Today I needed a change of scene. I knew that Borders was getting free wi-fi and so I decided to check it out. I noticed a few good things about this. Borders has a little cafe that had plenty of tables, not enough outlets but certainly enough places to sit. There was quick access to snacks and drinks as well as the restrooms. There were also plenty of books around if you needed to reference anything.
I can certainly understand why people like Chris Brogan use locations like this to develop his social media strategy. I was able to focus on the tasks I needed to complete and also able to complete them quickly. I got more done in those two hours than I have at home or in the office in a while.
What made this work?
- Simplicity – I took only minimal equipment with me.
- Immediacy – I knew I only had a couple of hours to do my work so with a deadline I worked with focus
- Focus – Without any distractions I could see exactly what I needed to do
- Relaxation – Even though I was doing work I was still relaxed about it.
Once in a while you need to take a break from the norm and change up your routine to bring things back to where they should be.
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