Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Incredible Reveal

I have a desk!!!!

So, since I moved into my apartment back in October, I've had my work-area generally located on the dining room table, or on a table in front of the couch.

This meant I had a tendency to spread out, lounge and be overall unproductive. The area around my desk would be littered with trash, notes, plates and cups, and it was legit the messiest spot in my house.

One of my friends here in town was doing a bit of a purge and this desk (pictured) was one of the things she wanted to get rid of. Naturally, I was all about grabby hands with this.

isn't it GORGEOUS?

So now I've got a dedicated work area and I'm determined to keep it clean and organized. I'm particularly fond of my brand-new Gryffindor banner above the computer. I got that today and I can't stop staring at it. It's beautiful.

But setting up the desk got me thinking about productive atmosphere. Jenna recently found an app called Coffitivity, which puts on the sounds of a Coffee Shop in an effort to create a productive atmosphere. I love the idea, but I haven't really tried to use it yet.

I generally write to music that relates to my WIP, either in mood or lyrics, though lately I've been trying more instrumental music. At the moment, I'm listening to Coffitivity mixed with Rainymood to see how well it works for me. (It's lovely to listen to but I want to see if it actually increases my productivity at all.)

If I get really good momentum with my writing, I won't notice any noise at all--I'll start off listening to a playlist in a particular order and come out of my writing-daze half-way through the list without having noticed.

How about y'all? What do you listen to/not listen to when you're trying to be productive?


  1. Legit jelly of your banner. I need to get myself one for Slytherin.
    As far as writing sounds go, you and I are pretty similar. Though lately I've fallen in absolute love with Coffitivity. Now if only I could figure out how to make the fancy coffees, I'd be good.

  2. I love having a playlist for each one of my stories. I try to listen to it before I write to get me in the mood. A coffee shop noise app sounds fun!

    1. I get obsessed with having just the right kind of music on my playlists and then I end up not listening to them when I write! *snort*