It's a place with free wi-fi, comfy seats, convenient outlets, and a hushed atmosphere. Guessed it?
It's the library.
I alternate between the library and a coffee shop when I need a place to hang out while I'm out with my laptop.
The things I most like about the library?
- Plenty of seating, including cozy armchairs and sturdy tables, depending on your needs
- Atmosphere much more conducive to working than just goofing around on Twitter (ahem)
- Can stay as long as you want without feeling guilty about not paying enough "rent" — your taxes will take care of that!
- In the same vein, can employ the outlets and wi-fi in a cavalier manner
- Need a reference book for research, or perhaps a magazine for a break? They're all right there.
- Since I'm on a Mac, sometimes I use the library computers as references for how my site looks and behaves on a PC. And, of course, if you don't have a laptop, here's your chance to enjoy some unfettered out-of-home computer access!
- Clean, unlocked restrooms
What I'm not so fond of?
- Can't eat or drink
Other places I've brought my laptop?I've hung out at various cheap restaurants. Teriyaki places and sandwich shops work well, if they're close enough to leach the wi-fi from a Starbucks. You have to buy something to justify your seat, but honestly — a meal at a place like that can be cheaper than a drink at Starbucks! Barnes & Noble has really comfy seating and a café, a relaxing atmosphere, and plenty to browse if you're feeling uninspired. The downside to all these places: no outlets. So you have to save your battery but good. I keep my screen dimmed to migraine levels, so it's a trade-off.
Working outside is a catch-22. It has to be warm (and non-rainy) enough to be comfortable to sit outdoors for a long period. (Many's the time I thought the day was pleasant until I stopped moving and realized it was darn chilly.) But when it's warm enough to be comfortable, it's usually bright enough that your laptop screen is completely unreadable.
If all else fails, of course, there's always going back home...
Where are your favorite places to write? Any new locales I should scope out?