I do my best creative work in coffee shops – and that includes building financial models from the ground up and financial engineering! I have turned my favourite coffee shops into offices, or coffices. The word coffice is not new, and I have certainly latched onto a great trend! I love the good coffee on tap, and the ability to let my mind wander free. That said, I do my best, focused work in the office, with no sound or headphones, and just my PC humming in the background.
There is a lot to be said for leaving the office once in a while and letting your mind wander, unobstructed by the walls we surround ourselves with. An office, a conformist environment, can have a negative effect on your creativity and ability to design new products and ideas. The execution of these ideas is probably best done in a quiet and focused space. There is still, therefore, the need for an office.
That said, the office doesn’t have to remain the boring one your company gives you. While working at a corporate, very little on my desk actually belongs to the company or was given to me. I have purchased my own wireless keyboard and mouse, my own potplant and desk organizers, and even my own art (the art curator still dislikes me for taking the chosen pieces off the wall and replacing them with pieces that cost far less, but are much more to my liking). We spend too much of our times in offices to not make them our own – own the space you are given, even if it is just a desk!
The coffice blends great coffee, good company and the ability to work non-stop with food and coffee on tap.
Happy working and drinking coffee!