Well I’ve known it would come but sudden lack of access to facilities makes you really consider how you are going to work. I’ve always had a preference to work in open ‘busy’ locations and fortunately where I came from we were forward thinking in some of our new buildings with shared locations and cafe type environments.
This now has become my only option. Thank god for Starbucks! Over the last couple of weeks I have wondered from one Starbuck to another across London whilst getting down to work and meeting mentors potential partners & customers. Find the right location off the classic tourist destination and the environment is a buzz of energy. It makes me wonder (corporation tax practices aside) how much these coffee locations add to our economy just by providing areas for people to meet and work together. I’ve been in a couple of stores where there are large shared tables where people with laptops get together and are clearly working their innovative ideas.
I am probably going to get to a point where I am going to truly miss having access to meeting rooms all over the city. However there are locations like Second Home which I did try out for a meeting before I left Big Co. which itself has a buzz about it that’s hard to explain.
For the time being when I’m not meeting people, I’ve got into the routine of going to my local gym early in the morning and then using the coffee area until about noon. Get’s me out of the house and ensures focused time. Well for the moment it’s perfect as my ‘new normal’.