Don't laugh, the periodic table actually helps...
Notice the complete lack of a window. The closest window is three desks down, just in the right place so I can't see out the window whether I'm at my desk or doing chemistry at my bench and hood. Thank god the view from the window is so great:
Anybody else out there with awful desks/views? The only thing I'm lucky about is that my desk is huge. I never have to worry about space. But that's about it.