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 bored of staring at the same 4 walls. Plus there are all the other things you need to get done in a day. There is laundry to be attended to, dishes to be cleaned, and meals to be prepared. It’s so easy to spend all your time completing household chores that you never get any work done!
Some days there’s just nothing you can do to maintain focus at home. Even the littlest things throw you off track, 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 a busy cafe or 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. When I was growing up, the library was just one of those places to do homework, but the library offers a lot of inspiration for writers.
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.
Sometimes quiet can drive you crazy! Why not try getting out in the middle of things?
If you’re a lifestyle blogger, you’re sure to find plenty of inspiration by people watching. The mall is great because you’ll have access to snacks, restrooms, and plenty of space for a little power walk if you need a break.
Many malls also offer wifi so this is a great option if you have limited internet access at home.
Like this idea, but the mall isn’t your thing? You can also go to the aquarium or museum as places to get out and people watch.
A friend or neighbor’s house
Ok, you said you were tired of your house, not every house. Just like you used to visit a friend’s house to do homework, go to visit a close friend for a change of pace and hopefully some good girl talk.
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 yard, the pool, beach, or a park. You may not get a great wi-fi signal in some outdoor locations, 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 check your Facebook notifications 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!