This year things are changing for me workwise. It's a lot to adapt to but I'm liking it and changes were needed.
Two-ish years ago I pondered an office space instead of working from home all the time. Then a certain little tot came along and there was no work at all for a while.
Now I'm back up to full steam and that homeless cat still pops round to be fed, there's more washing than ever to be done, the garden is so tempting... so a little bolthole to work in seemed like a good thing to help me focus on work in work time, and make more time for home the rest of the time.
That's my spot with the laptop and cereal bowl!
Luckily a good friend stepped in and offered me the very thing, a desk in her shared office with four other freelancers. It's perfect and I love it. A great desk, high ceilings, tons of daylight streaming in (when it's not raining anyway). It's great being with other people who work for themselves - no-one watches your clock, we love stopping for the little chats we'd never have working alone at home, someone brings in cakes from time to time and even better, we sometimes bring in new contracts because we can work on them together so the productivity goes up too.
Of course there is another bonus... I have a whole new excuse for buying more stationery, furniture and desk accessories. Here's my favourite spot with a few of my prize finds...
A stunning intage lamp which makes me feel like I'm a 1930s detective - from HisforHome (who luckily works down the road from me and delivery included a cuppa and some soup); calendar free to download from mibo; owl pencil pot from fruityflypie. The collection will grow in time, it's early days.
Next task in re-organising my work is to update my work website. I've made a start, I'll let you know when it's done. Given that it took two years to find an office, don't hold your breath! Oh and there's the small matter of a newish part time job but that can wait for another day...