I have worked in a number of different environments over the years, from teaching undergraduates in historic buildings at Trinity College Dublin, to hunched up on a bench in the wind outside our flat on rue des Fosses St Jacques in Paris, stealing wifi when our own didn’t work.
Of all places, I find working at home the hardest, as there are so many distractions. Laundry that suddenly seems very urgent, or a misguided belief that I just *can’t* work when the sofa needs to be hoovered so badly (?). Or worse – I think to myself that I will work better in a cafe when we all know that is blatantly untrue.
So how glorious that one of my clients has taken some space in a fantastic shared working environment not just locally in Oxford, but about 1 minute from where the children go to school, so I can drop them off and be at a huge bright desk surrounded by friendly coworkers. The open plan split level office means that you are in the same space as everybody else, but with only a few in your line of vision. Everybody seems to work in IT, which makes me feel vaguely more techy than I actually am, which I don’t mind at all.
I’m really happy to be working in this new space, and am looking forward to weeks and months of increased productivity ahead of me!
Do you work for yourself? What sort of workspace do you have?