A day in the life not working from home

Follow along as two people work in two different third spaces: a coffee shop and a WeWork location

Working from home is tough. There are a lot of distractions that pull you away from your work—or, there are too few, and you just really miss the buzz of being around people. Enter the so-called “third space.” This is a public area, like a café, a library, or a shared workspace. Follow along as two people spend the day working in two different third spaces: a coffee shop and a WeWork location.

Leaving the apartment for the day

Illustrations by Ivan Ehlers.

Your day starts the same as every other: Pack your stuff and head out the door.

Getting fuel and a seat

Get in line for a $6 latte and try to hold on to your seat at the café. At WeWork, on the other hand, settle in with a bottomless mug of Lavazza coffee (or another beverage) for free. You’ll have your choice of a variety of seating options and common areas to set you up for success for the day. 

Finding some privacy

In a café, you may need to shout on your business call to be heard over the din. At WeWork, simply grab a phone booth or a conference room to take calls in a quiet, private space.

What’s the WiFi password?

Unreliable WiFi? Goodbye. Find speedy and secure WiFi in every WeWork space—some even have ultra-fast 5G. Printers are one of those things you don’t realize you need until you need one. Every WeWork location has printers for just this situation. Working in a café? Your best bet is to find a printer in another shop nearby.

Gathering the team

Ask your team to pull up a chair around a crowded table at the café. Or, get some elbow room and work together productively by checking out a conference room or any other open, collaborative space at WeWork.

Celebrating the day’s end 

Done for the day? You can leave work behind feeling tired after sitting in the same chair all day, or you can feel energized and motivated after being in a purposefully designed space that allows you to do your best work. 

Ivan Ehlers is a writer and cartoonist in Los Angeles.

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