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I picked up the book REMOTE: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson after reading their first book REWORK.

The title of this book describes exactly what the book is about: working remotely. Now, I’ve worked from corporate offices and remotely from home in my past life. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to do so, there is ups and downs to it.

This book talks about the positives and the negatives and how to keep your employees working on all cylinders while also giving them the freedom to work autonomously and not as structured and monitored as if they were sitting in an office 9-5pm.

As a gallery owner, I have learned that if you can control your business and transactions pertaining to your business from practically anywhere, your business has a better chance of succeeding and growing. I work just as hard sitting on my couch at home, from a hotel room in Paris, France, or from a friends home in Tampa, Florida as I do sitting in my gallery.

Many galleries in the last 10 years have closed their brick and mortar locations and opted to just do art fairs. This is as mobile as you can get, and many are profiting from it. Dealers pop up at a different art fairs around the globe, set up a booth filled with work of artists that they represent, then after the event is over, pack it up until the next big event. This is a savvy business model for some, but not all. I do think there is something to be said about having a permanent location, but that doesn’t mean I always will.

REWORK on the other hand, was a much better read. There were a lot of motivating quotes that I pulled out of it that made sense, not just for business-minded individuals. Here’s a few good ones:

“Workaholics aren’t heroes. The real hero is home already because she figured out a faster way to get things done.”

“Be a curator.  Stick with what’s truly essential.”

“The real world isn’t a place, it’s an excuse. It’s a justification or not trying. It has nothing to do with you.”

“Standing for something isn’t just about writing it down.  It’s about believing it and living it.”

Both of these books are easy reads. Start with REWORK, then decide if REMOTE is needed.

Daily Rituals

daily rituals, book, artists, mason curreySomeone made a comment about my friend Mark a while back. They said that he was “eccentric”. Now this someone wasn’t me––but I understand why they said that. Yes, he does keep spreadsheets about a few things like his running schedule, for starters. As a person who runs a lot, he has his running schedule planned out for an entire year––and it’s a rare moment if he deviates from it. He also keeps a spreadsheet for all of the books that he reads. I don’t find this as quirky as the running schedule––I’ve actually started to keep my own list. Then, there is a spreadsheet for the cities that he has lived in and the sports teams who have won championships while he was living in a particular city. Okay––so what––he’s eccentric. He’s not the only one.

I include a whole chapter on my friend Mark in my yet-to-be published book Instant Connections. You’ll get to read more about him sometime in the near future. You’re now probably asking, where am I going with this? Well, Mark and I were at the bookstore the other day and he was searching for a book called Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. It’s a book about writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, poets, philosophers, sculptors, filmmakers and scientists on how they create. That’s what the back cover of the book says. Essentially, how they set time aside each day to create their art. Some of these “artists” were organized and some, not so much. Currey analyzed over 160 such artists for his book––so far it’s a great read.

I’m usually a very organized person. I keep a daily planner and check things off once they get done. You need to set goals, whether they are short term or long term. I feel they keep you motivated and give you a sense of accomplishment. As I began writing my book, I was very organized––wrote every day. Now that I’m in the editing process, I’ve been slackin’. This is very unlike me. We both bought a copy of this book––I did it to see how others’ worked and to find some inspiration and quite possibility a new daily ritual that I could put into practice. Mark did it so that he could prove that even with all of his so called “eccentricities” he was now, “looking saner and saner by the minute.”