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Favorite Fridays 32: Desk Mat

April 14, 2017

FF 32: The Desk Mat

One fateful day, I stumbled upon a shop that sells a desk mat in my fave color. Naturally, I just had to have one. Lo and behold, my desk mat!

The Desk Mat

Organizing stuff has always been one of my favorite activities to do while I’m free. Even if I feel stressed, cleaning and organizing are the two activities that may relax me. Honestly, there was even one time wherein it was around 1am and I was still fixing and rearranging my furniture. After which, it made me feel better! Tell me, isn’t organizing and cleaning a fun thing to do?

Back when I was younger, I saw this desk calendar on my mom’s office desk. It was sort of made of a leather material with pockets. The pockets are for sticky notes or just plain notes to remind you of your daily tasks. Aside from the calendar, there’s also a plastic cover that would protect all your paper stuff underneath. I guess, it’s for the spills when you take a sip from your coffee mug or tea. Definitely, I told myself back then that I want one for myself. Honestly, it took me around a number of years before I got my own.

Luckily, while browsing a popular social media app, I came across Paper Blush PH. Of course, I would do my browsing pretty well. Then, there I discovered that they sell those desk mats that I longed for quite a while ago!

Paper Blush PH

The Desk Mat

Desk Accessories from Paper Blush PH

Lifted from their site, they started way back 2013 as a seller of washi tapes both locally and internationally. They aimed to integrate creativity with fun in order to create light and good vibes. These are my interpretation of their history. You may learn more about them here.

When I was browsing their page, it was fortunate that they were having a sale! The inner impulsive buyer self was screaming of joy! I think if I remember it correctly it was around 10-20% off on the desk mats and geometric lamps. Of course, I checked my resources first if I could afford it. When I saw that the universe was with me, I made the purchase.

The transaction was smooth. I communicated with them thru Instagram to see the size of the mat and the functionalities of the lamp. They were very helpful with my inquiries. In case you don’t know, I’m an inquisitive person. Some find it annoying but I just want to learn about it more.

 

 

Being My Favorite

The Desk Mat

The table.

When you have a clean and organized workspace, it is very easy to be productive. From numerous tasks that you have, you can conquer them little by little. It’s normal to feel flushed and dumped with a lot of things but looking at a clean space will definitely comfort you in various ways. There are various factors to get motivated. I could share only one for this post. That is, to have a clean workspace helps you get work done!

The mat that I have has my favorite color. So whenever I accomplish tasks, there’s an invigorating feeling that would always energize me to do it. Also, I have been seeing motivational accounts or study blogs on Instagram and it made me realize that a clean workspace does the trick! Well, that and having a well-lighted workspace always does the trick.

It has been the background for my flat-lay photos. I like how it looks with my photo and how it comforts my eyes. Since I got the mat from them, I am really taking good care of it. Though, there has been an unfortunate incident. A pink blotch stain happened. I tried removing it with alcohol and water but it just faded. Now, I’m wondering on how will I be able to remove the stain.

You may see my photos on Instagram where the mat is featured. Scroll down below to see my Instagram feed! When you see a light blue mat, that’s it!

Aside from having great vibes whenever I see it, it also gives me an inspiration to create. Having that certain inspiration to do things is such an achievement.

Inspiration is not always around. Looking for it may be one of the toughest things to do. But when you find it, it’s totally rewarding.


Organizing the Workspace

The Desk Mat

The Workspace

Here are just a few tips on how to organize your workspace:

  • Sort your stuff from the things you are still using from those you haven’t used in six (6) months.
  • Once you have sorted your stuff, keep the ones you will not use regularly. If you use your laptop frequently, it’s good to put it there.
  • Have the items placed in certain corners of your workspace. Like if you’re left-handed, it’s natural to store your items on the left side of the workspace.
  • Always remember to clean your workspace whenever you have some clutter.

These may not be always applicable to you. Since I’m left-handed or a leftie, almost all my stuff are on my left side. It’s easier for me. Always remember to keep things minimal since having a lot of stuff may distract you from the tasks you have to accomplish. Just like when you blog, there’s a feature called distraction free when you write your posts. That could be done in real life as well!

 

 

Realizations

Acquiring the mat has helped me become more clean and organized with my workspace. It entices me to read and work with tasks more. Being OC by nature is helpful as well. It’s both a therapy and a relief that one can do for themselves. We feel the stress everyday and we still complain about it. However, we have something that others don’t and we tend to forget that fact. To be honest, buying the mat was one of the best things I did. For once, it taught me to be cleaner with my clutter. It has been also my motivation to create more and I wouldn’t want my workspace to lose it.

I urge you to think about the stuff you have. Ask yourselves this question:

When was the last time that I cleaned and organized my workspace?

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12 Comments

  • Reply Thelittlelai: Beyond limits April 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Wow, I really salute you for being organize and always find time to clean your working station. That’s really an amazing facts about most girls. Anyway, I didn’t know that there is what so called desk mat. Honestly, I have just heard about it and maybe I’ll check their store to find one that fits my working table. Truly, I agree that if you have a clean and organize working station, you’ll surely be productive. You have just reminded me that I have to clean my office table later. Hahaha!

    LaiAriel R. Samangka

  • Reply Indrani April 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    This seems like a useful stuff. I haven’t these in the markets here yet. They do help keep the table in a organized manner.
    I hope they introduce this desk mat concept here too.

  • Reply cieri of thewonderfulkind.com April 20, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    I can relate to the desk mats our parents own! Haha! Anyways, wow you are so organized! I must admit I am not OC as my husband. But hey, those tips you shared are very helpful. Might as well try it as I declutter my space. 🙂

  • Reply Amila Wickramarachchi April 21, 2017 at 12:15 am

    These are great tips to keep the workstation organized.As WAHM,I’d like to keep my things organized.That always make me comfortable to work.Thanks for sharing such inspiring post!

  • Reply Maaya Legaspi April 21, 2017 at 1:51 am

    I envy you for being so organized! I am always the burara girl. Even my planner is a mess! What’s funny though is no matter how messy my desk is, I always find and remember stuff on where exactly I put it. Oh well. Im sure you’re happy with your new purchase. And for people like you that’s super organized, the mat sure belonged to where it should be placed. 🙂

    • Reply mariaisquixotic April 21, 2017 at 11:57 am

      I actually am like that. Whenever there’s a mess in my room and someone touches or moves it, I really remember where it was and how it was placed before.

  • Reply Nathalie Atien April 21, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I went here to write a comment, but then got sidetracked by Paper Blush.. thankfully not ending up with me impulsively buying something (though I was tempted). Haha. Forgive me but what I noticed first were your laptops.. and you’re using Momentum for Chrome as well! A different lovely sight to greet you whenever you open up you browser, right? ^_^ Anywho, distractions aside, I like how organized your desk is. The desk mat is just the perfect accessory to pull it all together. But it seems they’re not available anymore, too bad.

  • Reply Jerny April 21, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    If you’re gonna take a peek at my room and my working desk, it’s a beautiful mess. Lol. Being organized is one of the greatest traits a girl usually has, and for men, it’s rare, if you know what I mean. HAHA

  • Reply jared's mum April 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Wow, you have a very clean and organized work space! This is one of my plans for this year, to set up a designated work space so I can have everything together in one place. At the moment, I work in the dinner table or at the sofa while childminding my little one who’s busy playing on his game console! I really need to get me a desk to help me keep things in order. Getting items such as this desk organizer is an investment for us who work at home. I will check them out one of these days, too.

  • Reply Sriparna April 21, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    You are a super girl… keeping my work space clean is the most difficult job for me… I am a mess! Hence, I don’t even have a work space anymore. I just work anywhere :p But this is really cool and I absolutely agree with the importance of an organized area for a more productive work!

  • Reply theresa April 22, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I feel productive when I organized too. Though most of the time, I also fall into my own trap because after doing it so, I found myself disorganized again. Especially if you have a husband who just pushes all the things away in their right place. Organizing becomes a pain in the ass then.

  • Reply Yan April 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Nice find! I use a cutting board instead of a desk mat and it works the same. My mom naman has a desk calendar but I find it too bulky hehe checking out your IG 😉

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