The good folks over at Fast Company published an article I wrote for them on the benefits of working from coffee shops, even when you have an office to go to. I have included an excerpt below. For the accompanying GNTLMN foursquare list of 15 NYC/BK coffee shops that are great to work from, go here.
While Team Family Records was in between offices in early 2012, we had 6 weeks to bridge until our new space was ready. During that time we were fortunate enough to be taken in as guests by awesome companies for stretches of time, and for the remainder we took over corners of coffee shops all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. The experience of working out of coffee shops was so positive that even after we moved into our new home, I made sure to get in a few “coffee shop days” each month. For carpal tunnel worries alone, I would not recommend working out of coffee shops every day, but here are some reasons why it might be great to try it for one or two days every month.
- A Change Of Environment Stimulates Creativity - Even in the most awesome of offices we can fall into a routine, and a routine is the enemy of creativity. Changing your environment, even just for a day, brings new types of input and stimulation, which in turn stimulates creativity and inspiration.
- Fewer Distractions - It sounds counter-intuitive, but working from a bustling coffee shop can be less distracting than working from a quiet office. Being surrounded by awesome team and officemates means being interrupted for water cooler chats and work questions. Being interrupted kills productivity. The coffee shop environment combines the benefit of anonymity with the dull buzz of exciting activity. Unlike working at home, with the ever present black hole of solitude and procrastination, a coffee shop provides the opportunity of human interaction, on your terms.
- Community And Meeting New People - Meeting new people always provides me with new ideas, a different perspective at existing problems, or an interesting connection to a new person doing something awesome that inspires me. Today alone I met a top Skillshare teacher whose class I will now take, a sleep consultant, a publicist that offered to help with a project and a wine consultant that recommended some bars.