Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Desk Is the Size of a Small Car

If you have a desk or work area, take just a moment and look it over…what do you have on your desk?

If you were sitting here with me, at my desk, you might think my work area was messy. I counted 13 cards, small pictures, and big notes; a working notebook; 2 magazines and 2 newspapers (folded); 8 books in a stack and 22 books in a line on one corner of the desk; 3 or 4 paperweights, including a grip exerciser; an hourglass (running out); a beer mug with pens and a small American flag; a bunch of yellow sticky notes; a TV remote; a glass of water; a roll of toilet paper (I have a cold); a few bills to be paid; and a silver flask from Oxford University.

However, the center of the desk is clear except for my laptop. 

And, you need to understand that my desk is BIG. It’s made from a door (unfinished closet door from Home Depot) and two, plastic sawhorses. The whole thing cost less than $100. 

I know enough about my work style (I need to keep a lot of things around me for information and inspiration) to know that this is the desk I need.

How do you work best? If you do great work sitting at a table at Starbucks, go for it; if you work best in isolation, close the door or put on headphones; if you need noise and other types of stimulation, look for areas in which you get what you need.

I’m for all the rules about working, but you have to figure out what works best for you…and where you do your best work.

Monday, June 19, 2017

I HATE Tight Underwear!!!

The other day a friend told me I was being short with her. 

Now, I’ve known most of my life that I’m altitudinally challenged, but I don’t think that’s what she meant.

At the time I was trying to finish a project in which one of the contractors is in Pakistan. Communicating with him and getting the project completed was foremost on my mind--and stressful--and I didn’t do well with distractions.

Which brings me to my point…what distracts you?

Have you ever noticed that when you’re really into an activity—into the flow—it’s difficult to distract you. I can get so tied into something that I don’t hear outside noise, am not bothered by swings in temperature, and can even ignore some types of pain.

However, tight underwear gets my attention! So, a lot of the time I wear boxers so I don’t have to worry about T.U.S. (Tight Underwear Syndrome).

Now, I’m sure you realize my example here is kind of tongue-in-cheek…mmm…wait…that might not be the best example…but, let’s move on.

What types of distractions…distract you? Can you minimize those things when you’re trying to get something important done? Can  you put yourself in an environment that is most conducive to accomplishment? I have friends who have wonderful offices, but get important work done in their homes, cars, hotel rooms, libraries, Starbucks, outside at a picnic table, lobbies of hotels and all kinds of other places that offer an environment that, to them, is conducive to focus.

Where do you best focus? How can you spend more time there?

Would love to continue here, but I have GOT to get to the men’s department at Belks! Running out of boxers!

Sunday, June 18, 2017


You only get one life. Do what makes you happy and spend time with those who make you smile.