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I pay a lot of attention to what surrounds me on a daily basis — does it spark joy? does it make me feel cluttered or peaceful? does it work well, or am I always fumbling for the right implement at the right time? is it conducive to or restrictive of my creative faculties?
A few items I love to keep close at hand throughout my work day —
+Clear lucite frames with important photographs and drawings from my children. Roots and branches!
+Biblical inspiration cards from Camilla Moss. I will occasionally glaze over and find my eyes settling on these cards. Always ground and reframe.
+A tall water bottle. I have been known to get so engrossed in my writing that I will not break to get water, use the rest room, etc! Sometimes I’m too focused. I have learned I need to have a full water bottle next to me a the start of any work session.
+A ceramic blade mini boxcutter (my exact style sold out, similar here). I open a lot of boxes and this has made that part of my life so, so much easier.
Tapping this list out, I am reminded of a very handy exercise I try to take on once or twice a year —
“Sit down for a second and think through your day, hour by hour. What petty frustrations bother you over and over again? Small things like coffee consistently not being hot, or phone running out of battery by 4 p.m., or having to prep your children’s lunch at 10 p.m when you’re ready for bed, or having a charger that is too short for you to use your phone in your bed. Write them out. Then, devise solutions for each. I think you will be surprised at how small grievances can pile up and create a kind of background “noise” that no one needs, and that many of these petty frustrations can be addressed rather simply.”
A few other recent desktop / office finds to consider…
A SMALL, CLEAR COSMETIC BAG TO KEEP LIP GLOSSES / HAND CREAMS / ETC ORGANIZED AN IN ONE PLACE
BINS FOR BULKIER GEAR
LETTER TRAYS TO STOW IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS OR PAPERWORK YOU HAVE TO ATTEND TO AT SOME POINT (I’M IMAGINING TOP TIER FOR “THIS WEEK’S WORK” / BOTTOM TIER FOR LONGER TERM
PLASTIC ENVELOPES — LOVE THESE FOR KEEPING SETS OF PAPERWORK SEPARATE (E.G., MEDICAL FORMS, SCHOOL FORMS, RECEIPTS, ETC)
What are your workspace essentials and must-haves? How do you design a space conducive to creativity?
P.S. On creative habits.
P.P.S. On motivating myself to write every single day.
P.P.P.S. 26 letters and 14 marks.