By Jeff Zbar | November 18, 2007
‘Winter Lite’ has officially arrived in South Florida. Our first cold snap, OK, maybe it was our first not-so-oppressively-hot-day-of-the-season has arrived. I opened the sliding glass doors and my home office window – and felt a cool breeze waft through the home office. Try that in the corporate tower downtown. Even if you’re a teleworker, working from home affords you the work-at-home life’s little luxuries – like enjoying Mother Nature in her more agreeable moments. Sure, you cannot do that in November or the winter months if your workplace is in Montana, Colorado or anywhere just north of the Mason Dixon line. But Riley, we’re not in Kansas anymore.
If you have the chance to enjoy this touch of nature in your own home or corporate office, a little twist on SOHO feng shui and balance may be in order. For example:
-Open your shades and windows, and make sure you’re facing the view – or at least can catch a glimpse of the great outdoors.
- Make some noise. Our home has two sets of wind chimes hanging out front. On cool days (typically brought on by a cold front, which invariably has some wind associated with it), the open windows allows the song of the chimes to ring through the home office. It’s a nice touch.
- Take the work outside. If you have some light reading or a wi-fi enabled laptop and can do some work beyond the confines of the office, head outdoors. People may wonder where you got your tan (or at least a little color). That can be your secret. Enjoy.
As for me, that hammock strung between two shade trees out front is calling my name. And that low 60s “nip” that chilled the home office this morning has warmed to a comfortable mid 70s. Time for another form of outdoors enjoyment. My afternoon nap.