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Coffee Shops – a refreshing change

Anyone who knows us will also know that we are great fans of the coffee shop. Politics, tax and globalism aside, we still remain fans. This is despite making great use of our expresso machine. It is the getting out which completes the experience.

I came across this article today, so with our love of coffee shops in mind, and our sincere belief that reducing stress and improving quality of life, including in the workplace, I thought I would share some of the advantages offered by Wesley Verhove at Lifehacker with you. Wesley talks about ‘the day’ in the coffee shop. Mmmm, not so sure about that but ‘everyone to their own’. Now, I know that this idea cannot work for everyone but for those who can make use of it, great! For those who can’t, what ideas can you come up with to help motivate, refresh and inspire?

The following comments have been copied from his blog, which also includes the essential information that these are occasional trips, not I would stress, a permanent arrangement (though I can see some advantages).

Here are some of his thoughts. They don’t have to be taken literally and they don’t apply to every workplace. The interesting outcomes should be about creating new and interesting ways to improve morale, creativity and freshness to the routine of work.

A change of environment stimulates creativity. Even in the most awesome of offices we can fall into a routine, and a routine is the enemy of creativity. Changing your environment, even just for a day, brings new types of input and stimulation, which in turn stimulates creativity and inspiration.

Fewer distractions. It sounds counter-intuitive, but working from a bustling coffee shop can be less distracting than working from a quiet office. Being surrounded by awesome team and officemates means being interrupted for water cooler chats and work questions. Being interrupted kills productivity. The coffee shop environment combines the benefit of anonymity with the dull buzz of exciting activity. Unlike working at home, with the ever-present black hole of solitude and procrastination, a coffee shop provides the opportunity of human interaction, on your terms.

Community and meeting new people. Meeting new people always provides me with new ideas, a different perspective at existing problems, or an interesting connection to a new person doing something awesome that inspires me. Today alone I met a top Skillshare teacher whose class I will now take, a sleep consultant, a publicist who offered to help with a project, and a wine consultant who recommended some bars.

To make the best out of your coffee shop days, keep a few things in mind:

Rotate coffee shops. Rather than going to the same coffee shop every time, switch it up, and avoid the stifling feeling of routine you were trying to avoid in the first place.

Buy something. Don’t be a cheapskate nursing that one coffee throughout the day. Buy some stuff throughout the day, and tip well. Coffee shop workers are awesome, and they’ll be awesome to you if you are a good customer. That hidden power plug will be revealed, an extra free refill will be given, an introduction will be made.

Placement. Don’t sit near the door or the register, if you can avoid it. Temperature differences and high traffic don’t help you to focus.

Power up. Come with a full charge. I like to not bring a power cord, unlike most folks, because I get 6 hours out of my laptop battery, and it forces me to take a break and work with focus because I will run out eventually.

 

Wesley Verhoeve is the founder of Family Records and GNTLMN.com. He writes about the intersection of music, tech, and innovation, as well as modern marketing, product strategy, and great customer experiences across different industries.