thoughts for thursday

Finding a place to work

I’ve been working from home for the most part of the year. Occasionally, I will have to go out to meetings or work out of a client’s office but, otherwise it’s just me and my laptop at home. Every morning around 7:30am, I do an hour of work at Starbucks before the rush of people start. I can’t work in café’s during the day because I need to take phone calls and many of them are confidential conversations.

When I first started out towards the beginning of the year, it felt really nice to be able to work from home. I got a lot of work done without the regular office distractions. But, after almost a year of working at home, I’ve started to feel like I want an office environment. After over 14 years in the corporate world, I suppose the feeling doesn’t go away. It’s something that is inherently instilled in you. I’ve thought about looking at some co-working spaces where I can pay by the day, so I have the flexibility I want. That’s an update for another day.

Entering the home stretch 

We’re almost at the end of the year. As usual, it’s unbelievable how quickly the year has gone by. December is a month just like any other but for businesses and salespeople it’s generally the closing of the year.

The first two weeks of December are crucial as people rush to meet last minute sales targets before they close their books. It’s almost always the case that after the 15th, people go into holiday mode. It feels like any work you decide to do after 15th goes to waste because it doesn’t really count for the year and people are just looking forward to the New Year.

Well we’re in the home stretch now and I am still struggling to close my deals. So, there’s no vacation time for me or days off… that’s the life of a self-employed consultant.

A quote I enjoyed

 “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”  ~ Oscar Wilde

I love Oscar Wilde. He’s got some very intelligent writing. One of the first unabridged classics I read growing up was “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. I don’t think I appreciated it nearly enough back then. I guess it’s time for a second read.