How to Office Without An Office
I’ve made it through two weeks now without an office.
With a couple of staff additions and some office rearranging, I realized we didn’t actually have enough space for everyone. After weighing all the options, I felt like it might be possible to office without an actual office space. Kind of a crazy idea for a creature of habit like myself who loves routine and the comfort of my space, however I was willing to give it a shot.
Honestly? I’m really enjoying it. Every day is a bit of a new adventure and I’ve kind of become the “where’s Waldo” of the office staff.
Here are some things that I’m finding are essential to making my non-office office work:
- Evernote – no more paper. I like paper – a lot! But keeping up with paper when you don’t have the space for it can be really frustrating. And let’s face it… if it’s not on the top of the stack, we’ve forgotten it anyway. I’m learning to use Evernote for everything. Every list and every project is managed with it now. I feel a little naked at times without my notebooks, but I’m adjusting amazingly well.
- Great laptop and laptop bag. I have the MacBook Air. It’s so lightweight that I don’t mind taking it anywhere. And of course I have a very stylish bag from Etsy that looks like an over-sized purse. If I have to carry my office with me, we’re gonna at least look good. 🙂
- A hub for files, books, essentials. I do have a nice enclosed bookcase that houses the things that I can’t take with me everywhere.
- Inbox/outbox system that you actually use. Not boxes that just get piled with stuff that everyone knows you don’t actually look at.
- Accountability. Of course this is critical whether you have an office or not, but my responsibility to communicate where I am increases when I don’t have a designated space.
Do you have a designated office space?
If not, what systems have you created to help you be effective?
Do you think officing without an office is a trend that we’ll see more of?