If you work from an office or you’re working from home you definitely should considering changing your office. A coffee shop or a restaurant should be a very good choice for you. This will help you to get out of the monotony.
The perfect noise
Maybe you will say that the noise from a coffee shop is distracting and it won’t help you to focus. Actually, it helps you!
According to a study published in The Journal of Consumer Research the level of ambient noise of a coffee shop (~70 decibels) stimulates creativity, compared with the quieter (~50 decibels). Moderate noise levels can distract you just enough so that they think more broadly. When you’re mildly distracted, all the analytical, judgmental, orderly parts of your brain are quieted. This helps you think outside the box.
The benefits of moderate noise apply only to creative tasks. Projects that require paying close attention to detail, like doing your taxes or proofreading a paper are performed better in quiet environments.
Here is the ambient noise, but as we learned above, it stimulates creativity. Being surrounded by your awesome team and officemates also means being interrupted for work questions, meetings or calls. Being interrupted kills productivity.
What isn’t a positive though is constantly being bothered by employees, managers, meetings, and phone calls. Getting out of the office gets you away from all the usual distractions.
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.
At a coffee shop you’ll be left alone to work, unless you seek out interaction. More likely than not, no one will know who you are or need you for anything. You can focus on your task at hand, without any worry and still enjoy the lively environment around you.
Networking – meeting new people
You never know who the person next to you is or what is he doing on a daily basis. After getting to know him maybe you will notice that you both love the same soccer team and you will see each other at the next game. Or maybe, the guy next to you is looking for some help for one of his project and what he needs is exactly what you love to do.
You have the freedom to only get in touch with the person that you want. At your office you should know everybody but in here you can get to know only certain people. At the same time, you can be in the presence of others without the need of starting a conversation with them.
Easy access to refreshments
If you feel hungry or just need a drink then you only need to order. You can only focus on what you’re doing, you don’t have to worry about having to cook something or having to go to buy a tea.
Freedom to change locations or seats
Working from a public space gives you full freedom to choose the right spot. You can choose the seat next to the window or next to the bar, this is all up to you. The coffee next to your home or maybe a nice restaurant in downtown can be your office and what you choose is only your decision.
You can find a nice office in Cluj that suits your needs in here