As our lifestyle develops along with the advancements of technology, the attitude towards working—especially in an office—has changed on both the employer and the employee’s side. A cult of office life has been around for a while, and trends have come and gone within its lifespan. However, in an age driven by speed and movement, remote working is the new direction we see becoming more and more of a common path.
To be a “digital nomad” means to work from wherever you want, whenever you want, without being tied to a desk or having to spend hours of your precious time going to and from work. The trend took off as more and more people started working from home, designing a room as a home office where they could be productive. But as appealing as this might have been, some people are now starting to get tired of working at home, finding it difficult to focus on their tasks with so many distractions around.
Of course, there are simple steps you can take towards creating a home office that inspires you to work, but there are other options for those who like to work remotely. Naturally, the first one that comes to mind is a coffee shop, popularized by the many students and remote workers taking their work to these cozy, coffee-fragrant spots. However, coffee shops are losing their appeal as remote offices, as they get more crowded and less friendly.
So, if you’re tired of working at home and you can’t work in a coffee shop anymore, what other options are there? Well, let’s go for a stroll through the city and see what we can find.
1. Public or Private Libraries
Libraries are quiet places, with outlets and Wi-Fi, where you will be surrounded by people who are studying or working. Walls and walls of books will boost your focus, and if you find a beautiful corner or a window desk where you can work in quietude, you’ll be surprised by how fast you’re burning through the tasks.
Whether you go to a public or private library, they all provide excellent resources, not just books, but also extensive databases with a lot of useful information. Depending on your field, you can use them to perfect your work.
2. Hotel Lobbies
You should not feel like an intruder anywhere; you don’t have to stay in a hotel to use their lobby. They have amazingly comfortable chairs, free Wi-Fi, and you can order coffee or tea and enjoy a boost in productivity. Some lobbies play nice background music that will mask the noise of the coming and going of guests. If you are the type of person who works well in the middle of the action, a hotel lobby is an excellent place for you.
A benefit of this location is that you can set up business meetings here, and have discussions without worrying about disturbing other people—such as in a library. However, you should check if there is a closing time after which the lobby or the restaurant is only open to hotel guests.
Privately owned public spaces—or POPS—are required by law to be open to the public. These properties are mostly parks, plazas, or atriums and they are ideal for remote working, with a lot of natural light and plenty of greenery for restful working time. However, most of these locations don’t have outlets, so as a digital nomad, your working time will be limited by your laptop’s battery life.
Plenty of museums have atriums or open gardens with chairs, benches, and tables where you can set up a nice mini-office. Embrace the artistic lifestyle and join a community of art and culture where you will find your inspiration and motivation to do your job. You may find interesting people to have a conversation with when you need a break to fuel your creativity.
5. Social or Sports Clubs
If you are a member of a club, ask around for office space. Most of them have a nice, quiet room with Wi-Fi. You’ll be close to fitness centers in case you want to take a break and hop on a treadmill, and some serve coffee, smoothies, and snacks. Clubs tend to be exclusive to members, and you should take advantage of every space they offer. A big plus is that it’s probably going to be quiet and relaxing since not a lot of people will crowd the place.
There’s no better focus booster than nature for a digital nomad. Being outdoors in the fresh air will oxygenate your brain and get those juices flowing. No matter the place, you can go and work outside for one or two hours. Charge your devices, grab a coffee, and lay down under a tree or sit on a bench in the park. The greenery will help your eyes rest and reduce fatigue while connecting with nature will make you more relaxed and happy.
A Few Words of Advice to Make You More Productive
If none of these places sparks your interest, you can always find a co-working hub where you can rent an office. Everyone works differently so the best thing to do is to personalize every spot you work or create the working environment in which you will perform best. Come up with a routine that includes coffee breaks, snacks, and pauses for relaxing your eyes. Come back to your work after a quick walk with a fresh perspective and catch your own mistakes before anyone else can. Working remotely allows for these kinds of breaks in your schedule, and it eventually leads to a healthier life- and workstyle.
Being a digital nomad has numerous benefits, but it can also be tricky if you don’t know how to manage your time. Be honest with yourself and act as your boss, creating a schedule and keeping track of your tasks. Try out more places, see where you fit best, and alternate between them regularly so you won’t get bored. Try to learn continually and own the lifestyle you chose when you decided to work remotely.