Get out of the office and get some work done

One of the best ways I know of to get creatively un-stuck is to get out of the office and work someplace else.

And among the best places to go are cafes. Because they offer the two things you need to stay highly productive: Caffeine and wifi.

The Heart of Innovation blog takes a look at why cafes are good places to work at Why Creative People Work in Cafes. Here are some of the reasons:


  • It doesn’t feel like work.
  • It’s a nice break from the office.
  • Easy access to caffeine.
  • The act of going from your office to a cafe gets the creative juices flowing.
  • The people in your office want you to talk in hushed tones and have a need for you to appear busier than you really are.
  • Being waited on by the cafe staff puts you in the mode of “things coming to you” without much effort.
  • You focus on your most creative projects.
  • Old patterns are interrupted. New patterns emerge.
  • It brings out the artist and poet in you.
  • If anything breaks, someone else has to fix it.


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4 responses to “Get out of the office and get some work done”

  1. Jeff,
    I love it!
    A local cafe’s been my primary office for the past month and I feel I’ve never been more productive!

  2. Jeff,
    I love it!
    A local cafe’s been my primary office for the past month and I feel I’ve never been more productive!

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    Tom Ahern

    Jeff…I wish! Simone and I live in the country. The nearest (to my office) “cafe”-like place with wifi is a Dunkin Donuts 15 minutes away, decorated in always-restful SCREAMING orange and SCREAMING pink. But you are so right. My equivalent is to brew up a French plunge-pot of dark roast and head for the front porch, where I can look at flowers, wonder at butterflies, listen to birds and the occasional cow moo or horse whinny, and maybe someday write the odd award-winning play (performed by our local community theater; teachers, librarians, kids and farmers play most of the roles). This is an order: Step Away From Your Desk! Especially when you’re on the 17th draft of a direct mail letter and need to hear the skies part.

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    Tom Ahern

    Jeff…I wish! Simone and I live in the country. The nearest (to my office) “cafe”-like place with wifi is a Dunkin Donuts 15 minutes away, decorated in always-restful SCREAMING orange and SCREAMING pink. But you are so right. My equivalent is to brew up a French plunge-pot of dark roast and head for the front porch, where I can look at flowers, wonder at butterflies, listen to birds and the occasional cow moo or horse whinny, and maybe someday write the odd award-winning play (performed by our local community theater; teachers, librarians, kids and farmers play most of the roles). This is an order: Step Away From Your Desk! Especially when you’re on the 17th draft of a direct mail letter and need to hear the skies part.

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