My Simple and Productive Desk Setup

After multiple experiments, this is the setup that I fell in love with that helps me do my most productive work.

Irtiza Hafiz
5 min readFeb 8, 2023
Photo by Nikita Kachanovsky on Unsplash

I have been obsessed with desk setups for quite some time now.

Having lived in more than six different places in the past eight years, I was forced to construct and destroy multiple desk setups.

Most of these setups had one flaw or another.

I have tried it all — use a 43” LG Monitor, 34” Ultrawide, two monitors set up, you name it.

All of these failed in one way or another.

I realized that the best desk setup that lets you do your most productive work is a simple one.

The one I settled with here in Toronto has been my most productive one so far. It’s simple, helps me focus better, and gives me the fewest distractions.

A desk setup cannot do your work for you. It will just enable you to do your best work. At the end of the day, you will have to execute. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter.

Just Enough Screen Real Estate

I always thought that the bigger the monitor, the more I could fit, and the more work I would get done.



Irtiza Hafiz

Engineering manager who writes about software development and productivity