If you were a carpenter, you wouldn't set up shop in an ice cream parlor. If you were a hair stylist, you wouldn't cut your client's hair in a hospital operating room.
Environment matters, it can either work for or against the work you want to accomplish.
A prepared environment matters even more, no matter the type of work you do.
I spent many years working for a Montessori school. One of my favorite things about the philosophy was the concept of every teacher's responsibility to "prepare the environment" for the child.
Dr. Montessori did not earn the title of first female physician in Italy by going about her work randomly. She was highly methodical and what she observed naturally in the development and organic activity of children, is that they will autonomously use the tools at their disposal for purposeful work.
Isn't that what we all want our work to be? Purposeful?
It's impossible to work at that level, with that standard, if the environment is poorly prepared. But what qualifies an environment as prepared?
All the right tools...
When I am facing a challenging task, the daunting factor is amplified if I am also overwhelmed by having to acquire the proper tools before I even begin my task. Start by setting yourself up for success by preparing the tools you need to do your job well. Take an inventory of your environment. Make a checklist or a Pinterest board and stock up on the important supplies that you'll use for your projects.
In all the right places...
While having the right tools sets you up for success, they aren't much good if you don't know where they are. Create order in your environment by strategically carving out a home for your supplies. A functional, designated space where you can go to pull what you need, when you need it. This process also helps you evaluate and prioritize your tools and resources.
Even Marie Kondo keeps things around if they spark joy...
It's important to include in your environment images, items, sounds, and even smells that represent who you are and what your mission is. These items can be symbolic to you personally, or simply satisfy little operating quirks you may have to make your work more efficient.
I have a cork board on my desk right behind my computer, so while I am writing...or better yet, when I am looking around struggling with my writing, I catch glimpses of things that resonate with me.
"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it."
Ah, yes, it does take patience to prepare an environment, but don't you owe it to yourself to cultivate success where you spend most of your days?