Working Environments

Here's my Racedeck by Snaplock flooring in my studio - soon to be painted.

Here’s my Racedeck by Snaplock flooring in my studio – soon to be painted.

Still moving house

The busy time continues, as we are moving in to our new house. So far I have laid a fantastic new floor in my workshop, and started painting the walls. It will be wonderful to have all my tools, stash and books around me.

It got me thinking about geography and space planning. The environment where I set out to do creative  work matters to me. It either helps or hinders. Trying to write or sketch, trying to design or research, even just playing with scraps are made tougher for me when I’m surrounded by visual noise, clutter or present reminders of housework not done.

Then there’s ergonomics – spaces, tools and furniture made to enhance usability. For me that means being able to get at stuff without having to move other stuff aside first. It means not having to thread my way around furniture, boxes or stacks of anything. It means being able to roll my chair from one station to another, and having enough flat space to lay out a project without losing elements under other materials.

I’ll post more of my organization methods as I finish our big move.

Ways of Working

Being in the midst of hustle and bustle and construction got me thinking about different  working environments.

When I was young the powers that be would recommend turning off all “distractions” from homework. I get that, and I like silence and a sense of cocooning for heavy thinking work, like mind storming or serious research.

But I notice that some people prefer something that is effectively white noise. Some want music. When I am sewing or other crafty work I feel energized by the perception of presence near me, so I put on a talk radio station. When I’m screenwriting I often play music that I imagine could be in the soundtrack.

That’s the heart of it – what energizes you for work? Classic rock, or familiar tunes? Silence or the sounds of nature? Books on tape?

What helps you think or explore ideas? Silence, headphones, classical music, wave sounds.

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Optimism! It’s wonderful. And soon it will be my favorite time of the year. I hope everyone enjoys preparing for the holidays.