Desk = Work; Not Desk = Not Work

I haven’t moved my laptop away from the desk in my new office in my new house in Milwaukee in over a week. When I’m at my desk, I’m working. When I’m not at my desk, I’m not working. It’s never been like this for me before. I can’t tell if some healthy separation is happening, or if it’s just a post-move quirk. I also can’t decide if it’s making my life any better or not, but I think it is.

5 responses to “Desk = Work; Not Desk = Not Work”

  1. Olga says:

    Hi, just browsed over here from my wordpress blank theme tutorial that you are teaching me right now over at Lynda.com. :) I have to say I am enjoying your classes very much and learning a lot. Just wanted to say thank you and nice to meet you! :) Best, Olga

  2. Tim Mannino says:

    I’ve found exactly the same “quirk” happen to me. It’s brilliant. It’s almost like my laptop has become a desktop (horror). Keeping it plugged into a 2nd monitor helps me keep my workspace about work – personal time away from it is that much more satisfying.

  3. PVE67 says:

    I’ve had a laptop & monitor in my home office for about 4 years. I never work on it away from that desk. I’m going to replace it with a desktop with a bigger monitor. (eye sight not what it used to be).

    Bottom line is I do “proper” work at the desk. All other stuff happens on an iPad away from the office space. Going in the office space gets me in the “work zone”.

    However like you mentioned in your Pastry Box post of 2nd June I too struggle with being as consistently productive as I’d like…

  4. Mike says:

    I’ve always found the work/life separation a good thing.

    I cannot work on a computer away from my desk. Even when freelancing, I changed simple things such as clothes.

    The barriers act as a switch to focus the mind on “work”, when you are finished, change your clothes/location and flip the switch into life mode… works like a charm and I am still using it today.

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