It may be counterintuitive, but very few people list “the office” as their most productive place to get work done. Offices are noisy and distracting places that can zap focus and motivation from even the most dedicated worker. But, by acknowledging how the office environment can limit productive behavior, workers can more effectively identify the changes necessary to improve the efficiency of their time wherever they might be working.
- I can’t read research papers at my desk, in front of my computer. I’m distracted too easily. I read these papers at a much faster clip sitting at the kitchen table, or at a coffee shop.
- I write significantly more words per hour at my favorite coffee shop (around 40% more).
- I finish simple and quick tasks quickest on an airplane, or when traveling. Other places, it’s not even close.
“These triggers come in the form of interactions with colleagues and post-it note reminders of all we have on our plate.”