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11 Productive Places You Should Try Working In

11 Productive Places You Should Try Working In
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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.

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    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.

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          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.

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              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?

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                    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.

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                        The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

                        The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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                        No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

                        Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

                        Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

                        A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

                        Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

                        In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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                        From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

                        A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

                        For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

                        This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

                        The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

                        That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

                        Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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                        The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

                        Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

                        But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

                        The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

                        The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

                        A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

                        For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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                        But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

                        If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

                        For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

                        These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

                        For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

                        How to Make a Reminder Works for You

                        Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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                        Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

                        Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

                        My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

                        Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

                        I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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                        Reference

                        [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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