I have two rooms in the basement. A big bedroom and this room I call the art room. Or sometimes the study. It's where I do "work". It's the room where it happens.
Except it just hadn't been happening. I didn't ever want to hang out in this room and so I'd base my daily operations out of my bedroom. Out of my bed. I do believe that you can do a lot of great work from your bed. I mean I am a Sark fan from way back. But it just wasn't good or comfortable or any of that. I've been wanting to shift into hanging out in this room more and this morning I found myself again frustrated and thinking that the set up just wasn't right. It was lacking any kind of flow. I don't know anything about feng shui but I knew this wasn't working.
I thought about moving my desks around, and then realized I could just change what I use them for. It would be easy and fairly quick, so I decided to put off more laundry and the grocery store and all that and just get it started. I used my two best chore tricks. #1 = the timer trick. I set my phone for 15 minutes and tell myself I can stop when the timer goes off. I don't have to, but if I feel like it after the timer goes off I can, and then I set the timer for 15 minutes of doing whatever I want. #2 = I told myself I wasn't really going to do the whole thing, I was just going to do a little bit. Sometimes when I want to do something but I kinda don't want to, it helps to lie to myself about it. I don't really get it, but that usually helps.
During one of the few breaks I took, I actually thought to take before and after pictures! I hardly ever think of that until I'm done. I had already done a bunch of work at uncovering the huge hump of a pile that was covering very inch of the standing table. I wish I could show you how bad it was when I started. But at least I thought of it when I did, so yay for that.
It looked like this when I realized I should take a picture,
and like this when I decided it was good and I was done.
This adorable pooch does not like change. She watched from her chair.
Standing table went from this,
to being clean (although it's hard to tell when the wall stuff reflects on the table!).
To this, all computered up in its new role. I think this left brained workspace makes more sense as the standing table, right? It gives me an outside view right in front of me, collaged wall to distract me, and to my left the entire giant window that is a sliding glass door.
I was pretty impressed with myself about having the idea and actually doing it. Although I suspect I only did it to get out of going to the grocery store. Still, good job Shelly. I think it's going to work kinda well. It was a good example to me (and maybe you) that I can really get a lot more done in a shorter time than I usually believe.