You see, when you work 9-5 in an office separate from your house, you change scenery twice a day. You leave your house and go to your office. 8 hours later you leave your office and go home to your house. When you work from home you’re always at your house. This sounds comfortable. The ability to work in your shorts and tank tops sounds liberating. The money you’d save on gas could buy you multiple coffees a week. But what if you’re not driving to work each day? When will you buy that coffee?
I’ve found that working at home means I go out a lot less than my counterparts. It means I see and interact with fewer people, less often dress in a way that makes me feel confident, and look at the same surroundings every waking hour.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my job. I love my home. I wouldn’t trade being here with my kids 24/7 for anything. But some days I envy the 9-5 worker who walks in with a fresh face every morning and can say goodbye to his desk at 5pm and just go home.
Boost Your Creativity by Changing Your SceneryLately I’ve been trying to break the routine a little. I signed up for a kickboxing class twice a week. I take a nice lounge chair out to the backyard and work in the shade. And, I’m starting to visit the coffee shop more. In short? I’m breaking up with my ofice chair. I especially need this change of scenery when it comes time for me to write, cause unlike my friend, Angela, who says Writers Writer, Right? I really struggle with focus and getting my thoughts on paper.
When it comes time to sit down and knock out multiple posts it helps me to leave my house for an hour or two and write in an atmosphere that is entirely different from my home. I choose the coffee shop cause I live in a small town and there aren’t many other choices, but also because I can enjoy being surrounded by people without having to interact. I did this last night and I knocked out two posts, caught up on email and did some troubleshooting on a client’s site in an hour and a half. I went there to write and accomplished a lot more.
Sometimes, especially when the project is long and monotonous or something you have trouble focusing on, an escape from the every day can really help.
Do you make it a habit to change your scenery? I’d love to know where you go!