There are lots of reasons to work from a Cafe. Many people find that the gentle noise from a Cafe is great for productivity. It also serves as a great break from working from home. One of the reasons I often find myself working from a Cafe is that they’re just so convenient, there is always a Cafe close by!
Below are 10 Lifehacks and tips that you probably haven’t thought about that will help you increase your productivity when you work from a Cafe.
1. Automate the Wifi Connection
Save the Wifi password in your phone, tablet/iPad and PC. Many Cafe’s offer free Wifi, you can save a lot of time by having your devices automatically connect so that you’re ready to start working.
2. Electronic ordering
If you’re less fussy about the Coffee and obsessed with efficiency, try a Cafe with an electronic ordering system. Typically you can order and pay at the Kiosk with no queue and then have them deliver your coffee to you at your table. This saves quite a bit of time compared to places where you need to wait in line. The new McDonalds McCafe’s have this feature, and it’s a big time saver.
3. Power outlets
Scope out Cafe’s that have power points close to the tables. That way you won’t have to worry about running low on charge right when you’re starting to achieve a state of flow with your work.
4. Use a good set of noise cancelling headphones.
I find that putting on a good set of noise cancelling headphones reduces the noise just a little bit and reduces distraction without interfering with the great atmostphere a Cafe provides. A good pair of headphones that go over your ears will reduce both the other conversations in the Cafe and the background noise.
5. Take security seriously when you work from a cafe.
At the least you should be using a VPN. While security might be the furthest thing from your mind when you enter a Cafe to get some work done, it’s something that you will wish you had paid more attention to if you’re breached. The odds are no longer in your favour if you don’t take security seriously. I will have an upcoming article on Cybersecurity in a Cafe setting – pop your details below if you want to be advised when that resource becomes available.
6. Alternate Caffeinated and Decaffeinated Coffee.
You can play with your Caffeine levels to make sure that you’re productive without being too jittery. If it’s getting later in the day you can switch to Decaf to make sure that you sleep that night. If you sometimes have Decaf, you’ll find when you have Caffeinated coffee it has more of an impact.
7. Try using a Backpack instead of a standard laptop bag.
Shortening your workspace setup time will make you more efficient when you work from a cafe. A good backpack that has separate access to your computer, Tablet and phone. The faster you get setup, the less time you’re wasting. For the longer sessions, I find a backpack can make a big difference if you need to pack up and set up a few times after bathroom breaks.
8. Try a USB monitor.
If you’re doing serious work and you appreciate a second screen, then a USB monitor can be a powerful tool. When you’re working from home you might use either a large monitor or possibly even two monitors; there is nothing to stop you having a really convenient second monitor. USB monitors are convenient and actually work quite well in a Cafe.
Please let me know in the comments below if you have any tips that you’ve found work for you.