I want to be inside more and more, where it is warm and cozy, and still spend some time outside (even during the winter months).
How will I do this?
- Walking on days when it is not too cold, and the sun is shining bright. These long walks help me to de-stress and clear my mind, and to generate new writing and project ideas. I do not want to give these walks up completely, just because it is winter. I’ll be bringing the camera along during, snapping photographs of nature. The pictures might later be used in articles, or to accompany stories.
- Walking to and from the bus stop when going to work or coming home. I generate ideas during these shorter walks as well.
- Walking to the store or to Aroma Joe’s, not far from my home. These short walks are also helpful when I need to clear my mind.
Where else can I work, besides at my home?
- I’m lucky enough to have two libraries close by, and I use them both during the winter months. I have a card at the public one, so I can check out books for research purposes. While I do not have a library card for the university location, I do write some blog posts there. It is a good place to learn about young people – their style, there mannerisms – so I can use the information in stories that I write. (I do the same type of research with other age groups on the bus rides to and from work.)
- Aroma Joe’s takes only a couple of minutes to walk to. I’ve been working outside at one of their tables after ordering since spring. This winter, I’ll be sitting inside while enjoying a hot tea and working on my projects.
- I also have a few restaurants I can work at if I want to walk just a little further. There isn’t always wifi at these locations, but I can take notes and do other things while there.
- And I write and work on projects at my day job at the inn, during my downtime and when I am waiting to go home.
As you can see I do have options for getting out of the house to work during the colder months, even when I can’t work outside and enjoy the warmer weather.
And, when it is too cold to be out walking?
Well, at these times I just stay home. I do not drive, so going somewhere else is out of the question when the temperatures get too low or there is a big storm. Not that I am a wimp. I have asthma, and extremely cold temperatures cause me problems.
Do I not like working from home?
I like it just fine, but I also like to have a place to go when I don’t want to be at home. I like to have options.
So, do you work from home? How do you like it? Do you ever feel the need to just take your work and go somewhere else? Share with us how you go about doing this in the comments, or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I answer all emails and comments.
Shannon L. Buck
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