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Best Workplace Ever: A Coffee Shop is Perfect for Me


Laura

Times have changed in Indianapolis from the days of the steno pool, where a large room was filled with employees proficient in shorthand, ready at the asking to take dictation from the boss. We don’t need to be that close to our supervisor anymore to be productive.

Remote working is mainstream. And isn’t that great? We can cull together the best talent anywhere in the world and they can work from anywhere.

Working in Coffeeshop
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My anywhere? A coffee shop.

I love coffee. And I love being around people. Even when I had the okay from my boss to work from home, there is something that happens when I dress to go out, and open up my laptop somewhere aside from the place I slept that night. When I walk in a comfy little coffee shop with a friendly barista and the smell of fresh roasted beans wafting through the air, something in my brain seems to click on and say “Now it’s time for work!”

As a writer, I get inspiration from the world around me. The world is simply bigger when I step outside my door. At any given coffee shop in any Indy neighborhood, I see a cross-section of life: Sharp looking men in equally sharp business suits, young moms with their jogging strollers, the student with Butler emblazoned on her laptop clearly lost in the music her headphones are piping into her head, the young hipster-ish man who orders a coffee with an extra shot.

When I see people, and often talk with them, it’s inspiring. It sparks questions, sometimes answers, and always creativity.

I’ve hit three coffee shops in one day once. “Popcorn worker” is a term I’ve recently discovered, and it was with a huge sigh of relief. I thought I was the only one who enjoyed getting out of the house, re-packing and unpacking my laptop throughout the day as I moved from space to space. For me, it provides little mental breaks and productivity boosters that keep me moving effectively through my day.

And isn’t productivity what it’s all about?

Just as everyone has a different learning style, everyone has different ways of being productive. That’s as different as our personalities.

I work better when I can move a little. (And honestly, I think today’s workers don’t move enough. Weaving exercise into your workday is vital.) So as long as I stay away from the high-calorie drinks and treats at every coffee shop I frequent, it is actually energizing to get in my car and go from place to place.

What if you don’t like coffee?

Coffee is not the point here – finding your own sweet spot for where you are most productive is. If your employer is open to you working out of the office either full or part time, there are many other options: libraries, shared workspaces, even the food court at the local mall. One of my favorite places? A little greasy spoon 24-hr diner, Peppy’s Grill in Fountain Square, that just happens to have super fast wifi.

One piece of advice

Be sure to patronize the establishment you are plopping yourself at for a while. I don’t know if there’s a perfect formula, but do buy something. That is the courteous thing to do if you’re using their business for your workspace. Maybe even do a shout-out from time to time on social media for them. Build relationships wherever you go.

And please – if you find a new coffee spot in Indianapolis, let me know.

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About the Blogger: Laura Neidig works for the Riley Children's Foundation as Senior Communications Officer. She also serves as Marketing Liaison with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and is a 4-time Emmy award winner.

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Tue, September 15 2015 » Personal Organization, Time Management

2 Responses

  1. Eli Nina September 19 2015 @ 6:27 pm

    A good coffee shop is all we need.

  2. Ram Keshwala September 24 2015 @ 1:53 pm

    Coffee shops have been my secret heaven. I seem to get more work done in a coffee shop then in the office!

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