It takes a lot of discipline to stick to an effective, and productive, routine while working from home – as it can be all too easy to get distracted by household chores, the TV, games consoles, pets and so on. A lot of people who work from home also suffer from loneliness from time to time, which is why coffee shops and co-working spaces have become popular destinations for remote-working freelancers.
However, if you are starting to get bored of your local coffee shops (and tired of paying £5 for a latte!), we’ve put together a list of other remote-working locations that might help boost your productivity and get the creative juices flowing.
Obviously this is weather dependant – so probably best to stick to the spring and summer months – and WiFi connectivity could be an issue, but if you ever manage to make working outdoors surrounded by nature a possibility then you should definitely do it.
Studies have shown that air quality has a direct impact on productivity and your ability to make key decisions, tackle challenges and process information.
Getting out in the fresh air on a nice day is also a great way to boost your mood and positivity, so can do you the world of good if you’ve spent the last few weeks working alone on the sofa at home.
If you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of a coffee shop or co-working space, then your local library could be just the spot.
Libraries are perfect for a bit of quiet time if you have something important you need to focus on, and they tend to have very good Wi-Fi and power outlets. A good library should also have tea and coffee making facilities, and if you’re in a college or University library there could be a variety of workspaces, courtyards and cafes/bars to keep you working there all day.
Bars or pubs
Bars and pubs can be a great alternative to coffee shops, as the décor tends to be more relaxed and comfortable and they are nowhere near as busy during the day.
A good bar will also have excellent Wi-Fi connectivity and will keep you stocked up with tea, coffee, snacks and lunch, as well as a cheeky beer or glass of wine if you fancy one.
Breaking your routine and working somewhere new every now and then is never a bad idea, so a bar or pub could be a great choice if you want to shake things up a bit.
They’re definitely not the first place that springs to mind when you’re thinking about where to work, but if you pick the right one a hotel lobby can be a great remote-working spot. They are roomy, have comfortable seating, amazing décor and tend to be fairly quiet without being eerily silent. Some even have some nice, soothing music playing in the background.
The unique sights, sounds and smells of hotel lobbies can make them great for inspiration, as our senses are invigorated by new experiences – so if you’re stuck with a particularly tricky work problem, they can be great to help find a new angle or perspective.
You’ll also find everything you need in a hotel lobby for a good day’s work – strong Wi-Fi, printing facilities and refreshments at the hotel restaurant or bar.
Again, it’s important to choose the right one as some shopping centres/malls are not built for remote working. A good one though – that has lots of comfy seating, good Wi-Fi and the right level of ‘buzz’ – can be a great spot for getting stuff done.
They’re also the perfect place to treat yourself to a bit of shopping when you’ve finished working, and will have a lot of restaurants and bars where you can either take a break or carry on working in a different environment.
Most museums these days have free Wi-Fi for visitors, so they are another good option if you’re thinking of trying somewhere a bit different to while away an afternoon working.
Museums are designed to stimulate the senses and get your grey matter working, so you are in the perfect spot if you need to take a 10 minute break from your work. Have a quick walk around, look at some of the exhibits and you’ll be back at your laptop with a refreshed mind and renewed purpose.
Get a change of scenery
If you work from home, it’s important to stick to a routine in order to stay productive. This means having a work schedule each day, a dedicated working space (not your sofa or bed!) and a work environment that is geared towards helping you maintain focus.
Even then, a prolonged period of working alone at home can lead many of us to struggle with motivation and productivity – which is when a change is needed. You can try changing up your workspace with a new desk, new lighting, new plants etc. but it’s also important to get out and try new working environments.
As they say, a change is as good as a rest – and a change of scenery can do wonders for your creativity and productivity.
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