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Get Out of the House!

Rediscover your creativity by spending time away from your home office now and then.

This story appears in the August 2002 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

Once a year, my fellow editors and I gather off-site to discuss the December issue of Entrepreneur, in which we make our predictions of trends and issues that business owners need to be alert to in the upcoming year. We spend the meeting--which we'll be having again in a couple weeks here--entrenched in heavy brainstorming, recalling the happenings of the previous year to predict what lies ahead, and planning what we will write about in the December issue.

We have plenty of other meetings throughout the year, and plenty of other brainstorming sessions. But there's something about being off-site, at one of our houses, that gives this meeting a different dynamic. The atmosphere feels relaxed; the constant interruptions are limited to a few desperate phone calls; even the water tastes better. As a result, these meetings end up being highly productive.

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