In part I of this series, I discussed the idea of CLEARING your bookshelves and removing distractions.
Since I’m on my “minimalist” kick – let’s continue with my office.
It’s no secret I spend every morning working from coffee shops (usually Starbucks), but I also have another “office”. It used to be a large 3-office suite with a conference room, but I ditched that last year. I’ll get into that in a future blog post (how I structure my minimalist marketing day).
For now, I’d like to focus on my DESK.
That’s right, a desk.
In my home office, I used to have a massive pottery barn desk system.
It had a corner desk with 6 drawers. Plus another longer desk which had another 6 drawers. The thing was huge and took up half of my small basement office. (yes, I have my office in the basement to escape the noise my 4 kids can make!).
And even after I spend hours cleaning the desk out, more stuff would find it’s way in eventually.
Papers. Letters. CDs…. Rubberbands? Thumbtacks? (I don’t even have a bulletin board so I have no idea why I would have thumb tacks!)
I went with a radical solution.
First, I went on craigslist and sold my massive desk.
Next, I created a “temporary” desk with a simple 6′ folding table. I already had the table at the house – and it cost around $30 or so.
It’s about as “no frills” as you can get. No drawers. Made of hard plastic with not an ounce of wood in sight.
And here’s the funny thing…
By limiting myself to the one surface – it FORCED me to reduce clutter.
Just my 27″ iMac and a small printer. And I’m getting rid of the printer soon.
When I started working from the “temporary” desk – I found myself even more focused. More productive. I loved it.
Now, this folding table has taken over and is my regular home-office desk.
So the next time you find yourself making excuses such as “well, I can’t get started until I have a fancy desk” or “I need new office space” – just know that it’s all in your head.
Be lean. Be agile. And be fast to the money.
Coach Lee.. out.
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