Work spaces fascinate me. I suppose, mainly because they are the environment where things are produced. You might call them the address of the idea factory, the danger is when we mistake them for the factory itself.
All a work space is, at its core, is a combination of time, place, and necessary objects. The things that enable you to produce the plan in your head. I would like to share three tips to a conducive work space.
First, the physical location is not as important as the value you attach to it. It isn’t so much the space, but that you place value in the space. Does your work space, whether permanent or portable, inspire you? Is it your gateway to producing what is in both your heart and your mind?
Thomas Jefferson had a special “writing box” made so he could write anywhere. He used it to draft The Declaration Of Independence, the desk is now in the Smithsonian. A mechanic’s toolbox can turn any location into a makeshift garage. A garage would be better, but neither he nor President Jefferson allowed location to restrict their ability to produce. Instead they compensated for the location’s accommodations and restrictions.
The second tip is that the time to create doesn’t have to come in huge blocks. Much like the where, the when can be bits and pieces of time scattered throughout a day. Some are more creative in the morning, others find the evening hours to be productive time.
[tweetthis]Anyplace can become a work space for creativity, if we apply creativity.[/tweetthis]
Please don’t misunderstand, I believe in setting aside large blocks of time, even days for projects. However, when that is not possible, set aside what time you can. I’ve experienced moments when I could accomplish in five minutes what I couldn’t in fifty. Use the time you have, and don’t wait for the time you don’t have to become available.
Third, don’t lock yourself into a pattern or process in either your style or your tools. If you’re a speaker or writer, strive to make every project unique. As humans, if we aren’t careful, we can coast along in a pattern.
This may get us by, but it will also like a log in a river, stall our creativity. Soon, it will result, not only in reproduction, but in a lack of production of any kind. Your mind will eventually revolt against the mundane. Next, it will fear that you can no longer create anything original of any quality.
Guarding against method attachment upfront, will help to prevent other problems later. The same is true about the tools you use to produce something. Everyone has a favorite pen, notebook, or program to create with, but don’t be so enthralled by it you refuse to learn anything else.
When we become rigid about our methods, we can very quickly lose touch with improvements in methods. I don’t write this from a tech lover’s perspective, but as a content producer. Hand drawn books gave way to the printing press, then the typewriter, now the laptop and the tablet.
Tools get better, and we should never reject an advancement in one simply because we’ve never used it before. The learning process inspired you as a student twenty years ago, let it do the same today. Anyplace can become a work space for creativity, if we apply creativity.
Don’t allow your circumstances, your surroundings, or your resources to limit your imagination. All of these things are important, and each is a factor, but they are not the deciding factor. If your conditions are not ideal, seek the idea that you can leverage to make it happen.
The definition of a work space is a space in which to work. Allow your passion for your work to produce in you something greater than you are. Once you do that, the work will produce the space. That’s what Solomon meant all those years ago in the Proverb he wrote at his work space.
16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.