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New Year's Resolutions - Top Places to Work that Aren't Your Office

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I didn't want to just do a "best of" list. So this year, I've decided to take a years worth of personal New Year's Resolutions, ask around for those of friends and put a call out to readers (email me here) about things you've always wanted to know, always wanted to do and then take those requests and ask an expert, an insider to help out. The result? Here goes...

Today's Resolution:
"I work primarily from a home office. Great right? No. Some days, I find myself doing chores and cleaning up and everything BUT work. I need to resolve to schedule at least one day a week when I go out to another space and call it my office for the day to get a lot of work done.

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To help with this Resolution, I decided to ask one of the most productive people I know, Andrew Warner, Founder of Mixergy. Mixergy is a new invite system that lets you connect to other party-goes in a whole new way. More than that, Andrew redefines what it means to be productive and I thought certainly he can't work from home 100% of the time. Sure enough, he offered to give away some of his secrets and favorite haunts for buckling down and getting to work - away from home.

Without further ado: Top places to work that aren't your office

Most of your work can be done from a laptop and a cell phone. Here's a list of 5 places you can go to escape the distractions of your office or home and get some work done.

  • The Standard Hotel in Hollywood - When the weather is nice (which it usually is in LA), I go sit poolside at the Standard and get some work done. Free wi-fi, great food and lots to see. Work is more fun, when it feels like vacation, don't you think?
  • The Office - This is probably the most productive room you'll ever be in because there are no distractions. You get a workstation, Internet access, and even Bose noise-cancelling headphones. Unlike a regular office, there's no mindless chatter. Unlike working from home, there are no chores to distract you.
  • The Santa Monica Library - Before this place opened up, I hadn't been to the library since I was in school. But with free wi-fi, a good coffee shop and lots of space, I've become a regular here. My favorite thing about this place is the private rooms. (Check out LAist's profile of SMPL)
  • Bread & Porridge - When you go in, instead of taking a right and going to the dinner, hang a left and you'll see what looks and feels like a huge living room. Grab a spot on one of the big comfortable leather couches, turn on the free wi-fi and get to work.
  • The Getty - Alright, so this museum doesn't have wi-fi. You can't log in. You can barely get cell phone reception. Still, I think it's beautiful, spacious and full of private spots. This is the place to go when you need a break from hitting "send/receive" so you can get real work done.

The last edition of featured tips on how to explore Pasadena! Check back for our next installment of New Year's Resolutions Realized - ideas for finally finding that salsa teacher and earning money teaching your trade.