Recently, I came across a great quotation by John Le Carre: “A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world.”
At Total Attorneys, we create products that help attorneys work from anywhere in the world by providing them with worldwide accessibility to their files and clients. They can communicate with clients in different cities, review documents from their laptop, or process payments from the luxury of a beach chair.
For many attorneys, they use their virtual law office as a virtual lifeline to their physical office. Having access to your office from anywhere in the world can really help you get things done when you are on the go, but in addition to accessibility, virtual law offices and other SaaS products give you the opportunity to increase productivity by changing both your physical and mental perspectives.
How many times have you sat in your quiet office, only to be distracted by fire alarms passing by the window, the constant buzz of an office fan, or even your own daydreams out of boredom?
While waking up in the morning, getting dressed and heading to your office may help you get your work done on most days, a break from your typical surroundings can really knock out mental cobwebs and allow you to approach your work differently.
When you work somewhere other than your office desk, your mind and body have to adjust to new surroundings. While this may take up some time as you get used to new locations, it will also take your brain off its regularly scheduled autopilot mode.
By adjusting to slight changes in your environment, your brain will switch into active gear, making you feel more energized and creative as you sit down to tackle the same document you first opened in your normal, mundane, familiar office.
The only way to benefit from a change in atmosphere, however, is by having a system that allows you to move around freely. If you are still keeping all of your files in a cabinet locked inside your office, it might be time to look into new options.
You’ll have the luxury of keeping tabs on your office while on vacation or during emergencies, but more importantly, you will be able to improve your day-to-day productivity by periodically giving yourself a simple change in perspective.
Have you ever felt a jolt in productivity from a change in perspective? Share your stories in the comments below.