In the property game there’s the old adage:
“Location, location, location.”
Where you buy is right up there with what you buy. If you purchase a five bedroom mansion in an area where cops are scared to go, chances are you aren’t going to get a good return on investment.
Exactly the same principle applies to where you do your thinking, your most important work. A place where you are intentionally blocked from the world and cut off from everything, where the only task at hand is the task at hand.
This is what Joseph Campbell likes to call A Sacred Space:
“You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”
Todd Henry discusses this further in his podcast, Finding A Place Of Your Own.
Being a designer at heart, I love the romantic idea of a dedicated room filled with the artwork of those who inspire me and books of the greats who have tackled the topics I am wrestling with. It’s an evocative notion, especially when we consider the illusiveness of inspiration. Why not give it the best chance possible.
When we consistently use a space for a specific purpose that place begins to almost breed ideas for us.
The space matters, by Seth Godin, explores this exact thought.
“I think we can train ourselves to associate certain places with certain outcomes. There’s a reason they built those cathedrals. Pick your place, on purpose.” Seth Godin
And the idea of using location, setting or environment as a way to improve customer experience and sales.
“Paco Underhill has written, make the aisles of your store wide enough that shoppers can browse without getting their butts brushed by other shoppers.”
I’m lucky enough to work with talented architects who understand the value of space and the power it has on the creativity of those who utilise it.
I know what you are thinking, not everyone can afford an awesome office or a “sunlit atrium” but a lack of resources is not an excuse. Sorry for you!
You can use anything you like to engage this space. Just dedicate a single spot, a chair, it can even be a certain song, anything to get you to your “Sacred Space”. Mine at home is my desk, it has my journals and my laptop and that’s it, nothing else, my phone isn’t even allowed on my desk. That shiny, germ brick has no place on there, the distraction of “clickbaity” bullshit is too strong.
If the distractions are too great, escape to a run, hike a trail, a favourite coffee shop, or a group or club like League of Men, just saying!
It’s not so much about the space itself, but what it allows you to do. It’s the intentional, habitual solitude that yields results.
Where is your sacred space? Comment below.
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