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After writing about my new, beloved String work desk yesterday, I started to daydream about what an ideal morning at my new ”office space” would look like. When I first quit dentistry, at the time when I was very unhappy with where I was working, I spent an entire month brainstorming why things did not work out. I read books on how to organize your work space, how to make your work line up with your dharma, how to create a good work-life-balance, and how to create an environment that increases the chance of happiness at work. Books I read included Joy at Work by Marie Kondo, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur, and Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty. I learned that my previous job did not align with my dharma and the environment I was placed in was not conducive to my personality.
I spent days writing lists of what items I imagined would be in my ideal workspace. Some of my requirements included a carafe of water, a beautiful everyday coffee mug, a minimalist laptop, a few plants, a scent diffuser or candle and a beautiful pen. I also jotted down activities I would like to do each morning, and how items could help me to achieve things I wanted to do. For example, a beautiful carafe of water be a great reminder to drink 8 glasses of water each day. A beautiful coffee mug will make fueling my energy more enjoyable or meaningful. A minimalist laptop will allow me to work on blog posts without distractions. A few plants will keep me joyful and breathing quality air, while a scent diffuser could help emit aromas that create a calm atmosphere. Lastly, a beautiful pen would inspire me to plan wonderfully productive days.
On the flipside, I also wrote down items I did not want in my space. I did not want a clock anywhere in my office, because I believe that creative work should not have a time frame. I also find the ticking sound distracting as well as stressful. And the clock would cause me to lose focus from my work, as I would be ever-conscious of my progress. I did not want a lot of drawers as I knew I have the habit of stock-piling paper. I did not want an insane number of pens (do you know I use one at a time and own no more than three?), as I get frustrated by clutter. And I did not want to face the inside of my home, because it would cause me to get up from my desk and do chores and errands. This is why my desk used to face the dark corner of the living room, and now faces out onto the street.
This isn’t to say that our work depends solely on the stuff we own, but it does make a difference. I find that having the right items really make or break my productivity level. Also, surrounding myself with special items make work more enjoyable. So in today’s play pretend post, I imagine all the things that I would love to eventually surround myself with in my future work space.
- A water carafe (affiliate link) as a reminder to drink plenty of water.
- A daily coffee mug that’s beautiful to use.
- A thick throw (affiliate link) for colder mornings.
- An accessory tray (affiliate link) that works as a pen holder as well as a coaster.
- A candleholder to write by firelight.
- A diffuser (affiliate link) to create a calm environment.
- A narrow filing cabinet to organize paperwork by.
- A plant baby for reviving the space.
- A desk lamp (affiliate link) that’s adjustable but doesn’t get in the way of work.