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Habit fields: Where we work impacts how we work

Where we work impacts how we work and play. As creatures of habit, we let certain zones remind us of what to do.

Writer Jack Cheng uses a ‘distraction chair‘ at home to do low-intensity activities like social networking and checking email. He reserves focused work for the desk. Author Austin Kleon practices a similar habit by separating his desks between digital and analog.

But all habits take discipline. As soon as we start mixing tasks like skipping from Twitter to an important presentation the ‘habit field‘ loses its power as a trigger for experiences.

Whether we read from bed or write standing up, “we become what we behold,” said Marshall McLuhan, “We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.”

That tool isn’t just a computer or a notebook. It also includes the couch.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.