Being an online business owner is tough, but it certainly has some perks, like being able to work almost anywhere. Many of us work out of home offices, which in theory is great, until you realize the reason you’re working in your underwear is because you have no clean laundry.
Then you start the laundry, and pretty soon you realize you need another cup of coffee. So you go fill up your cup, and you think how nice it would be to have a piece of toast with the raspberry jam you just picked up yesterday at the farmer’s market.
Not like I’ve done any of that. Or did exactly that this week.
It’s a slippery slope if you’re not careful. Working at home isn’t a good option for me 95 percent of the time. Luckily, with evolving technology like tablets, laptops, and more, we have the freedom to work virtually anywhere. If you’re finding yourself getting distracted at home, it’s time to take a look at your options for work environments
1. Revamp your home office
Clear off your desk, take out the recycling, and bring in some flowers! Make an effort to make sure your office is somewhere you actually want to spend copious amounts of time. You don’t have to spend lots of time on making your office perfect, but keeping everything neat and pleasant does wonders.
2. Get an office
If you’re coming out of a corporate gig, it’s easy to cringe at this one, but the fact is that we’re more productive if we have a place we can go that we associate with the act of being productive. Essentially, if you have a place where you know work happens, more of it is likely to happen.
3. Go to a cafe
Find a spot, stake it out, and let the manager know you’re setting up shop and just became a regular. They’ll love you for it, especially if it’s a smaller, local shop.
Bonus: This is a great way to find new clients, too.
4. Find a co-working space
There’s something to be said about working around other people. Not necessarily working with them, but there’s a little magic that happens working around people who want their dream as badly as you want yours.
Getting out of your head and talking out ideas or a problem that’s had you in a bind is the best way to start making progress again. Great connections lead to great ideas, and knowing you have in-person support when you need it is relieving.
They say you’re the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. I think you can say the same for places. (Tweet this.) Where do you spend your time? And how’s that working out for you?
Find a new spot, and rejuvenate your creative process.