A Space Odyssey is not just a Kubrick film. I’ve been on a space odyssey to find a permanent area for blogging that is quiet and far away from the ebb and flow, hub and bub of my non-working life – the ideal blogging workspace.
So far I’ve narrowed down the requirements to a few basics:
– I need enough space so that I can type or write as well as have shelves for reference materials and a place for spare pens, post-its and notepads. Ideally I’d like a corkboard to post inspirational articles, magazine clippings, or ideas.
– The space must inspire creativity. Whether that means photos, a picture you (or your child) drew, or a wonderful view, it needs to awaken the imagination.
– It must be comfortable. Not as in so comfortable that I’ll fall asleep in a massage chair, or space out staring at the view, but still comfortable so I won’t have any reason to leave before I’m thru working.
– More so than anything, make sure it’s comfortable to you. In other words – my space is neat and tidy because for me a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind, and then I can’t work efficiently or creatively. But some people thrive and become creative in chaos. So don’t let someone tell you to tidy up if you work better when papers are scattered about, and vice versa. Know yourself and what works best and don’t be afraid to try different ways because maybe you don’t know where you work best after all!
– Even if you don’t have a space where you can close a door, remind your friends and family that when you are at your workspace they should not disturb you unless it’s very important. I tell my boyfriend when I am at my desk he is to pretend I am not there. It can be disturbing to your flow when people start talking to you when you are trying to write.
With my Space Odyssey completed, I just need to make sure my computer doesn’t turn into HAL and take over.