Even in the most awesome of offices we can fall into a routine, and a routine is the enemy of creativity. Changing your environment, even just for a day, brings new types of input and stimulation, which in turn stimulates creativity and inspiration.
As a WAHM (Work-at-home-mom), writer, coffee lover and coffee shop dweller, my ultimate favorite thing about working from home is the many COFFEE SHOPS I get to work in! I remember the day I was given my job offer, I was still not sure if the job was completely a remote position or if I was required to work on campus as well. I remember asking my new boss where I was expected to work.
“Wherever you want! Coffee shops are a great place,” was her response, and I was quite surprised, in a good way.
I can work at a coffee shop and get paid at the same time??
What a dream job!
So since then, I have been visiting different shops as much as I can. I have a routine where I work at a coffee shop at least once a week to feel grounded and connected to the outside world since working from home can sometimes be very isolating.
For those who know me, you know that I am a coffee shop dweller. I seem to get a lot more work done in a coffee shop–whether I am grading or writing. Now being that I live all the way in the West Valley and most coffee shops are in Downtown Phoenix or the East, my choices were limited at first. However, there has been a sudden growth on my side of town and coffee shops have been opening left and right.
Matter of fact, there is one that just opened up this weekend, and it is truly a writer’s ideal place to write or read at. It is called Ebb + Flow located in the heart of Verrado.
People often ask me why I looooove coffee shops so much. Here are a few reasons why:
Working from home can sometimes become depressing and isolating. In a coffee shop, I get to interact with other people (adults–not toddlers) and meet new people. I don’t know about you but speaking in baby language can sometimes get…well….old. Meeting new people in your community is always a good thing. By meeting new people, you are introduced to new things, ideas, and places. There is another local coffee shop where I am a regular at and as soon as I walk in, the owners greet me by name and already know my order. The regulars and I know each other and converse quite often. This has been good for me personally with being new to the area.
Perhaps it’s the smell of the coffee; the air lightly laced with caffeine and conversation. There’s a wonderful sort of anonymous social contact gained from a day in a cafe; the short exchanges with serving staff, the moments tuned in to other people’s gossip.
2. A Moment To Myself
Time away from the kids is needed! I’m a sole believer in having “Mommy Time”. In fact, I have that daily once I put the kids to bed. My Mommy Time keeps me sane. If you currently do not have such time to yourself, then I am here to tell you that you are missing out and why a coffee shop would be an ideal place . This is a precious moment for me where I can relax and do what I like, whether it’s reading, writing, or simply working not at home. Stepping away from the kids can be good for your mind and body! Although there has been a few times where I had to take my baby with me to meet with a few colleagues. Usually, I prefer to go alone.
3. Stimulates Creativity
There is a reason why most writers love to write in coffee shops. The scenery. Coffee. People watching. It just inspires me more to write and be productive with my time. Of course, you should not work at cafes every single day, but I think it is refreshing to do so at least once a week.
Sometimes when I am working from home, I am constantly distracted by the TV, food, my phone, and my comfortable couch–especially during pregnancy. On days that I have enormous work to do, I force myself to work in a coffee shop to be more productive. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I am more productive and less distracted when I work at a coffee shop.
Working from home used to be a love & hate relationship for me, but I have since then embraced it with arms wide open. I used to toy with the idea of going back to work in an office setting, but after three years, that would be very difficult for me to do unless it is a very flexible job. My point is,
Working from home can be great, but also isolating. You don’t have to be stuck at home everyday. Escaping to a coffee shop can solve the problem of isolation.