August 5th, 2011


My New Workspace

For years now, I've been working out of my own home, but lately I've been feeling stifled by it, and it's taken its toll on my creativity and productivity. I needed a change of scenery, and I definitely needed to be around other human beings, even if I wasn't necessarily going to interact with them. (And a subway ride that offered some actual reading time during the day wouldn't hurt either.)

So I decided to become a commuter, just like people with normal jobs, and every day this week I've packed up my laptop and traveled to my new workspace. Behold, my new office building:

The main branch of the New York Public Library. Something about the gorgeous architecture has been really inspiring, a salve for my stay-at-home blues. I mean, who wouldn't want to see this when they're merely traipsing up to the third floor to use the men's room:

I don't work in the famous reading room on the third floor, even though it's enormous and lovely. I prefer the periodicals room on the first floor:

And I have to say, it's been absolutely amazing. I've been much more productive since deciding to leave the apartment and work somewhere else. (The free air conditioning is kind of nice, too.) While the library offers free wifi, for some reason I've found having Internet access there far less distracting than I do at home. It's been much easier to turn off my laptop's AirPort and just focus on my work there. Perhaps it's got something to do with the library's studious atmosphere, or just having the desire not to be the only one in the room goofing off instead of working, but whatever the reason, I goof off a lot less. And being around people, and taking a lunch break like a normal worker bee, and actually getting to read a lot every day on my trip to and from the library--it's all made me feel like a new man, one who's rediscovered his love of writing.