Like most modellers, my facilities in which my modelling takes place is not perfect. I am not complaining because I have most of a dedicated room in my basement which is much better than many have to make do with. I can leave a project out with minimal chance of disturbance. The lesser imperfections can still take a subtle toll.
Some of my space’s shortcomings are:
- Bare concrete floor.
- Space also serves as storage for non-hobby items.
- Unfinished ceiling with fluorescent lighting.
I recently realized that I was cutting my modelling sessions short when my feet got cold during the winter months. An early career as a paperboy in small town Ontario gave me a healthy dislike of cold feet. Once I realized the correlation I made myself buy a dedicated pair of slippers for the train room.
The slippers join the dedicated shop sweater in increasing my tolerance for the cool temperatures during the winter.
I previously invested in task lighting to help compensate for my farsightedness issues but I am finding that the additional light also makes me feel less like I am in a hole in the ground. I think that vague hiding in a hole feeling was also subconsciously curtailing the urge to continue.
I previously invested in an inexpensive new chair for the workbench. I had been getting by on with a chair with a broken back that functioned as a stool. Lower back pain is another disincentive to stick at things.
My point, if there is one, is that not everything that reduces your hobby productivity is a direct lack of funds, tools, materials, or space. Sometimes it is little things that nag and don’t stop you but subtly reduce you momentum. Perhaps the equivalent of a pair of slippers is what you need to keep you at it.