There's no place like (your) home (office)
Business | 6 April 2011

There’s no place like (your) home (office)

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Someone recently shared with me a really great story about a woman whose office was attached to her home and had a separate entrance. She would wake up each day, get dressed and “go to work.” She would walk out of her house, around the block back to her house and walk into the entrance of her office. When she was in her office, her priority was work. She would leave at 5 or 6 in the evening, walk around the block again (I assume in the opposite direction)and walk into the entrance of her home. After leaving the office, she was home and focused on her family.

I loved hearing this story and wanted to share it because it’s such a great strategy to keep your home office life and your home life organized and complete. My current office is the additional bedroom in the apartment I share with my man-friend and our bulldog Buckus. It’s nice to be able to wake up and walk right into my office in my pajamas with a cup of coffee. I also love that I can throw a load of laundry in the wash while taking a break from a design project or grading. (I’m an adjunct professor, remember?)

But it’s just as easy to get distracted by bad television in the next room as it is to throw that load of laundry in the wash! I feel that it’s important to give myself some “procrastination time” each day. I’ve actually been trying to juxtapose that time with working out! For example, I really like trashy reality TV – I can’t help myself. So my new trick has been to go to the gym at noon where I can work out while watching reruns of The Real Housewives of Orange County! I feel less slimy watching that crap at the gym and the drama helps me maintain a nice heart rate.

I’m also very hard on myself when I don’t get as much accomplished in a day as I know I can. I think anyone who is establishing or running a business knows this all too well. If only I could train Buckus (the bulldog) to evaluate my progress several times throughout the day. And on that noteā€¦ back to work!

*The graphic above is a class case of creative procrastination. I spent an undisclosed amount of time working on a graphic of my bulldog to avoid more important things.

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