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February 23, 2010

Where you are affects how you are …

Filed under: philosophy — coolantz @ 11:42 pm
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I was a believer that where I am had no implications on how I am. I mean, I would say to my boss, that it doesn’t matter where you make me sit, as long as I have the internet connection and power sockets to connect all my gadgets, I would be as productive, if I were  say somewhere else.

For simplicity sake, let us assume that both the places are inside the office premises (Yea it would obviously matter, if I were to sit next to a loud mouth).

Today I realized, that many other things matter, even the view, people in vicinity, and the general atmosphere.

I had a change of seat, and my new desk is in a rather aloof and isolated place as compared to my earlier desk. Also, the new building, where I sit in, has a nice cafe, and lot of other eating options. I generally feel content here. The noise around me is considerably less.

So if I were to give any measures of how it affects me, today I finished most of the work (which was a handful) assigned to me, in a sort of record amount of time.

Also, it did not imply that I had to fore-go my other day-to-day activities, like checking mails, and writing mails, and going out for a walk around lunch time, and generally cribbing about my IT problems to the management. In other words a routine day.

Does it mean that I magically became more productive? If so, was it due the novelty factor of my new found place, or was it plain old lower burden of work. Only time will tell. As of now, I feel happy, and rearing to go, I’ll update this post as soon as I discover more.

I have three possible explanations for this.

  1. My work load today was less, and it only seemed huge.
  2. I was happy due to the new place I was made to shift to, and so it resulted in lots of work being finished.
  3. Since many of my needs were satisfied (hunger, tranquility), my mind was less distracted, and I was in a better off condition to do creative work.

If point number 3 holds out to be true, this might be a very important discovery as far as me and my body is concerned. I’ll keep this post updated.

In a weeks time then…



  1. I bet Gautam, it has to be point# 3. Good Cafe’, good food, easy accessible food, That’s it. Your mind is at ease knowing the fact the good food is just a step away.
    I eat a lot at work, something or the other…all the time. Either I get from home or buy from the cafe’.

    Comment by Prasenjeet — February 24, 2010 @ 3:06 am | Reply

    • If it is, it’d be something incredible, isn’t it?
      You eat a lot ? How heavy are you these days? have you become like a lala?

      hahaha.. just kidding !

      And yes, mind,if not distracted by surroundings can be quite a force to reckon with. I hope I can somehow leverage this basic fact.

      There’s just one not so good thing of this new place. The smell. I’ll try to fix this one 🙂

      Comment by coolantz — February 24, 2010 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

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