This past week, my “office” has taken many forms:
- Starbucks patio
- Panera Bread booth
- Yonge-Bloor subway
- Mississauga Transit bus
- Square One Mall food court
The nature of my job requires me to travel around for coffee chats all over the GTA. At first, this was annoying to me because I’m used to having a car and taking transit takes foreeever. But then I realized that taking transit gave me a unique opportunity to get a lot of work done. In fact, not having access to internet when working on the subway is great because it allows me to dive deep into content creation or brainstorming without the constant harangue of emails and tweets.
So here I am - taking Skype calls at Starbucks and creating hotspot tethers to my iPhone at the Square One Mall food court. On-the-Go Productivity Rockstar. My new title.
One of my university professors told a funny story from when he was an independent consultant: when asked how many offices he had, he would say, “Oh, hundreds!” to make himself sound more impressive than he actually was. He was referring, of course, to his many Starbucks offices located throughout the city.
A bit tongue-in-cheek, but the message rings true. Being productive doesn’t necessarily require a desk, a chair, a lamp, a keyboard, and a mouse. If you’ve got a brain and a pen/paper (or iPad or laptop), then anywhere can be your office.