Aside from practicing medicine and trying to start a healthy living consulting business, I also sit on my medical school alumni board,
So where does one go to return emails, work on projects and brainstorm ideas? Somewhere motivational, inspiring, aesthetically pleasing and…loud! That’s right, when I’m outside of my home, I need to be surrounded by the loud bustling of espresso machines, the clanging of silverware on saucers and chatter. The noise turns into a thick backdrop to which I can immerse myself deep into creative thought. I think this preference started when I was in high school. I rode the NYC subway 35 minutes every day to school for four years. I boarded the A train early enough to get a seat in the corner of the car and I would masterfully pull out my textbook, looseleaf and pen and work on everything from essays on the Gilded Age to sine and cosine equations. The train would rock back and forth,
It is also important to mention that sitting on
Years later, when I got to medical school, our institution had wonderful study rooms equipped with those fancy smartboard systems and sound-proof walls. Everything was intentionally designed for distraction-free studying. We even had two-way mirrors so your study buddies could find you, but you would not be disturbed by passersby. The problem for me was that every time I was in these quiet rooms, I would start to daydream and find something else to focus on instead of the Krebs Cycle. Then I would leave for a “study break” and find myself at Barnes and Noble where I would read several magazines for at least an hour. (Lucky was my favorite at the time. ) After decompressing with some visual stimulation, I would sit in the cafe section for several more hours and finish those microbiology chapters until the bookstore closed. (Of
I quickly accepted the fact that I needed to leave home in order to work or study in noisy and busy spaces like coffee shops, bookstores, and restaurants. I don’t live in New York City anymore and I may have lost my read-and-write-on-a-fast-moving-locomotive balance.
You are probably wondering why I can’t work from a home office. Well, I make
Till this day, you will catch me in the corner of a restaurant working on my bright ideas, returning calls, scheduling appointments and blogging.
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