“It seems to me that the office today is having a bit of an identity crisis. It’s not clear that we even need physical offices anymore when we can work in Starbucks instead.”
Staying focused on the job can be a challenge no matter where you work. For those in a more traditional office environment, the typical workday routines are often easier to stay on top of. Freelancers on the other hand must rely entirely on self-discipline and dedication to stay productive.
Sometimes life gets busy. Things at work pick up, you’re traveling a ton, and you’ve said yes to one too many events. In an effort to squeeze it all in you skip your morning run, put your gym membership on hold, and toss your yoga mat aside. You simply can’t waste time working out. But while skipping out on your exercise routine may buy you a few extra hours a week, the time you spend working may be significantly less productive.
The collaboration and camaraderie of open-plan offices are great, but the noise level can sometimes get in the way of getting stuff done. I've worked in open-plan offices for the past four years and have often turned to white noise to achieve auditory privacy. Recently, I came across a fabulous website called myNoise.net that is truly the best when it comes to productivity-enhancing sound generators.
After four world tours and five albums in five years, the boys of One Direction know a thing or two about being productive. I sat down with them at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood and got their take on how they’re staying productive post life as One Direction and what tips and tricks they picked up along the way.
There are a few times in life where we almost always feel like we got the most out of our time spent. For example, when we exercise, we reap the benefits of burning calories, strengthening and toning muscles, and generally feeling good from endorphins. When we budget our money, we know that time spent will lead to money well spent and money well saved.
Then there are other times in which we feel don’t at all feel like we are being truly productive. The good thing is that some really smart people have realized this and developed pretty cool productivity power tools to help us get the most out of our time doing potentially time-wasting tasks.
Your environment can improve or harm your productivity. If it’s too loud, too quiet, too hot, too crowded, too this, or too that, you’re not going to get much done. Eileen Vitelli is an interior designer and project manager for //3877, a boutique design firm focused on high-end residential, restaurant, and hospitality projects (Fun fact: The company’s name is actually the latitude and longitude of DC, where they are based.). She recently took on cove as a client, a company that empowers individuals to work when, where, and how they want through a network of convenient locations. Since cove is all about productivity, I spoke with Eileen about what she thinks it takes to design spaces conducive to getting things done.
Work-life balance has been a hot topic these days. The conversations are generally around the best number of hours to work each day and each week, what kinds of personal things we can address at work, and how often we should take breaks during the days.
Before we all launch into our personal saga of the way it should be, take a look at how the workday has evolved.