Finding Quiet Time at a Noisy Cafe

Ah… working from home.  This is the life, huh?

But do you ever have days when you just can’t get motivated?  Do you ever open your computer and sit and stare, wondering when work will begin?  Do you ever notice that it is midday, and you’ve done nothing but look at emails and chat on social media?

Sometimes when I am working at home, I will keep making coffee, hoping that the caffeine will jumpstart some inspiration.  But that never works.

Like today… I am sitting in a big, empty, quiet house, and I just can’t get my groove on.  There is no one here to bother me or take me away from getting things done, and yet, I am getting nothing done.

I love working from home, but sometimes what I need is to work OUT of the home.

When I take my laptop to a nearby cafe (my favorites are Wegmans, Panera, and Starbucks), I get so much done.

In a public place – even if there are people coming and going, music playing, conversations happening around me, there are no distractions.  That’s right!  I find my inspirational quiet time when I am out at a public place.

How is that?  Well, when I am working at a cafe with my laptop, there is nothing else to do but work.  Sure, I might get up to grab a snack or a coffee, but there is no laundry to think about, no home phones ringing, no dirty dishes to look at.  It’s just me and my laptop.  And with the limited amount of time, I am forced to get important things done.

I also know that getting dressed to leave the house puts us in a better state of mind to get things done.  I get more accomplished when my hair is done and I have makeup on.  Just a mindset, but it works.

How about you?  Where do you find your quiet inspiration to get things done?

3 Responses to “Finding Quiet Time at a Noisy Cafe”

  1. People ask me all the time where a person who is a mother of two (2- and 4-years-old), full time Associate Professor, and global public speaker finds time to write over 100 articles and 5 books. My secretary jokingly said that, “I think God gave Shellie an extra hour per day!” But, really I carve hours into the times when the rest of the world sleeps. Most of my best book chapters have been written around 2 to 3AM. It is the time when the dog doesn’t need fed, no one needs a sippy cup, and I am not in front of a large audience. Thanks for asking, Nika!

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