When trying to make working from home a productive exercise ...!
Blogging has, over the years, presented me with a lifestyle I had never actually considered before having children. I always believed that, once the kids were of a certain age, I would return to the conventional work place and revisit the 9-5 routine I had pre-family life. However, since discovering and starting the blog a little over five years ago, I have come to realise that this isn't necessarily how things need to be. With a little work and a slight change in direction, I have learnt that my future can actually and realistically be one built upon my writing.
At present, I blog for the love of writing. I have only just 'lost' Beastie to full time school which leaves me with only Plumlet at home with me every day. You will usually find me sat on the sofa with the laptop on my knees, trying to string legible sentences together whilst reading Stick Man, complete with voices, or perched on a chair at the dining table trying to edit photos for a post whilst apparently partaking in a teddy bear's picnic, sipping tea from a miniature plastic teacup and eating plastic cake!
For many obvious reasons, it can be tricky to work around the children. It's difficult to stay focused, it's hard to stay motivated and it's usually the case that, just as I am starting to get into a flow, I need to stop to tend to some duty of a parental nature. Right now, I am typing words in between bandaging the arm of a stuffed bear (he fell over, apparently) and lining up toy cars because they're in the car park at the supermarket! True story!
There are more ideal working environments, but this is mine for now.
Once the children are a little older and I have all three of them at school, I would love nothing more than a proper 'work space'. A place where I can sit and engage my mind in an appropriate way. A place away from distraction but a place that will keep my mind on the task at hand. I feel my work life will benefit in a more productive way as a result. Below is a video which explains a concept called Attention Restoration Theory which is incredibly helpful when trying to decide on the ideal set up for keeping a work focus. Simple things can affect motivation and productivity in such a huge way, and I will certainly be looking further into this theory when I am in a position to create my perfect little work space ... when the day comes for me to replace plastic tea cups for an actual desk!