A few years ago when I pictured what my desk would look like post-grad, I pictured something tidy, in an office, with neatly organized piles that I would leave as soon as 5:01 pm struck. The way the last few years have gone has proven that to be not-so-much the case. My life is much messier than that, and I love it.
I work in Admissions which means for many months of the year, my desk is my car. (Or whatever fleet car/rental car I’ve borrowed for that day). My desk is my travel bag – where I stuff my planner and my computer among view books and free pens if I’m going to be gone for an extended period of time. When I’m in the office, I rigged up a standing desk that easily goes up and down (by taking my laptop off the try or putting it back on). Standing helps me to stay engaged in my work, and it helps me to stay alert. I never throw away old calendars and always use them for decoration in the office.
When I’m home, I have my other desk for my #SAsidehustles – and what that space looks like varies. Sometimes it’s the couch where I edit blogs for The Niche Movement. Some days, after a long run I’ll check on our Snapchat account to see what our Guest Story of the day is posting about.
My C+I by Mandi business has a display in our guest room but I also take my business outside and on the road all of the time. I love setting up in the park and getting work done, or in a coffee shop. I’m not one who can sit still for very long so what I love about side hustles, is that I can create my desk anywhere.
Snail mail is a huge part of my life. I love creating and sending snail mail so my desk at home is usually littered with stickers, stamps, envelopes and notecards. Let’s be pen pals! (I’m serious!) xo
This post is part of our #DeskDiaries series, which aims to take a fun look at the diverse sets of work spaces that student affairs professionals have at the end of the year. Whether you can’t even see your computer, or your desk finally organized, we want to discover the nature of our field one desk at a time. For more information, please see Sabina’s intro post. Be sure to check out other posts in this series.
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