Start the new year with these seven must-haves for your therapy office space.
Happy new year, friends. I hope everyone had a restful holiday break and was able to make some killer new year resolutions for 2023. If you’re looking for new ideas to help meet your productivity standards, I compiled a list of the best budget-friendly office supplies that keep me organized and motivated. Of course, having your employer pay for office supplies is ideal, but everything below is under $20. Most office supplies on my list can be found at Target or Amazon, and I would like to emphasize that this is not a sponsored post.
My 2023 Rachel Parcell planner from Target is the first on my list for $18. I should emphasize that I am “old-school” and prefer to write down my goals, appointments, reminders, plans, etc. I hesitated to purchase something for myself before Christmas, but I am so happy I made the “splurge”! I love that it’s my favorite color and has a goal page for my twenty-three New Years’ Resolutions. It also comes with super-chic and feminine stickers you can use to decorate. https://www.bluesky.com/products/2023-layla-5-875×8-625-planner-notes-by-rach-parcell?variant=41062230917167
I recommend a monthly desk calendar on a similar note (no pun intended). This may seem overkill, but trust me, it helps to visualize what you need to accomplish every week and as many reminders as possible. It also helps me keep track of what evaluations I need to write up before the end of the month. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the desk calendar I purchased back in July of 2022, if I were buying another one for the new year, I’d look for lines to write on.
Third on my list of office supply recommendations is colorful writing utensils. This is an excellent compliment to the first two items on the list. I learned in graduate school that using a variety of colors during note-taking helps you remember things better, and it is easier to review the material after the lecture.
I love the Paper Mate felt-point colored pens the most. There are so many colors to color coordinate and add a dash of decor to your daily planning. This brand of marker improves my handwriting just by the way it glides on the paper. https://www.papermate.com/pens/felt-tip-pens/paper-mate-flair-felt-tip-pens-medium-point-0.7mm/SAP_1926881.html
This next item serves a dual purpose of function and decoration. A pen organizer will provide more space and a touch of elegance if you have writing utensils with nowhere to place them on your desk. There are many options to choose from such as glass, wood, etc., so you can customize based on your style.
Fifth on my list of office supply recommendations is a heater. The office space I share with my Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) is always chilly, so we take turns warming up our hands after typing on our keyboards for too long. We have glorious windows with a dream view of the Wasatch mountains, but it’s a small price to pay for a forever-freezing office. There’s nothing better than a cozy space to work in during winter.
Bouncing off the warm and cozy office space, I love turning on my lamp and heater while drinking my favorite cup of coffee to start my morning. There’s just something about the low lighting and the hot air I crave when creating my work day. The fluorescent lighting feels so harsh, so I bought a cute lamp to decrease the frequency of exposure.
The last item on my list is optional but adds a personal touch – decorations! If you spend a minimum of eight hours every day at work, you may as well make the most of it. Depending on the color scheme and theme, you can choose many directions when decorating your office area. My favorites are my Anthropologie coaster, fake plants, and gold picture frames.
I hope my office supply list inspires you to get organized and start decorating. Let me know how you plan to spruce your desk in the comments in 2023. Also, don’t forget to join my newsletter for a free treatment planner!
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