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I’ll be honest…

I get caught up in all of the stunning offices and workspaces beautifully styled for magazines and catalogs and online stores just as much as the next person. (What’s a productive space if it’s not perfectly styled in every way??)

But the truth is, a perfectly styled and captured space doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the most productive setup.

Below, I’m sharing with you three very simple and easy-to-replicate ideas for designing a smarter workspace that’s as beautiful as it is functional.

Hint: I found the perfect product that allows you to do all three.

If you’re looking to elevate your desk or workspace this year for higher productivity and easier organization, keep reading!

Idea #1: Reduce eye strain and improve your posture while working by positioning your monitor correctly.

Here’s a fun fact: more often than not, our computer monitors are sitting too low. It’s natural to simply pull out your computer for the first time and set it on your desk without another thought — and then, there it lives for the rest of it’s life in your space.

But the truth is, even if the screen is on the larger side, the computer is likely sitting too low, causing neck and posture strain that builds up slowly over time.

An easy fix? 

Elevate your entire monitor.

For the longest time, I used a stack of beautiful coffee table books to accomplish this — and when you’re on a budget, this solution works perfectly!

But then, I was introduced to the new Quartet Desktop Glass Monitor Riser, and it completely changed the game for the me.

Not only did the riser itself feature a clean, beautiful design, but it was also EXTREMELY sturdy (necessary for our precious tech), had adjustable height options, and included other features I knew I would love.

The goal for your monitor height is to ensure your eye level is right at the top 1/3 of the monitor screen; so the adjustable height options on the Quartet Riser came in handy when I realized I only needed some of the included pieces to reach the appropriate height.

From box to desktop, this riser was in use within five minutes of opening, and I’m already obsessed with the new addition to my workspace.

Idea #2: Maintain a consistent strategy for quick notes and ideas that pop up throughout the day.

We’ve all been there — we find ourselves in the middle of a phone call and quickly need to jot down a name or number. Or maybe we’re focused in on a project, but suddenly remember that thing we need to pick up at the store later.

Instead of scrambling for loose paper or interrupting your flow, get ahead of this everyday occurrence by setting up an easy and consistent space for quick notes and ideas that pop up throughout the day.

A dedicated notepad on your desk is one easy way to capture these notes (emphasis on “dedicated…” keep it in your physical space so you’re not constantly searching for it daily).

But after using this strategy for awhile, I was BEYOND thrilled to see that the Quartet Desktop Glass Monitor Riser I fell in love with also featured — get this — a PULL-OUT DRY ERASE PAD that I could easily tuck away when not in use! Mind. Blown.

This is honestly one of the smartest workspace additions I’ve seen in awhile. It starts out being neatly tucked in the riser, but then easily slides out and props up at various angles in a way that keeps it easy to access, yet doesn’t block my keyboard or monitor screen in any way. Plus, it comes with a dedicated space for your dry erase marker and doesn’t rub the top of the pad at all when storing away — so your notes are safe from day-to-day. Genius.

Whichever solution you go with, having a dedicated space and strategy for those notes throughout the day is one of the best ways to stay focused on the task at hand and avoid losing crucial info that gets jotted down on the fly.

Workspacery Quartet Desktop Glass Monitor Riser

Idea #3: Keep your workspace in a “ready state” while controlling the clutter.

You may have heard me talk about the “ready state” before. But if it’s a new concept that you’re hearing for the first time, here’s the gist: have the tools and resources necessary to do your day-to-day tasks easily organized and accessible so you spend less time “preparing” and more time doing intentional work.

The problem that sometimes pops up with this concept is that it can create more clutter in your workspace — taking away from the peaceful, beautiful space you previously designed.

So here’s the good news: there are ways to be intentional about your “ready state” materials that will make your space super functional and still beyond beautiful. 

For instance, you can use a simple organizational tray or unit to keep your most-used tools available in a beautiful, organized fashion. This rounds up your “clutter” and gives the collection of items a more intentional space on your desktop.

What I was so excited to see with the Quartet Desktop Glass Monitor Riser, however, is that it solved this problem for me in an even more discreet way: the riser itself has the perfect open space beneath it that allows for additional storage while also being super accessible!

Now, I’ll be honest — I generally only have a couple of items I need to store on my desktop for daily use which usually consists of my planner, favorite pen, and another working journal or sketchbook. So the storage space there is perfect for this use.

But depending on what you need for your daily “ready state,” you could grab a couple of small organizational bins, storage tray, or even a slim drawer unit that could live there and even more discreetly keep your various items organized and accessible.

The idea of keeping your workspace in a “ready state” means you’ll be able to more seamlessly dive into your work each day, and doing so in an organized fashion is sure to keep your space just as beautiful as it is productive.

All of these ideas can be used separately to elevate your workspace, and together, they’ll really take your space to the next level by creating a smarter work environment that’s beautiful AND productive!

Check out the new Quartet Desktop Glass Monitor Riser here for a clean, minimal desk addition designed to accomplish all three strategies in one.

And be sure to browse all of Quartet’s glass dry erase products to complement your space, no matter where you work!

It’s that time of year… the time when you want to curl up with a good book, your favorite sweater, and a hot cup of whatever-you-most-prefer — because the temps are *finally* cooling down and trees are beginning their magical transformation into vibrant colors of reds and oranges and yellows.


When you work from home, this is the perfect time of year to start incorporating some of these cozy vibes into your workspace with a little seasonal refresh.

Here are my four favorite ways to cozy-fy your space for the changing seasons:

01. Add in some cozy new textures

You don’t have to splurge on a new rug to bring new textiles to your space. Think of smaller ways to incorporate those cozy, woven textures — chair pillows, blankets, cardigans, a crocheted drink coozie, and simple woven wall hangings are all great ways to bring some of those softer, inviting textures into your space for next to nothing.

Other great ways to work in those cozy textures? Try framing some fall-esque fabric or wrapping hardcover books on your desk in colored fabric for a subtle update that can be reused again and again.

02. Spice up your aromatherapy

Fall is famous for it’s many warm, comforting aromas… invite these scents into your space in the form of diffusers, candles, and essential oils this season. My personal favorites right now are pumpkin (of course) and woodsy scents with a touch of spice.

03. Give your desk a splash of vibrant color

The colors that show up this time of year are the absolute BEST. Rich, vibrant, and full of life… I could spend forever staring at nature this time of year. Bring a little nature into your space with a fresh autumnal bouquet for your desk. 

Want to take it a step further? Switch out your planner pens for seasonal colors! I’m using rich golds and oranges this month to keep the cozy aesthetic in my daily task list.

04. Refresh your tech

A super simple way to bring some more of the autumnal vibes to your workspace is to refresh your computer and phone backgrounds with something a little more comforting. I release a free tech calendar every month to keep your tech fresh and organized (here’s the October calendar), or you can hop over to a site like unsplash.com to download a beautiful autumn photo you can then use as a computer or mobile wallpaper.

Fellow mamas, this one’s for you this week!
(But I’ve already had so many others sharing how this list has helped them, too — so take a peek below regardless!)

Listen: I’ve scoured the internets, and there straight up isn’t enough content out there for mamas trying to balance the load of littles + work life… so I’m DIVING IN.

(And psst: these tips are completelyyy applicable to every mama! Your job is non-stop, no matter what the details are.)

Let’s gooooo 👇🏼

01. Do it all without doing it ALL

First, understand this: not every task will carry equal weight. Start looking at which tasks in your work actually lead to impactful results, and focus on THOSE. This may mean outsourcing or letting go of other tasks in this season of life. Your availability for focused effort may be slim, but you can make it highly efficient when you prioritize the tasks that are moving the needle. (Also called the Pareto Principle or 80/20 rule: which 20% of your tasks create 80% of your results?)

02. Set designated on / off times for your work

If you have the luxury of a decent sleep schedule for your littles, start setting specific “on” and “off” times for your work; maybe you wake up two hours before the rest of the house and get your best work done early. (Even after 7-8 hours of sleep!) And then have set “off” time for when you’ll have focused, no-phones family time daily.

03. Which tasks you can do WITH your littles?

Hear me out: some tasks are doable while baby-wearing or getting your toddlers involved! My 2 yr old loves to help mama “package orders” (I literally just hand her scraps for recycling) and is a great video/photo buddy when I’m creating content. OR maybe their independent play time happens while you’re in the same room knocking out a project. You can even invite them to help with household chores (laundry, etc.) Experiment a little with doable tasks while they’re nearby. You’ll find yourself checking tasks off your list more frequently, and they’ll get a glimpse at how hard you work for your family + home!

04. Use Parkinson’s Law to get more done

This law states that the amount of work expands to fill the time available for its completion. Combat the trap of spending an entire day on one task by setting a timer for your focused attention. Get as much done on that one task as possible during the timed work session. Make it a goal to focus on progress over perfection in this time. The more you practice imperfect action, the easier (and more fun!) these focused work sessions will become.

05. Clear the mind clutter daily

Maybe more than most, you may tend to keep an endless list of things to remember, know, and do in your head at all hours of the day. Give yourself some relief from the mind clutter by doing daily brain dump sessions on paper. Make this an easy, five-minute part of your morning or evening routine, and keep it organized by using the same format / location every time. This simple practice will help to clear your head AND get a higher level view of your list so you can prioritize appropriately.

06. Automate the most!

There’s a lot in mamahood that requires your full self — and personally, I wouldn’t have it any other way. So that means that saving time and energy in my business by automating replies, supply reorders, and other tasks is a great way to keep my energy focused on the bigger tasks and things that matter. What else can you automate through the use of emails, tech, templates, etc.? (If only I could automate those diaper changes… 🤣)

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