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? You have your card out, so did you order that book you wanted? 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!