I just spend the last 2 weeks away from home, and away from my usual work environment. A family member was away for that time and let me and my girlfriend stay at their home, provided we fed the cat. It was almost like a vacation, but I still worked on projects, both client and personal. I’ve written before about how getting out of your home office occasionally can be a boon to creativity and productivity, it applies tenfold to actually living somewhere else for awhile.
I believe that the mind can get bored when you’re in the same, familiar environment most of the time. That can really affect your work because those creative gears are getting sleepy and less efficient. Sometimes you just need to “detox” for awhile, and get those gears turning again.
The truth is I just don’t get away enough in terms of vacations. Even when I worked my day job I wasn’t one to take time off to get away for a week. I’m going on 3 years of no real time off, and no staying anywhere that’s not home for extended periods of time. 3 years and I haven’t hit that reset button. I’m not bragging by any means, it’s something that I think has really affected how I perform creatively.
Now these past 2 weeks weren’t really a vacation in the strictest sense, but it’s the closest thing I can come to one at this point. I’m the kind of person who would get bored without creative work, I’ve always been that way. Even a few weeks ago when I was without a computer I found ways to do icon design using a pencil and paper.
Did It Work?
I’m going to be honest, I think 2 weeks was a little too much as by this point I’ve grown a little bored with my surroundings. The first week or so was a flurry of creative energy being put into client work, and the start of a pretty cool project that I’m working on for you (hint: possibly a video series?). A few days ago though I feel like I crashed, it would have been ideal to get back to my own environment sooner.
However, now that I am heading home I look forward to getting back to work tomorrow and continuing to tackle my projects.