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Want to be more productive? Find a buddy!

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I am sitting in my kitchen today with a housemate and it has just dawned on me that I am more inclined to work harder when another human being is around.

It is quite a eureka moment actually.

The truth is I have not worked so hard over the last few weeks but the days when people are around seem to be much more productive for me.

I worked for the mobile phone company O2 in the UK a few years ago and managed to work from home for two days a week. I remember at the time that I found it much harder to motivate myself at home, compared to the office environment.

My friend worked with me last November for a month and I did heaps of work. The evidence is there.

Maybe it is just me? Lots of people now work from home and telecommute and I am sure they don’t feel less motivated to work when they are alone.

I still think it would be cool to hire some offices somewhere for working nomads to work in together. There would be so many benefits in my opinion, just being able to swap ideas and compare notes would be neat.

I would be interested to hear what others think of this and whether working on the road (and presumably by yourself) is actually viable for people who are motivated more by the company of others.