As a blogger, I think it’s very important to find yourself in the right atmosphere. I mean, sure. We can jump right in and write words anywhere, but realistically? It’s a lot easy to snap into that familiar flow if you’re in your working zone. As someone who works from home once a week, I’ve read a few different articles about the necessity of maintaining a workspace separate from your living space, and I think that’s vital when you blog as well. There’s certain sights, smells, and sounds that we associate with certain activities, and as such it’s important to create a dedicated workspace.
Now, I don’t think this necessarily means that you need an office or loft or converted garage for these activities. My husband works from home four days a week, so we actually do have an office space… but I don’t blog there. I do work in there on my day at home, but let me tell you, I cannot blog in that seat. I get restless and distracted. It’s as though sitting in that old office chair that my cats have destroyed is sapping all the fun out of blogging.
When I blog, I do it mostly on my laptop, on my couch.
You may be thinking to yourself: “Girl. How is blogging on your couch separating your blogging space from your living space?”
That would be a very astute observation.
For me, blogging is a recreational activity. While the office space makes me anxious, the bedroom is for sleeping, the kitchen is poorly lit and a perpetual mess… the couch is just the way to go. It’s not so much my blogging space as it is my “Place Where I Sit When I Am Doing Recreational Things With Words”. I read there. I write there. I blog there. There’s natural light pouring into the living room from the sliding glass doors. Natural light is hugely important for my productivity – I get both antsy and I get headaches from a lot of artificial light.
These are really the two things I require atmospherically – my comfy spot, and natural light. Other things fall into the mix that can be nice, including:
- Lady Elizabeth curled up on the couch beside me.
- Background noise of my choosing (I cannot get anything done while Matt’s playing video games).
- A lit candle.
The only other thing I absolutely require is morning. As the day goes on, my energy seeps out of me like a melting popsicle and I become steadily more useless until my whole existence is playing round after round of Bejeweled Blitz. By 5:00pm, I am the least energetic, least glamorous person I know. If we’re at someone’s house, I want to go home by 5:00pm. I do my best work in the morning.
Give me all of these things and especially take my phone away, and I will bust through three posts before I break for lunch. I will be a creative machine.
I think that the atmosphere for not just blogging, but generally Getting Stuff Done, differs from person to person – so I want to hear from you! What is your perfect productivity atmosphere?
Today’s Book Blogger Hop asks:
Do you listen to music while you are writing your blog posts? If so, what genre of music do you listen to?
Short Answer: Yes, sometimes. It depends on what type of post I’m writing, but there’s generally background noise of some sort, whether that’s my music library on shuffle, my latest audiobook, or a movie playing in the background. This is not always conducive to productivity, especially the movies.