I love reading Forbes Woman online and one of my favorite writers is Jenna Goudreau. Her blots and articles provide great advice for the working woman who wants to advance in her career. Her article this summer “What Every Professional Needs In Her Desk Drawer”provided some excellent advice about items that a professional woman should have within reach to keep her looking confident and working efficiently. However, when I reviewed the list of “12 Essential Items For Your Desk Drawer”that accompanied her blog, I realized that I am falling short of the professional career woman I believed myself to be.
The 12 essentials items for the professional’s desk drawer:
1. Hand Cream – People pay attention to hands so you need to keep yours looking good. I do not have this but I do have some estrogen cream for my hot flashes (I do not suppose that will work as well).
2. Eye Drops – The slide show says that eye drops will keep you looking you and alert which is good for your career. I keep the 5-Hour Energy shots in my desk – those work too and have me running at warp speed on that inbox.
3. Pain Reliever – This I do have in my drawer but not for the occasionally headache or pain. It is for the daily pain I have as soon as I hear my boss’s voice bellow my name.
4. Healthy Snacks – These are supposed to be eaten throughout the day too keep your energy up and your metabolism level. I failed on this since my desk drawer contains “comfort food” such as chocolate bars, peanut butter cups, Bottle Caps and Sweet Tarts.
5. Lint Brush – This item I do normally have in my drawer because I have pets a home. However, I often forget to replace it but desk tape works just as well wrapped around your hand to remove lint.
6. Toothbrush and Mouthwash – I agree with this one too because no one likes bad breath. It is very important for me because I work with clients each day but I also love garlic for lunch. (I have chewing gum too – it is quick and easy.)
7. Band-Aids – Yes, these are essential in every professional’s desk for little cuts and scrapes. I go through a box a week because of paper cuts (I an a bit clumsy).
8. Stain Remover Pen – The article suggests a stain remover pen such as Tide-to-Go or Dryel On The Go Stain Pen. These probably work well but baby wipes that I already have in the car, in my pocket book and usually in my pocket work well too (besides they are readily available with kids and cheaper).
9. Sewing Kit – I agree these are needed in a desk drawer for the occasional wardrobe mishap. However, tape and staplers work well too for hems and holes (at least for me they do).
10. Change of Shoes – Now this is a great idea that I will definitely be using when I return to work. There are so many days I wish I had flats instead of heels and when I had tennis shoes for when it is pouring rain.
11. Comb and hair Tie – The article suggests that weather can make hair difficult to tame some days; therefore, having a hair comb or other hair accessory in your desk will save the day. Personally, I find that a pencil used to secure a twist or a large black binder clip work well too.
12. Powder or Blotting Papers – I keep my entire makeup bag with me at all times but I do agree that if you have oily skin then powder or blotting papers are essential to keep you look fresh all day. I personally like the brown paper towels I get from restaurant better than powder (they are free and they soak up the oil better than caking it with face powder).
Goudreau, Jenna. “What Every Professional Needs In Her Desk Drawer” (Forbes.com, August 27, 2010)“Twelve Essential )For Your Desk Drawer” (Forbes.com