Is my mobile office a pipe dream?

When I started my writing business, part of the dream was being able to work from anywhere. While that is now quite feasible, I still spend most of my work hours plugged into an office. It begs the question: does the reality of the ‘laptop lifestyle’ live up to the dream?

Do working holidays work?

by Peter Crocker I’ve previously written about a copywriter who’d take extended working holidays where he’d write each day from 5am to 12pm before joining his family for lunch and sightseeing. But can it really be done? Rather than busting your gut for two weeks of pure holiday, could you stretch your trip length and budget by spending a section …

Money and happiness: Are you earning too much money?

by Peter Crocker What is the relationship between money and happiness? I recall research from a few years ago that found that at all income levels, people say they would be satisfied if they could get 20% more. If our goal is always ‘more’, then we’re destined to spend our careers striving for that elusive extra 20%.

Is work life integration a pipe dream?

by Peter Crocker I’ve recently become fascinated by the idea of ‘work life integration’. Ok, so I haven’t even mastered ‘work life balance’ yet, but that concept is so last decade! To me ‘work life balance’ implies a tradeoff between good and evil, where work is the thing you have to endure to get to the good things in life.

Three types of holiday: Which are you?

by Peter Crocker As I write this I’m madly clearing the decks before I go on holiday. As you read this, I’ll be back into work mode and wading through emails. For small business owners, holidays can be hard work. Do these scenarios sound familiar? It’s about this time of year when holiday cravings kick in. But ask a business …

How to sustain the holiday feeling

by Peter Crocker Even as January ends, my street is still dotted with discarded Christmas trees, drooping fairy lights and half-deflated Santas. I know how he feels. With the tan faded and toys broken, how can you sustain that holiday feeling? I’ve never managed to fully achieve it myself, but hope these strategies will make the difference this year.

Your money or your life

by Peter Crocker There’s plenty in the media at the moment about the long hours worked by Australians. Then just last week, I was flicking through a business magazine and came across an article about the Head Honcho of a big global company. The story followed his typical day…he arrives at 5am, works non-stop until 8pm then goes to a …

Listen to music while you work?

by Peter Crocker If you listen to music while you work and you have a broadband connection (preferably unlimited), read on. I’m sure plenty of you are way ahead of me, but this is easily the best thing I’ve found on the net in the last year or so. Most of the time I’ll listen to music as I’m working. …