Happy Tuesday from PJ. Well, the party’s over and it’s time to get back to work. I love the blank slate of a new year. It’s time for a cleansing fast after all that rich holiday food and drink, and time to re-organize my office for maximum efficiency. The truth is I haven’t been actually working out of an office. Instead the space I’ve called an office has been a landing zone for stacks of paperwork, non-essential files, and the supplies that didn’t fit the décor of my living room, which is where I’ve really been working from for the past few years.
I know, I know…me, the ergonomics queen and healthy lifestyle guru…working from a laptop on a lap desk sitting on a couch with pillows around me to offer support. My poor husband has tried everything to create a viable workspace for me in the living room, but nothing has felt quite right. Why the living room, you ask?
I wasn’t sure of the answer to this question myself until recently when I read someone’s blog about how they felt as if they were still part of the family interaction if they worked from the living room. I also realized that having the TV on is a way of feeling like I’m being entertained as I work. Because I now spend 6-10 hours a day at my authorly duties, I have the sense that I am working ALL THE TIME. Being able to take a few minutes to tune into something else once in a while helps me to feel like I’m still connected to what else is going on in the world. If I had to stare at a wall all day or sit in a tiny cubicle, I’m certain I would grow to hate writing. It seems that my creative productivity is largely dependent on having a sense of belonging and connection. Working from my upstairs office space felt like I’d been exiled to Siberia.
It took me five years to figure this all out? And some of you thought I was a smarty pants. So now that I’ve suffered sufficiently, evidenced by an alarming number of orthopedic issues such as neck pain and tendonitis, my husband, the hero, finally came to my rescue and turned our living room into an office for me. He stuck one of our couches out on the front porch, rearranged the furniture, and brought all of my desk and office supplies down from upstairs, and had it all set up for me when I came home from work last Thursday. What a gift! He even connected my laptop to a remote keyboard and added a second monitor to work in tandem so I can keep my e-mail open on one and work from another. How cool is that?
So now that I’m all hooked up and getting organized, I can dive into 2012 with a new work space and a healthier environment from which to create. Yes, that’s me sitting on my big physioball. Now all I need to do is to convince my husband that 62 degrees in our house still feels like Siberia.
What about you? Any changes you can make to your work space to improve your productivity? Let us in on your secrets.