help me recreate my coffeeshop productivity!
December 17, 2012 8:13 PM Subscribe
grad school filter: how do I become as productive in my home office (or my grad student office at school, or the library...anywhere free!) as I am in coffeeshops?
posted by atetrachordofthree to Education (25 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I am a grad student. Throughout the semester I have been finding that I am by far the most productive in a coffeeshop (specifically, Green Beanery in Toronto) than anywhere else. The second closest spot is the lobby of my building, followed by the park which is too cold now. I also read very well on the subway, but I live close to everything so I am never on the subway.
I get some stuff done between 11pm and about 5am in my little study nook at home. I get absolutely nothing done in the library or my office at school, ever, and when the sun is out I can't focus at home.
So my questions are:
1) are there any research out there about how people concentrate? I've played music and white noise and "nature sounds" when I am at home, but they are not too helpful. It seems like I need a ton of real life strangers around me to feel calm.
2) Is there any way I can reproduce the coffeeshop atmosphere at home? I spend so much money at Green Beanery and I drink way too much coffee.