Last week I mentioned the Digpen 7 conference coming up the weekend of 26-27 September (linked here). Amongst the many awesome technical talks, I will be giving a more general, working life related presentation. My talk, perhaps not surprisingly, will be about paying attention to where you are working, and making sure you are working in the right space for the kind of work you are doing.
Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But if you have some flexibility on where you work it can make a huge difference in your productivity. For example, if you work from home, you likely won’t have a client meeting in your living room. You may instantly think coffee shop for a meeting, but what about a nice hotel lobby instead? If you can choose a quiet place to meet, you will set a respectful and professional tone. If you are here in Plymouth, consider one of the larger restaurants in off hours, or one of the open University buildings that has a café and seating area. Of course your local coworking space has some really nice conference room space available to use as well!
If it is a nice day, what about going for a walk? There are many benefits of walking meetings, and the fresh air along with walking side-by-side can stimulate more interesting conversations than in a coffee shop setting.
Conversely, if you work in an office with loud bustling space, and you really need to concentrate on your work without distractions, try to find an available conference room so you can shut the door. Or see if you can work out of the office for a few hours, or borrow someone’s private office (with their permission of course!) If not, try headphones with appropriate music to help you tune out the surrounding conversations and focus on your tasks.
I’ll be talking about these and other suggestions for the various types of working spaces most of us need, illustrating how giving yourself the best possible space will help you get your work done more efficiently. And wouldn’t we all like to get more done in a day? Or at least feel as if we didn’t waste time getting our work done, no matter how much we love what we do!
Hope to see you at Digpen 7.