San Diego,CA- Sometimes you have to go in public to be alone.While setting up a workspace is a good thing. Sometimes a change in venue is needed. Going to a coffee house, a hotel lobby, or bar.
I recently found myself continually being interrupted from writing by interruptions both online and in person. So I have taken it upon myself to change venues often when writing or looking for inspiration.
Personally it goes back to my days when I did not have an office. Back in the day I worked from a cell phone, a notebook, and a palm pilot. I drove a lot and had a lot of road meetings.
I have done some of my best planning work while sitting in class or a seminar. Probably not what the teachers want to hear.
When I was musically directing and scoring the circus I would often go to dance venues just to get an overwhelming sound of music and rhythms that I wouldn't get sitting in the Studio. Seeing people dance, the interaction, etc.
Inspiration can come from many places and sometimes it's the ability to focus in a cacophonous atmosphere that does it for me.
Other times it's just pure "focus", a quiet atmosphere with no music, no IM Chats, Emails, the only window I want to see or hear is the one I am typing in. This to me is the best environment for long form thoughts or editing.
I just sat down to type a blog, grabbed caffeine to do it and then the IM chat opened up and for the next hour I ended up in a conversation about a project. While the conversation was completely valid and productive it still was not what I wanted to be doing.
TIP: Change it up a little. Try going to a coffee shop or a nice hotel lobby or bar. A hotel bar can cost as much as a coffee house with exceptional service and wi-fi since they cater to the business crowd.
Enviromental Hypnotism is experienced when we do the same thing over and over again. Ever drive home and suddenly feel like time distorted and shortened? Get into an elevator and everyone stops talking? Driving down the same road to the office or home you often experience the same emotions. So when people talk about getting into a rut, it's really about expereincing the same emotional patterns again and again.
That's why traveling is so exciting. Think about it...People come to your city and are fascinated by the things you see everyday. In fact they can be inspired by the same park, building or street that you see everyday.