Summers in the Valley of the Sun (metro Phoenix) mean slower sales and less foot traffic for retail establishments. Our winter visitors have left us and our residents manage their days around the heat and in accordance with available air conditioning. Most tasks are accomplished in the early morning when it’s the coolest and nearly everyone is indoors during the 4pm – 6pm time slot when it is often the hottest.
This is the season I then clean up, re-organize and evaluate the winter season in terms of processes and products. It is also the time I gear up for the next winter season by selecting new products for the shop and for our custom gift baskets. I also determine what additional equipment we need. As an aside, this year I anticipate we’ll be added a ribbon printer and another portable register.
I’m also ramping up our online presence (social media, website and blog) to be more responsive to our current and future shoppers and shippers. This effort includes participating in a 20 part Everyday Inspiration Challenge from the WordPress folks.
Today’s challenge is to write about our favorite writing space; I have two. I am most productive at the kitchen counter perched on a bar stool with an afghan under me (I’m just 5’4″ and like to peer down the laptop). My alternate space is a handy pull out writing desk tray that husband Scott added to our gift shop register table a few years back. I use that particular space nearly all day but generally for gift shop immediate tasks such as getting online orders, answering emails, working in QuickBooks, tracking and crunching sales numbers and for placing supplier orders.
The kitchen counter space is my preferred writing space because it is generally free from distractions. I keep either the television news or music on at a low volume for some constant level of background noise but never really focus on it. The fact that I am out of the shop and post office also reduces distractions as I can’t glance at a post office trash can that needs emptying or a gift shop shelf that needs dusting or re-stocking. It’s just me and my afghan booster seat, the laptop and my phone for time-blocking each writing task. Again, as an aside, that time-blocking thing doesn’t generally work as planned but it does stop me from wandering down different rabbit holes – especially when I’m doing anything in Facebook!
We will be given a follow-up task in a few days regarding our writing space(s); I look forward to seeing what that challenge holds. Until then, happy gifting and happy writing!