I love my home office, I do, but I find that when I’m there I don’t get an enormous amount of work done. I’ve always known I work better out of the house, but until recently it wasn’t practical to get out very often, since we didn’t have a car. But in the last couple of months, not only did we get a car, but my childcare circumstances changed so that I only have two guaranteed child-free mornings each week. I needed to make sure I got as much done as possible in those two mornings and so, after dropping Harry at school and Joe at preschool, I’ve started going to Starbucks. And it’s been a revelation.
Basically, I get more done in two mornings in Starbucks than I previously did in a whole week at home. And it’s not that I don’t have the distraction of the internet, because the branch I use has free internet (although I don’t have Twitter on my desktop, which probably makes a difference). I think it may be that because I’ve made the effort to get out of the house and I’m spending money on lattes and lunch, I want to make sure I get full value.
But it’s had a knock-on effect in that I really look forward to it. Knowing I have two mornings dedicated to fiction seems to have inspired me – I’ve had more ideas in the last few weeks than in the whole of last year. I’m also into a proper writing routine. I’m working on a bunch of different things so I don’t get bored and I’m really enjoying it.
The proximity to cake is good too.
Do you find you work better out and about?