When you would ask me what my dream work space would look like I would tell you that I would love to have an office with a view. Maybe similar to the one in the image above. A view of the ocean, a forest, mountains. You name it. When I write I often wonder where you all have your “work space”. Some of you I picture sitting on a desk, in a nice clean modern room. Others I see in a cozy study, surrounded by books and some I see typing away on their iPhone or iPad somewhere on a train, commuting.
I guess if you want to write you can write everywhere, in almost any position. But where is the one spot you actually feel the most comfortable with? What surroundings inspire you the most?
My “office” is far from providing a view like the one in the beginning of this post. Actually there is basically no view and you can’t really call it an “office” either.
I usually write sitting at our dining table in the living room. It’s the place I like to be. It’s been a while since I’ve had a study or a proper work space. I don’t mind it to be honest though. Sure, sometimes it gets a little bit wild here and then it’s hard to focus but normally I don’t mind being in the middle of everything. I feel that I’m still connected to everyone in that way.
Somehow it’s our dining table where everything happens. I write here, the kids do school here, we play board games and of course enjoy your meals here. I grew up with a kitchen being the center of our home. Now I think it’s the dining table but then we have an open living, dining and kitchen area and everything flows together. So maybe it is still the kitchen being the center of our home.
If I really have to detach myself from everything and everyone I put my earplugs in and start listening to music. I tell the kids before I do so they don’t think I’m ignoring them. Often I have to take them out. I miss hearing what’s going on around me. Maybe it’s still part of an instinct, a leftover from many, many hundreds of years ago. When we had to rely on our senses to stay safe. We no longer do that really. So maybe this plays into the fact that I like to sit on a table that is located in a way that I keep oversight of what’s happening. And maybe that’s also the reason why I rather have to focus harder on what I want to say than putting earplugs in and not hearing what’s happening.
Whatever it is, it guided me to the point where I feel the most comfortable. It’s not often that I leave this space and write somewhere else. Usually it’s when we travel, when I have to find a different spot anyway. Or on stunningly beautiful days where I just don’t want to stay inside and move out to our little backyard. But to be honest, the feeling I have while I write there is not really the same.
So tell me: Where is your special spot? Where do you feel comfortable when you write? Are you dreaming of an work space with a view too or do you have it already?