There are times that I feel like I am getting no where with my writing at home and need a change of pace. When this happens I love to write in public spaces. In an ideal world I would spend 2 hours writing in a coffee shop every day. Yes, coffee is good. But that is not why I go (I switched to decaf a while ago anyway). I go for stimulation of a different sort. I love the experience of getting into the zone while writing and experiencing flow. Time seems to stand still. And then after I have done some really good work, I snap out of it and find that I really haven’t been aware of what is going on around me. For some reason this seems to only happen when I write in a public space. I think that this happens because our attentional capacity is at times GREATER than it needs to be for creative work. And if the creative work does not FILL UP our attentional capacity, then our brain fills it up with whatever non-sense it can. BUT if there is an optimal amount of background noise, it leaves just enough attention left over to write.
This effect, is what the people at Coffitivity had in mind. This website provides you with all the benefit of a coffee shop in your pocket. Just open it up, and you will hear all the hushed non-descript conversation you want, complete with the occasional clanking plate. Best of all there is no risk of the person sitting at the next table taking a phone call and speaking so loud that you cannot tune them out. Also there are no crying babies and you don’t have to stalk the outlet or bring your laptop with you to the bathroom.
I am going to be using this a lot. Try it here.