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Commentary | Jun 17, 2010 | 3 Comments

[gotta keep on movin’]

[the trials of relocating a home office]

Next week, I’m going to move for the third time in three years. The last two moves were across the country; this one is about 100 yards down the hall to another condo in the same building. But it’s still a move. Your sympathy is appreciated.

As a freelancer, I’ve worked right through a lot of moves, vacations,  illnesses, family crises, and even my dad’s death. (That’s a story for another day.) But this time I’m going to take a few days off from work, plus a short hiatus from writing this blog.

Concentrating on the move without the distractions of work, including volunteer jobs, is part of my new resolution to try to focus on one thing at a time. This resolution came about after I caused a kitchen fire by leaving a pan of melting butter on the stove while I went to check my email. And that happened after I had read a really good article about how distractions and failed attempts at multi-tasking are causing problems in the workplace.

Of course, moving my home means moving my office. One important lesson I’ve learned over the years is to plan ahead for uninterrupted Internet access. When I moved to Baltimore from San Jose two years ago, it took Comcast over a month to not give me Internet access. (Click that link for a laugh!) And they took my screwdriver, which I never got back.

I tried using unsecured wifi in my neighborhood with mixed results until I finally got smart and ordered a broadband modem for my laptop. I still use it whenever I travel  or on the rare occasions that there is a service interruption at home. And now I don’t have to worry about how long it will take the installers to show up and figure out how to hook us up at the new place.

One more obvious piece of advice is to back up your computer on an external hard drive and move that computer and drive yourself, if you can. Oh, and expect your inkjet printer to fail not long after you move, or maybe right after you take it out of the box. Fortunately, they are cheap to replace.

Does anyone else want to share some tips about moving a home office?

P.S. Not long after the move, I’ll be launching a great new blog, courtesy of my social media consultant, Lori Randall. Stay tuned!

Author: Claire Wagner

I'm a seasoned freelance writer/editor and an enthusiastic community manager. I'm passionate about developing and sharing good content.


Claire, you have my undying sympathy. Three moves in 3 years?! My last move was 7 years ago and I still get the shivers at the thought of your monumental undertaking(s)!

This is where I stand up and salute!!

I can’t relate to that experience, but I can so relate to your butter burning incident! My foible of choice is putting water on for tea without the whistle down (because I’ll be right back) and then having a red hot tea kettle with some kind of metallic stuff oozing out from the bottom of it. Doesn’t look or smell reassuring.

In a nonverbal communications class a few years ago we reviewed just completed, in depth research on the myth of multi-tasking. The numbers are in. It’s a farce!

GOOD LUCK with everything and I hope you take some time out for red wine, a good book, and a relaxing facial!

I gotta go brew some tea!



Lori Randall




Claire Wagner Reply:

I love you too, Auntie Em! Thanks for reading and commenting. I think we all share the writing gene!


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