Advertising
Advertising

11 Productive Places You Should Try Working In

11 Productive Places You Should Try Working In

Working in an office doesn’t always inspire you to be productive and often it can wear you down. The morning commute, the lack of sleep and the suffocating space can become a burden to your productivity. At this point you will begin to focus on the clock — 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm… each hour feels like a lifetime and you need to find another place that will inspire you. Here are 11 productive places you can start with:

1. Your Home.

Home Office

    The office can become smaller and smaller when you spend eight hours a day sitting within its cubicle walls. Try spending one day a week at home, not only do you save a tonne of time from the morning commute and getting ready but you will also save time working uninterrupted from co-workers or clients dropping by.

    The day at home will recharge your batteries and allow you to hit your work with a fresh mind.

    2. The Local Library.

    Advertising

    Library

      The local library is a place filled with those all with the same goal as you: to get work done! If you’re the type of person that can’t be at home and work because of all the distractions, then the library is the place for you. With nothing but books, computers, and knowledgeable people around you, it’s hard not to be productive. There is no place better than the library to sit down, concentrate, and focus on the task at hand.

      3. Co-Working Space.

      Co Working Space
        Photo via Harald [ha75]
        Co-working spaces are perfect for those people that work at home but want somewhere to go for the work day, and be social around a community of like-minded individuals. Co-Working spaces are becoming increasingly more common and it’s easy to see why, they offer a professional environment and eliminates distractions from working at home.

        Numerous people in the design industry and budding entrepreneurs are often freelancers or working from home. The co-working space will get you out of the house, around professional people, and networking with like-minded people.

        4. Coffee Shop.

        KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
          Photo via Andy Miah

          The coffee shop is a great place to get away from the frustrating aspects of an office, yet it still has the atmosphere to spur your creativity. Coffee shops offer various perks to make your work day go a little faster, such as quality food, an endless supply of coffee, free Wifi, and power outlets.

          The coffee shop is seen as one of the most productive places for professionals, writers especially, because of the inviting atmosphere that helps your creative juices flow.

          Advertising

          5. Another Country.

          Paris

            Nothing will inspire you like completing your work in another country. Clearly working in another country is not the easiest option, but for those that have the ability to work away from the office for a couple of weeks and the funds available, this is an excellent option.

            Work fills a large part of our lives and we need to find ways to keep it enjoyable. We spend a lot of time away from our families and takes us away from the more important things in life, so why not take your work overseas with your family? You are sure to increase your productivity looking upon the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the beautiful view of Manhattan in New York.

            6. The Park.

            Park Work
              Photo via FaceMePLS

              One of the most easily accessible and productive places to take your work is the park. Moving outdoors every once in a while will help your creativity; it’s easy to hit a mental roadblock when you are constantly locked indoors and the time outside will alleviate that a little bit.

              Many parks in major cities now have free Wifi, such as Bryant Park in NYC, or in some cases, entire cities now have Wifi capabilities. Productivity can be hard to obtain; however, being outside in the sunshine and breathing in the fresh air, you give yourself a good chance of finding it.

              Advertising

              7. Your Childhood Home.

              Childhood Home

                Altering your surroundings is certain to improve your productivity, and although it may seem like a strange idea spending a day at the house you grew up in, it can be inspirational. Remembering where it all started and where you came from can motivate you, in turn making you far more productive. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, save time in the morning, and relax yourself.

                8. The Airport.

                Airport Work
                  Photo via Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Porrier

                  Airports are exceptionally accommodating for the traveling businessman or businesswoman with most airports providing workrooms for their travelers. Airports such as Changi airport in Singapore, are fully equipped to allow you to conduct businesswithout any troubles. With internet stations, Wifi, and plenty of places to grab a snack, the airport really is one of the more productive places you can work in.

                  9. A Bar.

                  Bar

                    A bar doesn’t seem like one of the most productive places to work in, but in off-peak times it can be an enjoyable atmosphere. Many bars have free Wifi service and of course they offer great meals. Ernest Hemingway was known for the time he spent at the bar and he seemed to be productive, so why can’t you?

                    Advertising

                    The best part about doing your work at a bar is the easy transition from work mode to after work mode, the bar atmosphere can be a relaxing and enjoyable place to be and it could be the place that creates your finest work.

                    10. At the Beach.

                    Beach Work
                      Photo via Michael Coghlan

                      If you’re looking for a place to get away from everything and just get some work done, the beach is one of the more uplifting and productive places to do that. The beach offers plenty of places to sit down such as park benches and cafes, or if you prefer you can dig your feet in the sand with an umbrella above your head and take it all in.

                      Work is the primary objective, but it wouldn’t hurt to jump up and dive into the water or just look up and enjoy the view.

                      11. The Hotel Lobby.

                      Hotel Lobby

                        Hotels provide some of the world’s most extravagant facilities and rooms for you to enjoy, and in addition to that it is also a quiet and spacious place for you to get your work done. All the pieces are in place for you to be productive in a hotel lobby with Wifi, concierge services, and legroom for days. Not to mention, it’s easy to take and make phone calls. Furthermore, a hotel lobby will offer you amenities such as toilet facilities and places for you to grab a drink when you’re all done.

                        More by this author

                        9 Ways to Know You’re Better Suited to Traveling Alone 11 Productive Places You Should Try Working In 10 Activities to Enrich Your Commuting Journey To Be An Entrepreneur, Overcome These 6 Fears 11 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From Tim Cook

                        Trending in Productivity

                        1 26 Useful Things to Learn Now That Will Change Your Life 2 How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve Success 3 How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day 4 The Importance of Time Management: 8 Ways It Matters 5 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life

                        Read Next

                        Advertising
                        Advertising
                        Advertising

                        Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                        26 Useful Things to Learn Now That Will Change Your Life

                        26 Useful Things to Learn Now That Will Change Your Life

                        If you pay attention to your everyday life careful enough, you’ll know that you can learn from everything and everyone you come across. Our life is basically full of useful lessons that we should learn.

                        Here are 26 useful things to learn that Abhishek A. Singh shared on Quora. Let’s see how these life theories would lead you to live a different life.

                        1. Primacy and recency: People mostly remember the first and last things that occurred, barely the middle.

                        When scheduling an interview, ask the employer the time slots they do interviews and try to be the first or the last.

                        2. If you work in a bar or in customer service of any kind, put a mirror behind you at the counter.

                        In this way, angry customers who approach you will have to see themselves in the mirror behind you and the chance of them behaving irrationally will be lowered significantly.

                        3. Once you make a sales pitch, don’t say anything else.

                        This works in sales, but it can also be applied in other ways.

                        My previous boss was training me and just gave me pointers. I was working at a gym trying to sell memberships. He told me that once I got all the small talk out of the way and presented the prices, the first person to talk would lose.

                        It didn’t seem like a big deal but it actually worked. Often there were long periods of awkward silence as the person tried to come up with some excuses, but usually they bought.

                        4. If you ask someone a question and they only partially answer, just wait.

                        If you stay silent and keep eye contact, they will usually continue to talk.

                        5. Chew gum when you’re approaching a situation that would make you nervous, like public speaking or bungee jumping.

                        When we eat, our brain tell ourselves, “I would not be eating if I were danger. So I’m not in danger.” This has helped me to stay calm.

                        Advertising

                        6. People will always remember how you made them feel, not what you said.

                        Also, most people like talking about themselves; so ask lots of questions about them.

                        7. When you’re learning something new, teach it to a friend. Let them ask you questions about it.

                        If you’re able to teach something well, you will be sure that you’ve understood it very well.

                        8. If you get yourself to be really happy and excited to see other people, they will react the same to you.

                        It doesn’t always happen the first time, but it will definitely happen the next time.

                        9. The physical effects of stress — breathing rate and heart rate — are almost identical to the physical effects of courage.

                        When you’re feeling stressed in any situations, immediately reframe it : Your body is getting ready to be courageous, you are NOT stressed.

                        10. Pay attention to people’s feet.

                        If you approach two people in the middle of a conversation, and they only turn their torsos and not their feet, they don’t want you to join in the conversation.

                        Similarly, if you are in a conversation with a coworker who you think is paying attention to you and their torso is turned towards you but their feet are facing in another direction, they want the conversation to end.

                        11. Confidence is more important than knowledge.

                        Don’t be intimidated by anyone, everyone is playing a role and wearing a mask.

                        12. If you pretend to be something for long enough, you will eventually become it.

                        Fake it till you make it. Period.

                        13. Not to be creepy, but if you want to stare at someone unashamedly, look directly past them and wait for them to try and meet your eyes.

                        When they fail to do that, they’ll look around (usually nervously for a second) they won’t look at you again for some time. This is your chance to straight up stare at this person for at least 45 seconds.

                        Advertising

                        And as suggested by Brian Stutzman:

                        If you’re staring at someone and get caught, DON’T turn your head or your body to look away, because that just confirms that you were staring.

                        Just move your EYEBALLS off the person. Unlike turning your head, it’s instantaneous. And the person will think you were just looking at something behind them and that they were mistaken for thinking you were staring. Do it confidently, and ignore any reaction from the person, and you can sell it every single time.

                        After a second, you can even look back at them with a “Why are you staring at me?” look on your face to really cement the deal!

                        14. Build a network.

                        Become the information source, and let the information be yours. Even grabbing a beer with a former colleague once a year will keep you in the loop at the old office.

                        Former coworkers might have gotten a new position in that office you always wanted to work in, great! Go to them for a beer, and ask about the office. It’s all about connections and information.

                        15. If you are angry at the person in front of you driving like a grandmother…

                        Pretend it is your grandmother, it will significantly reduce your road rage.

                        main-qimg-17c6060ba5491ad5af817faf5046a13b

                          16. Stand up straight.

                          No slouching, hands out of pockets, and head held up high. It’s not just a cliche — you literally feel better and people around you feel more confident in you.

                          Advertising

                          17. Avoid saying “I think,” and “I believe” unless absolutely necessary.

                          These are phrases that do not evoke confidence, and will literally do you no good.

                          18. When feeling anxious, clean up your home or work space.

                          You will feel happier and more accomplished than before.

                          main-qimg-a0187fc57b3d874f251bd06c388991dd

                            19. Always buy the first pitcher or round of drinks.

                            You’d be surprised how long you could drink on the phrase “I bought the first one.”

                            20. Going into an interview… be interested in your interviewers.

                            If you focus on learning about them, you’ll seem to be more interesting and dynamic. (Again, people love to talk about themselves.)

                            21. Pay attention parents! Always give your kid a choice that makes them think they are in control.

                            For instance, when I want my son to put his shoes on I will say ,”do you want to put your star wars shoes on or your shark shoes on?”

                            Pro-tip: In some cases, this works on adults.

                            main-qimg-0dc201c56efe2beb49b842205f253dfb

                              22. Your action affects your attitude more than your attitude affects your action.

                              As my former teacher said “You can jump and dance FOR joy, but you can also jump and dance yourself joyful.”

                              Advertising

                              23. When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to in that group.

                              Notice who you look at and who look at you when you laugh with a group of people!

                              24. If you want to build rapport or gain someone’s trust quickly, match their body posture and position.

                              If someone is sitting with her legs crossed, cross your legs. If they’re leaning away from you, lean away from them. If they’re leaning towards you, lean towards them.

                              Mirroring and matching body position is a subconscious way to tell if someone trusts you or is comfortable with you. If you’re sitting with your arms crossed and you notice someone else is sitting with her arms crossed, that is a good indicator that you have/are successfully built/building rapport with that person.

                              25. The Benjamin Franklin Effect (suggested by Matt Miller)

                              I find the basis of the Benjamin Franklin effect is very useful and extends far beyond pencil borrowing. This knowledge is useful in the world of flirting too.

                              Asking a girl in your class if you can borrow a pencil or her notes or to explain the homework will make her more likely to like you than if you let her borrow your stuff or are the one to help her. Even just asking a girl to buy you drinks (facetiously) leaves a much bigger impression than offering to or actually buying a girl a drink.

                              The best part is it kills 3 birds with one stone: you get the advantages of the favor itself, the person subconsciously likes you more, and it makes them more open to future favors and conversation.

                              26. Handle panic and anxiety behaviors by tapping fingers (Suggested by Jade Barbee)

                              When you’re feeling stressed, worried or angry, tap each finger tip while thinking (or speaking quietly) a few specific words about what is bothering you. Repeat the same words while tapping each of your 10 fingers, including thumbs.

                              For example, tap while saying, “I’m so angry with her…” Doing so will likely take the charge out of the feeling and return you to a more resourceful (better feeling) state of being. It’s called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or “tapping,” and it is useful in many life situations – emotional sadness, physical pain, food cravings, traumatic memories…

                              Featured photo credit: Nicole Wolf via unsplash.com

                              Read Next