Anyways, I was reading a post not long about how you needed a space that was inspirational in order to produce your best work. Given that I work from home – for both my day job and my writing – I figured that I’d audit mine along the same guidelines…and take the opportunity to show you around my office.
De-clutter your workspace and change habits that create clutter
Hmmmm. I tend to work in what I call creative chaos. I have, however, got into the habit of putting my books back on the bookshelf as soon as I’m finished referring to them. These days, I also spend 10 mins or so on a Saturday morning just tidying things up a bit so that I can start Monday with a relatively clean space.
I also do my bills weekly (instead of when a reminder comes in), and my accounts monthly (instead of the mad rush before we go to the accountants at tax time). I’m still hopeless at filing receipts and tend to have a massive purge of paperwork in July – just before tax time. You can see it all neatly (?) filed (?) above the files it all needs to go into in the pic below.
Remove or fix anything that’s broken
Ok, I do this…although I’ve got a MacBook charger that’s waiting to be replaced as a result of a close encounter of the canine kind. With the help of some electrical tape, I’ll get a bit more life out of that yet.
Anchor your purpose in your workspace
Also on the wall is a huge daisy picture by Garry McEwan about love. I’ve had it for years and look at it when I have the gloom and dooms and my creativity has got up and gone. To me, it says creativity and love. It also says:
Love is like a flower-
when it starts blooming in you,
you have to share it,
you have to give.
And the more you give,
the more love grows.
If you go on giving,
a day comes when
you become a constant,
infinite source of love.
Place your furniture in the command position
Ummm no. Apparently, I should have a view of the door and a solid wall behind my back. My room doesn’t work that way. According to Feng Shui, this probably means that I’m not open to opportunity. Whatever.
Choose ergonomic furniture
Yep. That’s a big tick. I even have my laptop raised on a stand these days.
My desk is a heavy wooden one that I accidentally bought at an auction one time when I was looking for some dining chairs. It’s absolutely perfect for me.
And my “guest chair,” ie where Sarah plonks down when she comes in to annoy the dog, is a swiss ball that lives in the corner. So far it hasn’t been used for swiss ball type exercises, but the intention is there.
Something about fluorescent vs full spectrum light bulbs
Yep all the time…except for when it’s raining. This is the only window in the house where the rain comes in.
Switch to all natural cleaning products
I’m an enjo user, so get a tick on this one too…
Trust me, I’m perfectly capable of creating my own. Having said that, I’m lucky enough to have a dedicated office with a door that closes.
Create a view
My view is of our pool – and a sleeping dog. That’s a big tick.
Bring nature indoors
If that means my dog, I have that covered too…her snoring provides the soundtrack to my day. It’s hilarious (to me) when I have to wake her up when her snoring is loud enough to be heard on my teleconferences.
On the plant stakes, while I do have a solar-powered daisy that bops along, I also have Sarah’s Epipremnum or Devil’s Ivy which is in my office for some intensive care. Beside that are a pair of jade elephants that my mother-in-law gave us.
On the art front, I have a series of three photos by Queenstown photographer Jason Law hanging on my wall – they’re there to remind me of the Routeburn Track (as if I need to be reminded) and the fabulous landscapes around Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki.
I also have some pen and ink pics – my fave is the music-listening fish. You can see it in the main pic. As a Pisces who listens to music all day, this represents me. Still to go up is the black and white Highland Cow Sarah bought me for Mother’s Day. It’s still resting by the door.
On my desk is a glass block photo of the Sunshine Coast hinterland near Maleny and the ceremonial bok choy that my boss brought me back from Malaysia one time – it’s supposed to be lucky or something, and in case it actually is lucky I haven’t been able to bring myself to get rid of it. Besides, I rather like its kitsch.
Another thing that stays on my desk is my Chinese fortune or chim sticks. I bought this set in Hong Kong at Shanghai Tang, and I love them to pieces. I’ll tell you more about them because they actually inspired my novel – which will be out towards the end of the year.
Behind where I sit is a bookcase – this one just has travel guides and food and travel memoir. On top of it is my Kiwi corner with some little blocks I bought in Queenstown and a few other bits and pieces of Kiwiana my bestie has bought for me over the years from Abstract in Cuba Street, Wellington.
What do you have in your office that helps your bum stay in that chair, and helps you produce words that make sense?