The last month or so much of my time has been taken up with editing the summer/harvest issue of Magnet (it comes out in June). In fact, I am writing this post quickly before heading to a design meeting – sitting peacefully at a little desk in my overnight accommodation.
As the work has been fairly intense, I’ve developed a rhythm of working, simply getting on and doing it, working through all the tasks. I’ve done this from home – and this is where I think a benefit is emerging.
I struggle to write at home – always distracted by other things around me. But the task of editing as part of a team, with all the accountability this entails, has developed a kind of work ethic in the place I used to find so difficult to work.
I’m hoping that this newly formed association will reap benefits once the editing workload has temporarily lessened, and I can tap into the new rhythm of discipline to really crack on with writing and editing my book, which still excites and compels me whenever I approach the topic.
So although in some ways being a magazine editor has taken me away from writing, I think it has helped me develop the ability to work – even from home – in a disciplined and thorough manner.
This is interesting not least because within the last part of my book – Longing to Remember – I talk about the benefits of association, attention and rhythm. It looks as if I finally get to practise what I preach!
Do you work from home? Do you have an associated space in which you work, study or pray? How did you begin in forming these associations? I’m interested to hear about your experiences!