by Stella Fayman on November 23, 2012
I’m a self proclaimed office nomad. I HATE working in the same place every day, whether it’s home, the office, or a coffeeshop. What I’ve found over the years is that I’m not alone: repetition breeds boredom in the workplace. So here are some reasons why I think you should ditch your work habit and start wandering-
1) You’ll meet new people- People in coworking spaces tend to be friendly. They are there to work, but they are also there to network. By making your way around different coworking spaces (including coffeeshops) you’ll be exposed to people who you would never meet otherwise. For example, sometimes I meet my friend Marcy at a Logan Square coffeeshop. She’s friends with hipster entrepreneurs, developers and designers. I love meeting her friends and coworking because unfortunately, I wouldn’t meet them otherwise, and their views broaden my entrepreneurial perspective. Being present in different communities has helped me expand my network exponentially: people are always remarking at how vast (and random) my network is.
2) Novelty breed inspiration– Even if you’re not a creative type, being in a new place will force you to think differently about problems. You’ll be constantly adapting to a changing environment, and your mind will expand accordingly. There’s a reason why people get bored easily: they crave novelty. Novelty will help creativity flow and boost productivity. The night before work when you’re thinking about what you’ll do the next day, it always adds excitement to know you can pick where you’ll be.
3) Different environments are better for different tasks- Just like there is a time of day when you are most productive, different environments may help you excel at certain tasks. For example, my best writing time is between 7 am-9 am at my kitchen table. My best, in the zone, emailing times are shortly thereafter at ING Direct Cafe (something about sitting facing the street makes me write emails like it’s my job). If I need to have meetings or network, you can bet I’m spending the day at 1871. By knowing what tasks you need to complete, and choosing your environment based on your productivity, you’ll be able to optimize your time and become more efficient.
Variety is the spice of life. Get out of your cubicle/office and go out into the world. Coworking is enjoying a peak in popularity right now, so use sites like DeskTime to find cool spots near you. Or hang out with other professionals at a Jelly coworking day. If you can’t alternate frequently, start out by coworking once a month or biweekly. Trust me, it’ll become addictive.