1

Is there a word for someone who can't get any productive work done outside of a particular space?

for example: I can't get myself to work if I am at a friend's place despite having all the tools required to do work (computer, table, etc.) I can only get work done at my office or my home.

How does one summarize this idea into a single term?

3
  • 2
    There is no single word to describe/summarize both of your sentences. Perhaps you could just say - "I am not very productive outside my comfort zone, despite the availability of work-related tools."
    – BiscuitBoy
    Jan 18, 2016 at 11:57
  • 3
    Two words: Minnesota winter.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 18, 2016 at 23:38
  • Unproductive? Non-productive?
    – Tim Ward
    Jan 20, 2016 at 21:45

3 Answers 3

1

"Homebody" seems like it would describe specifically not being able to work outside your comfortable home, although it also implies one is a bit reclusive. I'm not sure if there's a more general term, aside from adjectives regarding one's personality, like being "fastidious," "anal," or "particular" about a workspace.

1

I'd suggest, unadaptable and adaptability-challenged.

unadaptable: not having the ability to change or be changed in accordance with altered circumstances.

ANTONYM: adaptable - capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use; to succeed one must be adaptable.

FOD

0

"Agoraphobia [is an] abnormal fear of being helpless in an embarrassing or unescapable situation that is characterized especially by the avoidance of open or public places." From: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agoraphobia

While your description is of a more narrowly defined condition, it may be a lesser or weaker form of agoraphobia, especially if attempting to work in unfamiliar surroundings is accompanied by anxiety.

1
  • 2
    Unless sindhus feels anxiety or other emotions that prevent him from being productive, I'm not sure this is the best term. I have felt similarly unproductive when working from home before. While I wasn't anxious, nervous, or embarrassed, working from home can have too many personal distractions and does not foster my mind to be as focused on work as when I am in the office.
    – Trevor D
    Jan 18, 2016 at 21:24

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.