Switch Up Your Work Spot to Be More Productive

When creative blocks occur and deadlines loom, a working getaway might just be the ticket to innovation and productivity for the work-from-home crowd.

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“The more you tend to hunker down in one place—not moving your body, not taking in new perspectives, trying to make something happen through sheer will—the more stuck you get,” says personal-growth author Jennifer Louden. Traveling to a new, distraction-free space can help get your gears in motion.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for before you begin your journey:

DO ask yourself what setting and support would be ideal. Do you want to be alone, or would you feel more motivated in the company of others? Would nature inspire you, or does the hubbub of a big city energize you?

DON’T try to cram a holiday and a work-cation into the same period of time. You can have fun after you meet your deadline.

DO set a schedule. Louden suggests breaking up the day into distraction-free work periods and times for eating, movement (such as a hike or a yoga class) and reflection.

DON’T assume that getting away means getting far away. Sometimes a day spent in a different neighborhood can be just as stimulating as an exotic locale.

These accommodations provide the perfect amenities for a distraction-free day (or four):

Hotel Belleclaire, New York, New York

Work under the watchful eye of Mark Twain, whose portrait overlooks the massive desk in his namesake suite. Twain used to stay at this Upper West Side gem during his visits to the Big Apple.

The Study at Yale, New Haven, Connecticut

The rooms in this quiet, stately hotel have leather armchairs and expansive desks that make for the perfect place to settle in and work.

Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, California

This program offers artists in various fields the opportunity to stay in simple, cedar-clad cabins perched in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.


Susan Lacke is a writer, editor, and adventure junkie from Salt Lake City. In addition to contributing to SUCCESS, Lacke writes about endurance sports for Competitor Running and Triathlete magazines and is working on her first book with VeloPress Publishing. Despite near-constant exposure to the world's fastest athletes, her own run speed remains mediocre.

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