Jupyter lab desktop startup directory


I have been using the desktop app for a while and saved a lot of work to a directory on my Mac’s drive. However, whenever i start the app to create a new program, it defaults to my root folder.
Is there anyway to set the default directory to my own working directory?

Preferably without need a PhD in how to use the Mac terminal and edit a load of config files - all hints at how to do this for the browser based app (usually via anaconda or terminal to start it) don’t seem t be usable for the desktop app