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Pros and Cons of Working in Cafes

Do You Work in Cafés?

No matter how much you love your job, sitting at a desk all day can get pretty tedious. I try to compensate by taking lots of breaks and doing stretches, but when I need a change of scenery, I pack up my laptop and trek down to one of my local cafes.

The WiFi isn't free there like a certain coffee giant's will be soon, but all they ask for is $1 when you buy your coffee. And it's a very pleasant work environment; everyone else there is working or studying too, so I don't feel like I'm ruining someone's social hour by clacking away on my keyboard, and I'm also not disturbed by tons of chatter around me.

I know some people, though, who find working in cafés too distracting, and others who think laptops have no place in coffeehouses. Which camp do you belong in? Do you ever take your work to a café?

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smart-blonde smart-blonde 7 years
I find working in a cafe much less distracting than working at home. When I'm working at home, I have one nagging feeling after the other: The floor needs vacuuming! I should go to the Post Office! Is the UPS guy here yet? What's in the fridge? The cat needs brushing! At a cafe, I can just sip my latte and work on what's in front of me without worrying about stupid household things.
robinlh912 robinlh912 7 years
I work for a Starbucks cafe, does that count? Haha!
hibiscus96818 hibiscus96818 7 years
Most of the time I have to be in my office so I have access to my work e-mail account, but once or twice a week I escape to a local coffee house to refresh.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
I don't because I don't have a laptop. We have desktop computers at work, and all of my work must be done there. (Especially since it also involves trays of paper that I need). I would love to work at a cafe though. It seems like it would be so peaceful.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I would love, love, love to work in a cafe. I did most of my studying in local coffee houses while in law school, and I loved being in an atmosphere that's not too quite yet still conducive to concentrating. But now that I'm an attorney, most of my work requires using large files that are too cumbersome to move around, so it's not really feasible for me to work away from my desk. And I also need to be around in case more senior attorney's need me to help with something.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I do it when I'm traveling for business since I can get an Internet connection but I find it too distracting to do much more than check email.
Frenched Frenched 7 years
I don't really work with a laptop outside of work so, I'm stuck inside of my cubicle all day, which doesn't sound all that appealing to me. That's why if I had the opportunity, I would do the same thing. A little change of scenery is good for the mind. :)
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