My New Workspace
I have a new desktop on my computer. The Wolvog set it up for me, giving it an enticing beach background so I’ll want to show up for work each day. He placed two layers of passwords on the desktop, so it’s a pain in the ass to get in or out of it. Which is why I now tend to stay put once I go to work.
Up until this week, I worked from this desktop. I can swipe right and get to the document I’m working on, or swipe left and get to my email, and it makes me feel like I’m on top of everything. Actually, that should be past tense. I thought I was on top of everything until I realized that the only thing I was on top of was my email inbox.
I commented on this at the end of a long day where I had written very few pages but had kept my inbox at zero because… well… email is usually pretty easy and writing is hard. But don’t worry; I didn’t just waste my time with email. I can access music or movies through this desktop, so I listened or watched for a few minutes as a reward. (For accomplishing nothing?) I can get to every social media account from this desktop, so I checked in with Twitter and Facebook several times. My feed reader is on this desktop, so I read all of your blogs.
The Wolvog suggested that I set up a distraction-free workspace. A space with Internet access in case I need to look up a fact but is never logged into email. A space with just the documents I need for the project I’m working on, and no other documents to peruse to waste time. A space with nothing but my work.
It’s like being told that I need to eat oatbran for every meal.
But he set it up and made it look pretty and imported all the documents I need and none of the bookmarks I want.
As much as I don’t exactly enjoy hanging out in that space, it really has changed my work habits. I now check my email in the morning and then “leave for work,” commuting over to the other desktop. I set my phone across the room so I can’t easily check into email without leaving the workspace. And, as I said, he has made it a pain in the ass to exit or enter so I tend to stay put. Every hour or so, I quickly check email from my phone and only log out of my desktop to answer one if it’s time sensitive. Other than that, when I’m at work, I am really, truly at work.
I have no willpower. I admit that I have no willpower when it comes to email, blogs, and finding 80s commercials on YouTube. But I have a new workspace, so it’s all going to be just fine.