These past few weeks have been full of writing - mostly for work, but also for my own personal portfolio. I, luckily, have a pretty good writing space at home, but I've found that with time I've grown a bit tired of being shoved into the same corner of my bedroom for the majority of the day. As tiring as it was, the last 2 weeks were full of searching for new places to plop myself down in and write so that I felt motivated in my environment rather than lethargic and bored. I thought in today's blog post I would write about a few of my favourite places to write, not specific to Toronto, but a more general list of locations that any city would have.
1) Coffee Shops
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll notice that most of the money I spend goes towards coffee from various shops throughout Toronto. As an attempt to break the habit of working at home, I looked up local coffee shops that are spacious for working out of and have gone to a few of them when I have some time to spare. Not only has working around others motivated me to stay on track, but slowly figuring out which my favourite coffee shops are is great for when I may need to pop into one and power through an assignment.
Libraries have always been my favourite places to work from, especially when I was in university and I had them at my disposal on campus. You can always count on a library being quiet (unlike a coffee shop) and clean since most of them don't allow food or drinks inside. When I know that I really need to focus, either on work or getting out a word count for my novel, I will opt for going to a Toronto Public Library and working diligently for a few hours before allowing myself to enjoy the rest of the day knowing that my work is done or close to it.
3) Co-working Spaces
Okay, so I haven't actually worked in a co-working space, but I've heard such great things and desperately want to give it a try. There are so many in Toronto, and a few that offer day passes rather than having to subscribe to a minimum amount of uses. Ideally, the space I choose will be close to downtown Toronto so that I can pop out for lunch, will be comfortable to spend the day in, and not too business-professional. I want a space that is relaxed, but full of people who do have work that they need to get done.
4) A Patio
In the summer, Toronto is full of rooftop patios that give you a beautiful view of the city. Most of these are downtown, but there are a few on the outskirts closer to the beaches. Being able to take a a walk to one for lunch and spending some time working while also taking in the beautiful view is the ideal way (in my mind at least) to spend an afternoon on a warm, sunny day.
5) In The Back Yard
Now that I'm living back home at my parents' house before I head over to London, I've started to understand the appeal of having a backyard. If I ignore all the bugs and the occasional racoon appearances, spending an afternoon working from the backyard under the gazebo is a great change to the regular routine and allows you to enjoy some sun without having to make the trek downtown. My favourite thing to do at the moment is make some iced tea and read The New Yorker whilst working on my novel or finishing some articles for work.