Sunday, March 01, 2009

The Movable Office

Is your office movable? Mine is. It wasn’t meant to be. I set up in my daughter’s room after she moved out, graduated college and clearly wasn’t coming back home to live. I bought a desk, took my husband’s old chair, put up my 8 foot bulletin board, put book shelves in the closet and got my own printer.

I was set.

And yet, I keep having to move. Every time guests come to stay over night or a kid comes home for holidays. Upstairs I go to the bedroom, laptop on folding table, lamp on the TV to put light on my dark corner.

At first, I felt put out. Now I realize that my office is actually movable. I need a business card that says, “Have laptop and card table, Will travel.”

How about you? Could you grab stuff and move? And still function?

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21 comments:

  1. I agree. Although I do wish mine were not so heavy (for when I lug it through airports). When I bought it, I wasn't thinking travel. I was thinking big screen. Ah well.

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  2. I don't have a laptop, so it would be challenging! Both of my computers reside on the desk in my office.
    However, I've had to 'permanently' move my office both in and out of that room - when we became foster parents, I was moved to a tiny hutch in the dining room, and when we ceased, I moved back in again. (And didn't know what to do with all that space!)

    L. Diane Wolfe
    www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com
    www.spunkonastick.net
    www.thecircleoffriends.net

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  3. You are adaptable, Diane!

    Whatever we each get used to seems normal and good. Then we have to move and it throws or annoys us, but we get used to it and it's fine, and .... It seems that if we just give things time, we adapt.

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  4. Yeah, I can set up shop anywhere my laptop can sit on a flat surface and WiFi is available. Even if no internet I can still write - in fact sometimes that's even better because I get more work done on my manuscripts when I can't fool around on the internet for hours at a time (smile)

    But I'm most comfortable and have all my tools available in my basement cubicle office - like my printer, scanner, speakers, skype phone with headset, and my trusty dictionary/thesaurus up on my browser so I can appear more intelligent than I actually am (tee hee)

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  5. I have a laptop so I'm portable, but I'm also spoiled and do not like to work on the laptop keyboard. My workspace also allows me to stand up and work for periods of time, so I really like my office!

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  6. You are high-tech Marvin! Skype phone and all. And you have a basement. No basements around me. Central Texas is rock. No one blasts the rock except to put in a pool.

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  7. I totally hear you, LJ. My cordless keyboard is the thing I miss most when I move my office.

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  8. I share my writing space with our business, so I'm surrounded by phones, file cabinets, etc. I have a laptop that I rarely use, but would if I had to vacate the office or go on an extended trip.

    Jean
    http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.com/

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  9. I love being portable - fewer excuses not to get things done. I prefer my office space to other places, but sometimes a change of scenery is mandated. So off I go!

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  10. Ah—I love my office: recliner, couch, deck, backyard, porch swing, upstairs, and downstairs, inside and outside. Only downside to my laptop wireless office—distractions and they are everywhere, birds ands squirrels to watch, too many TVs, dogs jumping on to my lap and laptop, they may be trying to edit. My PC meanwhile, sits lonely and dusty in my downstairs office. Sometimes I pass by and pat it on the monitor, an old friend; we once worked together.

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  11. birds ands squirrels--I think I need a nap!

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  12. unfortunately, at this time my office is immobile. I need a laptop so I can go out in the backseat of the car and write if the mood strikes.

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  13. My 'office' sounds a lot like yours! I couldn't make it without my laptop.

    Jane Kennedy Sutton
    Author of The Ride
    http://janekennedysutton.blogspot.com/

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  14. My office is totally immobile. It's a portable building in the backyard, and everything is permanently fixed in place.

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  15. I know what you mean. I miss every one of my dogs that passed away. There's always room to love more, so we've adopted right away each time.

    Morgan Mandel
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com
    http://twitter.com/morganmandel

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  16. Jean, are you constantly getting interrupted by the business phone? That would be difficult, I would think.

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  17. I know what everyone means about a laptop being portable. You can go to the coffee shop, outside to the porch swing or hammock. I take mine on trips and upstairs when I have to vacate my office. But I have to admit, I don't take it outside or to Starbucks. When it's in my office, it's sort of like a PC, glued to my desk. I should try to change that. Why have a laptop if I'm not going to try out new scenery while working? Perhaps I should make that a new resolution?

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  18. Oh, Lilllie, I want your office! I would really like a separate building. No dirty dishes or snacks to tempt me. No interruptions by husband.

    I would love a separate building. I think I would. Yeah, I would.

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