What will your office be like in 2030?

As you will know if you read my message last week, I'm off on a road trip in my motorhome next Monday to prove my theory that I can work from anywhere.  Consequently I'm in the process of minimising my "office" to fit it into 1 plastic box and a laptop bag!

It is an interesting exercise to realise just how much of what I need is already online and accessible from anywhere and how much of the paper scattered around my desk and office I never look at and really don't need.  I have easily fitted the bits I do need into a concertina folder!

So during this process it was interesting to come across an article from Plusnet about how our offices will look in the year 2030.

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I'm hoping that mine will look a lot like the inside of a motorhome but if you have a physical office for your business you might want to click here to have a look at how you might be working in just 14 years time!

I love to hear what you think - which bits would you love (the slide?) and which bits do you hope are just fantasy?

 

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Which century are you working in?

We seem to like reminiscing about the 'good old days' ... how it was when we were growing up.  Is it a sign of getting old?  I used to think that's what my parents and grand-parents did but how often do we see things on Facebook about how it was back in the 70's or 80's?

This video is a short but interesting look at how the office has evolved over the last 30 years ...

 



In this instance I think the evolution has been a good one.  

Working in the 21st century is so much more flexible than it was back in 'the good old days'.  

Personally, I wouldn't be doing what I do if it hadn't been for the evolution - Virtual Assistants couldn't work in the way we do now if we couldn't access most things via the internet - and I think that applies to many small businesses.

I was speaking to a client recently who said that as well as having never met me, he'd never met his accountant either. It is normal now that we work with people who are 'remote' from us and this also means, as remote workers, many of us have the option to work from where-ever we want.

It has long been my dream to be able to do more travelling in my motor-home so my business has been set up so that as well as not being totally reliant on me, the work I do can be done from anywhere.  So to test the theory, I'm spending a couple of weeks over the summer having a working holiday.  I will be visiting business friends that live at the other end of the country, I will be attending some 4Networking meetings on my travels and I will be doing my day-to-day work, as well as some sight-seeing and R&R.

This is only possible because of the evolution we've seen in the video.  My entire office is now on one small laptop, my broadband connection is in a dongle and my phone is in my pocket.

Some times it's the 'good new days'!

I'd love to hear about what flexible working means to you and how the office evolution has changed the way you work.  If you feel you're still working in the 19th or 20th Centuries and would like to have a chat about new ways of working in your office, click here to arrange a call.

 

video courtesy of: bestreviews.com/best-computer-desks#history-of-the-computer-desk
photography by dougthomsen.tv / engineering by anton georgiev 

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