There I was staring at the same blank screen two hours later. I’d already gotten up from my desk several times, hoping that the movement would somehow, inspire me to return to the computer refreshed, and ready to write the next big . . . something.
Unfortunately inspiration never came and there I was, deadlocked. Writer’s block had me trapped with nothing to say. I had to defeat it or concede defeat. I put a game plan into action and after consulting with a couple of colleagues, who were also experiencing the same drought as I, decided that a change of scenery was in order. Not just any change of scenery, like a vacation. We’d done that already and work, right now was plentiful. We needed to get away but the escape would be from our home offices. We decided on a shared arrangement outside our home offices.
We thought we’d try it for a week and see what would happen. We wanted a coworking arrangement without actually inviting strangers into our lives to possibly disrupt our flow. After searching for a couple of days, we pooled our finances and decided upon a meeting room. We met with sales personnel and were told we could select from one of several packages.
We chose a medium-sized room with a simple, yet creative layout. It gave us each a distinct working area, afforded privacy, yet made us feel we were still a part of each other’s environment, without overtly disrupting it.
Our meeting room was equipped with technology that we as individuals did not own. It happens that each of us had to teleconference during the week and having access to a theater-sized screen was a lot easier on the eyes and the sound system superb. The thirty-two inch computer screens also spurned our creativity as we watched our words come to life on the highest speed internet that I never experienced in my own home office.
Our stylish meeting room was exactly what we needed to stay focused. Sometimes we don’t allow ourselves to venture outside our comfort zone and it stagnates our growth to the point of stifling our creativity. The best part about getting our creative groove back? The cost was a minimal financial investment. the return on the investment was priceless!