I like to do this fun exercise with my students, asking them to draw their best imaginary place to be creative. It's often outdoor in a nature quiet place or in an office with a large window.
All designers have their rituals: some type of notebooks, pencils, specific tools, furnished office...
It is also a good idea to prepare our workplace before creativity sessions. The ritual may also include a walk, a coffee... whatever, the important thing is that the brain and all our senses are preparing to receive inspiration. A ritual for calling the 'creative' muse.
We all have our favorite places when it comes time to concentrate and to perform important work. Whether a corner of the garage, the bedroom or an office, this dedicated place is important. The place where we set up our studio to better reflect and create can make all the difference.
Think about the design
What would you like to accomplish in this place? Make a list of your goals. Make a list of tools or objects that help you to create. If you have no budget constraint, what would it be? Take a piece of paper and a pencil and draw the area. It's not worth being gifted in drawing, the purpose of the exercise is to free the imagination.
When I have enough space , the fact that my office is fully dedicated to the production of a project helps me to stay focused. But sometimes I have to be in pandemonium because of lack of space depending on where I am.
Once your drawing ready, watch your room and make a plan to landscape your place of creativity as close as possible to the space of your dreams. Even without resources, you can rearrange your space and improve over time, keeping in mind your drawing.
Insulate yourself and look for silence
When planning this place, see it as a sanctuary. This place deserves that you give it your full attention. The author of the book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, specialist of mythology, Joseph Campbell, stresses the importance to develop a creative temple, a sacred place to invite your muses and hear your inner voice more clearly.
Think about lighting
Especially not neon, a light that tired eyes, ideally chose a window to enjoy the day light. Provide adequate lighting for days and nights.
Choose your favorite colors, displaying images that inspire you, exhibit the accessories you like, it's your creativity temple. The time you take to make it optimal will be time savings to achieve what you want.
Clean the disorder when possible!
Too much clutter creates disorder in our head. That said, when I'm writing a book, you cannot enter in my office, books and folders form small towers... When I have enough space, the fact that my office is fully dedicated to the production of a big project helps me to stay focused. The important thing is to develop this place when possible, without making an unconscious strain like: "If I'm not in my office, I cannot create." We have to adapt and create no matter the place or the city where we are. Obviously, a clear area is more conducive to concentration or, at least, a place where you have access to all your tools.
As a chief prepares his kitchen, a scientist his laboratory, an artist sets up his studio, it is the same for every person who wants to put the odds on his side to achieve an important task.