Many of us in the real estate investment world do not work in traditional offices. A good number of us, from what I’ve observed, work in wide variety of settings, depending on the day and what’s going on.
As for me, I have what many might think of as too many “offices.”
- I have a very small cubicle in an open corporate office in Austin, where I work four days a week (and yeah, even our VP has a tiny cubicle, but he hides in a tiny “focus room” much of the day so he can do phone calls in private). This office has a high noise level much of the time, especially since there are one or two people in our area with loud phone voices and another who turns her ringer on to top volume, which ruins concentration. It does have a nice window.
- I have an office in the basement of my Austin house, which I share with Anita. That office is very quiet, other than some weird air conditioning noise and a rare dog noise. I work there mornings and evenings, as well as some afternoons when the above office is too much for me. I can work so well there that I forget the time when I’m writing. No windows distract me.
- Then there is the office at The Hermit Haus, which is a “real” office with a door and a fan for white noise. I also work well there. This one also has no windows.
- AND I’ve got an office at the ranch house, which is a large and pleasant room with a window and a door, and even my own bathroom. I’d work better there if it weren’t for three dogs who want attention. This room even has a comfy reading area.
- When traveling, I like to work in hotel lobbies. Secretly, I think I’m people watching.
I bring this up, because as I was perusing LinkedIn this morning (yep, I peruse it to see if anyone’s read my social media stuff), I ran across an article that talks about the effect of sound on productivity. This was just a short blurb that said the “coffee shop effect” may have something to it, that people work better with a certain level of background noise. Since this was just a short blurb, I went off and read the original article.by Otto van der Groen, the researcher who studied the effect of background noise on productivity.Hermann says please like and share!