If you've ever felt the mind numbing sensation of staring at the same four walls day-in-day-out you'll understand the simple pleasures of wandering through coffee shops and cafes. Los Angeles based Project Manager Alaine Jarin, began Wandering Office as a creative outlet to inspire other freelancers and remote employees to work beyond the confines of their daily home offices and let their creative juices flow in a social and caffeine fuelled environment. Alaine even rates the WiFi speed, number of power outlets, pastries and noise volume for each of the cafe's she visits! Self confessed "part-time old lady," Alaine enjoys reading, neurotically cleaning, shopping for candles and "perusing this thing the kids call Netflix."
Whether you’re a virtual employee, a freelancer or a student, working from the comfort of your own home occasionally gets too comfortable. Lack of inspiration, working as a recluse, incessant snacking or misusing your flexibility are some of the first world problems you face when working remotely.
To help you ditch the comforts of your PJs, duvets and personal distractions at home, Alaine has complied her top five reasons to leave the house and to take the office to your local coffee shop!
1. Deal with a creative lull
One common challenge of being immersed in an environment you’re so comfortable in is getting too comfortable in it. Staring at the same four walls gets old and could eventually stagnate your creative mind the longer you’re exposed to so much familiarity. Surround yourself in a different setting buzzing with life or immerse yourself in a preferred ambiance to freshen your thinking.
2. Support of independent businesses
Small businesses are the largest employer nationally, creating the majority of new job openings. They also have their own uniqueness and add character to the area.
3. Get outside + socialise
If you haven’t started a family yet or you’re living on your own, working remotely usually means you’re working by yourself for long periods of time. Getting out of the house allows you to be around other people so as not to forget how to interact with real, not digital, humans.
4. Treat yo self
A drip coffee machine might get the job done enough to perk you up, but to experience specialty coffee is to live life on another level. Specialty coffee certainly isn't easy on the bank account if you’re frequenting local coffee shops daily, but every once in a while allow yourself to fuel up on the bold/smooth/round-ness of specialty coffee. Better yet, take a roast home so you can enjoy it even when you’re not out. (Tip: If you’re in the Los Angeles area, Coffee Commissary, Cafecito Organico and servers of Stumptown Coffee have been consistently good to me.)
5. Fewer personal distractions
With potential for misplaced freedom, it takes a certain level of autonomy to work at home. At coffee houses, the presence of other people working also holds you accountable for getting your own stuff done - because who goes to a coffee house only to watch Netflix or play several games of Bejeweled?
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