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Building a Command Center for Your World Takeover Plans

Before I went to Africa in 2002, I had been working as an entrepreneur for about two years. During the first year, I worked at a $50 plywood desk in a corner of my bedroom that was too small and threatened to fall apart whenever I set anything on it. It did the job for a while, but as I spent more and more time sitting there, it quickly got old.

I finally broke down and decided to upgrade. I went to Office Depot and spent nearly $500, a huge sum of money for me at the time, on what I decided to call The Ark.

The Ark, recreated above thanks to a public domain image, was my Command Center. My actual Ark was dismantled when I went overseas, but that’s pretty much what it looked like. When you go from a $50 desk that threatens to fall apart at any moment to a desk like that, you feel pretty powerful.

You also get a lot more done.

If you’re going to take over the world, or do pretty much anything worthwhile, you’ll need a Command Center of your own. This Command Center—you can call it a workspace, if you want to be traditional—must enable you to do all the work you need to do to accomplish your goals.

Ideally, a Command Center that suits your own unique abilities will foster your productivity and facilitate a good working environment. You can save money in lots of ways, but don’t skimp too much on a workspace that helps you work well.

Looking through the Office Max and Staples websites, where you can find a decent selection of Command Centers, here are a few that I like:

I chose a selection of different sizes to accommodate varying work spaces. Ideally, you won’t shop for a desk like that online — it’s a lot better to do this kind of shopping in person whenever possible.

Other Weapons of Mass Construction

Many good workspaces are not technology centric. I do my best writing with a pen on a legal pad, so be sure to have plenty of pens and paper around even if you usually prefer the computer.

Another important element of your Command Center can be a series of project boards that you can hang up. These project boards – bulletin, dry erase, calendar system, choose your favorite or use them all– exist to keep you focused on what you’re trying to accomplish.

If you’re like me, you have a lot of things going at once, so use several different boards. Put the projects up and start working on them task-by-task.

Here are a few other things you may want for your Command Center:

  • A nice chair
  • Inbox for your GTD system
  • Nearby coffee maker that is as simple or as fancy as you like
  • Nice lamp
  • Cell phone charger
  • Dual monitor system
  • Laser printer
  • Wireless router

What if your goals call for constant work on the road?

Simply put, if you’re working on the road, you need a Mobile Command Center. To be honest, I find this challenging. As much as I travel, I wouldn’t rely on a mobile model exclusively. I do travel with a laptop, a SmartPhone, and my Moleskin journal… but beyond that, I haven’t worried too much about setting up my show on the road. I once heard of a guy who carried two laptops and a printer with him wherever he went, but that just sounds stressful to me. Lots of other people do this well, though, so maybe you should check with them.

What about artists and other non-business types?

You still need a Command Center. You need a space to create or do whatever it is you do. It doesn’t need to be a whole office—a corner is fine. A coffee shop may work for some people, although as I mentioned above, a stationary space is usually better in the long run. Writers and artists of all kinds are just in need of their own space as anyone else.

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Your Command Center is your ultimate workspace. It’s where you will plan and accomplish great things. Are you completely satisfied with your working environment? If so, great! You’re ahead of most of the rest of us.

If you’re not satisfied, think about what you need to upgrade. Make a plan to get your own Ark, or whatever you need to make a space of your own. Make it a priority, and as you work on taking over the world—or at least changing it for the better—your Command Center will reward you.

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18 Comments

  • Kathy says:

    This is my command center, a STURDY plywood desk I built myself.
    http://www.computer-desk-assembly.com

  • terroglobo says:

    I agree with you, everyone needs a Command Center to think and to develope his ideas.
    As I travel a lot, I need a mobile Center and my brain is the soul of it. It is dificult to get, but after ten years it is a fact.
    The accessories are my laptop and my celular. The place can be my office, my home in Madrid, the house of the countryside, the beach or the bedroom of any temporary hotel.
    Anyway, I need a personal environment, that´s the trick.
    Read you soon!

  • Josiah says:

    Chris, I think you’ve just inspired me to buy a new desk! Important post…

  • seb says:

    thanks chris!
    i’ve been thinking about building a desk for a bit now as i have nowhere to work at home on my TOTW projects plus i am a little bit of a procrastinator sometimes (i know but i am trying to stop myself… or rather start myself 😉 thanks for giving me that last little push i needed to get it done 😀

  • John says:

    Take a look at this guy’s “command center”:

    http://tinyurl.com/5qm476

    My wife and I saw him last weekend parked outside Bryant Park in NYC.

  • Chris says:

    Glad you guys liked it. Someone else said it was boring, so the positive feedback is nice. 🙂

    @John,

    Wow, that is impressive!

  • Elliot Webb says:

    Nice setup u have there Chirs!, I bought the glass desk you show above, the only problem is trying to keep it clean!, you see everything, fingerprints, dust, requires allot of cleaning be warned, but it does do a good job!. I went as far as painting the walls in my home office a tone of yellow on 2 walls, and orange on the others, these colors are meant to inspire creativity, lets see if it works!:).

    As for the person who said your space was boring, did they show you any pictures of their own space?, didn’t think so!, probably couldn’t fit the ferris wheel and the roller coaster they have in their own command center!!.;)

  • Richard Lee says:

    Chris:

    Great blog, very well done. Don’t know how I originally found you ; but it was worth hunting you down.

    Rich

  • Command centers are essential, as are on location bags. I love this post. I always called it base camp, but I like Command center even better. Cool stuff. 🙂

  • Sonja says:

    Hey Chris,

    My new command centre is three new birch pieces from IKEA! I just need to get a hand to move them. So far, they are in flat boxes parked at my brother’s about 1 1/2 hrs drive away. Only 1 IKEA store in the whole of NSW, and doing fantastic business I might add. Delivery would have cost more than the cost of the items, so I am trying to be patient and wait for the trailer to be emptied of garden refuse so the big move can occur 🙂 We were so spoiled on the ship with landrover roofracks and pulling into ports that had an IKEA store at our beckoned call!

  • Pax says:

    I have gone from having a desk, which turned into a filing cabinet, to not having a desk in order to simplify my life. I now have a fantastically comfortable chair, a nearby sidetable for the Starbucks and my Macbook. This forces me to handle each piece of paper ONCE, since there is no place to pile them up. I now can adhere to a daily “clean desk” policy as I do not have one. I do have two filing cabinets and a place to keep the check book. I forbid myself to pile papers up in another location. I have only failed 200 times with this, but it motivates me to do the paperwork that I detest as I do not wish to have a fire. My dear old cat sleeps on the old desk…..it works for me.

  • Gabrielle H says:

    I call mine “home base”. It’s the place where you are safe from enemy fire

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    Hi Chris,

    Nice to find someone with as big a vision as I have. My goal is to get everyone involved with solving the worlds problems. I think the key is to change mankind’s attitudes toward toward each other. The financing for my project is a ten tier hosting site. I have 45 social blogs for people to leave their solutions. They can link to any of the 45 at LVThinkTank.com It is all free. They don’t even have to give a name or email address.

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