Friday, November 28, 2014

All the Frills: Workspace

I surprisingly don’t often work at an actual desk. I’d say on average I spend about 3-4 hours a day pursuing research, working on my article or book project, and pursuing other history-based endeavours. But I usually just grab my laptop and set up shop wherever seems coziest and most conducive to work in the moment. Sometimes the couch, sometimes the kitchen counter. But I have set up a little functional work space for myself in our new house – it’s big advantages are lots of natural light and a very large table (which becomes pretty essential because I’m usually dealing with about 20+ books, photo copies of articles, and digital reproduction print outs of primary sources at the same time.


And when I say “digital reproductions”, I mean the image below. Basically photographs I took, page by painstaking page, of books and papers from my last research trip to the archives. Things I wasn’t directly interested in studying at the time but that I thought I might want to have a look at later. And this doesn’t even include the stuff I had professionally copied for me which all now lives in a very overstuffed filing cabinet. Basically I definitely need this larger workspace!



Weekend Reading:


6 comments:

Elle Sees said...

you always have the best links! loving the desk. i need a new one!

Cee said...

How do you work with photo transcripts?! I'd go crazy. I almost never work at my desk at home, I'm always on the couch - somehow it feels less like work that way.
xox,
Cee

FASHION TALES said...

Great links! I am usually out of the office at times, but when I am at a desk it's generally at home or in route, which can mean at a hotel conference room/airport.

Closet Fashionista said...

I need to set up an actual desk area in my living room instead of just using my coffee table, haha...
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LyddieGal said...

A nice work space with great natural light, or great light in general is all I want in the world. I hate my poorly lit room.

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Laura Go said...

your workspace is so amazing. I really love how you decorate, putting elements that show your love for history but also make them look integrated in a modern home. GAH-- and I'm not even going to start about how envious I am that you get to work with reproductions! I sometimes miss academic life! :)