When I try to optimize my energy and time I’m looking for opportunities to remove friction.
What is constantly getting in the way? Are there any distractions I can get rid off (or minimize)?
For me, simply sitting down to start working was a big friction point. One day I was trying to dive into my children’s book but the dirty coffee mug next to my laptop nearly sent me into a spiral of house cleaning.
…one hour and two piles of laundry later I started wondering what had happened.
That’s when I realized how much a workspace can make or break our productivity.
Today I have three holy rules I swear by:
#1 – Make It Sacred
If you share your house with someone else, ask them to not add anything to your corner of creation. Nothing derails your workflow like a surprise letter to pay the electricity bill.
…Oh, and since you’re at it, did you pay the internet? What about that book you wanted, want to order it? Oh, look – kitten videos!!
#2 – Keep It Organized
…and by organized, I don’t mean neat and minimal. Just keep it organized in a way that makes sense to you.
Even though my corner is super tidy and methodic, Luis (my husband) likes his organized mess of documents. One day I tried to organize that for him… let’s just say it didn’t go that well. #MakeItSacred
#3 – Fill It With Happiness
Let’s face it, as artists we experience a lot of frustration and self-doubt. So why shouldn’t we turn our corner into the happiest place on Earth?
I stuffed my home office with Pokemon plushies (pun intended)…
…but my biggest pick-me-up is right in front of my face:
How can I not give it my all at work every day when I’m surrounded by so much love? ❤
It’s Your Turn… What Does Your Workspace Look Like?
Do you have any toys or artwork that inspires you? I’d love to see and hear all about it!