Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess
I love working from home. I love the freedom that comes with not having to answer to a boss if I want
to make a grocery store run or talk on the phone with a friend or take Henrietta, the Diva Poodle, out for a walk to check the mail. I also am not so enamored of working from home because I have no one to bounce ideas off of — Henrietta, while adorable, is not much of a conversationalist, she is more of an eye roller and a burier of her head under her Eeyore blanket type.
Looking at the same four walls of my office and the same items on my desk sometimes leads to boredom (which can lead to inertia). There are days when I ask myself, "Should I get dressed and put on make up or am I not expecting a delivery from the Fed Ex guy." What do I do when I feel my energy draining and not even that fifth cup of coffee is going to help? I kiss my Hen, pack up my laptop, or sometimes just a notebook and pen and I hit the road.
What can you do to change your routine and amp up your pet blogging productivity? Here are my ieas:
- Get out of the house! While I do hate to leave Henrietta home she does have five fur siblings to keep her company. The idea of getting dressed and getting out can stir up the creative juices. Where do I go?
- A coffee shop is a perfect setting for creativity. If you can't think above the sound of the steamed milk and espresso machines then you might want to pick a fast food restaurant and stake out a corner — they are usually quieter and many of them provide free wi-fi.
- Browse the pet aisles at your locally owned or larger pet stores. Look at the adorable Halloween costumes that are in stock. Check out the pet accessories that you may not even have known you needed. Talk with the other pet parents that are browsing the aisles; you never know what will come of those interactions.
- Head to the local animal shelter and offer to walk a dog or pet a cat or kitten. Volunteering is not only good for the soul and the pets but could also spark your creativity in ways you wouldn't have imagined.
- Weather permitting, head to a dog park or some other outdoor venue where you can take your pooch along. Slip on your sneakers and go for a walk. You certainly won't be writing or typing if you do this, but exercising your body also helps exercise your brain and that, coupled with the fresh air, just might inspire you to go back home and get to work!
If you're in a pet blogging rut what steps can you take to get out of it? We'd love to hear!
(Photo: Aspen in her Halloween costume from BlogPaws Facebook page)