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Staring At New Walls

Starting late January I moved the office from my bedroom to an office hotel in Aarhus. This has done me good on several fronts, most of all because I get to see other people regularly. I like my house and workspace, but the wall paper just ain't good conversation.

The change in surroundings has also led to slightly different work routines. I still mix writing and my freelancing copywriting day job at my office, and I still mostly work mornings and afternoon. The news is that work at the office is inevitably structured on the 'Sit Down and Work' model, because that's what everyone at the office is doing. That makes for an even production rate that works well for revision projects, sending out stories, project management, emails and copywriting.

We also have periods where we talk or have lunch. Unlike my time at home, the 'not-working' time doesn't feel nearly as unproductive, probably because it's stimulating, and it doesn't feel like skipping work when everybody's doing it.

Yesterday I took a day to work from home, which turned out to be good for drafting a new story (I got 1400 new words). My work process at home isn't as Sit Down-based. Instead I go back and forth between writing and doing home chores while thinking about the story. During my pre-office days I could work in pretty much the same manner and reach much the same results. The difference is that yesterday it didn't make me feel frustrated. I think it's because this break from my office routine of 'Sit Down' showed me that I can work both ways and still be productive.

There's also an added freedom in the perspective from the office that if others don't stay focused every moment, I don't have to either. I'm surrounded by generally hard-working people running their own companies, but guess what, they take breaks too. Social media updates by writers/media professionals (including me) tend to focus on victories and productivity. The idea that those productive hours can be found in spurts and between slow hours instead of only during an eight-hour production line grind is liberating.

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j_cheney
Mar. 10th, 2015 12:31 pm (UTC)
I work quite often at a local bagel shop. (We don't have any shared workspace in town.) And it is wonderful to get out and hear human voices, even if I'm not directly interacting.
jakobdrud
Mar. 10th, 2015 12:41 pm (UTC)
I also used to go to one of the coffee shops in town, where I became something of a regular. There were even a handful of other regulars I chatted with when we were there at the same time, but it still wasn't quite the same as this new arrangement. The coffee was better, though, so I sometimes drop by for a hot drink to go :-)

j_cheney
Mar. 10th, 2015 12:48 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping the new place is one of great productivity ;o)
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