perfect home office and I think you should too.

Check out the 7 desk types below, which one does your desk link closest too?


 A place for everything and everything in its place, OCD is A-OK! With a perfectly clean and tidy desk, you need to have all your equipment exactly where it should be –  neat and precise and creatively organised. If it’s not a right angle, it’s a wrong angle! A perfect work set up with your monitor riser at just the right height and everything within reach, there is nothing you can’t achieve. Your file organisers brimming with immaculate documents in alphabetical order to ensure you know where everything is and to optimise productivity. With your sleek laminator all set to laminate a document at a moment’s notice you know that organisation is key to creativity and getting the job done.


Finding inspiration in everything around you, you are always on the lookout for the next great idea. Stimulated by pretty much whatever you lay your eyes on, your workstation has to be a creative hotspot, with your desk surrounded by images, magazines and photography. An inspirational quote on your screen, a bound book of the latest magazine clippings and a mood board of laminated images and you are ready to go. Having the freedom to explore everything that’s out there and bring it back to inspire your work allows you to do the best job possible. Who says you can’t reinvent the wheel? Just give you a couple of hours and we’ll be ready to hit the road.


You are a people-person through and through. You thrive by having your colleagues around you all day long. Your workstation is surrounded with pictures of you and your friends out and about having fun. People keep you going and inspire you to do an amazing job.  Your desk is set up for connections and communications, with your phone exactly where you need it for the all-important creative conference call. An array of colourful post-it notes are littered around your screen (to remind you who you must speak to or tweet this week). Most important however is the calendar on the wall and the accompanying prize marker pen for keeping on top of your social engagements – all colour-coded and super creative!


Numbers never lie and they always make sense. The bottom line is the only line that counts and you know there is nowhere better to hang out than in column A of an Excel spreadsheet. A Rubik’s cube and lone fidget spinner sit on piles of squared paper next to your keyboard. A calculator and ruler are always handy. Your screen is fitted with a blackout privacy filter to avoid prying eyes, and the shredder is always powered up to keep sensitive information getting into the wrong hands. The workstation is set up for keeping you in the zone, counting numbers and making money. People who say there is nothing creative about algebra just aren’t doing it right!


Your desk is your home away from home. To do an amazing job you simply have to be surrounded by a creative display of photos of your favourite times with family notes from friends, postcards and invitations stacked high alongside your laptop. A family photo, your children’s drawings and school timetables are tacked to your cork board planner - these are the things that keep you inspired to do the very best job you can! With your laminated photos and school reports, you have your desk set up to remind you why you do what you do and keep the rest of the workplace up to date with what’s going on! ‘How’s your daughter doing’ your colleague says? Pass me that photo album and I’ll tell you everything!



With your Body Coach cookbook proudly standing on your desk and next to your healthy lunch to feast on after a spot of yoga, you know there is nothing better you can do for your career than look after number one. When you feel good, you are truly at your most creative and can do anything in the workplace! Everything around you is set to keep you as healthy as possible, from your sit-stand workstation and ergonomics workspace accessories, to your air purifier to keep any nasties out of the air you breathe. You want everyone else to feel as good as you do and will always be the one bringing the kale and carrot smoothies into the team meeting. You are a creative clean machine and ready to get the job done!


Your workspace is full of postcards and souvenirs from your trips for business and pleasure around the globe. Ready to go at a moment’s notice you are not constrained by your desk, the world is your office and you are ever ready to go out there and make it happen. A map of the world mouse mat is home to your ergonomic mouse and with your sunglasses ready for action, you’re set for the next adventure with your Laptop Go Riser and mobile organiser file.  You only need two minutes’ notice and you’ll be on that plane! You know what you need to get the job done - and the tools to do it creatively. Now, where are we off to next?

I think we should definitely add an 8th desk type to the mix and call it the cat lady desk type and it would look something like this...




What desk type are you?

**Fellowes were kind enough to send me some of their products to try out as well as some information about the desks of highly effective people, I thought this would be of interest to you guys, Fellowes is a global manufacturer and market leader of products for improving life at work, at home and on the go, including business machines, Bankers Box records storage solutions, workplace management products, home and commercial air purification and mobile technology accessories. For more information, visit: www.fellowes.com

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