I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes working in my office bores the living hell out of me, and these days being a stay at home dad with two small children, blogging from my office is no longer the place where I’m able to find uninterrupted peace. As much as I love my kids, and I do devote 90% of my time to them, sometimes I just need to get away to work on my blog.
If you’re in somewhat of a similar situation, perhaps you have a busy family or live in a home where there’s lots happening, and where you don’t really have a place where you can sit and work on your blog quietly, then you need to blog from a coffee shop.
Blogging from a coffee shop has some great advantages, check them out below:
- It’s a fresh environment in which to work in, especially if you have the choice to go to several different coffee shop locations that offer WiFi. For me personally, even if my local coffee shop didn’t have WiFi, I’d still go in there and do some work regardless, because no internet usually means? No distractions, which brings me to my next point.
- It’s almost distraction free, by which I mean there’s little chance of someone disturbing you, like they would at home (I’ll talk more on this in the tips below).
- It forces you to ‘get things done’, in other words, if you know that you can only dedicate a few hours of your time working on your blog in a coffee shop, you’ll make the most of that time by getting as much done as possible.
OK so now here are some tips on how to blog from a coffee shop, and make each visit count.
#1. Create your to-do list first (Get organised)
Before you set off to your favourite coffee shop, first get yourself organised. Create your to-do list. Prioritise the most important things at the top and work your way down the list to the least important things to get done. It’s so important to have a to-do list, because if you just take your laptop in there with you, I guarantee you’ll end up goofing around on the web, checking Facebook and not get much work done.
Task: Go write your to-do list.
#2. Take your iPod and head-phones (anti-disruption device)
I don’t know about you but when I’m working on a post I love to listen to music, actually I’ll put on some relaxing Zen music through my headphones. In a coffee shop, an iPod and headphones are the tools you’re going to use to deter distractions. By distractions I mean people walking up to you to chat, or wanting to know what it is you’re doing, or it could be someone you know like your next door neighbour. They may mean well, but at the end of the day, they’re taking up your work time.
People in the coffee shop aren’t the only distractions you need to watch out for, you can also become easily distracted on the web like I said, browsing YouTube, checking Facebook etc, which is one of the reasons why creating a to-do list is so important as I mentioned in tip 1.
Anyway, listening to suitable music helps me to concentrate, especially Zen music as there is no singing or ranting over the top, just chilled out instrumental music to help me blog. So what about you, do you like listening to music when you blog?
#3. Decide what you’re going to use to work on
OK so now the real fun begins, work out what you’re going to take with you to work on, this could be a laptop computer or an iPad. Personally I like to take my trusty MacBook Air with me, it’s thin, light and in my opinion the ultimate mobile productivity tool. I’ll also bring with me my iPhone and as I mentioned, my iPod and headphones, and of course my to-do list.
If you’re going to take your mobile phone with you, here’s a word of advice, respect others in the coffee shop, if you have a phone that goes off every 5 minutes or so, then you might want to put it on silent for the duration that you’re in there. If you have to take important phone calls, make sure you’re not talking at a level that is above the noise in the coffee shop, so to distract others, take phone calls outside or sit outside if you can to work.
#4. Order your favourite beverage and some food
Now I don’t imagine that any coffee shop owner would be happy if you just walked in, sat down and started using their free WiFi, so make sure you order something to drink or eat. If you’re going to be sat in there for longer than a few hours, try and order something to drink every hour or so. When I go into my local coffee shop, I usually order a cappuccino and a pastry, although I’m a bit of a health freak, I do make an exception once a week.
#5. Find a spot in the coffee shop with a bit of privacy and security
If the coffee shop offers outdoor seating perfect, if not, find a quite spot with a little bit of privacy and security inside, as the last thing you want is to be working, and not noticing some dude looking over your shoulders looking at what you’re doing, especially if you’re going to be typing in sensitive information such as passwords and logging into your WordPress dashboard.
What I usually do is find a spot where my back is against the wall when I’m sat down, and facing the coffee shop entrance, so anyone looking only see’s the back of my laptop.
Another tip with regrading security, if I go into my local coffee shop and find it’s super busy (I usually go in on an evening when it’s quiet), I tend not to log into any secured accounts, WordPress being one of them, that’s just a personal choice.
So just to quickly recap what I’ve mentioned above:
- Create a to-do list before setting off…
- Bring your iPod and some headphones…
- Decide on what tools you’re going take to use to work on…
- Order some coffee…
- Find a good spot in the coffee shop…
- Work on your blog…
Procrastination is a killer, if you’re working at home on your blog, or at least trying to, but can’t find any uninterrupted time to work on your blog properly, go blog from a coffee shop. I’m sure there’s one or two in your neck of the woods, if not there is an alternative solution, get a Thermos, fill it with some coffee or what ever it is you like to drink, and drive somewhere quiet and work in your car.
So, do you blog from a coffee shop? If so please share any tips with me below in the comment section.