For those who have come across my blog before, you might notice something different today. Yes! There’s a new post! But also there’s a new theme. I was kind of experimenting again and playing around with the grand total of almost no themes that caught my eye, but I sort of like this one. Who knows if I’ll keep it? And this is relevant, don’t worry.
A lot of people need to have a work area that is just so. Some people can work anywhere, and I really kind of envy those people, because I’m the exact opposite. Everything in my work area, even me, has to be tidied up and ready to go. I know many people are the same way: if something is out of place or incomplete anywhere around them, they can’t focus on work until it’s taken care of. It’s one of the reasons my parents could always tell when I had a big assignment coming up — my room was spotless and no actual work was done yet.
When it comes to getting things done, I’m very much a person that needs a rather bare work space. The emptier the better. Some people like a cozy work area, some people like it crowded, I really don’t. At least in terms of my desk itself, anyway. If something isn’t absolutely necessary, it can’t be on my desk.
The room itself also has to be tidy. Bed made, stuff put away, no loose objects anywhere… everything has to be in its rightful place. If it’s not, I can’t focus until it’s done, and I find myself becoming restless. I’m very, very much a stickler for having my work place all clean and professional-looking.
When it comes to me, I have to be ready for the day: dressed like I’m going out, hair all taken care of, everything. People talk about a welcome chance to sit at home in their pajamas and whatnot, and I can’t do that. It bothers me. I don’t actually know why, it’s just a preference thing.
This also goes for my computer! All my tens of thousands of files are named and organized, numerically if necessary. Every. Single. One. There are no spare icons on my desktop unless I’m in the middle of a project; after that they’re cleaned up. All my computers’ files are synced so everything is the same on both, even the wallpaper (Dropbox makes this an easy task). I go through my music and image folders to make sure I only have what I really want to use. I even make sure to clean out the files on my phone from time to time.
Yeah, I’m really kind of picky. But it’s what I need to work.
Of course, I know not everyone is the same. It’s part of the reason I have trouble working at another person’s work station. But that’s also what makes it fun. Do you need anything in particular to work and focus? If so, how picky are you?