In the era of remote work, and the habits of increased multi-tasking, unconventional yet practical alternatives to traditional office spaces have arisen. Alas, office meet car! ! Now, as innovative and convenient as this may be, I find this newly formed behavior of mine to be quite conflicting.
While I love the idea of flexibility and improved efficiency in my daily schedule, I am fairly certain my ‘73 Dodge Dart was not intended as a mobile office. Mechanically sound, but technologically challenged, my hotrod is not ideal for the multi-screened Google Meets, while shifting between gears and navigating so many open tabs on my browser with a laptop as my passenger. Don’t worry, I only turn my video on when I am at a complete stop. All joking aside, I never would have thought that calling into a meeting, responding to a Chat, or answering an email, all hands-free while driving to my next destination would have become part of my new version of an office.
Appreciating the inspirational moments where my office and my expressions of self collide, I cannot help wondering how I can optimally integrate these worlds into a balance that my mobile workspace simply wasn’t designed to do. The balancing act of working and living have intertwined as I cruise in my hotrod, hearing the rumble of the engine, the chimes from email notifications, with the recognition that my office, my space, and my work will forever be changed.