If you were born in the late 80s/early 90s like me, it's impossible to read the headline and not think of this song. Also, in case you're wondering what JoJo is doing right now I'll go ahead and save you the trouble of Googling: same old, same old.
But what I actually wanted to touch on in this blogpost is the beauty of relocation. Be it for an hour, two days or three months - moving out of your usual setting can be a great source of inspiration and satisfaction. Why else is there a list of more than 160 spaces available to co-work from in Vienna alone? Depending on how much time and money you have, though, there are different types of relocating - as always, it's up to you.
If you just want to get out for a couple of hours, the coffee shop is your place to be. All you need is a place with great coffee and/or juice, comfy seats, power outlets and wi-fi. Personally, I'm partial to Café Ritter or Lilette's - but there are plenty of other options to explore in Vienna, too. A great resource of places with wi-fi all over Austria can be found here, BTW. Make sure you choose a place that works well for people-watching too - I tend to get the best ideas for everything when I'm surrounded by teenagers, for example (probably all those hormones). And because I'm only 28 and female, this is just half-creepy, I hope. If you're looking for company and like-minded people, there's also lots of co-working spaces which allow you to book a desk for just a few hours.
In July, Lisa and me met up in the countryside to work on a project (which I'll soon tell you more about) - we even went as far as to call it our own short version of a boot camp. We rented a cute little apartment in a cute little town, got settled and dug in. For two days straight, we focused on writing content while eating countless Wachauer Marillen. The unfamiliar and therefore non-distracting environment, the clear purpose of the trip and also the fact that it was just too damn hot to spend a minute outside helped us get more work done than in the previous two months - which was absolutely amazing and very satisfying indeed. So next time you find yourself working together with other people on a project, do consider getting away (even if it's just for 2 days) and really give your work the attention it deserves.
Leave the country.
Sometimes, it's all just too much. Too much noise, too many emails, too many discussions on Twitter, too many projects. Since desperate times call for desperate measures, in this case, it's actually time to go on a trip. Either with someone you can absolutely relax and kick back with or, preferably: all by yourself. Never has travelling on your own been more popular than today, and it's easy to see why: Spending time with yourself is not just important, it can be incredibly rewarding. Even if you can't leave it all behind, the excitement of going on a "worcation" and being able to explore a new city or country while also continuing to work on your projects makes you feel like those digital nomads they always write about in the news. These stays should really be at least a month long so you can fully immerse yourself in your new environment and make the most out of it. So go ahead, book a ticket, find yourself an Airbnb and off you go. I'm already planning my next worcation for 2016 and I'm sure it's going to be bloody brilliant (that's a hint, right there).
For most freelancers, being able to choose where they work from is one of their biggest perks, so I say it's time to make the best of it and change it up from time to time. The easiest way to do so is to present yourself with a challenge: Whether you want to spend a day working from a café once a week or going on a worcation for a month at least three times per year, set yourself a goal and stick to it! Now tell me: What forms of relocating yourself do you like to do?