One of the best decisions I made early in my full-time freelance career, in April, was to join a worksharing space. As much as I enjoy sleeping in and working in my PJs like anyone would, going to the Centre for Social Innovation has invigorated me as a freelance journalist. I don’t think I’d work the same from home.
It’s easy to get lulled into a comfort zone. Your couch, your bed, your favourite chair…it’s all so cozy! Bring on the Netflix binging! Oh wait, I’m supposed to write an article today, right?
Since I need to make a living from my stay-at-home writing life, I wanted to have a destination to head to every morning. Maybe this tug is due to the 12+ years at an office, where I didn’t mind the routine of going into work (thanks to a slim 20 minute commute).
What pulled me to CSI is a desire to go to a place to work. Sure, there are coffee shops and libraries, but there’s a sterility to those options that turns me off. The music might also be blaring at a coffee shop, or I might feel guilted into buying food I don’t really want. CSI gets me out of my comfort zone into work zone. And few venues can do that for my ‘lancing mindset.
To my fellow freelancers and/or full-time poets, where do you go to work? How vital is a workspace for you, in whatever manner you set it up? Let me know in the comments or reply via @silverbergdave on Twitter.
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