There’s no question that working from home has its perks — free coffee on tap, no commute (which contributes to a lower carbon footprint!), and the freedom of working in your pajamas all day long if you really want to.
However, if you’re anything like me; owner of a needy cat, comic book fiend, Netflix addict, then you know that working from home can tempt even the biggest workaholic. With these distractions silently gnawing at your productivity throughout the day, how the heck are you supposed to get any work done?
One way to remedy this scenario: get yourself to a coffee shop. Right now.
It might seem counterintuitive at first — the constant murmur of conversation, the hissing of the espresso machines, and clinks and clanks of silverware and ceramic dishes. These distractions actually work in conjunction to not only increase productivity, but also help you work more creatively!
Studies (like this one) show, that a “moderate level of ambient noise is conducive to creative cognition.” What does this mean? Well, essentially, these minor distractions allow us to think differently, see problems from different angles, and solve them with new perspectives — Think of your shower thoughts and epiphanies. The same AHA! moments happen when you're working at a coffee shop!
For those who aren’t able to get out of the house and into a coffee shop, take advantage of my favorite productivity boosting application: Coffitivity. This site or app simulates the same ambient noises from a coffee shop and lets you turn any workstation into a café! Keep in mind, it works best with headphones.
If you find yourself in need that extra productivity boost, try it out yourself. Just make sure your coffee shop of choice has Wi-Fi, and BAM! You’re on your way to becoming a productivity machine.