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Today’s featured desk space comes from Ben Torell, a junior computer science major at Wheaton College in Illinois. He just finished putting together his workspace and sent it in to show off on HackCollege.

Being a computer science student, Ben said his second monitor is “unbelievably useful.” He went ahead and picked up an HP 2009m monitor from Amazon along with a Logitech diNovo keyboard. He has his code editor on one screen and some docs on the other. From my own experience, this is definitely the best way to work. Much to his display though, his new toys didn’t quite fit on the cramped college desk. 

So what did he do? He hacked his desk. He took off the annoying bookshelf-on-top-of-your-desk and place that on top of his dresser. He’s freed up some desk space and given himself a defined workspace. As you can see, he’s separated from the rest of the room. Cut down on distractions to increase productivity. I’ve been doing this for years and it’s awesome.

Ben’s resituated things to give him a more defined work area.

Ben also points out he found the cheapest laptop stand out there: a three ring binder. Awesome. That’s much cheaper than the Griffin Elevator I picked up. (Must. fight. buyer’s. remorse.)

While he didn’t mention it in his email, I couldn’t help but notice the lamp pointed against the wall. This little technique is a good way to reduce eye strain during long computing sessions. If you’re bleary-eyed after long work sessions, try pointing an incandescent lamp on the wall behind your screen(s).

If you’d like your desk to be featured on HackCollege, shoot an email over to room@hackcollege.com with a description and pictures of your desk. Don’t forget to tell us a little bit about yourself!