What is your biggest distraction in your home office?

Coworking space in Lisbon, Portugal

How long have you been working from home?  I’m trying to think back to when I called my space at home my office and had no commitments to travel for work.  It has been a few years, and I know that there are times when I need the motivation to want to work from a new location. One becomes so comfortable  – why not – it’s home!

It is interesting to see that coworking spaces around the world are definitely on the rise. Did you know that currently there are over 18,000 coworking spaces around the world? Brad Neuberg is generally credited for having started the coworking phenomenon back in 2005. He wanted to combine the freedom of solo productivity with the community feel of working with other like-minded folk.  And that’s what coworking spaces can offer; the combination of independence and togetherness, all neatly packed into what is often an aesthetically well-thought-out, open floor plan, suitable for freelancers, small and growing businesses, or travellers that happen to be on the go and need a place to get in the work groove.

Do you find yourself able to separate work and your personal life at home?  

For the most part, I do find that I end up actually spending far more time on work projects because I do not put a time limit on my work day. ( I am so much more organized when I am travelling)

How about taking a vacation and then trying to find an hour or two in your day to WORK!

Lisbon, Portugal

That is why I find working in Lisbon so inspiring.  Once I know which projects need to be completed for that day, I schedule a block of time and head down to my shared office space. With all my clients in the USA and considering that Portugal is 7 hours ahead, it allows me a mindful, easy morning start.  Once your work is done, guess what!  It’s time to explore.

Grab a seat at a local pastelaria and watch the world go by (cheat sheet for ordering coffee in Portugal), 

Did you know that:

  • Shared office space can break the isolation of working solo
  • You might meet new people and network with other professionals
  • Eliminates some of the home distractions
  • Encourage you to block time to work and possibly be more productive
  • Be around new energy

I’m counting down the days, only a few more weeks and I will be back in Lisbon with our community of women entrepreneurs, ready to work in our shared office space for two weeks! Will you join us next time? Visit my website at www.travellikealocal.today to find out more about our October trip.

I’d love to get to know other women who enjoy the coworking experience – let’s connect on LinkedIn | Pinterest | Facebook or Instagram

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