With our move to Wichita, KS only 3 days away we sold our mobile office. The 20′ 1988 Sunline Camper affectionately referred to as “Debbie” pulled away the other night as she began the next adventure. It was sad to see her go but we were happy that she was going to a good family. There was something very magical about having an office that consisted of a large picnic table, a canopy, an extension chord, and a wireless printer. Sure the flies were a bit much at times but it was a small price to pay to be able to work in a bathing suit and t-shirt outside.
People keep saying to me (Ryan) that “I got away with it for as long as I could,” in reference to a non-traditional work schedule and place of business. I didn’t get away with anything. We worked harder than I’ve ever worked in my life because we grayed the lines between pleasure and business – we made work fun. I highly recommend it to everyone. Open your office window. Have a meeting at a picnic table. Wear flip-flops to work. Love what you do. I may be stepping in to a more formal position as Director of Viral Marketing at easygates, LLC but I will still do everything I can to bring the outside in and redefine what a “workspace” is. AC, heaters, artificial light, and hunching over a keyboard is killing us. I’m not suggesting we all go hippie town and burn our desks, I just think we should do a little more to make ourselves happy. Here is what I suggest to improve your office:
- Get a plant
- Open windows when possible
- Take breaks/lunches outside weather permitting
- Host meetings outside weather permitting
- Replace all your office light bulbs with full spectrum bulbs
- Create a work station where you can stand at times
- Invite your office neighbors outside with you
- Don’t Facebook updates like “still stuck at work”
Most importantly, every stranger you encounter on your way to work…engage in some small way. Don’t put your head down and charge past them. Smile. Say “hi.” Its not only good for the soul but it also gets you in a good social mood. Say “hi” to your office neighbors.
Work hard and you’ll feel good about what you have accomplished. Slack off and you will hate your job. Be yourself, make the workspace enjoyable, and remember to reward yourself for all your hard work. You deserve it!