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?

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    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
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    Two words: Minnesota winter.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 18, 2016 at 23:38
  • Unproductive? Non-productive?
    – Tim Ward
    Jan 20, 2016 at 21:45

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"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.


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.



"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.

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    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

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