by Tim Jahn on October 18, 2010
I often find myself working at home on my creative entrepreneurial endeavors. And while this might seem like the dream for some folks, working from home can actually get kinda lonely at times.
Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely the lifestyle for me. I just often find myself working from home too much, and I’m willing to bet there are others out there doing the same thing.
If you’re like me, you probably say “oh, no problem, I’ll just work from a coffee shop and I’ll be fine.” And you probably would, if you actually did. But at the end of the week, you realize you’ve spent 4 out of 5 days working from your home office.
And getting a bit stir crazy.
There are other options, though. And while they might not seem very revolutionary, make it a point to actually take action with them. That’s where the true difficulty lies: doing rather than saying you will.
1. Work from a local coffee shop for a few hours.
Such a simple idea but I don’t find myself doing this one enough. Take a few hours of the day and get yourself over to a local coffee shop. Personally, I think the best creativity happens when you vary the environment regularly. Coffee shops are full of other activity to keep you alert, creative, and on your toes.
2. Work from a co-working facility.
Co-working facilities allow entrepreneurs and freelancers to rent a space by the month or day. You get a desk, phone, internet, file cabinets, shared kitchen, office supplies, conference rooms, and more. Most importantly, you get the company of other entrepreneurs and freelancers to socialize with during the day. If your city has one, go take a tour and see if it’s right for you. Most offer trial periods where you can take a swing and see if the place fits your style.
3. Take advantage of nice weather.
Beautiful weather always puts me in a spectacular mood. And one of the major perks of working for yourself is to be able to work from outside! If the weather is nice enough, head over to a local park to work, or plop down on your porch or patio. Some fresh outside air will keep your mind nimble and creative.
4. Meet up with like minds.
One of the best ways to keep your mind stimulated rather than stir crazy is to have lunch or drinks regularly with fellow creative folks. You can either hit up some local networking events or ask folks individually to meet up for a meal or a beer. By introducing yourself to new people and new ideas regularly, you never know what sort of collaborations might present themselves.
Those are four of the techniques I use to keep myself from going stir crazy as a work-at-home entrepreneur. What about you? What are some of the techniques you use?