I read this interesting article about coffee shops this morning (while at the coffee shop) and it confirmed everything I have always thought about the interesting work environment and the amount of work I get done while sipping a cup of coffee. Ok, I drink a whole cup, but who’s counting.
I still have the same routine I have had for nearly 20 years. I start most of my days at the coffee shop, spending some “Me Time” reading a business book, newspaper, organizing my calendar, and once a week meeting a buddy to talk about our businesses, family, and of course, football.
I have always been amazed by how focused I can be in such a noisy atmosphere. As you will read in the study, however, there is a difference in productivity and noise levels and the threshold from one to the next is very thin. That is, don’t plan on getting too much cognitive progress done surrounded by barking dogs, but people talking, ordering coffee, and the occasional Bible study table next to mine on Thursdays seem to be the perfect “blend” of productive ambiance.
I am saying all of this to suggest you take some “Me Time” and make a routine of starting your day under YOUR rules, planning your day or your week by stuffing your head with productive and meaningful intent. The coffee will open your eyes. The coffee shop locale will open your mind. All you have to do is fill it with something useful.
Till next time…..