One of the ways I keep myself motivated in the face of unrelenting deadlines is to make a change — any change — in my work environment. I call this process “The Delicate Art of Self-Management.” Perhaps my strategies will help you if / when you face a similar situation.
We’ve talked before about the productivity placebo effect as it relates to dog training (including what works and what doesn’t), and my keep-working strategy is a bit like that. Sometimes I just NEED to get away from my desk (especially on weekends). Yet, I still have work to be done, projects to be written, including this blog. (smirk)
Sometimes that means adding music, either Music to Calm Your Canine Companion (which mellows me out too) or whatever is on my iPod.
Sometimes that means bringing a certain snack to my desk — healthy or otherwise. (Not sure the chocolate-covered coffee beans were such a great idea.)
Sometimes it means simply NOT sitting at my desk for a day, or even a few hours. Check out these recent attempts to keep myself seated and working.
Here, I’m sharing a dog bed with Lilly just inside one of our sliding glass doors. The sun exposure does wonders for my mood.
Sometimes, I’m so desperate for fresh air that despite the weather (usually colder temps and winds are at issue), I wedge myself (yes, on a dog bed) in a nook outside that (mostly) protects me from the elements. Here I’ve set up against the south side of the house, using the fireplace as a wind block.
Sometimes, this strategy works great, and I get a lot of work done without the distraction of clocks, phones, email, or social media. You see, I’ve made it not easy to check email and such from the laptop, which prevents me from reflexively (some might say obsessively) checking our greater online community for news and updates.
My ever-faithful office assistant, Lilly, sometimes has other ideas about why working outside is SO MUCH MORE FUN.
So, there you have it. A little glimpse inside the publishing empire of Champion of My Heart.