Alternative Workstations: Changings Things Around Works

Alternative Workstations: Changings Things Around Works

Range Govindan
Oct 1, 2010

Suffering from the blues while working from home? As more and more people work longer and longer hours from home, which includes students, they have to seek out alternative workstations because sitting for hours at your desk will slowly drive you to boredom.

1. Bedroom
Beds are usually quite comfortable, and spending a few hours lounging in bed while you're working is slightly more relaxing than when you spend time at your desk. It reminds us of lazy Sundays, spent relaxing in our home.

2. Coffee Shops
Taking your laptop and going to a nearby coffee shop, which hopefully offers free WiFi Internet, is a welcome change. Depending on what you can find, you can easily get very comfortable while working away from home. The change of scenery definitely revitalizes you. You could even make it part of your daily work routine, going to a coffee shop on Fridays.

3. Living Room
Living rooms usually have sofas and chaises longues, which are really cool to work on. Some chaises longues even have a platter on which you can rest your laptop. The sofa and a coffee table are also pretty efficient. If you have an HDTV, hopefully you won't get distracted.

4. University Campus
If you've never tried going to a university campus near your place to work, you should give it a go. You'll find students milling around and it's a good environment to efficiently get things done.

5. Libraries/Bookstores
Libraries and bookstores are usually overlooked, but you'll always find a good place to work at in those places. Libraries are silent, and that's a good thing if you're trying to get away from noise pollution in order to concentrate. Bookstores are great to peruse and most of them have an integrated coffee shop.

[photos via Bill Starling for the NY Times, Rashbre, NY Daily News, Cleveland]

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