When I get stuck, I like to go back to basics, and for me that often means remembering why I am in this place to begin with. Literally why THIS PLACE. I go outside for a walk to soak in the air and leaves and vistas in my place, or if I can’t go outside right then, I look at a few photos and bingo! There is why. (see photo)
Of course the place itself isn’t always the full answer, but it does help me get focused on why I am here in this place and what I am doing. And then I can move forward again to what I should be doing and why it is important, today.
So in my case, why I am in Plymouth? That is a story for perhaps another day, but once I landed here I realised I wanted to be part of a community, and one of the ways to do that was to find other people who are working on their own business, and who also enjoy the company and support of others whilst working. There are proper networking groups, but being a bit of an introvert, the traditional networking events and groups didn’t really work for me. After various turns and twists, I teamed up with Rob and Kirsty Wick to start THINQTANQ. Now we have a space where people who work from home can come along and work here on a regular basis – set by their own timetable – and enjoy the company and ‘networking’ that happens naturally when you work around others. Plus we organise other events that our members ask for or which we think they might enjoy, and then other people get to enjoy our lovely airy space smack in the middle of Plymouth.
And everyday I get to take a boat then walk through the Barbican to get to work around really interesting people doing all kinds of inspiring work. How amazingly wonderful is that!
So when I think about all that: the lovely Plymouth setting, that I get to enjoy the changing light on water every day as part of my commute, and that I get to work around people who choose to be here, I get slightly goose-bumpy and a little smile inside, and think how very lucky I am. It is pretty easy to move forward when I think about it like that!
So how about you? What do you do when you get stuck? If you think you might need a change of place to do your work, I know a really lovely place you can stop by any weekday :). Hope to hear from you soon! You can find me here, or at http:thinqtanq.co.uk.