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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Why Starbucks is a better office than your office

Every coffee shop, bookstore cafe and library has people who sit there for hours working on a laptop. Why don't they just work at home, or in an office somewhere?

Starbucks should be a lousy place to work. It's noisy. There's no privacy. The coffee and snacks are expensive. Outlets can be hard to come by. The tables are small. The seats are uncomfortable.

Yet we all love to work there. Why?


Anonymous Joel said...

I can definitely see your point. And agree with almost all your statements.

Tables are small (except the odd few)
Points are even harder to find the large tables (4 tables out of 35 at the coffee shop i go to are in range)
The noise can be unbearable

Possibly the one you missed though probably doesnt apply to starbucks is the customer service (where i go has table service, still it took 30 minutes to get a coffee this morning).

However i think the reason why so many people do work in this way is it takes away the other distractions. No TV, no looking through the house for something you probably didnt need anyway, No kids (or at least not your own for the most part).

I do it because it is actually easier for me to focus, i can block the noise out. I have also found that some of my most productive writing sessions have happened in a coffee shop, not to say they would not also have happened somewhere else but, this is just what i have found.

Thursday, October 08, 2009 8:32:00 PM  
Blogger Tako Hostil said...

Here in Mexico people thinks they are "cool" if they go to Starbucks. Before Starbucks came, young people (specially teenagers) rarely drank coffee or tea, that was for grandpas.

Thursday, October 08, 2009 11:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Have you written an e-book yet?

Friday, October 16, 2009 4:51:00 PM  

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