When I was a young girl, 3 or 4 years old, I would rearrange my room every few weeks. I remember the feeling of getting a vision and wanting to make it so as quickly as possible! Then I would direct my Mom to "move the bed over here" and "the dresser over there." Let's just say I knew what I wanted!
(Thankfully my Mom believed in honoring children's visions and desires when possible! Though to her credit, she did set a limit when my vision included repainting the room. The rule was I could choose a new bedspread and color scheme once every four years. I did hold her to that promise too!)
Years later, when I owned my home, I'd get a vision for how I wanted my space and I'd begin! On more than one occasion I was moving furniture around my house in the wee hours of the morning using towels to slide what I couldn't lift by myself. As soon as my design came together I'd experience a surge in energy, feeling more aligned with my surroundings and able to work more effectively.
About fifteen years ago I realized that my cravings for a shift in my living/working environment nearly always coincided with the start a new creative project - a new book, a new program, a new business.
When I got the deal to write The Seasons of Change book, I knew I didn't want to be confined by a desk chair for this project. I wanted to sit on the ground. So...I designed my desk such that it was about 12 inches above the ground. I sat on a blanket, often with my golden retriever, Sunrise, right at my side, to type in my book! (I wrote longhand back in those days!)
In July of this year I got that urge again...just as I was preparing to unveil this blog! This time, my core desire was to be closer to nature. I wanted a place where I could sit, write, think, and meditate. A bit of an oasis away from my computer, the television, and my phone. As I looked around my office I knew where I wanted to sit, in an area that's ideal for a window seat, but there was a desk in that very location! That didn't stop me, I sold the desk (which I'd never felt at home with anyway) and started envisioning my new window seat!
I now have the bare bones set up (see the before photo). I absolutely love sitting in this evolving space. Each time I sit in the space I'm discovering what else I want to enhance this space. This weekend I had a few new flashes of insight...I feel another layer of the vision coming into form!
As a Trailblazer it's important for you to create a work environment that suits you 100 percent.
- What setting makes you most productive?
- What work arrangement or setting allows you to be most creative and expansive?
- Where do you feel most alive?
- Would you like your setting to change for different tasks? Brainstorming? Writing? Thinking? Doing your work? Collaborating?
Becoming acutely aware of your desired work style gives you the knowledge you need to create the work experience that brings out your very best!
What one thing do you know about your ideal work setting and work style?