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Yesterday, I rearranged my office at work.

I've been in the same office since 2003, maybe 2004.  It is a pretty big coup, because it has big windows, and it's secluded.   I got it because it was smaller than another office when we moved and someone with higher seniority wanted the bigger office, and I've kept it over several reorganizations and reconfigurations.  There have been a few threats to move me over the years, and I know at least one person is highly annoyed that I have it and she doesn't.  But I've managed to keep a pretty strong hold on it.

At any rate, in the 10 or so years that I've been in there, it's been roughly configured the same.  Two or three years ago, during one of the reconfigurations, it grew by 18 inches, which was awesome. But the orientation has always been the same.  This is mainly due to the shape of the desk, which is a wrap around on three sides, and there's not much I can do about that.  But I've always faced the corner away from the door and the windows due to where the desk was designed for the computer.  Sometimes I don't even know that it's raining because I stare at my computer for hours on end and don't glance out the coveted windows as often as I should.  And people sneak up on me all the time because my back is to the door.

Yesterday, I moved everything around, so I'm now facing the door and the windows.  It didn't take much to move, though I'm sure over the next week or so I'll be making small adjustments about where I keep pens or files I'm working on or whatever.  I'm sure it'll take a while to get used to.  And I'm sure there will be small annoyances.  But on the whole, I like this so far.

I didn't spend days or week thinking about this before I did it.  I just looked at my environment at some point yesterday and thought, "I could move stuff."

I think, though, it was probably a need for change in some fundamental way.  In the last year, I interviewed for three jobs.  I got one, didn't get two.  I especially wanted the last one, because I thought it was a really good way for me to grow my skill sets in a way that wasn't too disruptive to my whole life.  In no way do I dislike my job. My work is really interesting, and by and large, I like the people I work with.   I'm not even as underpaid as I had been in the first decade or so of working here.  But I've been literally in the same place for over a decade, and I need some change.  For now, it's about three feet.  And for now, that'll be a pretty major change.    


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Feb. 22nd, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how something as simple as moving the furniture around can make a big change in our heads. I imagine being able to look out the windows and seeing people coming will make a bigger change than you think it will in your comfort level.
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