Distractions are our #1 productivity destroyer.
Electronic devices – computers and cell phones – are our #1 distraction temptation. We are so accustomed to working electronically that we no longer think about working away from our electronic devices and their inherent distractions. A writing table creates a distraction-free space for work.
John Cleese, in his famous talk Creativity says:
“Creativity starts when you close your laptop.”
Take time to think and think on paper. The most successful online graphic artists say “start with paper.” Unless you are a journalist writing under deadline or Steven King typing 2000 first draft words a day, seven days a week, start on paper.
Why Think on Paper?
Neuroscientists have discovered the advantage of writing over typing: writing is a multi-sensory experience which accesses multiple areas of your brain, making it easier to tap into the creative right-side of your brain. Plus, on paper, you can jot quick sidebar notes as ideas pop into your head before they have found a place in your document or solution. Draw swooping arrows to connect random ideas into a logical order without loosing your train of thought. I write all my blog posts, articles and my second book (its in the works) at a table separate from my computer, and I find myself much more focused.
Set Up your Home Office Writing Table to Avoid Electronic Distractions
Back away from your computer, now.
- Use a second desk or writing table in your workspace. If you don’t have one, find one.
- Use the decluttered leg of your L-shaped desk, the leg without your computer.
- Set up a galley-style desk arrangment. Place a second desk or table behind where you sit at your desk. Swivel your chair 180 degrees and you are then sitting at your writing table.
- Use your home office secret perk – A comfortable chair – with a lap desk. If your home office is also a guest room with a foldout sofa, use the sofa.
- Be sure you have all the necessary additions, such as good ergonomics and good lighting.
A simple table serves your needs – a surface that is large enough to write on.
Your Brain Associates Places with Actions and Events.
Set-up and consistently use a writing table for your original work. With repeated use your mind will slip into creative mode easily when you are working there.
I have helped several clients recently with their home offices, and all have been thrilled with the results They are much happier working in their home offices now. Contact me today to set up a consultation to make your home office more comfortable, functional and fun.