At the beginning of May, I wrote a post titled: A Year Later: 5 Things I’ve Learned Since Quitting My Job. Number 3 of those 5 things was deceptively simple: I learned that I needed my own work area. I wrote that I needed a desk, a cute chair and a Lazi Mathebula rug.
At the end of May, for my birthday, my Dude bought me a desk. And a chair. That Lazi Mathebula rug? Maybe next birthday.
So, I set my intentions for the work that would come from me committing to doing it at my desk. I bought a cute plant. Placed my candles. Made the space truly feel like my own. Then I followed through on my commitment. I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t telling you the truth: it’s been a total gamechanger.
I have found, in a month, that I am more focused now because when I am sitting at my desk, I am actually working. I’m not routinely looking up at the TV or listening to the birds outside my window while unsubscribing from newsletters for which my interest when I was signing up has since waned. I’m not busying myself with chores and promising I’ll get to work “in an hour”. I’m not checking to see if Jada has finally brought herself to the Red Table for that healing. Ok, maybe I am doing that last one. But you get where I am going with this.
Of course a lot of meaningful work gets done on the couch. But there is something about sitting your butt down, in the correct posture thanks to an effective chair, and writing/editing/recording/creating on an actual table that elevates the energy you’re putting into your work. Even if, as you may find when you employ yourself, the work you’re doing doesn’t result in a payment.
Divinely, since I’ve been sitting at the desk every week day, two paying work opportunities have come my way. Ones I wouldn’t have even had the courage to ask for. I can’t help but think maybe it’s because I got serious about working from a designated area. I am encouraged by that. And I can’t wait to see how much more productive I can be – on my terms, not those you sleep, we grind ones yuck – because of this needle shift.
Has having a work area in your home changed anything about your work? I’d love to hear from you in the comment’s section.