|Sketch © Shayla Perreault Newcomb|
Where is the door in your studio in relation to where you make your art? Is it behind your back? If someone were to walk in, would you have to turn your head or body to see them or could you take everything in with a glance?
Many artists are super sensitive to stimulation. This means they're more observant and that part of their brain is on high alert and in surveillance mode. Not being aware of this means that your brain could be putting too much effort into guarding the privacy of your space or just observing the comings and goings of your household. This takes effort away from productivity in the studio. Have you ever noticed that you work more freely when you know everyone will be out of the house, and you're certain they won't return for several hours?
If so, you could benefit from how you set up your work space in relation to the door. Being able to see the door means you can release much of the energy going to surveillance.
I didn't believe the presence of other people (or even possibility of interruption) affected my creativity. Moving studios helped me stumble on this happy accident. I remember feeling a physical relief at the new set up. Behind my back was the main wall, the door was on a diagonal from me. Creating became effortless and productive.
How will you know where to set up in relation to the door? Having it behind your back is poor positioning. In front on the diagnol is optimal. Walk around your space mindfully. Imagine yourself creating in each area until you find a feeling of release and comfort. This is your magic spot and the place to set up your workstation
Making sure the door is in the right place won't cure every productivity challenge out there, but it made a huge difference for me. Have you found success in the way you set up your creativity space?