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Tuesday
Jul052011

The Office

I've made some changes since my last post about the office.  I got rid of the huge desk that cut the office in half and opted for a more practical, and welcoming, L-shaped desk around the room.   It offers more real-estate takes up less space.  In some of the images in this post I'm testing my new 10-24mm lens.  It capture much more into the frame - I'm really not used to this wide an angle.  Colleagues are asking me for photos of the office in Kuwait, so this is good timing. 

I spend a lot of time here, so the place has filled up with work, cameras and memorabilia.  I never keep anything that doesn't have a story, but I do hoard things that have special meaning - or that I simply think look good.  My office is an absolute nightmare to clean, but I get to have the company of a model lighthouse from Hamburg, a snowman from the Alps, planes and a globe from my Aviation days, a Q8 oil drum pen holder - the Flying Lady is a paper knife from the Rolls Royce factory in Crewe, a 3D laser-cut model of our loading arms, photos, brochures, drawings, books, and a business card holder from Thailand.  There are others, but I feel I've said too much already...

While I'm on the subject of my office, please allow me to share with you how I switched to a paperless one.  I've tried many times before using excel to summarise all the projects I follow, listing them by country and putting hyperlinks to the various associated documents.  It works, but it's counterproductive in the time it takes to file. It's much simpler just to hit print, and throw the sheets into a labeled sleeve.  The time it takes to switch on a laptop during a meeting was also prohibitive.  Then came the iPad! It changed things to certain extent, but it was difficult to find documents once they were in there.  It was difficult to mix files: photos, emails and documents, and to manage them from one app. This changed when I saw Evernote.  It worls beautifully on my work laptop (Windows) and talks to Outlook quite happily, adding notes - including emails and their attachments.  For the past few months, I have migrated all my meeting and project notes onto Evernote. I have all my data with me whenever I need it, wherever I am, and from whatever device I happen have access to.  It also allows tagging and its search facility is superb especially with the text recognition. 

I'll close with the image below... When my father dug out my nursery certificate earlier this year, I framed it and it went on my office wall.  The latest addition to the collection. 

App: Evernote

Reader Comments (10)

You have a very cool office! I do hoard things too but my home office is where I keep things! I need to personalize my work office, for some reason I just haven't gotten around to it for years! Always feel wrong to put fun things there but I might be wrong!

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

Mashallah! amazing, wonder whats in the lens cabinet :)

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterid

Marzouq: It's nice to have fun things everywhere, and we spend a lot of time in the office...

id: Thank you :) It has all my lenses, apart from my camera and the 10-24 which I was shooting with.

July 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

wow nice office. I'd love to create a space like this when I go back home. I took collect (or hoard rather) bits and bobs from various places and keep it around my desk. Love the nursery certificate :D

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

This is a really amazing office,
mashllah.

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChuknum

Thank you Chuknum. Love your blog :)

July 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

Can I move in??

Love all the Q8 Oils memorabilia!

August 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelwehbi

You have an eye for great detail and precision. Have been following your photographs and posts for over three years now and everything is tasteful and picture perfect. Same applies to both your old office and new. You can very well be a top class interior designer of Kuwait, you have it naturally in you. All the very best in everything you do, mark my words, your talent will take youvery far ahead, just keep doing what you enjoy the most.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAkbar

I envy your office, there are a lot of nice stuff in there. I like your office furniture, they are very stylish and modern.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVahn

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