For four years, my office was a converted early 1900s loft, downstairs from The Onion. We were probably the only financial company in New York that’s surrounded by clothing stores.
Sometimes I’d take a walk around the block, or go out for coffee around mid-afternoon. But a couple times a week, if the weather was nice, I liked going up to the roof.
Up on the Roof
It was a great view (see above for an example). I could see the Empire State Building uptown, the power plant across the East River, and most of SoHo around me.
There was something a little naughty about it. There wasn’t a “no access” sign, and the door didn’t automatically lock behind me — I’d always wedge something, just to be sure. No, maybe it was just that I never saw anyone else up there, not until I finally told some coworkers about it.
After a few minutes of fresh air, I’d head back to my computer downstairs. But that break was exactly what I needed.
Finding a New Option
Several years later, I’m working downtown in a new city. The landlord locks the door to the roof, but conveniently there’s a great coffee place just a block away when it’s time to take a computer break.
What do you do to clear your head and reset your brain?
Photo credits: Karl Sakas