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The Consolidated Office

The obligatory fun link before my own writing: Have you ever seen papercuts like this? Wow.

Tue Aug 22 - The Consolidated Office: One really HUGE advantage to working from home is that I have my work-office and my home-office all in the same place. I have only one computer, one desk, one pile of stickie notes to myself, one dry-erase board on the wall with reminders of what has to get done next, one calendar next to me, and I don't have to tote my "errands for lunch hour" back and forth from home to work.

I was just reviewing for myself my "things I got done / what's left to do" mentally, and it dawned on me that it's so much easier to get both work and home things done by living and working all from the same computer and desk. Wow. I'm kind of in awe of the idea. For years I really liked going in to the office, having a home-away-from home that was neat and clean, being able to get tasks done in a focused manner at work... you know, having a place where stuff REALLY got done. At home, all manner of other distracting things kept me from getting things done that I really *needed* to get done at home.

Now that I'm learning how to be focused on work during my "work hours" (which are ALL OVER the map, or the clock!), I'm getting better at using my non-work hours for all those home tasks at the computer/desk that I just never got around to. Since I'm sitting right there, look how easy it is to get a few more home-office things done.

And having the flexibility to shift my work hours any which direction (just get 8.0 solid hours of work-work done!), I'm so relaxed and easily find a second wind (or a third wind) and again, I just get more done.

I never thought I could work from home, and now I don't know how I ever lived any other way. I love being a contractor, because there's still an HR department and a Steady Paycheck (and even direct deposit). And I actually have "an office" I can go in to when I need to (just 5.0 miles away, whee!). But I get my "real work" done sitting in my room, radio-podcast playing in the background, cold drinks at the ready, no packing my lunch because I can just get up and make lunch (and wash up). This so totally rocks.

Boy, I hope it lasts. *knock on wood*
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I can't remember what I did yesterday, other than I did lots of work, I got my logon working from my "office-office" computer (on the secured network, as opposed to from home), and I got my checkbook balanced. I remember ordering take out for lunch (which fed me for lunch/dinner, and I still have brown rice for another meal later). And I think I powered through several Newsweeks and TV guides over my meals in the kitchen. (Meal time is for reading.) Oh, and I brought some more office supplies in to my "office-office" so that when I *do* have to go in, I have pens and paper and things.

Today I dropped off a few more supplies at my office-desk, made some copies of receipts, ran to the post office, and stopped at the grocery store for my "lunch hour" (which actually took 2 hours to accomplish). There's no rehearsal for band tonight (the keyboardist has something else scheduled), so I get to head over to our household rapier practice. I'll probably take my embroidery with me to finish (which needs to be done by Saturday), and enjoy the company of good friends and coffee later tonight.

Oh!!! And I bought airline tickets to Hawaii yesterday! I'm going to Hawaii for the first time in my life, not this weekend but next weekend (over Labor Day), to be a Lady in Waiting for the Queen for the Baronial Coronet camping event (on the Big Island). The Hawaiian group is part of the same Kingdom as the Southern California region, but since they're fairly isolated from the mainland, they have a different kind of Barony than most. Every six months there is a competion (alternating fighting and arts/sciences) for the next Baron and Baroness, similar to the way in which we have a new King and Queen every six months. So the King and Queen are going over for this competition camping event, and I'm going with them. I'm thrilled to pieces, and have lots of "event preparation" on my To-Do list.

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Today's Blessing That I'm Thankful For: Betty and Khalida. Happy Birthday today, ladies! You both fill a wonderful friendship place in my life, and I'm so happy to know each of you.

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