Most of the time I have no trouble working at home. I tend to work when the house is semi-quiet, during nap time and late at night. Every once in a while, though, I have multiple deadlines looming, and I need to get away from the chaos of the house to write.
On such occasions, where do I go? I have a few favorite places where I like to take my mobile office (ie, my laptop).
#1: A Coffee Shop
I love coffee. It wakes up my brain and helps me to write faster. I love the smell. I love working, surrounded by coffee.
Coffee shops are my venue of choice when I have to work on social media. They’re busy enough that I don’t want to do any serious writing while I’m there. However, it’s not hard to work on social media while people watching.
Give me a sugar-free caramel latte, please.
#2: The Library
The library is where I go to get some serious work done. The work environment is quiet, and since I don’t take my kids along, I don’t have to keep track of where they are. Add to that the free wi-fi, and I’ve got a complete mobile blogging setup.
I just need to remember to turn down the volume on my laptop, or I might get a dirty look from the librarian.
#3: Barnes & Noble
Due to budget cuts, our library’s hours have been chopped pretty severely. That means that my number one place to write outside the home isn’t always available when I need it. That’s when I head to Barnes & Noble. Brightly lit, filled with comfortable couches, and equipped with a wi-fi connection, it’s another good place to write.
I also appreciate Barnes & Noble for the inspiration I can get just browsing book titles. The only downside is that sometimes I get distracted by all the good books and forget that I’m there to work!
#4: A Park
When the weather is nice, I love to work outside! My hometown has a lot of parks with benches and tables in the shade, where I can work without getting a sunburn. I just love sitting outside, listening to the birds, and working at a slow pace.
For whatever reason, though, I don’t write very well when I’m outside. What I have found, though, is that the outdoors is a great place to brainstorm. The fresh air seems to get my creative juices flowing, so I head for the park when I need to brainstorm blog post ideas.
The best part? Brainstorming doesn’t require the use of my computer, which is a bonus, since the park isn’t equipped with wi-fi!
#5: A Hotel
Ok, I’ve never actually rented a hotel room specifically to work, but if the situation were right, I might just do it. Spending a night away from home is a great way to plan your blogging year, get caught up on writing assignments, or take a self-paced video training course.
Obviously, I’m married, have children, and have responsibilities toward them, so a “working vacation” would probably mean one night away, once or twice a year if necessary. This is not an option you want to abuse if you have a family!
Though most of the time I love working from the comfort of my own home, every once in a while it’s nice for a mom to get out!