What makes a good coffee shop to work from?
I am drawn to coffee shops that are individual unique coffee roasters, and small boutique places, these beautiful places, with their trendy lighting, great music, unique setups and chilled vibe are lovely to visit.
However, working from one of these does not work for me. The small intimate space, the close atmosphere doesn’t work well from my creativity. Instead, I am mostly looking for a corner to work where I feel uninterrupted and happy to sit for two hours maximum. This linked with a good Wi-Fi connection, and a pair of headphones I can focus, not feel distracted by my surroundings too much, and feel happy sitting with a couple of coffees and working without distraction.
There is some evidence that working in a cafe, rather than at home on your own, can be a good idea. According to New Scientist – https://www.newscientist.com/article/2090717-do-you-get-your-best-work-done-in-coffee-shops-heres-why/, “mental effort is contagious” – if you plonk yourself down next to someone who is toiling away, it will inspire you to work harder”.
Perhaps I am unique in this thought as I see others working where ever they can, but for me, it depends on what sort of work I am doing at that point. Whether it is creative ideas I’m looking to develop, or whether it is a matter of knuckling down and getting on with the task and whether that is a repetitive job or problem-solving.
Alongside this, I feel in a small establishment, I am using precious space and would prefer to use these in a recreational setting not to get some work done. They are intimate, full of charectar and to me feel more like a place for chatting not working.
In fact, there is scientific evidence that music at a certain level, background chatter, clatter can also boost our cognitive thinking. Perhaps this ambient noise stops wandering thoughts, or drives us forward. I can understand this much like meditation, perhaps we are distracting the monkey mind with an activity or a task whilst making or doing.