A number of years ago—back in my Big Apple days—a close friend of mine went through a major feng shui phase. He talked a lot at the time about space, balance, and a number of other spiritual and aesthetic points I remember very little of now. But there was one thing he said then that has stuck with me all these years, and that is that the state of our personal environment reflects the state of our minds. Though at the time he was mainly referring to orderliness (Have a spotless living room alongside a secret closet full of junk? He’s got your number!), I’ve always felt that this extends to matters of personal taste as well, like warmth, sparseness, or even just our choice of possessions to display or keep handy.
OF course, I find that the state of my surroundings can deeply influence my state of mind as well—especially when those surroundings are my workspace. If I’m feeling confused or overwhelmed, cleaning out my desk can work wonders. Similarly, a bit of reorganization (or even better, full-out rearrangement) can work me out of a mental rut.
I’ve been freelancing from my home office for quite some time, and now that my primary job is largely taking place at home as well, the state of my personal workspace has become more important than ever. And thus now (more than ever), I work to maintain the state of mind that my workspace reflects. [Read more…]