If you’re lucky enough to work from home, let’s be honest, you’re pretty lucky. But we all know that sometimes we need a little break from the everyday business of work and life. One way to switch things up a bit is a change of scenery, and that might mean working from someplace other than your home office.
Every now and then I like to get out of the house and work from a remote location. There are so many great places where you can take your computer, your planner, and your ear buds and get a little bit of work done, and you might be surprised how refreshing it can be to mix it up just a little bit.
Below I’m sharing 6 spots that are perfect for working when you need to a change of pace. Next time you need a quiet space with wifi and a different view, keep these great places in mind.
6 Places to Work When You Need a Change of Scenery
1. The public library.
Not only does your public library have wifi, but it is nice and quiet as well. Plus, you’ll have tons of resources at your fingertips. Enjoy a work table or even lounge chair. Some libraries even offer cafes and snack areas, perfect for break time and fueling up between tasks.
2. Community college lounges.
If you live near a community college, see if there are any lounges or libraries that are open to the public. Chances are you will find one, and you’ll be able to access guest wifi and possibly even a computer lab for use. These areas tend to be quiet as well, so you can get that project knocked out in peace.
3. Starbucks and local coffee shops.
Starbucks (and most coffee shops in general) is perfect for an occasional change of pace during the work day. These shops typically provide free internet, and they offer a quiet space to work. Should you get hungry, you have plenty of food and drink options on hand. The chairs tend to be cozy, and there are usually lots of outlets to charge your electronics.
4. McDonald’s or other fast food eateries.
While it may not be the coziest spot, McDonald’s does offer free wifi and plenty of food for your snack breaks. You may be able to find a quiet spot in the back, especially during non-peak hours. Most fast food chains offer free wifi, so if you need to you can always pull in and plug in.
5. Public art museums and galleries.
Does your community have a local art museum or gallery? Most of these are open to the public, and admission may be free or donation-based. These spots can be quiet and inspiring places to work, offering guest wifi. Many even have a café or lounge, and they’re often chock full of beauty and inspiration.
6. Local recreation centers.
Community recreation centers are perfect for getting some work done. These can be found in every city and usually feature lounges, cafes, and maybe even computer labs. Consider a local recreation center for your work needs, or if you already belong to one as a member, use it for more than just working out.
As you can see, there are lots of great places where you can go to get a little work done when you need a change of scenery. You just need to do a little hunting and get creative. Consider any of these awesome spots the next time you need to get a project done and your regular space or working from home isn’t an option.
Your turn: do you ever pack up your stuff and work from someplace other than your home office? I’d love for you to share your tips in a comment below.
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