Today my office is right here on this rooftop in downtown Houston. It’s beautiful outside today and seeing how it rained all day yesterday this is a nice switch up. As much as I love being able to work from anywhere I have WiFi the struggle can become real when working from home.
This Monday presented some new challenges which had me anxious to get a change of scenery for a bit. It’s crazy I worked so hard to be able to wake up when I want and stay home all day if I want and I now I’m finding the need to get out! People don’t tell you when you work for yourself it can get lonely and isolating. If I need to vent to someone about a situation I don’t have a “work boyfriend” to call on. Me, myself, and I are my coworkers Not to mention, if you’ve had a bad day at work most people can’t wait to get home to decompress… well I go to sleep and wake up in my office. Since being able to work from home I’ve figured out a few ways to kick the entrepreneur blues.
Go to the gym
Find a gym or two! This some days is the only time I see people. Going to the gym in the morning not only keeps me looking right but also gives me some kind of human interaction I need to stop me from going crazy. I used to hate going to the gym I felt awkward and weird but LA Fitness has now become my new BFF. I even throw in some yoga at Black Swan Yoga on Friday’s when it’s really been a trying week.
I’ve found working outside is amazing! Kylde Warren Park in the middle of downtown Dallas used to be my spot! They have that park set up for people like me equipped with outlets, WiFi, and food trucks. Ummm thank you city of Dallas! Since moving to Houston I haven’t picked out my fav new urban park so the rooftop of my apartment building at Skyhouse has been serving me well when I need a little fresh air.
Late lunches that turn to happy hours
Ok, this may be a no brainer to some of you but for me I am finding this can be essential to not pulling my hair out after a long day. In real estate and really any business food, alcohol, and networking go hand in hand. All of my friends that I know work from home are always a text away from me asking when is it the appropriate time to start happy hour. When you have sat in front of a computer all day and need a break you sometimes end up at Kona Grill is all I am saying
Find a coworking space
So this has been my latest obsession. We started with a small coworking space in Deep Ellum at the end of last year. I had never heard of the concept behind coworking offices until we toured the space at Genius Den and let me say I love it! This concept is great for small businesses, remote offices, or entrepreneurs. There are so many of these offices popping up in all major cities. They are usually modern yet comfortable spaces with tons of perks like podcasting rooms, conferences rooms, private offices, comfy couches, and some even have beer on tap. Imagine a bar but where you actually get stuff done! Coworking spaces are great for meeting people from all different industries so this gets you out of the house and also helps you network with people in different industries. I can not wait till the new WeWork in downtown Houston opens in April. You better believe I already have my seat reserved!
Today has been yet another awesome Monday. Ever since I became my own boss I have stopped dreading Monday’s and started looking forward to a new week with new opportunities. Now that I’ve done just about all of these things it’s time for happy hour!