I just finished reading an interesting book by Scott Belsky that helped me to re-think the ways in which I work. I definitely recommend it if you like to reflect on your own systems.
I thought about:
- how much light I needed - natural light always a plus
- music, no music
- if music, how loud and what type
- people, no people
- if people, how friendly, how aloof, how busy, how chatty, could I trust them to watch my laptop when I needed to go to the ladies room?
- food/beverages, if needed
At this point, I was feeling pretty good that I had the right idea of what circumstances led me to a super productive day. But don't get me wrong. I still have those days that whiz by, leaving me wondering if I did enough, or did the right things.
Belsky took it a step further - productivity, but what kind? He talks about considering the actual shape/size of the room depending on the kind of work you want to do:
- Spaces with high ceilings for creative work where you are imagining and thinking about many possibilities.
- Confined spaces with low ceilings for implementing and executing; work that you just have to get done that doesn't require a lot of creativity.
It makes sense and jives with what I typically get done in certain spaces. The next time I need to be creative, I won't box myself into a small space. I'll think big and let the space follow...
Does this ring true with where you do your best creative work? Your best get-it-done work?