I think it’s important to associate certain spaces with certain kinds of work. For instance, I spent most of my time in my bedroom. My desk is where I sit when I need to be productive and at this point my brain associates work with sitting at the desk. I try not to work from an armchair or my bed because I want to continue to associate relaxation with those spaces. I’ve found that if I spend the day working from my bed and then try to relax with some TV from the same spot, I don’t feel any emotional distance from the work and the motivations of the two activities start to merge. The work feels less productive and the recreation feels less relaxing.
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Brookline, MA.