Working from the garage office would be perfect — IF ONLY it was summer! It is so cold in here my fingers are shaking and it reminds me of being back in Orange City, IA. I have always dreamed of an indoor/outdoor office set up. Although now that I realize how cold that can be, I may rethink the dream. Also, the glare from the computer screen can make it tough to read anything on the right-hand side.
Despite these complaints, it got me thinking, “What is the perfect home set up?” Comfy chair, great internet connection, cool neighbors, good window location, plenty of desk space to spread out, printer that works, desktop computer, and all of your logins already saved?
Wait! I do have this chance to make my own “office.” It shouldn’t take much to create a space to work from, aside from those needed resources you hear yourself saying, “Ugh, if I was at my office.” Yesterday I needed login information and, of course, it is written on a piece of paper in the bookkeeper’s files. “Ugh, if I was at my office.”
I can’t sit still for very long, so I certainly need a space where I can stand up and move around. Steve Jobs was known for walking and talking with the person when he had to have an intense conversation. Some of his walks went for miles! For some reason the moving around helps me think. Working out of this garage gives me the chance to swing a bat.
The longer I reflected on my own work station it dawned on me. The perfect workspace is like beauty — it is in the eye of the beholder. For me, I need a few things outside of the obvious, namely a computer and the internet. I have to have a desktop printer that works 100% of the time. Call me old school, but I still like to print important stuff and read the paper copy. Among all the errors I make in a given day, it seems to help cut down on some.
I do need an actual desk to sit at — I can’t sit on the couch or at the dining room table. If I don’t have an actual designated work station, I am going to be doing everything besides working — cleaning, noticing things I need to do around the house, socializing on my phone.
So, I sit here blowing on my hands thinking this social distancing could last much longer and wondering what space heaters cost. Actually, we are pretty lucky to be able to work from home and create our own little office away from the office. It is our little space to placate all of idiosyncrasy, the home office. #CoronaCantKeepMeDown