Out Of The Office And Into The Neighborhood!

Every once in a while I find that working in the office isn't particularly productive for me.  When I find myself chatting it up with other agents for long periods of time and otherwise using my time in an unproductive way, it's a sure sign that I'm bored and need to get my face out in front of people.  

Oddly enough, I find that it's easier to work among the din of a coffeeshop atmosphere; for some reason it's less of a distraction to me than being at the office.  So I pack up my laptop, my bookkeeping or other work and head out to a neighborhood coffee shop, usually an independent one that offers free wi-fi.  

For me, doing this is beneficial in many ways:

  • Hanging out at a local, independent coffee shop(preferably one that's in your marketing area) keeps me in the loop regarding who the local leaders are, and what local issues are impacting the community.  I can stay abreast of when community meetings and activities are, and get involved in something that interests me.  This has the added benefit of being good for my business.
  • Once I get to know the proprietors, they usually let me leave my marketing materials in the flyer area. I create materials that focus on that particular area/neighborhood.
  • Being in a new surrounding gives me a boost of creativity.  It helps me to get out of any rut that I'm in, and drives me to look at challenging situtions in a new way.
  • There is nothing better than meeting with new people and finding a comfortable, familiar spot in which to work and hang out.  As long as it doesn't get as comfortable as the office sometimes does!
Here in Seattle, we are lucky enough to have dozens of neighborhood coffee shops from which to choose from.  The links below provide a list of coffee shops that offer free wi-fi; the first is a national site and the second focuses on the Seattle area. 

Get out there and have fun! 

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Comment balloon 6 commentsLisa Bosques • November 06 2007 03:22PM


I have done just that, but I had to restrict my visits because the pastry kept jumping around my laptop :)
Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) over 12 years ago
Great idea, Lisa.  Unfortunately, our community is too small for a coffeeshop, but as you know, you are never going to sell a home to an office friend.
Posted by Joan Snodgrass (Midamerica Referral Network) over 12 years ago
I agree David - that's the downfall, I'm always tempted by the sweets. I think I've had the equivalent of two lunches today!
Posted by Lisa Bosques over 12 years ago

If I can sum up what you said in the first paragraph, Id put it this way

"Working in the office is not working"

Having said that I do work in the office, but Im known as an unsociable snob, and an SOB. I do get my work done however


Posted by Ron Parise ( over 12 years ago

The office water cooler is the main reason I rarely go in to the office. I am there maybe once a month and even I try to avoid that! The negative talk around the office is just non-productive and do find it better to get out and talk to people.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 12 years ago

Ron - whatever it takes to get the work done these days, you gotta do it! Now, more than ever, it's time to stay focused and motivated. 

Todd, I know what you mean about negative talk; I noticed that about myself yesterday when i was in the office. I caught myself doing it and promptly left.  It can be contagious, and I'm not immune to it either.  I stay away sometimes to both avoid the negativity, and to not spread it when I'm feeling grumpy!

Posted by Lisa Bosques over 12 years ago

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