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Feb 27, 2019 10:45:51

Why work in a coffee shop?

by @juliasaxena PATRON | 231 words | 🐣 | 273💌

Julia Saxena

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A typical scene in coffee shops, aka Starbucks, in big cities, is a bunch of entrepreneurs and freelancers (I'm assuming) hunched over their Mackbooks, typing busily.

Even though I belong in that category (freelancer and MacBook owner), I somehow don't enjoy working from coffee shops or other public places at all. And it seems that I'm an outsider with this opinion. Why do people like it so much?

First of all, I don't drink coffee (It gives me jitters!) and I only enjoy a single type of tea (peppermint). So there is nothing there that entices me. If I were to eat all the cakes and pastries on display, this would end badly. 

Second, what do you do when you have to go to the bathroom? Just leave your $1000 MacBook lying around? I don't think so. So this doesn't work for me, because I drink a lot of water and naturally pee a lot. 

Third, the noise! I can concentrate best when it's absolutely quiet. I won't get anything done with random chit chat and crying babies around. Well, I could put on noise-canceling headphones, but then why am I even there in the first place?

Please, somebody, explain to me what so many people enjoy about working in coffee shops? 

Fun fact: A coffee shop in the Netherlands is a place where you can buy weed. The usual kind is called a café.


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    @juliasaxena You had me at "MacBook owner." Some people like Gary V. actually thrive on all the noise and chaos going on around them. That doesn't work for me.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 27, 2019 08:17:58
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    @juliasaxena I don't often but as a remote worker, it can be a nice change of pace. Sometimes I find I'm actually able to focus better for a short amount of time because there are fewer distractions. I can't turn on Netflix or a video game as easily as I might when I get distracted at home.

    Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Feb 27, 2019 23:32:42
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    @juliasaxena

    I actually have gone through phases.

    Freshman year at college - began loving coffee shops.

    Post-graduation -- hated them.

    Now -- love them

    I wrote about my current relationship with cafes :

    https://200wordsaday.com/words/within-the-cafe-i-am-not-only-the-best-of-myself-but-the-world-103975c72b8cbe572b

    Abe avatar Abe | Feb 27, 2019 15:15:49
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