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More creative & productive away from home?

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

Welcome to Week 22 of my adventure as a member of the Marketing Plan Group. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a website copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning from my group experience.

The other day, I went to Dublin airport and worked from there. I wasn’t flying anywhere, I just went. (I felt like a latte and Starbucks is hard to find in this country.) Amidst the hustle, bustle, and suitcases, I got a deliciously-worth-the-trip latte, sat at a little table, and got more work done in 3 hours than I have in 3 weeks. No joke.

It was ridiculous. Creative words were flowing from my fingers. Projects were getting started and finished.

What could it be about the airport that made this happen?

I have a feeling that it was the change of scenery. The energy. The strangers to occasionally glance at. Being away from desk, my coffee maker. Being out of my element.

Does being out of your element make you more creative and/or productive?

Furthermore, do productivity and creativity go hand-in-hand?

It seems to me that creativity and productivity are different, but they do go hand-in-hand. It seems hard to have one without the other – at least in my definitions:

More creative: Having new ideas that flow from you. Being inspired.

More productive: DOING, instead of getting distracted, starting into space, or moving slowly.

I think the airport supplied both of these important ingredients. It will need to become part of my routine. (But not too routine; I don’t want to dilute the power!)

What’s your most productive and/or most creative place? Are they the same – or different?

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