Yes! It’s clear – I’m a sucker for visuals of organized, beautiful desk spaces. Nothing tickles me more than the sense of a cozy, comfortable throne of efficiency and productivity. A place that supports the down-and-dirty to-dos; evokes the wilder, raw creative juices; and cradles big soaring vision all at once. A room/womb with a view.
Check out these spaces I stumbled upon on Houzz, and see what you think. What excites you in the photos…what possibilities do they elicit for you?
For me, the desk spaces with expansive views promise me the day I get to spend six months in NYC and six months in a remote natural world (Boulder, Utah; Provincetown, MA; Hana, Maui come to mind) and not skip a beat in productivity.
I had a recent session with a writer who was feeling down….the inkwell of imagination dried up….feeling unaccomplished.
She needed to go to her files, her drawers, her closets to pull out all her printed drafts of all the work she’d done and leave them out for a while to “see” her work.
Gratifying, validating for a time, seeing all the paper piled high, she then felt a need to “see” further – She called me in and we began discerning the drafts – we separated – 1st play: version 1-8, 1st screenplay versions 1-6, etc.
At this point, she began to feel ready to purge the old drafts….a feeling of completion took over the need to see her work. In order to move on, she now needed the clarity of an empty space…a new beginning.
This process of interacting with her drafts was part of her artistic process – She was not sure if she was “done” with her plays yet —
Without throwing them out, the exercise of taking inventory re-positioned her. With clarity, she was in a new space to make decisions.
She stood in a place of readiness to be open to the next “direction” form the muse/god/ psyche….
There’s a notion in feng shui – If you’re feeling stuck with your stuff, move 20 objects…..just shift them slightly – move one pile from the left corner of your desk to the right, shift the angle of objects on a mantle piece, move the soap dish to a shelf. Shake up the energy of your environment. Sometimes it’s enough to shift your internal landscape so you can “see” what’s next –
Baby steps are effective. Remember when you were learning to walk? You’ve come a long way, baby. Keep stepping.
Love this picture by Danny Ghitis of the NY Times. Tamara Mellon’s ample, luxurious desktop at home in the UES, NYC.
Do you have the work space worthy of who you are and what you do in the world?
“The more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things.”
Sometimes, a few sparse items of great sentiment can out-value a house full of items purchased on a whim.
“My most cherished possessions are my grandma’s letters and my vintage Martha Washington cookbook.”
“We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties.”
Anna C. Brackett