A relatively recent study says that the background noise of a coffee shop can boost your creativity.
I tend to subscribe to the attitude of one of my favorite authors, John Scalzi, espoused in his book You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop To A Coffee Shop. And, actually, the title of that book is pretty much how he feels. I have to agree. When someone takes their laptop to a coffee shop to “write”, let’s face it, their looking for attention, not a good place to write. Or are they?
As I mentioned, studies done not too long ago seem to indicate that the background buzz in a coffee shop environment can actually aid our creativity. So, maybe Mr. Scalzi and I are wrong. Or, at least not quite right. I still think you’re really just begging for attention when you “write” at a coffee shop, but, now, you can get the same creativity boost without leaving home, thanks to Coffitivity. This webiste lets you play a kind of randomized ambient soundtrack of a coffee shop on your computer, while you work. You can adjust the volume and even play your own music to add to the background noise and make it feel comfortably familiar.
I can’t promise that you’ll get the best results on any creativity scale, but, hey, any little bit has got to help, right?
So, no more excuses! Pop over to Coffitivity and then get back to writing!