I work from home, I have for almost two years at my present job, for about three years working for php|architect, and for a few years before that for eDonkey. At this point I’ve probably spent more of my professional life working from home than from traditional office space.

Last summer I spent some time working from a few different places in search of air conditioning based shelter from hot Montréal days. I enjoyed the air conditioning, and got solid work done. Once the heat broke I moved back to my desk, with the larger screen, faster machine, etc. etc.

Lately I’ve been having a harder and harder time being productive at home. Distraction and motivation have both become issues in the past few months in ways I haven’t experienced before. I don’t have an underlying reason for the problems, but I needed to solve it quickly: clearly my day job still expects me to get work done (and my startups have needs as well).

I decided to try working from some of the same places I worked last summer: Starbucks, mall food court, libraries, diners, other cafés. I feel bad leaving behind my newly equipped work desk, with its larger screen, decent chair, foot rest, etc. But it’s not really a “work desk” if I can’t get work done there.

I resisted this trend at first, trying to spend as much time at home as possible. After further reflection I stopped resisting and embraced it. If I’m working, I owe it to my employer — and to myself — to be as productive as I can. I’m already not working in a traditional office, why should I feel any more tied to my home office? I use a VPN connection to protect my networking, a security cable to protect my laptop, and the Starbucks app to “earn” free drinks :).

You owe it to yourself, and your employer to figure out where you work best. Once you find that spot, work there!

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Hi, I’m Paul Reinheimer, a developer working on the web.

I co-founded WonderProxy which provides access to over 200 proxies around the world to enable testing of geoip sensitive applications. We've since expanded to offer more granular tooling through Where's it Up

My hobbies are cycling, photography, travel, and engaging Allison Moore in intelligent discourse. I frequently write about PHP and other related technologies.