Today is LET’S LOOK!
Once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!).
When I sat down and wrote out the prompts for Let’s Look in 2020…I had no idea what was to come.
Um, they’ve all been wrong.
I’m LOL right now because it’s pretty comical when you stop and think about it.
Let’s look at our prompts…
…now, let’s look at how far off they’ve been.
Um, Easter? Well, we didn’t have church, see family, have an egg hunt or leave our house.
Our weekend? We were all quarantined inside and couldn’t do anything besides click “next episode” on Netflix. Ha!
Our carry on bag? Welllll none of us have traveled in like 6 months, so that’s pretty pointless.
Our summer wardrobe? Workout clothes on repeat! We have nowhere to go.
Wait for it…
Here’s what we’ve been “looking” at so far this year…
In January, we looked at our bedside tables.
In February, we looked at our winter wardrobe.
In March, we looked at what’s inside our bags.
In April, we looked at how we typically celebrate Easter.
In May, we looked at our weekend.
In June, we looked at how we can make sure we’re encouraging racial diversity at home
In July, we looked at our summer wardrobes.
And today, we’re looking at our desks.
Here I am right this very minute…
…I’m sitting on a tiny child’s chair in my kids’ upstairs playroom/library working because a) my current laundry room/office is crazy loud and chaotic due to the construction and b) my brand new office caused my entire house to flood and therefore, not only is it not ready…but now, I live in a giant mess all in the name of “making me a real office with a real desk”.
Oh the irony that is 2020. Sigh.
So, since I really am desk-less today, I’ll show you some pics from other days and tell you my “musts” for working at my desk…
…awwwwwww! I love my cozy little laundry room/office. It’s my space. It’s basically where I spend all my time…and even though I’m excited to get a bigger office that makes more sense for having my team over (there will be chairs and room for people to sit while we chat/work on things) plus has an exterior door so that people can come straight to Mix and Match Travel Agency and not walk through my house and end up in the laundry room…even though, I’m happy about my new office, I will miss this cozy little space.
Okay, I don’t know about you, but I have a certain (seasonal, of course!) routine for sitting down and working. Friends, you could set your watches by me. I am super predictable and super structured about how I “do work” each day in order to make myself the most productive and HAPPIEST while I sit there.
MY MUSTS FOR WORKING:
#1: Start with a list…
Every single afternoon, I flip over a fresh new page in my spiral and write out the next day’s “to do” list. I include everything from my quiet time down to work things, phone calls to make, recipes to bake, anything and everything goes on this list in left-hand column. In the right column, I will write (in chronological order) things I need to do along with the time, for instance, I will even write down 5:30: Run and then under it 8:00 Drop off (meaning my kids at school) and on and on. This way, I look at my calendar the afternoon before when writing the list and see exactly what I need to do and make sure I’ve allotted enough time. As I go through my day, I mark off things as I do them. Starting off my morning with a solid list REALLY helps me stay productive and focused.
#2: I always burn…
…a candle 🙂 .
It sets the tone, the mood…all of it. I burn seasonal candles, so right now, I’ve been burning these Magic Candle Co ones as they smell like Walt Disney World…bright, fresh, and happy. In the fall, I’ll burn pumpkin scents, in winter, evergreen, etc. I always burn a candle. After all of these years, it really does trigger my brain that we’re now “in work mode”.
Speaking of triggering my brain…
#3: I always play music.
I like background music when I work…but not just any kind of music, I like a specific music for specific times of year. From about August until November, I always listen to Steve Tyrell Radio on Pandora. November and December, it’s all Michael Buble Christmas on Pandora and then January until August, I listen to French Cooking Radio on Pandora. Those different stations just get me in the right mood.
Sometimes, I’ll listen to…
…movies instead of music 🙂 . Now, I don’t listen to new movies, but classics that I’ve seen a bazillion times (all with great music!) where I don’t have to pay attention, I can just hear it in the background. These are always on repeat:
Crazy Rich Asians
When Harry Met Sally (the most popular one in my repertoire!)
Something’s Got to Give
You’ve Got Mail
Bridget Jones’ Diary
and during the holidays…
I will put those on and listen while I work.
Other random “desk and work things”…
1: I always have a drink!
2: I always use basic Bic black ink pens (unless I’m writing in my calendar and then I use colorful Paper Mate Flair markers)
3: I use a ton of Post It notes.
4: I like bright, colorful file folders (nothing boring or beige)
5: I keep a lot of calendars around me…while redundant, it keeps me on track. I use a planner, a desk calendar and then all of my blog content goes on spiral wall calendars (that I just don’t hang).
6: I like lots of books, pics of my family, homemade art, trinkets from my travels and homemade crafts on my desk.
7: I keep a warm blanket by me and a little heater at my feet for when it’s cold.
And that, my friends is how I “do work at my desk”!
Okay, tell me about your desk area???? Give me the deets about what makes it happy, peaceful and productive for you!!!