Once you’ve experienced a taste of working remotely it’s hard to imagine that there are still individuals and businesses out there that believe productivity is defined by an endless sea of cubicles, with an uninspired break room for rest, and the occasional ficus on display failing at its intended task of giving off ambiance. Employees walk in through the same doors and go to work expecting to see nothing exciting or inspiring outside of the normal sights and sounds. The thought process behind this gray landscape is simple; eliminate distractions and people will stay focused. Those that have chosen the lifestyle of a remote worker, know that this antiquated style can kill productivity, and will avoid it at all costs.
Personally I beleve that making sure that you’re in the right work environment makes all the difference in the world not only in the efficiency of your work, but the overall quality of it. The perfect coworking space or home office for you is out there it’s just a matter of finding the right fit. But, the cubicle isn’t the only destroyer of productivity. Just because you’ve escaped the grasp of the white-box and found the perfect workspace you are not immune to occasional dips in creative energy levels. So how do you get past that dreaded lull in motivation even when you’ve discovered the right work environment? It’s simple, walk away.
Luckily for me, my days are spent at a coworking space in Oxford, a small town about an hour from Boston. A walk through the picturesque town center is the cure for my depleted energy levels. In the fall the crisp air and warm natural light combined with the scenery of brightly colored trees is incredibly relaxing. Ditching my desk and ignoring a phone call or two in exchange for a tour of the local sights and sounds helps to keep me motivated and thinking clearly.
Exchanging my office and workload for new surroundings as needed helps declutter and reorganize my thoughts so I can put 200% of myself into my work. While it may seem counterintuitive to walk away from your work in order to stay on top of your game, trust me when I say it offers a fresh perspective and renewed energy every time. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freelancer working out of a buzzing coworking space in Oxford or spending your days in a cubicle eight hours a day, stopping to smell the roses throughout your day will go a long way in keep you doing what you do best!