Parting out LEGO® sets started out as lots of fun. I still enjoy it, but tend to work on this for two hours and then take a lengthy break. As we grow, this can be something of an obstacle, so we’ve made a couple changes.
A business computer
We purchased a new laptop to use for parting out LEGO® sets. This serves two functions. First, it lets me upload parts to inventory without having to leave the room to do so. After a day of parting today, I found that this saved about an hour on a half-day project. It also helps to keep me on task, since I’m not walking out in the middle of the school day. Being able to better balance work and home life addresses a major obstacle in learning to work from home. I was able to work well while the rest of the family enjoyed the school day!
The new laptop also helps in a second way. I got to spend my morning listening to some documentaries that keep my mind busier learning new things while I part out sets. This kept my mind plenty busy and offered the fringe benefit of learning some WWI history along the way.
Recently, we got a hand-me-down TV to replace our prior hand-me-down set. We plan to mount the old set on the wall in the work room. After all these years, I will have to learn again how to watch only an appropriate amount of TV. Sort of odd after 6 years of carefully monitoring screen time!