You probably remember that kid back in school with the weird haircut and the big glasses. You probably also remember they always seemed to have a book in their hand. They were the eggheads or the bookworms, reading everything from Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick to Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. When other kids were learning to read they were reading to learn.
What will you and your family do on Thanksgiving Day?
Maybe you’ll spend some of it in the backyard while you deep fry that turkey. Maybe you’ll get up early so you can go pick up Aunt Edna from the airport. You could all gather in front of the TV to watch the parade down 34th Street or sip a few after-dinner brews while you watch the big game. Perhaps you can always count on having to run to the store to get a couple extra cans of cranberry sauce, or Cousin Ernie hogging all the mashed potatoes.
“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”
~ Roald Dahl
You get up. You get dressed. Whether it’s downtown or just down the hall, you go into the ‘office’ and get ready to start your day. You spend most of it solving problems, both your own and everyone else’s. At the end of the day, you go home (or back down the hallway) to get some well-earned rest.
The workload really isn’t that big. It just seems that way at the moment. Your clients really aren’t that demanding. It just feels that way right now. The stack of projects at your desk isn’t that huge. It just seems like Mount Everest this morning.
Maybe what you need isn’t necessarily a way to squeeze a few more productive minutes out of your day. Maybe what you need is a vacation.
If you’re like many entrepreneurs, your desk is probably like a second home to you. Mine sure is!
It’s where you get the bulk of your work done. Whether you’re planning the next quarter’s marketing strategy, researching client information, virtually directing your team or upgrading to the latest software suite, it’s the heart and soul of your operation.
If you listen to half the commercials on TV this time of year, you’ll be convinced that everyone wants to come home for the holidays. Maybe so, but it just might also be the perfect time for a much-needed getaway. Who knows? You might find Christmas lights look just as good on a Royal palm as they do on a Douglas fir. If you do get a chance to travel, here are four places to consider:
It’s just another day in the life of an aspiring celebrity. The problem is you’re not an aspiring celebrity, but that endless string of parties is all too real. Some of them you’re looking forward to. Others… well, you’ll need to at least make an appearance if nothing else.
If you work within the current craze of open office space, or even in a home office or on the beach, you know what it’s like to try to focus when there’s activity and distraction surrounding you.
Kerry and I have separate adjacent offices but they’re not hermetically sealed so sound travels and it’s easy to get distracted. When you’re trying to do creative work or focus for productivity, it can be downright annoying when the noise around you breaks your concentration and you have to start again.