Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of coworking. I started working in a shared office after getting a bit depressed working from home and immediately fell in love with my Brighton shared office. I loved the company of other people, the stimulation of being around creative people and the support I received from fellow freelancers. When I arrived in Leeds, I rented space in a shared office but didn’t like it. I was most of the time on my own and I just didn’t feel like I was working well there. Then I found another coworking space in Leeds at the Old Broadcasting House, a busy, buzzy shared office, which suits me perfectly. It’s different from the one in Brighton: it’s made up of lots of hotdesks, each equipped with a state of the art Mac and a 30” cinema screen. Best of all: the wii that anyone can access for a quality break between two deadlines. It’s perfect and I’m happy at work again.
I’ve always had the feeling that I work better in a shared office, and I found information on the Internet that explains that it might be due to physiology and personality types. Basically, we all need to be in a moderate state of arousal (the physiological and psychological state of being awake) to perform at our best, but the level of arousal we need depends on our personality type. Introverts are highly aroused and take in much more information than the average person, so they need to "turn down" the stimulation around them and so will seek quiet environments to work in. On the other hand, extraverts are minimally aroused and so need to increase the volume of stimulation around them to function at their best: they will thrive in a lively environment.
I consider myself an extravert and this would explain why I feel like I work best in busy environments. If you’re an introvert, you’ll likely be very productive working from home, but if you’re an extravert like me, I suggest you find yourself a nice rowdy office to work in. It has done me the world of good.
The effect of extraversion on L2 oral proficiency
The physiology of type: introversion and extraversion