The Office ExperimentPosted by Jessica Oman
The big news at Write Ahead for January is that I took the plunge and rented an office space in beautiful False Creek, right near the Wicklow Pub. It’s an experiment, really; my theory is that productivity will go up if I work away from home where there are fewer distractions.
The day I signed the lease, I read this article about how working from home actually raises productivity. That’s probably true in comparison to a traditional cubicle space at an employer. I am holding to the theory that I’ll get a lot more done in my new office, even with the lovely views beckoning me to go for a walk along the seawall. In the first three weeks of 2011, I’m finding I am much more productive.
Also, it’s great to have a professional space to meet clients (no more waiting for a seat at Starbucks!). I invite you all to come down and see the space whenever you can. I’ll make you a coffee and we can talk business, writing and sustainability.
We’ll see how the “office experiment” goes over the next few months. However, so far I’ve developed my own business plan, created a list of daily business tips, designed a brochure, and written ten articles in addition to all my regular client work – all important business development activities that I would have pushed aside indefinitely had I stayed working at home.
No big lesson or philosophical thought in this blog post – but I invite your comments about how your work setting affects your productivity.
My next post will be about awesome work experiences, so stay tuned!