on workspaces.

IMG_0939Public is one of my favorite words, especially when it comes to creative workspaces and getting stuff done. Some people need to be alone when they work, but I am not that kind of person. When I need a fresh burst of creativity for a particular project, or have a blog post that needs finishing (or starting), I have to get out of the house.

This week I came across a new-to-me coworking company called WeWork. For a monthly membership fee, they offer access to super cool common workspaces and free coffee, among other features. Sort of like the fitness club I used to go to, except with desks instead of elliptical trainers.

I’d love to visit any of their spaces (especially the Berkeley and Tel Aviv locations) in the future, because I think the concept of a shared working environment is BRILLIANT.

But today I’m talking about my own creative workspace. Currently it’s the local coffee shop, which is as close to a shared workspace as I can get for now.

IMG_0981IMG_0937I’ve established a very official basic formula for a creative, productive workspace: natural light + good coffee + other humans. Clif Kid Zbars are optional but highly recommended ;)

IMG_0950IMG_0932L I G H T
A good window is a must. That’s why this is my favorite table in the coffee shop. The whole wall is a window! It doesn’t matter if it’s cloudy or sunny out, natural light works wonders for creativity and productivity.

IMG_0964C O F F E E
This is another non-negotiable. All of my best work is done with coffee in hand. It’s probably a combination of having something to hold and sip, as well as the fact that coffee is basically a liquid creative drug that makes this so effective.

IMG_0925H U M A N S
This is the best part of a public workspace. I’m a compulsive people-watcher, and I also like to talk to strangers. Even if I don’t interact with anyone, I still love to be surrounded by people. Rather than finding the presence of humans distracting, the movement and noise actually helps me think better and accomplish more. It may seem counterintuitive or even impossible, but it’s been proven.

IMG_0966The only thing that would make this space better is nonstop good music. Sometimes I question the playlist choice.

IMG_0982IMG_0979Where do you do your best creative work?

xo,
Maci

[ Another huge thanks to Meegan for taking the photos of me for this post! ]

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