After the difficult winter I’ve had, I’m finding myself missing the old office job more than I’d care to admit. Working at home can be lonely at times, and personal and work can bleed together. The laundry can demand to be done at 2:00 pm, for example, and the toilets need to be scrubbed instead of the writing done. I miss the enforced camaraderie of a work team sometimes, and the chance to chat at the water cooler and spark good ideas.
I have a pretty aggressive writing schedule planned over the next months, and I’ve always been happier and more productive with a lot to do and a team to do it with. So, as an experiment, I’m taking on a few extra freelancing jobs over the next few months beyond the usual, taking on more teaching and speaking opportunities, and working with friends on a few projects. I’m also–gasp!–signed up to try a coworking facility not far from my husband’s job in the city. That’s right, I’m intentionally adding a long commute to my day (with a carpool), to enforce a sense of separation between work and personal. And, several days a week for the next few weeks, I’ll be dressing up in office clothes and going to work in a shared space with other soloprenuers and freelancers, to write–and work–my heart out.
After all, you guys deserve the next Mindspace books sooner rather than later. I have Three Words stories, books, classes, and projects to finish. And I deserve a chance to feel like I’m working a real job, for me this time, rather than other people.
We’ll see how it goes!