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Why you can focus in a coffee shop but not in your open office

October 18, 2017 at 3:41pm

Why you can focus in a coffee shop but not in your open office

October 18, 2017 at 3:41pm (Edited 4 years ago)
This has been on my mind since I started working on Spectrum full-time in March. I work most mornings at a coffee shop and have a few hours of pure productivity, despite so much happening around me. It's because it's noise/activity from people who I don't know and don't feel I need to pay attention to in any capacity. Contrasting that to an open office that might have less noise/activity, but it's coming from people who I know and am likely to be more interested in what they're doing.
Taken together, the lesson here is that the ideal space for focused work is not about freedom from noise, but about freedom from interruption.

October 18, 2017 at 4:10pm
I feel distracted working at home lately for some reason. Even with an office and no one there. I have to go out of my way to drive 15 min to a coffee shop to be productive and it's incredibly frustrating.
It's ironic because I've written on this topic how to combat this a few months and yet it's hard for me to take that advice myself since I moved into my new apartment

March 15, 2018 at 10:24pm
Yes!!! 🙌
I 100% prefer coffee shop over office space, but since working from home I've also discovered that turning a tv show on I've seen a bunch helps me focus when I can't get to a coffee shop. (right now it's The Office)
Mainly because it's background noise that I don't care about and when I hit a snag or can't focus anymore I'll take a break, watch an episode, drink some water and then get back into whatever I'm doing
The coffee in the coffee shop helps too☕️