Mostly I love working from my home office but every once in a while I think it would be awesome to change the energy and work from a different location, even for a day.
Until now I balked at the thought of it because I figured I would need to pack up half my office and take it with me, and, you know, who can be bothered with doing that, right?
But I have dreams of working from a “real” office. One with nice furniture and if I was lucky a nice view. And a proper meeting table even. An office with actual people in it and a fancy coffee machine.
An office where I wouldn’t have to start my day running around with the vacuum cleaner half an hour before a client arrives, making sure the kids have picked up their clothes and towels off the bathroom floor, and making sure that the dishes were all in the dishwasher.
OK. I know that I probably should be doing those housework-y type things every morning anyway. In my perfect world that’s totally how it would be. If I was Supermum/Domestic Goddess I most certainly would do that.
But I’m just going to be honest, my morning today went like this: a couple of hours in bed from about 6am this morning with a coffee and some notebooks and planners (it was so warm in there) journaling and planning (dreaming) out my business for the next 12 months while simultaneously creating a daily/weekly/monthly Plan & Review system.
Now that is the stuff that excites and invigorates me. Not domestic stuff.
So I’m just gonna own that and admit to the fact that I almost always put off the domestic chores until the last possible minute and then stress out a little bit about it.
I love having it done, I much prefer it that way, but I just don’t enjoy doing it and so by the time my client arrives it’s not uncommon for me to be thinking how warm it is for this time in July because I’ve been running around like a housewife on speed trying to make the place look presentable.
But I digress.
The “real” office. I have a couple of coaching clients who pay to hot-desk one day a week at a friend’s business, and they talk about how productive they are on those days.
I have, for years now, considered the option of having business premises, like it’s a mark of a proper, grown-up business. But I’ve never gone ahead with it as half the time it would be empty and most of the time I actually enjoy working from home, and with all the additional costs of having premises my financial brain just wouldn’t justify it.
But when I was recently offered a day pass for a Regus serviced office on the 33rd floor of the ANZ building in Auckland central I jumped at the opportunity. Just what I need I thought, a change of scene, a fancy office.
And so here I am for the day. Check out the view. And there is coffee. Air conditioning. And PEOPLE! This place is super nice! And I’m feeling really inspired and productive.
When I booked the room for the day I wanted to have a day of creation. Creating content for my blog (here it is! First blog post in a while). Creating my workshops and online courses that are only great ideas in my head at the moment. Creating coaching programs for my face-to-face clients. Creating and implementing systems to make Business Headspace run efficiently. Getting organized.
So… It’s 10am and I’ve ticked off the blog post.
I’ll let you know how I got on tomorrow with the rest of it. But what I can tell you is that the change in energy feels great. And so I encourage you to think about how you can shift things up from time to time and work elsewhere, particularly if you want to get the creative juices flowing. A cafe. A friend’s office. A shared space. I’m already thinking that I’d quite like to make this a once-a week thing.
Let me know how you get on. And let me know if you do something similar and why that works for you.