Lifestyle

Workstation

4th October 2015

I spend a couple of days a week working from home, pushing my own design work and writing, editing and planning things for Day Of Rest. I know everyone always thinks how much they would love to be able to work from home; sit in their PJ’s in front of the telly, missing out on the daily commute – but in reality its not that great. Yes, its great to be able to raid the fridge whenever your feeling peckish and yes its great not to have to get dressed, and yes missing out on that overcrowded tube is perfect – but there are so many distractions! There’s always things to be done, cleaning, laundry, tidying, errands, and then there’s the constant tea breaks which tend up being 40 minutes long as you get sucked into another episode of bloody Flog It! Working from home does have its perks but you really need the will power to stay focused.

I am very easily distracted, I find cleaning and tidying very therapeutic, and can’t tell you how many times I wake up and jump in the shower at 7:30 and before I know it its lunch time. I really can’t work in a messy environment, so the house has to be tidy before I can crack on with some work. I now try and make sure I spruce up the house the evening before so I am ready to get up and get on – which is fine but I am still distracted by nearly everything else. This is why it is so important for me to have a desk, my own little work station where I am shut away from distractions – no telly, no cosy sofa and no watching Hammie as he makes trips to and from his food bowl.

Desk Top

So here it is, my desk – its in our bedroom, it gets amazing light in the morning and the window looks down into the back garden, its peaceful and perfect for working. The desk-top is just an old table top we found outside a pub on a pair of trestles, and the little shelving unit is an old medical cabinet B found years ago. Of course no workstation would be complete without a task lamp, mines an Anglepoise Type 1228, B got it for me the christmas before last and I love it.

Desk Top

I always make sure I have a light read within reach on my desk, because sometimes you do just need to sit back drink your tea and have a little break, lately I’ve been reading The Travel Almanac and An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds both lovely publications – we also always have a little stack of Observers Guide books too.

Desk Top

B and I have plants, succulents and cacti scattered all over the place – these Cacti pots are by Louise Madzia a friend of ours, each one handmade and illustrated – she does some lovely stuff!

Desk Top

We have a lot of stationary – B has an entire set of drawers devoted to it in the front room, but one of my favourite of his are his brass HAY Scissors, and balls of string from Labour & Wait.

Desk Top

These Granite and Died Concrete letters we picked up from an exhibition at Jealous Gallery, they were cut to be lain in the Blackpool Comedy Carpet by Gordon Young, which luckily for us were set aside due to imperfections.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Dani 4th October 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I love this post baby g! I like it when you wrote more about what you’re up to in the day. It means I can live vicariously through you! Hah! 10/10 x

    illhavewattsheshaving.co.uk

    • Reply AaronGeorgeD 5th October 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Haha thank you Dani, I will try and waffle a bit more for you from here on in x

  • Reply Matthew Pike 5th October 2015 at 9:35 am

    You have bits of the Comedy Carpet? I’m very jealous of that. I live in Blackpool and it’s just about the coolest thing in the town. That’s a really nice, simple workspace.

    Buckets & Spades

    • Reply AaronGeorgeD 5th October 2015 at 2:19 pm

      I’ve never been to Blackpool but would love to go, they’ve got a really nice book on the Comedy Carpet as well. Thank you

  • Reply Joey London 20th October 2015 at 8:37 am

    You got a nice little set up here mate

  • Reply josie nicole 22nd October 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Hi! I’ve always wanted to start a blog and at 17 I’ve finally decided I’m ready! I’ve been trying to do some research online but I’m still struggling to decide what website to host my blog on (if that’s the correct term to use?) eg blogger, wordpress etc..
    Any tips you have for beginners would be really appreciated, thanks

    p.s I love the cacti

    • Reply AaronGeorgeD 23rd October 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Josie

      I use wordpress.org but you could also try wordpress.com, its a little less hassle to setup. In terms of advice, just have fun and only do posts you enjoy doing don’t try and fit into any genre. Good luck

      Ta A

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