(ENG) I’ve been in Boston working at the IDG office for two weeks today.
Well, the first week included a three days trip to Houston, and a Microsoft conference. So this time around, the two weeks has passed very quickly.
It’s been pretty easy to be a part of the work group. Or rather: it’s been easy to work on your own projects, and have smaller conversations with the others.
I guess that it would be totally different to really be a part of a team. Not impossible, but probably a totally different experience than it would be if you were working for a Swedish company in a Swedish context.
At the same time: this is exactly what I was looking for and what I was aiming at in the beginning of this year. To be able to work, but not only from your normal workplace. To be able to be a part of a conversation and with projects, but with that focus and sense of calm that comes when you are not constantly distracted by other stuff (apart from the obvious distractions from Facebook and Twitter).
I would love to do this again, but next time in another location (I love Boston, but I guess that there must be more awesome IDG offices around the world…).
And I would love if you were able to do the same. Here’s how:
- Make sure that you have several hours of work that you need and can do on your own: writing, planning, thinking.
- Find a time in conjunction with a business or vacation trip where you can extend your stay a few days.
- Look if you company has a location in that city or area. They most certainly have a desk for you for a few days.
- Inform the people around you that you will be working from out of the office.
- Be available on e-mail, Twitter, Yammer and maybe Skype.
It’s probably much easier than you think.