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.
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.
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.
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!
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.