"I want to get rid of the desk. How do you feel about that?"
To my surprise and joy, she was all in. (Can I just tell you how much this woman rocks? I can't believe I get to work with her!!)
For some of you, this may be cringe worthy. Believe me, this wasn't some spontaneous decision that came out of the blue.
But, the more I weighed the costs and benefits, the more the idea grew on me. Here are a couple of reasons why I am going deskless this year.
1) More Space - Getting rid of the desk allows us more room to work with our kids in groups and in individual counseling.
2) Less Paper - I have been consolidating for the last couple of years and have gone mostly paperless. I use dropbox, google docs, wiggio, and notecounselor for nearly everything. I am down to required paper documents such as 504 paperwork and student notes. All things that can be put elsewhere.
3) Atmosphere - we are truly a student oriented office without a desk. It is clear upon walking in what kind of work we do in there.
4) Need - Honestly, I hardly used my desk anyways. As counselors, we shouldn't be sitting behind a desk as we counsel and for me it simply became a landing place for my messes. The only time I was there was for paperwork and computer work and those are things I can do at our group table. I am generally on the go and want to keep it that way. Not having a desk also forces me up and out - something I sometimes need help with.
I am really excited about the prospect of this and can't wait to report back on how it goes. Have any of you ever gone deskless? What was it like for you?