You need bright white lights to keep you awake, to get your productivity going. You require a dedicated space all to yourself to store all your files, wires, photos of your 21st birthday party taken 6 years ago, the snickers bars you bought but never got around to eating … (you get the point!)
For some people, it is important to allocate a fixed space that can help them get into the mindset to achieve maximum efficiency. Having your colleagues in close proximity is an advantage too, as it means that there are people you can approach anytime for professional opinions and to soundboard ideas.
If these points sound like your ideal, then The Office is for you!
You work best in an environment that puts you in the mood for work without any distracting elements that pull you from your focus (if you don’t build up a wall of clutter on your desk that is!).
You are the type who is more productive alone in your own space and would love nothing more than a cozy corner to camp down. You like to be comfortable doing your work, be it through building a pillow fort around you to prop a laptop up on or just lying flat on the bed to contemplate and structure all your thoughts and ideas.
Being at home could mean easy access for your family and friends to look for you, which might sound useful. Except sometimes, when there are invited guests or children running around the house, it can get pretty distracting. Constant knocking on your door to ask about the tiniest things or maybe even nagging from your parents to clean up your room-office (it’s an organized mess!) can become annoying quickly. And if you love to take naps, having a bed there could be a constant distraction, tempting you to stop working and to just put it off; especially if you are sleep deprived.
However, these types of environments do inspire more creative and out-of-the-box ideas, so it just boils down to whether it works for YOU!
You work best in your personal space, getting comfortable puts you in your optimal state of productivity. (But take care not to get TOO comfortable or you just might find yourself drifting off!)
You hate being stuck in the same boring place day-to-day and likes being in new environments to stimulate inspiration. Hopping from café to café gives you easy access to caffeine and free Wi-Fi. You enjoy working with some white noise; with the whirring of the coffee machines, the sounds of people having conversations etc.
Cafés have different policies when it comes to occupying their seats for the whole day. Some are fine like Starbucks, even on peak hours, but others that aren’t chain stores tend to want you to vacate their premises during busy periods in order to make more revenue, in which case, you would have to scramble to find a nearby location which has Wi-Fi, a table and chair (and a washroom especially all the drinks you’ve been consuming throughout your stay)
However, you do need to keep in mind that the costs do add up. Cafés don’t come cheap and getting something every few hours or so could easily unknowingly burn a hole through your wallet. You would spend on at least 2 drinks per day if you come in the morning, and again when you come back from lunch, which could cost $20 and above on average.
School exam periods might see you competing for seats with students and you may struggle to settle down, wasting valuable working time. A quick tip for that would be to find more out of the way cafes that you know not many people visit! Travelling may be a hassle but you wouldn’t have to worry about securing your workspace!
If the soothing aroma of coffee accompanied by some light background chatter sounds absolutely blissful to you, then working at a café works for you!
You hate being stuck in an office cubicle every day and can’t stand the thought of having total silence. You draw creative inspiration by “everyday people” and leverage on that for your work. But remember to use a VPN when working on confidential documents over public Wi-Fi!
A more affordable option to a café! You aren’t obligated to buy anything in order to stay in the space (in fact, food and drinks are prohibited!) The library also contains great resources you can refer to at your convenience as well as free Wi-Fi. You love the quiet and all the new space innovations from the National Library Board that comes with it. The newly carved out spaces looks amazing as well!
However, if you are someone who have frequent meetings; be it with your team or client, this is probably not the best place for you. The library promotes a quiet environment for reading and having engaging brainstorming sessions could disrupt others. Bringing your client to the library probably leaves a forgettable impression too. Again, you might also have to compete for seats with students during exam periods as not all seats come with a table.
A great advantage is that most of the libraries are located near F&B spots and some of the bigger one’s even have their own cafes! (Food and drinks purchased must be consumed on café premises only) Another advantage to working at the library is some of them offer locker services where you can safely store your belongings when heading out for a lunch break. Power outlets are more accessible here as compared to the café as well.
Although they prohibit drinks, storing your coffee in a thermos or flavored drinks in an opaque bottle is a good way to sneak it in. Just don’t spill it anywhere!
You work alone and don’t like having any disturbances; a quiet environment is a must. Reading and referencing other works gets your juices flowing and where better to source them than at a library? If all these are important to you when working, the library is where you do your best work at!
Your CO-WORKING SPACE
Co-working; a trending topic for a reason. Full office rental can be expensive, but if you like having the office environment and having other professionals you can talk to in order to tap on their expertise, joining a co-working community could be the way to go!
Overall costs could be more affordable for you as well, with free-flow beverages and in some cases, even snacks! The best thing is, you wouldn’t ever have to fight for seats or worry about where to store your belongings during lunch. If you like having your own personal space, most co-working spaces do offer private offices as well, which you can customize and make your own.
At The Carrot Patch, there is an environment for everyone. We have vastly different locations; each optimal for its purposes. Visit The Carrot Patch @ SKAI Bar for a lunch with your client, with a gorgeous cityscape view that could be used as a great conversation-starter. The open concept is also great for group discussions and the full-length windows provides fantastic natural lighting. Head on over to The Carrot Patch @ Level Up for a more casual playful concept. Bond with your team over arcade games during lunch time, but during work hours, you’ll be surprised at how productive you can be in a bar environment. Sound doesn’t travel well there, so you can have a quiet and conducive space to work in.
For those that like to have a dedicated space and 24/7 access, The Carrot Patch @ Henderson is for you. As the main office, most of The Carrot Patch community is here. Tap into our network over community events where you can get the chance to know your deskmates better. They may even provide expertise from different industries that might inspire your next big project!
Each location is curated with a different style suitable for different purposes, so if you’re interested, go on over to our website and facebook page to find out more!
You want to have a workspace that professional so you can get work done, but yet, as comfortable as your own home even on a tight budget then we might be able to meet YOUR needs!
Written By: Chua Yi Suen