The office that is six steps away from my bedroom
On my desk, I have the following:
- Two very large monitors
- A very high quality SIP phone (Polycom) featuring a do not disturb button that is left (mostly) on.
- All of the supplies that I'll ever need (paper, pens, notebooks, etc)
- Enough HW (test switches, SBC's etc) to get my job done.
Surrounding me are:
- All things that I've collected that say "hard work pays off"
- A nice couch if I want a nap
- My own collection of books (used frequently, my sticky notes proliferate from them)
- A collection of rare Jazz / Blues CD's (many of which are autographed)
- A stereo that I can play as loud as I want (the room is mostly soundproof)
- Climate control that I alone control
- My choice of lighting
- A desk that elevates if I want to stand
- A chair that (is mostly) ergonomic. Too many knobs for tension, replacing it soon.
- Total control over my disruptions
Downstairs, I have
- Endless munchies, coffee and a full kitchen to cook my own food the way that I like it
- My kid, and she loves seeing me when she comes home from school (coinciding with my lunch break)
- Even more books and reference materials
- 3 more computers if I need them
My morning / afternoon commute? About 4 1/2 seconds. 60 if you count the time it takes to get a cup of coffee.
Who paid for most of it? My company. While I'd have a hard time expensing a frying pan, I can get books, memory, replacement parts, a box full of office supplies, whiteboards, etc without difficulty.
If not working, I never come in here. The whole point of having it is saying to my brain "office means work, bedroom means sleep" .. unless of course I'm using the couch, but that is reserved for strictly work related naps, or just when I need to 'not be at my desk' for a while.
Even if I have to work late, I'm just a few steps away from home.