Ânia Marcos
Ânia Marcos

Can’t Focus On Your Art? My Three Tips For A Healthy Workspace

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:

This wall is covered with postcards and gifts my friends sent me over the past few years. This is the best pick-me-up and a reminder that I’m loved and not alone in the struggle. 

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!


  1. Crystal - 1 year ago

    Thanks for this! Working from home is tricky, too many distractions. However I also enjoy making myself get up and do something so I’m not sitting all day long too. For me I have plants (a LOT of plants) that I have to take care of and that gets me up and moving. However, seeing a little wilting leaf can distract me from work too…so it’s 50/50 lol.

    • aniamarcos - 1 year ago

      Hi, Crystal! So you tend to just glue yourself to the chair and get absorbed in the work? That’s awesome that you have the plants to make you get up and walk a bit!! 😀

  2. John - 1 year ago

    Lovely workspace Ania. I have recently shifted my workspace around because there were too many options and they were derailing my work instead of helping me stay focused. The idea of keeping it Sacred is great! I try to remind myself It’s ok to experiment but to keep only what is helping me stay on track with my goals. Anything “extra” can be a hinderance. Your blog continues to be so helpful in helping me rethink my work and goal setting patterns. Much love from Texas!

    • aniamarcos - 1 year ago

      John 😀 <3 Always happy to hear from you!
      What you're saying is very important. If it's not helping you stay on track, then delete for sure! Do you mind sharing what things were derailing your work? I'm very curious!
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I'm so happy to know my blog is helpful 🙂

  3. Neru - 1 year ago

    There is a sea of laundry and papers on the bedroom floor. Ooooo I spy a couple dishes. ? I will make no excuses ? I thi k the problem is I haven’t made my art sacred. I haven’t prioritized “myself” at all. I have broken things down into accomplishments/goals rather than living (a lifestyle). I’m making art, but for what purpose really?
    Seems I’m going through the motions more than I thought. This is a priceless insight Ania! I started thinking “I do art” as if were some side hobby, when really I am an Artist. Like capital A.
    Ahhhhhhh I need to clean out alll that crap and air out the place! In every sense of the word. ?

    • aniamarcos - 1 year ago

      Hi, Neru! So good to hear from you! 🙂

      I can totally relate! It’s so hard to prioritize ourselves sometimes. I love how you put it: the difference of mindset between “I do art” to “I’m an artist” is indeed incredible.

      Thank you so much for the kind words <3 Can't wait to see what's next for you!

  4. Elly - 1 year ago

    Ânia this post is so good! I LOVE your friend wall! That is such a great idea! If my front wall wasn’t a glass door I’d definitely do the same!

    And these tips are so good! I’ve been trying to make my work space sacred as well! Another thing that I’ve been doing is tricking myself to sit and work for 10 minutes at a time. That way I trick my brain to eliminate all the fluff and unnecessary stuff to focus on the most important thing at the moment! Then once I’m in the zone i just stay and work more! I should do more of that actually! Thank you for sharing these insights you’re the best!

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