One trouble I’ve found with freelance work is that it can be easy to get too comfortable with your surroundings. When you don’t have a place you need to go to work the easy option is to just stay home and work in familiar, relatively safe surroundings. It becomes second nature to not get out during the day, which isn’t good for your mental health, nor is it good for your productivity.
Changing It Up
One of the advantages of freelancing is being able to work from where you want, yet some people (myself included) still end up going to the same office every day. Wether that’s in a home office or co-working space, it gets really boring. That’s why I’ve decided to make a point of going to the local Panera when I can, it provides a new environment to work in that’s different from my usual routine. Also, I have an addiction to the scones. Yum!
I believe that being around the same environment is counter-productive in terms of creative process. Putting yourself in situations or places you’re not as familiar with gets the brain going, which improves creative thinking. Emerging from your lair once in a while and setting up a little workspace at the local café, especially when you have a project to complete, is such a refreshing experience.
If you’re an introvert like me (I’m INTJ to be precise), then you know how scary and overwhelming this idea seems. Venturing out into the scary world of people voluntarily? Surely not!
In all seriousness though, it’s not that bad, everybody at the café is minding their own business. They’re either working just like you, or out with some people. Maybe someone will ask if they can take a chair from your table or plug their laptop into the nearby outlet, but other than the only person you’re likely to have interactions with is the person at the counter and that’s just fine!
So change up your days a little. Pack up and head out!