Hello everyone. I was reading an article recently about making your home your haven and it made me think about my writing space. I made myself a really long desk out of an old piece of kitchen worktop and was so excited to have room for my computer, printer, paperwork etc. The problem is that now I have all of those, plus a banana, a cup of tea, a set of keys, a ruler, four notebooks, sellotape, an inhaler, a pot of pens, hand cream… the list could go on for a few pages at least! My point is that to work efficiently, we need a clear mind and some space around us that isn’t cluttered. I know that some people work well with trinkets around them, but I’m not one of those people and I feel happier and more alert when my desk is clear.
Apparently a few tricks and small changes can ensure that the space where we work actually enhances our ability to get on with the job and not hinder it.
Here is why clutter is not good for our creativity:
It is hard to navigate the space. It collects dust. It makes the environment we work in chaotic, which drags our focus from our work.
Do we actually need all of the things on our desks? I certainly don’t need the banana or the tea as I only ate breakfast ten minutes ago and the hand cream is probably ten years old. In reality, I only need one pen and a notebook, plus my computer and printer and I’m all set to go.
Top tips for an easier work flow:
Connection with the outdoors if possible, as this helps with the feeling of contentment. Sitting by a window is productive apparently.
Smell can have a positive and negative impact on your mood, so stick with soft fragrances. Peppermint, lemon and rosemary are good for productivity.
Add visual prompts that remind you to relax your mind, like family photos or art that makes you smile.
Remember that your work environment is important to your wellbeing and if you can take a few moments to make it your haven, then hopefully it will show in your work.
Have a great week! From Lizzie.