Coffee Shop Productivity: More Like Non-Productivity

I think I have a case of ADDICS

Attention Deficit Disorder In Coffee Shops

I met a business associate at a coffee shop this morning and other than the specific points of conversation in which I’ve taken notes, I haven’t gotten a darn thing done. Does anyone else struggle with coffee shop productivity?

I don’t know if it is the foot traffic (which today is letting in the tropical vortex every time the door opens!). Or maybe it’s the crappy music — who can get any real work done with the stuff that is pumping through these speakers… actually, right now it’s “Beat It” so it’s OK. Usually I bring my headphones if I know I’m going to be in a public space, but because this was supposed to be a meeting I didn’t. It ended up being more real work (answering/making phone calls) than a meeting so now I’m trying to slug through this post.

the line between mediocre and distracted mediocre is very fine

For those of you, and I see some suspects here today, who get actual work done in a coffee shop — God bless you and I’ll be completely honest, I covet that ability.

The ability to focus is what I’m getting at.
My wife pokes fun at the fact that when I’m wearing my headphones it means “please don’t bother me because I am incapable of doing two things at once”. I used to think I could, and maybe with a younger, agile brain in my head, I could — but now, focus comes with a the price tag of something jammed in my ears playing music with no words (because who can work with Tupac’s “California” bumping).

If you can’t tell, the second half of this post was written in the evening, far away from the distractions of this morning’s coffee shop… could you tell the difference? Probably not — the line between mediocre and distracted mediocre is very fine.

But at least the coffee is better at home… and now I have my earphones.

michael aldea go left marketing imageJan Michael Aldea is a jack of all trades finally making good at being well rounded. His background in marketing, consulting, business coaching & training, real estate, fitness, parenthood, marriage, and life makes Michael ill equipped to be in a cubicle, but very equipped to help transform people and companies one (sometimes humorously awkward) step at a time. He is the president and director of business development for Go Left Marketing based out of Charlotte, NC.

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