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Working From Coffee Shop

Working From Coffee Shop

. 3 min read

I have been trying working from cafe for the past  couple of weeks. Since I have a day job saving the planet on weekdays, I  wanted to try working from a coffee shop on the weekends. I have few  side projects like my podcast, blog etc. I wanted to try working on  these over the weekends.

I must say that it has been a good decision so far. I am of the kind  that gets distracted unless I am in an environment with constraints. By  constraints I mean that if I have ample resources available, I end up  procrastinating. But if I have limited time or limited freedom, I end up  being very productive.

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Mocha at The Roastery

This is why cafe working suits my working style. I like getting  things done early during the day. This is because usually you cannot  predict how the day goes in spite of best of your plans. So it is safe  to finish important tasks in the morning. For this reason, I tend to  wake up early on weekends as well and head out to the cafe right around  the opening time.

My favourite cafe is The Roastery which is around 10 mins drive from  my house on a weekend. I say “on a weekend” because the traffic is  generally less on weekends. I love this place because not only do they  serve the best coffee in the town, but they have great ambience as well.  Soft jazz music, that lovely smell of coffee and sparkling clean  interiors. Perfect combination.

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The Roastery

I reach around 10:00 am at the cafe and take my laptop and phone with  me and nothing else. I do not try to find a charging port for my  laptop. So when my battery percentage goes down on the screen, I am  forced to do my work or else run out of charge. This is the part of the  “constraint” that  mentioned earlier.

Also being in the coffee house, I do not have access to things that  might distract me at home, my couch for example. Since I have to make  most of my time there, I remain focused. Also, cafe provides a good  change of scenery. Sometimes I am more productive when I am away from my  desk working from a new place.

There are other people who come to the cafe to get things done as  well which motivates me to do the same. They all seem focused, except  few teenagers who come only to hang out which is fine! Biggest advantage  is that I can order amazing coffee anytime.

If you are planning to work from a cafe, here are some of the things to keep in mind:

  • Have a plan: Decide beforehand what you plan is. How much time  are you going to spend in cafe? What different tasks are you going to  do? Do you have enough money to pay for the coffee. Kidding! But it is a  good idea to plan out the work. If you are generally a planning kind of  a person then you’d face no problems.
  • Understand the rules: Before you settle down for work, try to  understand the rules of the coffee house. Do they let you sit down long  after your coffee has disappeared? Are you being too chatty and  bothering others? Are you following the coffee shop etiquette?
  • Internet: Internet and wifi might not be available in all the  coffee places. So it is safer to have the data plan activated on your  phones. If you need internet for your work, tether your phone to your  laptop. Free wifi is not yet a thing you see much around, not at least  in India.
  • Stretch: If you are doing a long stint at a coffee shop, ensure  that you stretch your spine once in a while. Get up and order some  coffee, walk up and down couple of times, something.

Well, working coffee shops are fun. It may or may not work for you but sure do give it a try. I love it!


Vishnu

I am a software engineer, podcaster and audiophile from Bangalore, India. During my downtime, I dabble in photography, music and making YouTube videos about audio stuff, productivity, tech etc.

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