You’ve probably noticed I haven’t been around too much lately. That’s because I started a big marketing collateral development project for one of my clients. It’s basically taking up normal working hours and then some, which doesn’t leave much time for exploring the city and writing. As much as I’ve enjoyed the leisurely pursuit of all things Philly since we moved here in October, paying the bills is first priority and thus this project is first priority.
It is my hope that as the project continues (and I become more comfortable with it) I will be able to improve the work life balance so that I can have the time I need –and desperately desire—to focus on content for the PhiladelphiaOutsider.com. Remember, I said ‘hope’ because with all marketing collateral development projects, there is a flurry of activity that begins after the design concept has been established and before the content is approved… and then another flurry begins when the final content is being incorporated into the design and reviewed for approval. It can be a clunky, messy process and it’s right up my alley. But it could keep me tied up, so remember I said I ‘hope to improve the work life balance’.
I’ve missed running around town looking for interesting places or things to do. In fact, I’ve felt pretty disconnected from Philadelphia ever since the project began. That’s probably because I spend almost all day everyday in the home office at my desk. It’s a quiet place to work. But it’s also lonely. So I’ve decided I’m going to try to “office out” at least one morning each week. Pack up the old laptop and find an interesting coffee shop or beautiful train station to work from for a few hours. That’ll help me feel connected again.
I’m taking suggestions. What’s your favorite place around town to set up shop for a few hours?