I forgot to mention my mechanical tools for time keeping: a kitchen timer and wind up pocket watch. I prop these up on cellphone stands.
For reference, this is my current floor setup that I've been using daily for almost a year now. The idea was to make a version of this that I could take with me.
The really expensive stuff can be awkwardly crammed into a foldable daypack. This is (was?) sometimes necessary on domestic flights where they make you gate check carry on luggage due to lack of overhead space. In those dire situations, this acts as an escape pod.
In those situations, I also usually carry one of those portable "ball bags" for shopping and dump things in there too. That and the daypack usually covers most of the electronics.
When I first had to do all this, it was totally improvised and I was just about to board. I was completely caught off guard.
@paul this setup is such a vibe
@paul i like it, and yet i wonder how your back feels after some hours in this setup. also, the two clocks. fascinated ⏳
@gavcloud the back is fine. usually. It's my legs and knees that get stiff and sore. I sit in half lotus position, and I still find it difficult to hold the position for long periods of time without my feet falling asleep. I get up and stretch often.
As for time devices: ones a kitchen timer, the other is a cheap mechanical pocketwatch. They are a nice duo to have.
@paul this is neat, thanks for sharing! i used to have a floor setup (pictured here in a very messy state) but in more recent years i have switched to a more normal desk situation. but when i'm not at my desk, i still sit on the floor on my yoga mat next to the coffee table. i'm about to move so maybe i'll go back to a floor-sitting desk in my new space.
what do you use your time-keeping tools for? i'm just curious, as someone who pays very little attention to how much time is passing.
My setup is never as clean as the photos. I'm a cluttered personality.
I like having a pocketwatch to tell the time instead of my phone, which tends to be too needy for my attention. The winding of it is a nice little ritual too: https://pbat.ch/wiki/pocketwatch/
The kitchen timer is for time management. Pomodoro or lazier. Sometimes it's nice to simply break the day up into 15 minute increments. One thing the timer does is make an audible tick. It's a great reminder that you are on the clock.
@paul that's really neat!
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