We are often happiest when we are WORKING, despite the demands of contemporary work. It is when we most commonly experience "flow," that sense of doing what we do well, when we can lose ourselves in the moment. Many of us work at home at least part of the time now, and we can make the experience more rewarding. We can enjoy it, whether we are working for ourselves or others, because there are ways to optimize flow. And that means creating an environment that functions well and feels good. Drop the office aesthetic; it subliminally reinforces the message that work is a duty. And, given that so much of what we do is technological in texture, it is important to bring some warmth, some life, some sensuous pleasure. Have your office in the toolshed or in bed sometimes. Make it pleasurable. Establish personal rituals. Allegedly Edith Sitwell sat in a coffin before she started work, whereas Katherine Mansfield gardened, and Colette picked the fleas off her cat. Anything to stave off the moment. In practice, work boils down to right-brain creative work and left-brain logical work. You can't speed up right-brain work. It is highly intuitive and hard to schedule. We do it best when we let ideas happen in their own time. Left-brain work depends on efficiency, processes, and very good tools. It is fast, rational, analytical, linear. Each type needs its own environment.Author: Ilse Crawford, Source: Home Is Where The Heart Is. p. 133. Rizzoli Intl Publications Inc. New York, New York.
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