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Puistonpenkki
On a warm day this pretty bench could be my office. If you’d like it to be your office, too, can find it in Jyväskylä, Finland, by Lake Jyväsjärvi. (Photo by Petra Lehto)

I work very well alone. I’m definitely one of those who draws energy from solitude. But no one can be on their own all the time, and even I’d go mad if I didn’t get to work with people, too.

This week I’m spending a bit of time in my old workplace training my successor. It’s been a few weeks since I was there last, so it’s been really nice to see those friendly faces and eat leftover Christmas chocolates with them on afternoon coffee breaks.

But soon enough I’ll be back in my home office aka the kitchen table. I’ll enjoy it for a good while, I know I will. But eventually I’ll get fidgety and a little bored. I’ll start talking to myself and looking for ways to get out of the house.

But where to go?

There are libraries and there are coffee shops. I’ll certainly make use of those. Then there are dedicated creative working spaces for my kind, but they are not free and I’m not willing to take on an unnecessary cost while I’m still starting up.

Is being an office nomad still a thing?

What I am wondering is that whether being an office nomad is still a thing?

If you’re wondering what an office nomad is, I’ll borrow the words of Finland’s pioneering office nomad Janne Saarikko who describes it on his website like this:

“Office Nomad (in Finnish toimistonomadi) is a concept of dynamic office space use. It combines elements of sharing, networking, teaching, learning and experiencing.”

The idea is that you’re given a desk in an office free of charge for a limited period of time, and you give the company something in return.

I could certainly bring cinnamon buns. I could provide free advice (while drinking coffee and eating cinnamon buns), and I could promise not to sing.

Hmm. I think I might actually be interested in giving it a go every now and then, maybe a week at a time to start with…


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