A Get Away From the Home Office

Posted on March 28, 2011


If you work from home and spend long hours working like I do right now, you might want to consider setting aside one day to get away from home. When I get to the point where I don’t even want to go to into my home office, and getting on the computer is the last thing I want to do, I know I need to take a day to work elsewhere.

Long Hours Are Stressful

Freelancing from home, I work pretty much 7 days a week and lately put in 10 to 12 hours a day during each weekday. This is just one of those seasons. I need to accept work when it’s available. There are some times when there just isn’t enough of it and others when I work overtime to keep up. This is the latter season.

Working so many hours, I become overstressed and need a nice healthy distraction from my home office environment occasionally in which to work. I used to take my laptop into the living room to get away from the office and spend time with my husband. For me, I found that blurs the line between business and pleasure, so I stopped. Anyway, I think my husband was a bit jealous of my laptop, since I spent more time with it than I did with him — still do, but don’t let him know that.

Free Wi-Fi

Unless you live in Timbuktu — in the West African nation of Mali — there are lots of places you can go to work that offer free wireless connectivity. I just did an Internet search on “free wi-fi restaurants Olathe, KS,” since that is the nearest major city, and I found several that offer free wi-fi. All the McDonald’s in the area offer free wi-fi and I believe all the local libraries and some malls do, too.

Some businesses only offer one-half hour of free wi-fi, so call before you decide to park somewhere for a while. I believe all Starbucks and Panera Bread restaurants offer only one-half hour free wi-fi.

Plan a Day to Get Away

The point is to plan a day to work somewhere else, to get a distraction away from the regular grind. You may want to stop in to Starbuck’s and park with your latte while you create a blog post or two, then move on to a more permanent station like the library or McDonald’s for the morning. At lunchtime, visit the local Mexicali for a chimichanga with laptop in tow. Eat a leisurely lunch, then do research for several articles. Afterwards, you can park at the local library or even a McDonald’s.

If that sounds like too much movement for you, pack a sack lunch, pick a spot and stay there all day. Just be sure to get up every hour to keep the blood flowing and drink fluids to keep replenished. I take a water bottle that I refill at the water fountain or ladies’ room.

If you do this, I believe it will relieve a lot of stress and cause you to feel refreshed when you go back to work in your home office the next day.

How do you keep from getting stressed working from home day-in and day-out? What do you use as stress-relievers?