Recently I did something that I wish I had done years ago when I started my business.
You see, many writers talk about heading down to their nearest Starschmuck’s (The Cowboy’s name for the Seattle coffee giant), or some other favorite coffeehouse. In order to write, think and create.
I tried it. It just didn’t work for me.
I’d grab my coffee, find a good seat with an outlet nearby, plug in my laptop… and nurse my Caramel Macchiato as I tried in vain to be creative.
Just couldn’t do it.
My ears would catch snippets of nearby conversations.
My eyes would look up whenever someone came nearby, whether it was an employee sweeping around me or a customer.
This is why I do about 99% of my creative work at home, in silence. (I don’t even listen to music. The closest is using a desktop app called Calm.com which features nature sounds.)
Recently, a Facebook friend posted a photo of herself doing some writing in the library.
Now, why didn’t I ever try that?
Talk about a match made in heaven…
I used to visit the library much more often. But since I can borrow Kindle books from my library’s online site, I don’t visit the branches as much. But yesterday I did.
And wow… what a difference it made.
No, there’s no coffee (although you could bring in your own cup with a lid if you’d like).
But the quiet… oh, good Lord… the quiet.
This particular library even had a large sign to the entrance of a beautiful large “living room” style room – “QUIET READING ROOM.”
It had two tables. Plenty of soft chairs and sofas around. And I was the only one there.
I spilled my various items on the table… my Lenovo tablet, my marketing newsletters, and my “Idea Percolator” workbook.
I didn’t go online but for just a few minutes.
For two solid hours, I read, took notes, came up with a LOT of ideas, and was thoroughly inspired.
I had a HUGE amount of productivity that day.
The secret to finding the right place for your productivity.
So here’s the thing. Your office?
It’s for execution. Not creating.
To create, you really do need to step outside of your usual work zone and into another space. It could be taking a walk outside. Or visiting a park and sitting at a picnic table. Or visiting an art museum.
You see, we need to unplug ourselves from all the technology on a regular basis so we can think up Big Ideas!
And my “Idea Percolator?”
I came up with 9 great ideas (almost 10!) Some of those ideas will work with others for possible future products.
And I think I came up with an awesome idea that will help businesses accomplish more and stay out of the red. This was a big win not only for my own productivity but for my clients.
I tell you, those two hours made a huge difference in my day.
I was energized.
My brain was buzzing with good stuff.
I felt inspired and motivated.
All because I took some time to visit a library.
Would you like to increase your own productivity?
If you’re interested in developing more ideas for your business, then you’re in luck.
My eBook/Workbook, “The BIG Marketing Idea Book” was written just for you.
It explains the system I use (and other Big Idea folks use) to cook up some “Big Ideas” for your business.
It also has 30 “Idea Percolator” sheets to help you capture those great ideas and help you generate more.
You also get free membership in an exclusive Facebook group that I’m building in order to explore ideas with other “Big Idea” peeps.
I often share tips, tricks, and hacks about creativity with the group. So if you feel stuck in a rut, this just might be the ticket to get you out.
No need to pay an arm and a leg for expensive coffee drinks.
And even MORE good news: I lowered the price to turbo-charge your New Year.
It’s the equivalent of about three days worth of Venti Lattes.
But the “energy jolt” you get out of it will last much more than a few days!
It’s Java for the Creative Soul.
I’ll see you on the other side…