That might seem like an odd question, but face it, you spend a lot of time at your desk. So, it makes sense that you would have a stash of necessary items that can help you navigate almost any situation, from an impromptu client meeting to a dying smartphone to an unplanned rainy day.
As a professional, you need to be prepared for contingencies, especially the ones you would normally overlook. Here are 10 items every professional should keep in their desk.
Device chargers – You never want to be caught with a dying tablet or smartphone when you really need it, so keep extra chargers stored away. Chances are a client or colleague might need them as well.
Lint roller – Pet hair or fuzzies from your office chair aren’t a great look for you or your co-workers when you’re in a rush to get to a client meeting.
Extra set of keys – Your neighbors likely have a set, but it makes too much sense to keep an extra, unlabelled, set of home and car keys at work. You will be glad you did.
Energy snacks – There will be times when you don’t have time to eat properly, so keep supplies to power up. Energy bars, almonds, vitamins and powdered energy drinks will help in a pinch.
Mouthwash and breath mints – It would be easy to regret not having these items around when you need them.
Hand sanitizer – It’s easy to pick up germs after shaking hands or riding on public transportation. Also keep bacterial wipes on hand to disinfect your work area.
Plastic silverware – You don’t want to be caught with take-out or delivery and no way to eat it when you’re in a rush. Plus, you’ll be stocked for every impromptu work celebration.
Umbrella – A sudden rain storm is made much worse when you have to get through it to meet an important client and you’re not prepared.
Earbuds – These will come in handy when you have extra work to do and need to focus.
Deodorant – A travel-size deodorant or antiperspirant can be great during the summer months or when you’re rushing to meetings and appointments.