welcome to my “office.” and by office i of course mean this rustic-industrial slab of desk in my new coworking space.
coworking is the newfangled concept that people can and should work side by side, in harmony, on different things…in different industries, for different purposes, etc. it’s become more popular as our culture has grown to embrace unconventional working arrangements: remote employee, freelancer, self-employed, and so on. and it is the ultimate solution for the type of worker i am.
in college, i was reluctant to admit this to myself. it was so much easier to write papers from my room, and being lazy, i often fooled myself into thinking i could be productive in my own living space. this was quite frequently inadequate. i procrastinated like a champ. what i should have realized earlier is that whenever i left to go to one of the art studios, for example, i was magically much more productive.
at KDHQ, i struggled with productivity from time to time just like anyone would, but i was mostly focused. the routine was heaven-sent for someone in denial like myself: wake up, dress like a professional, leave your house, arrive at an office, work for 7.5 hours, then return to your house. there was definitely something to that work-life balance that just magically happened when i commuted between locations. the equation was there: all it needed was me.
then came the move to Chapel Hill. as i already mentioned, it was tough to be underemployed. i had no routine to auto-correct my lazy tendencies.
i had already done some research about the idea of coworking. i heard about the concept on NPR and bookmarked it for future reference. after subscribing to the local business journal (don’t laugh; it’s good for networking & understanding local commerce if you’re new to the area), i learned about an up & coming space in Durham that was making waves and growing like crazy. okay, i thought to myself, the triangle is definitely on board with these new work habits.
luckily for me, i found one closer (and cheaper) than the one in Durham. it’s a small space - only 8 full-time desks and a common table - and it moonlights as an art gallery. we also share the floor with a wellness studio that houses yoga, an acupuncturist, and rotating wellness help groups.
i cannot explain the magic thing that transforms me into a functioning, working adult, but i know that it happens daily. others might find this idea silly (like my dad, who has worked from his home office in his bathrobe for many years), but it is so necessary for me. i don’t necessarily dress like a professional like i did at KDHQ (heels are definitely not required), but i do get dressed…and that’s an important distinction i can live with.