If there's one constant in my life, it's that I get bored with the same view from work.
That tendency has manifested itself in different ways. Earlier in my career, I switched jobs every 2-3 years, and when I got up the food chain a bit, instead of changing jobs, I started changing offices. I mean I changed offices A LOT. Probably changed 2-3 times per year. If there were people trying to reshuffle the deck, I was down for the change. I once even ran the floorplan for a location - not so I could get the best office, but so I could barter for new digs as often as I felt the need.
You call it ADHD. I call it the need for change.
Flash forward to my time at Kinetix - my time is spent 3 ways - in our ATL offices, on the road and in a home office in Birmingham. So I get some of the change naturally. But I'm still looking different places to work when I'm in the ATL or at home. The road takes care of itself from a change perspective.
Case in point. We're expanding at Kinetix and demolished my office. Good riddance, I never sat in there anyway (picture below)...
That open space used to be my office. Now it's not. It's for the best - a long term investment in any office is a poor play when it comes to me.
But one thing I always feel? I always feel a upsurge in productivity any time I change where I office. That may related to something called "Activity-Based Working" (ABW), explained recently in BusinessWeek:
"The guiding philosophy behind this game of musical chairs is “activity-based working” (ABW), a term coined by Erik Veldhoen, a Dutch consultant and author of the book The Demise of the Office. The consulting firm Veldhoen founded argues that when people are able to choose where to sit, they structure their days more productively. “They are more conscious of what they’re going into the office to do and why they’re going to do it,” says Louis Lhoest, a partner at Veldhoen + Co.
Starting in the mid-1990s, ABW began making inroads through Europe and elsewhere. In 2009, Wilkinson—who became acquainted with ABW in 2006 while touring offices in the Netherlands—completed his first ABW project in Australia for the Macquarie Group (MQG:AU), a global financial company based in Sydney. GLG’s office is the largest implementation of the concept in the U.S. Proponents argue that ABW isn’t a space-saving solution like “hoteling,” where workers can reserve workstations in advance, or like “hot desking,” where they’re free to sit at any available desk. “We have room for 350, but we only have 250 people working for us,” says Richard Socarides, GLG’s head of public affairs."
That may explain why I've always felt an uptick in productivity when I changed spaces. Maybe it's what you need? If you're in an office, go on the floor and sit in a cube.
If you're in a cube - go find antoher space. See what happens.
A change would do you good.