Ever since my university days, I have enjoyed libraries. They are a place to relax, explore, learn and grow. These days, I work from the local library 1-2 mornings a week. We have a work-from-home policy at the office. Provided we get results, it really doesn’t matter where we work. We simply need internet assess. There are too many distractions at the house so, I chose to work from the library.
This morning, I dawned my rain gear, loaded my pannier with food, my laptop and, cycled to the library. It’s actually more than a library. It’s a regional community centre that also houses swimming pools, a workout gym, a basketball court, a curling rink, a hockey rink, meeting rooms and, a coffee shop. I usually arrive a 9 am when the library opens with a coffee in hand, find a comfortable chair near the windows and, open my laptop ready for the day.
I like to say that “I work where technology, visual art and social media intersect”, developing marketing campaigns for small businesses. I research, create headlines, craft messaging, develop strategies and test platforms. I can work anywhere. I work at home (when there are no distractions), in coffee shops, at the cottage, in hotel rooms and, even in the car (after pulling off the road of course). My office is ubiquitous but, the library is ideal. There are other resources here to support my efforts – newspapers, periodicals, books (a lot of books), a coffee shop, a view and, of course, free internet.
I never thought I would support the work-from-home concept but have learned when there is a need to collaborate with colleagues or meet with clients, there is Skype, email and, heaven forbid, even the phone. I used to think that I would miss the social aspect of the office. The water cooler gossip. Perhaps that’s the reason I hangout at the library. I see and, when I want, talk with others. Over the years, I’ve learned that interesting people frequent the library. It’s a meeting place for learners of all ages.
Perhaps this is part of transitioning process, finding ways to fill the time without the need for work or the office. I am beginning to understand what retirement looks like.