Top 8 Lifehacks to 5x your productivity when you work from a Cafe

work from a cafe just like this lady.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.

Jabra evolve 40 mono Review

I have quJabra evolve 40 monoite particular taste in headsets depending on the environment it’s going to be used in..  The Jabra Evolve 40 fits one of those environments perfectly. Mono headsets like this one are the best option in a normal quiet environment. I also prefer the cable connection it has over wireless in a purely work related environment. I’ve had Bluetooth fail on me too many times on important calls!

I will put a comprehensive headset guide together shortly as well as more headset reviews, so if you want to know when that’s available please put your details in the box at the bottom of the page.

This headset from Jabra ticks all the boxes for me.  I bought it to plug straight into my cell phone, so I got the version with the 3.5mm plug.   If you’re looking for something that is cabled and mono I would recommend it without hesitation. I’ve broken the review down into the categories that I can score and a couple of categories that I won’t put a score on because they’re more just a matter of preference.

 

SOUND QUALITY 9/10

Listening to other people speak the quality of the sound is near perfect.

The only reason that I’m not giving a perfect score on this Jabra headset for sound quality is that I compared the microphone sound quality to one of my Sennheiser headsets (I’ll look to review soon) and it was definitely a little worse. In saying that the Sennheiser headset was a lot more expensive and the difference was only small so that’s why I’m still recommending this headset.

 

COMFORT 10/10

I can’t fault the Jabra evolve 40 on comfort at all. This is one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve tried.  It does make the headset a little larger than some, but it’s worth it for the comfortable ear piece.

 

STYLE

You can judge for yourself, on the style – but the Jabra Evolve definitely makes a pretty bold statement. One thing I will say about the bright Orange cord, is that I didn’t forget I was plugged into something like I have done with plain black cords in the past.

 

CONNECTIVITY

I got the version of the Jabra Evolve that only has the 3.5mm plug. It’s designed to plug directly into your mobile phone (though obviously not the iPhone 7).  It will also plug into the headset port on most laptop and desktop computers.

 

FEATURES

Thie Jabra Evolve 40 is very basic in terms of features, there is no wireless or Bluetooth connectivity and no volume control. I guess this keeps the price down and will make it pretty reliable – but I think it would have been nice to have volume control built in.

The microphone folds up and out of the way and has a sort of magnetic clasp to hold it on top of the headset when you’re not on a call using the headset to listen to music or audio books.

 

PROS

Good sound quality on both sides of the conversation.
Very robust construction
Extremely comfortable
Fantastic value

 

CONS

No volume control
No noise cancelling on the ear piece

 

Jabra evolve 40 – CONCLUSION 9/10

If you’re after a mono headset that has the 3.5mm plug for your cell phone that is reasonably priced this Jabra is definitely the best on the market that I’ve found, and I’ve tried a lot of headsets!

The 3.5mm plug means that you don’t have to worry about the reliability of Bluetooth and the large ear cup is comfortable enough to wear all day.

The Evolve 40 is perfect for quiet environment at home.  I have tried this Jabra in environments like driving a car and it didn’t do so well. While driving the person on the other end of the phone had no issues hearing me and heard very little road noise, I could barely hear the other person over the noise of my car. In saying that, I don’t drive something quiet like a Prius.

If you’re getting a headset for a quiet environment and value for money is important to you – then this is a great headset.  There are several headsets in the Jabra evolve line up – so if you need one with slightly different features then it might be worth looking at their other models.

I hope you’ve found this review of the Jabra Evolve 40 mono useful.  Please let me know in the comments if there are any tests that you’d like me to run on it or anything else I can tell you about the headset.