Since I started working on the blog pretty much full time, I am not out working and away so much. Now that I spend all day at home, I’m finding it really interesting to watch the obstacles that appear.
My desk got a lot of use for the first couple of weeks I owned it, then as I got more into working on http://www.raimisalami.com, I found myself spending less and less time there. I would take my laptop into the bedroom and write from bed, I’d move my things to the kitchen table and work there, curl up on the sofa in the sitting room… almost anything to avoid working at my desk. It was bizarre.
Then I realised what the problem was — I didn’t like my work space! It wasn’t stimulating, it wasn’t inspiring me, it was just blah.
For me, the perfect workspace is one that balances inspiration and stimulation with organisation, but this is going to be different depending on what it is that you do. The more coherent your space is with what you’re trying to do, the more effective you will be and the better you’ll work.
When you sit at your desk, do you want to feel inspired, uplifted, calm, angry, energetic? The main thing I require when I’m working is visual stimulus — pictures that spark my creativity and make me feel good. I like organised clutter VERY much.
Figure out whether it is doing what you want it to. Remove all the things that are glaring inconsistencies — the uncomfortable chair, the old boxes of cereal, the half-finished letter and the melted candles. Make it a space YOU want to be at.
How does it feel now? What could you do to make it more personal to you? What does it need? What do you want? (Those are two very different issues.) Make lists. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a rubbish bin and a lamp — IKEA is your friend — but if you want interesting things, try flea markets and places such as ebay and etsy.
Now get working!
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