One of the benefits of blogging is the ability to work from home. It is a wonderful bonus in theory, but over time you may find that you grow tired of writing at home.
Little by little, you find yourself distracted by being at home. There is laundry to be attended to, strange noises to investigate, and anything that can distract you WILL distract you.
Before you know it, your wonderful work from home sanctuary can become a place that just won’t allow you to get anything done.
That means, my friend, that it is time to get you out of the house!
Here are some great places to go when you are tired of writing at home.
The coffee shop is the first place on the list because it is just so obvious.
Running off to the coffee shop, you’ll find not only a change of pace but that there are other writers are hiding there with you.
If you have trouble focusing at home, try a trip out to the coffee shop.
There you’ll have great wi-fi, snacks for when you get hungry, and of course, coffee. Coffee is to writers what Wheaties is to athletes.
Get yourself a huge mug of java and settle in for a productive writing session.
If you are looking for a slower change of pace, you might want to skip the latte and hit the library. There’s an incredible amount of inspiration to draw from being surrounded by books.
Take some time to read a few lines from your favorite author, or go the opposite route and read a chapter by an author with opposing viewpoints.
And if you’re suffering from writer’s block, take encouragement that every book in that building was written by someone who probably had the same writing struggles that you do.
The library boasts the same awesome wifi connection that the coffee shop has, but without the extra caffeine buzz. An extra bonus of being in the library is that you’ll have all the quiet you need.
Soak it in, and write till your heart’s content.
A friend’s house
Ok, you said you were tired of your house, not every house. Go to visit a close friend for a change of pace.
Sometimes silence isn’t what you need. Maybe a good convo with your bestie is just the thing you need to jumpstart your next blog post.
If she is a really good friend, you won’t have to keep up the polite conversation when inspiration hits. You can plant yourself on the couch and likely you will blend into the background as your friend goes about the normal activities of the day.
While you work on your next amazing post, you’ll be in a quiet comfortable setting without feeling guilty about whatever unfinished tasks you have leftover in your own home.
Get your body out into the fresh air, sights, and sounds of your nearest park. You may not get a great wi-fi signal in a park, but that can be a good thing!
Being out in nature is one of my go-to tricks for combatting writing issues. When you go outside you’re surrounded by beauty, and letting your skin soak in the sun is great for your vitamin D levels! Just don’t forget to wear your sunblock!
With limited wi-fi, you’ll be able to supercharge your productivity because you aren’t able to surf Facebook incessantly (so leave the phone in the car).
Working from home doesn’t mean you have to stay at home all the time. If you find that being at home isn’t always helpful, that means it is time to do something different.
Have you tried any of these places when you’re tired of writing from home?
Let me know your favorite spot in the comments!