As a creative person, I think good inspiration is essential in order to achieve good work.
I get a lot of inspiration from other people and the internet, but when you're surrounded by the same people, views and objects every day, life can get stifling. And you'll start to feel constricted. I did, anyway...
The phone constantly rings and you're surrounded by either an awkward silence or a loud and distracting conversation. It just isn't an environment I enjoy, especially as a writer, who likes to feel immersed in her work.
Distractions are various specimen of livestock laying on the tracks of your train of thought.
White walls and blank pages both stress me out immensely, where is the inspiration in that? All you can focus on is the ticking of the clock. And sure enough, I go crazy and can't focus.
Staring at a computer is just as bad.
Leave the computer and stop breathing in the stale air. It works wonders.
This is why I love being freelance. Aside from short, pre-planned meetings that work around me, I can work from anywhere with a power socket. Once you've tasted this freedom, it's so hard to go back.
Creatives aren't supposed to be imprisoned like that. And I have never had such great feedback on my work since.