Sometimes as a freelancer you need a little boost to keep you going. That boost can be anything, depending on what motivates you personally: for some people it’s grabbing a coffee from their favourite coffee place; for others it’s taking a two-hour lunch break to go for a walk along the canal.
For me, it’s being surrounded by things that make me smile when I look at them, and that includes people.
If you’re new here: Hi, I’m Scar, Founder & CEO here at Bohemiacademia. I do a whole bunch of things, including working from our Kensington office three days a week.
Our office is small, because at the moment it’s usually only me working here, plus sometimes one other person. But there are lots of little things scattered around it that make me happy when I look at them. For example, Davide the Flower Face greets people as soon as they enter the space.
On top of the bookcase I have the bottle of champagne Hippy Poppins and I drank when we set up the office.
In the middle of the bookcase, next to the admin folders, I have Unicorn Joe. My team at my old job bought him for me for Mother’s Day, because my management style was unusual and… probably psychologically inappropriate?
I also have a fruit bowl for healthy snacking, and a range of herbal teas because I like them, and pretty bowls because I could just use the manky old ones in the shared kitchen but where would be the fun in that?
At the weekend I have some non-company-related work to do, so I’m going to take myself to my friend’s house and work lying on her bed while she tidies her work space, which is in her bedroom. Sometimes that can be really motivational too – just having someone there keeping you accountable. Last time I bought a packet of Hobnobs and gave her one each time she’d finished tidying a section, because again, I am basically everyone’s mum.
What do you do to make your workspace a happy place to be? How do you motivate yourself to work?
This week we’ve been back in full swing; the first couple of weeks were quiet as everyone was settling down to work, but now we’re back with a vengeance!
I’ve been to a couple of networking events and spoken to some potential new clients, which is not my favourite thing to do but it is useful.
We’ve done some research for an international moving company about bringing pets into Canada; it’s one of the main concerns of people who want to move abroad, but a lot of places make it unnecessarily complicated. Luckily our researcher Lou was on the case, and she managed to put together some great recommendations for people who want to move there and keep the whole family together.
One of our clients commissioned a piece about what a no-deal Brexit could mean for students; Brexit being a topic that’s on many people’s minds at the moment. Liz put together an excellent article covering the most likely projections, even though no one can tell for definite what’s going to happen.
I did a few things over on Forensic Focus: interviewed Andrew McDonnell from West Yorkshire Police about CCTV evidence; put together a round-up of this month’s digital forensics news; and wrote about the most popular topics on the forums in January.
Our transcribers Jackie and Garreth have been busy writing up some conference videos and podcasts which we’ve put together for a couple of clients, and this week I posted a video of one of the conference talks to the DFRWS YouTube channel; we look after their YouTube as well as the rest of their social media.
As always, our social media people have been beavering away in the background too, keeping everyone’s profiles going with interesting content and increasing engagement for our clients.
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