I’m sitting in a bistro. I’ve started to realise that coffee shops — or bistros like this one — bring me to a secret intersection where my productivity and creativity meet. It’s the shop that brings me to this intersection and not the coffee itself.
I start to wonder what it is about places like the Bistro, or Starbucks, or coffee shops in general, that make the creatives among us so productive. I spend a few days a week working from my local Starbucks, surrounded by a sea of other people with their MacBooks open and their game faces on.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz once said that Starbucks was his “third place”, meaning that coffee shops are where he spends most of his time after his home and office. With that thought in mind, coffee shops are probably my “second place” after home. Having spent the past couple of years as a remote worker, coffee shops have become my ‘office’ and I think they play a big part in the new wave of remote working.
Do coffee shops have the same effect on you? Where do you feel most productive?