As a creative individual, I have discovered that I need to have a tidy and inspirational work environment! It is vital for both keeping my creative flow uninterrupted and for organizational purposes when tracking our projects.
When I began my workspace project, it was opportunity to not only create a lovely and organized space but to informally incorporate our company brand as well. So, after reading a few blogs and visiting pinterest for ideas (followed by a little bit of shopping .. note, I used a number of pieces I already had in our home studio), I wrote down notes and ideas, drew up the plans (yes I am a planner!) then the fun part – implementation!
I have put together some photos of the final product (for those who are interested)! Believe me, it was a process…but I will spare you the ‘before’ images!
At my desk
My two rules for keeping organized and inspired….
Keeping it clean… makes such a difference! Yes, it may seem obvious, but if I leave instructional books, papers, pens or little note stickies strewn on my desk, I feel absolutely cramped! What saves me? Cleaning off my desk every night to start fresh in the morning! I love the feeling of an open space and a clean slate for each new day.
Displaying Work Flow (3 ways)… work was not getting done fast enough for me – even though I had a work-flow planned out in my head and to-do’s written out in journal style, I still had to keep going back to my notes. Waking early with those to-do’s whirling about in my mind and that constant uneasy feeling of…”have I forgotten or missed something?” was too distracting. Once I actually started displaying my plans, I found that it was a form of mental purge! Now my ideas and to-do’s are ‘out there’, not plaguing me as they once did in both my waking and sleeping hours …. leaving me to creativity and photoshop genius!
I have separated each of my workflow plans into three categories;
1) Photoshop workflow,
2) Client production chart, and
3) Other works in progress (as determined by our head photographer / aka my brilliant husband!) – all of our plans are in clear view and easily accessible throughout the workday. I have found it saves so much time and we can both see where a current project is sitting.
I created workflow charts in Photoshop and Excel and displayed them on the wall framed in glass. I write on the glass with a dry-erase marker when all is completed then wipe it off/erase, add and continue on! Because the client workflow plan is a little larger, I purchased a large wooden framed whiteboard and created a ‘check-box’ type table with a permanent marker (see first photo above). Updates are written in dry/erase which works so well both for the short and the long term. Now my workflow transitions are smooth and organized!
The best part; the finishing touches, decorating and putting a few things around me that I enjoy and find useful…photoshop books, my working antique telephone and for times of hiatus, my stonework chess set!
I am so grateful for such a wonderful new work area. I love… love my new ramped-up Mac too btw….I have no idea how I got by without it before this point! It is lightning quick, and an absolute pleasure to work on.Thanks for stopping by! Now, back to editing from my lovely desk!! In the meantime, tell us about your work-place inspiration!