After suffering for months without a desk, I'm pleased to announce that I'm writing at a desk again.
Not too long ago, I realized that I really, really need a desk. After weeks and weeks of waiting, I'm pleased to announce that I am now writing at a desk again. (Which makes the fact that I'm actually writing this particular post from my couch somewhat hilarious.)
Let Me Tell You About My Desk
I'm very excited about this desk, and I'm please that it's been worth the wait. This desk was built by the Amish living in the Lancaster area, and I bought it through Peaceful Valley Furniture. (We also bought two end-tables, a catch-all for office supplies and the printer, and a sofa table.)
It's a simple desk, because I don't like my furniture, or my work area, to be overly complex and crowded. It's actually a writing desk, rather than a computer desk, because I find those desks with the pull-out keyboard holder awkward and annoying. The drawer in front is a handy place for odds and ends I like to have close to hand, and the surface is large enough for my computer, document holder, and my assignment book.
I've got it set up so that I can look out the window, which is great because that side of the apartment overlooks a wooded area. Having access to natural scenery is good for my mood and productivity, as is the natural light that streams in through the double window.
Overall, I'm very pleased. The desk is simple and attractive, and the right height. Additionally, it's solid construction with quality workmanship. If I'm going to buy something, I prefer to buy something nice, and this desk qualifies.
Writing at a Desk Adds to My Productivity
My productivity has picked up in the last couple of days as I've started writing at a desk again. A dedicated workspace helps me focus better, and I get a lot more done when I've got a desk to work on.
Additionally, I get to use my desktop computer again. I haven't had anywhere practical to keep the desktop, so I've had to leave it on the floor, and only use it on rare occasions. Being able to use the desktop again has been a great help, since the screen is bigger. In fact, I was floored by having the screen at eye level and larger enough for me to better display two windows side by side.
My whole workflow is improved, and I'm getting a lot more done. There's just something about writing at a desk that helps me get into work mode, and keeps me focused. When you're sitting at a desk, you know you are supposed to be getting stuff done. And it's easier to do so.
When I'm sitting on the couch, it's easier to get distracted. Plus, I get uncomfortable and have to shift around a lot. With the right desk, and a good chair, it's possible to remain comfortable, and maintain good circulation. It's just a better situation altogether.
Yes, many freelancers and would-be freelancers dream of writing from a sunny beach somewhere. And even I've worked poolside, or on a hotel bed. But that doesn't mean I want it to be my working situation every day. I'm just more effective when writing at a desk.
Where do you like to work?