What is your most productive working location?

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Do you have a special location where you take off to when some serious work needs to get done? Is there one location where you would deem your most productive location? Is it your local cafe? Or a neighborhood park? Or just some kind of public location? Do you require your productive space to be a quiet, tranquil, and calming?

Personally, I always find that familiar places to be productive. My home office is my number one location and I actually enjoy working there, and get the most done without the distractions of a more public location. However, when the time comes for getting down with some serious creative thinking, those noisy, busy locations like a cafe or public locations seem to work just fine for some inspiration. How do you work?

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Yomi Adegboye

I work best in my home office cum study. My business used to rent office space. We all hated the commuting. In addition, 95% of our clients prefer email and the telephone. Plus, we weren’t as productive as we are working from home.

Just like someone else mentioned, we did away with the rented office space eventually. Now all my staff work from home.

kaizensand

I require a minimum of three entire days per week where I turn off my phone and retreat from the world so I can meditate, get centered, and blog away wherever I feel inspired at home.

As is evident by the overtone of my blog, I’m all about relaxation and focusing on what’s good and positive in life. That helps foster my creativity.

My loved ones know that this is how I am, and they respect this.

Henri Bergius

When we need to get something bigger done, we usually go to the countryside to an offline location, and do pair programming, as explained here:

Since we were on schedule we went to work in the countryside where we wouldn’t be disturbed. Fireplace, a bit of snow, and no Internet connection make it a perfect place for a coding sprint.

Mark

I really think that if I tried to get some work done in a cafe I’d be completely distracted people-watching. I do well at home, alone, with a deadline, and quiet or music playing. Even hearing neighbors outside can frustrate me and throw me off. I prefer the laptop, my new macbook, sitting on the couch with my feet on the coffee table.

raincoaster

I’m most productive at home, but I do find when the project is intriguing I can do it anywhere. One of my best was produced almost entirely on a hillside overlooking the Third Beach here in Vancouver. It’s critical to line up good places to meet clients that aren’t too noisy: seven years of working at Starbucks taught me there are times of the day when that should be your LAST choice. Quiet and privacy are critical, as well as an un-rushed ambiance; I like the upper level of the courthouse downtown, a huge atrium with sofas and coffee tables, and open to the public until 4pm. If the meeting goes long, well there’s always the Starbucks across the street!

arleen

by far my home office – it has everything i need and is far more comfortable than my on-site office. i love waking up – heading in there with a warm cup of coffee and getting to it. working in public isnt very effective for me, so i generally dont do it.

Mike Strock

My most productive place to work is in my home office. I work in a (regular) office all day, but very infrequently, I am allowed to work from home. When I do, I get more work done than I do in the regular office. It’s a combination of being more at peace at home and having less distractions.

Randall

I’m a blogger for Weblogs, Inc., and I find my hardest times are definitely at home. If I had a dedicated home office, it’d be one thing, but since I have a two bedroom apartment with two folks occupying it, it’s pretty rough to find anywhere that is either quiet or productive. Currently, i’m rocking out on my home couch, although it’s not the best since I’ve got a TV in front of me tuned to anything else except the topic I should be writing about.

Dave Conrey

Being a desktop computer user, I don’t have the luxury of doing my blog or my work at a cafe, or at least I thought. Most of the time, I’m in my dreaded cubicle or in my home office. Last Thursday, I printed out an ebook (something about paper in hand) and took it over to the local coffee house (not a Starbucks). It’s a busy place, but not in a bad way. There’s a buzz of community energy there and the place is filled with comfy chairs and couches. I plopped down on an overstuffed chair with a chai latte in hand and began reading. I can’t remember the last time I sat in one place and read for so long. It made me think of trading in my desktop for a laptop.

Aaron Foster

For the past 8 months, we have been renting out space about 35 minutes away from my house and I HATE IT! That’s over an hour of commuting every day, then working in the office when the majority of your clients are either available via e-mail or phone. Not too mention that it is about an extra $1,000/month in expense that is very unneccessary.

I made the very unpopular/popular decision to not renew the lease as of Jan 31st and I am making all my staff work from home. Some liked it, some did not. I am sorry, but they get a paycheck regardless how much or little the expenses are. Since I have moved my office back into the home, I don’t feel bad for working until 2am (since driving home then sucked), I don’t feel bad for taking a corporate nap because I worked until 2am, and I am all around just more comfortable.

Now its just time to give my staff all the resources needed to succeed from home. We are currently testing out a lot of different online software options in order to see which ones will best suite our needs.

Working with a client? I prefer to meet for coffee or Starbucks. That’s easiest and it makes that $5 cup of java seem cheap when you are paying $1,000 a month in rent.

kevin

Anywhere WITHOUT an internet connection.

I’m finding a much greater increase in productivity without an internet connection.

Janko Roettgers

I can’t say it often enough: Libraries are awesome spaces for some intense working. Everyone around you is doing the same, quiet and concentrated.

My personal favourite is the Santa Monica Public Library, which offers free Wifi, multiple AC outlets at every table, a light, modern space and a decent courtyard cafe for those well-deserved breaks.

Sal Cangeloso

I would say that if it’s not your home office you are in trouble. Starbucks or a local coffee shop are great, but they close early and have other problems- like expensive food and long bathroom lines.

I would be interested in learning how many web workers/freelancers/etc have actually rented out office space and how their experiences with that have been though…

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