About two weeks ago I started entertaining the thought of working in anywhere but at my desk. And for the past week I’ve done just that: I started hogging around the company’s cafeteria to get work done. I’ve even used the counter top spaces in our IT department which is all the way across the company building.
Surprisingly, it worked like magic: I find myself doing more work within one hour than I typically do an entire morning. I tend to get razor focused and have the clarity on what can and cannot be done. There have always been technical, human, or intellectual blockers, but I find it easier to move on to what can be done in the cafeteria.
I’m pretty sure it’s 70-80% psychological, but if it works, it works.
Previously: Being Productive in Irrelevant Meetings.