I have the luxury of being able to work from home, but by doing so my home has become the center of my universe. Everything happens there. The good, the bad, the exciting, and the mundane. It has started to feel like my world is incredibly small and so I’ve started to feel like I’m trapped. This feeling has started to affect my productivity and motivation so I’ve decided to take to the streets and find a desk away from home.
I’m currently at Queens Kickshaw (40-17 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103) and so far it has been a positive experience. The staff has been welcoming and kind. The coffee is delicious and I’m looking forward to having lunch. At the end of the day I’m planning on getting a beer. I’ve tried to not eat out due to money purposes, but if it gets me out of the house and gets me working, it’s a legitimate expense.
I always feel funny about working at a public place. I worry about costing servers money if the establishment also serves food. I just generally feel like I’m a barnacle on the ass of the restaurant industry, but the guys at the Queens Kickshaw have made me feel comfortable and I am planning on eating.
The space is cozy and softly lit. They play chill and “folksy” music over the speakers. There are outlets along the tables at the back. The stools have a bar along foot height for those of us whose feet can’t reach the floor (important because otherwise my legs would fall asleep). The tables themselves are large enough for my desktop replacement, my notes, and drinks/food. There’s also a long communal table for those with less baggage along the east wall. It smells great.
I was thinking of taking a tour of the public work spaces around Astoria, but I think I’ll stick with Queens Kickshaw for as long as possible. Well, I should probably get to the work portion of the day. Though I do count actually writing and sharing something a victory.