I primarily work in an office, an oftentimes noisy and distracting office.
Sometimes the distractions are good and welcome – like when I’m not on deadline or haven’t been bitten by the writing muse yet and want to play with my family-like coworkers.
And sometimes, I want just want to bellow, “Let’s play library!”
Last week, I had a huge interview (in length, not subject) to transcribe, and instead of trying to do it in bits and pieces amid the hijinks around the office, I packed up my recorder and headed home to hunker down and transcribe it all in one shot.
But when I got home, my desk was a mess, so first I had to straighten it up. (The irony that I had to clean my home-office desk but can sit among piles of papers and notes at my work desk was not lost on me.)
Then my stomach rumbled, signaling time for lunch, and since I have a strict No-Eating-At-My-Desk rule, I had to make a sandwich.
Then, may the noisy office gods strike me down for saying this, it was slightly too quiet for me to work. Enter Sirius Boneyard. (There’s just something inspiring about working to a slightly loud Dio or Iron Maiden song sometimes.)
Finally, I sat, I transcribed, and it was smooth sailing from there on out.
As someone who has spent her entire professional career in the confines of a cubicle, I really do enjoy the rare instances when I can write from home.
I do have to wonder, though, especially as I add freelancer to my list of hats I wear, how do other writers and freelancers get/stay focused outside the confines of an office?
If you have suggestions or tricks, I’d love to hear them.