Working at home is wonderful. The commute is about 30 seconds and rarely is interrupted with traffic conditions or adverse weather. It’s a great way to work, but having done it for a while I know all too well that sometimes you have to change your environment to avoid getting “stale.” Home workers generally have few (if any) distractions, and while that is a good thing, after a while it can get very boring.
I get out and work in local coffee shops as needed and while this does provide a different angle on work and stirs the creativity pot it’s not usually enough. What’s needed at that point is a way to totally change the scenery and get a new perspective on things.
Our friends at WebWorkerDaily have taken a look at this need and penned a great article on how to shake things up in the routine department. They cover everything from coworking to renting office space to get a different take on things.
The author, Darrell Etherington, has picked up an Asus Eee PC 1000HE with 8-hour battery life and paired it with a USB 3G modem to go totally mobile, something we are firm believers in doing. He also covers a unique working scenario where he hangs out in local museums and works for the day. This allows him to get a totally new perspective on things and have an interesting work environment for the low annual cost of membership at the museums. This is a great idea and one I’m going to think about trying. Check out the entire article if you work at home and need to shake things up from time to time.